BOSTON — After the recent decision of Tom Brady’s four game suspension for what has been called the “DeflateGate” scandal, angry and supportive fans have set up a GoFundMe page to pay the team’s million-dollar fine.
A post on the fund’s page describes the goal of this endorsement. The man who started this page Michael J. Whitman’s full description is below:
We obviously know we won’t reach One Million Dollars, however we do believe the fine is bulls**t and want to help anyway we can. So whatever is donated will be donated to the New England Patriots in help with the fine!
As we venture with this, we will do frequent updates to show progression of this! If enough is made to make the travel, we will fly down there (on our own expenses) and deliver a check in person!
The fund’s page said Whitman is from Spokane, Wash. but was willing to deliver the money himself.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the page had already raised $3,739 in only 20 hours.
Many Brady-supporters were donating the amount of $12, which is the well-known players jersey number.
Comments along with the donations being made, have shown hostility to the Patriots staff and the NFL as an organization.
Thought-provoking statements from many fans, claim that Tom Brady was framed.
“This is a farce. The Coach of Colt complained before the game. Brady was setup. I am an ump. When balls are not fit for play or altered they are taken out of game. A warning is given if altered. The ump did not do their job now the league if searching for a scapegoat.” posted Patrick Mestas.
Micheal Anderson said, “The absurdity of it all, the whining of those that don’t understand, and the ridiculousness of a punishment without scientific evidence compels me to back true competitors. Go Pats and keep winning Superbowls Tom!”
Daniel Cowen slammed the NFL when he posted, “The NFL has no integrity when it can’t calibrate tools, log the PSI of footballs, or remember which tool was used, when it is so detrimental to the league. #framegate.”
“This is “deflategate” has been a ridiculous witch hunt and has been since day one ! Patriot Nations stands behind our team and our quarterback ! Stand Strong TOM !” was posted by Karen Coffin.
“The NFL has made themselves look like fools. This donation is to say I back the Patriots. I know they can afford the fine (easily). It’s a thank you for giving me the moments we all live for. That moment is ” in your face” to our opponents.” said New England fan Albert Sherring.
Seattle resident Wendy Clough, self-proclaimed Patriots fan, complained and said that there are much better causes to donate to, “I have had a GoFundMe site for 2 months for my 12 year olds much needed special education and I have raised $500. And that is all hugely appreciated. But – what’s wrong with people? Pats are worth $2.6 Billion. Signed, a huge fan living in Seattle.”
Chuck Lusigan had a different idea for the money, “We know the Pats don’t need the money but it would be great to reach the goal and give it to charity of Mr. Kraft’s choice. That’s the kind of fans that the BEST organization in the NFL we are. Go Pats!”
“We know our honorable team, the Super New England Patriots, will put this support towards their very generous and giving foundation if not needed for the fine…Love!” said loyal supporter Stephanie Burns-Leary.
These die-hard fans are not loosing faith or loyalty to their team in the midst of this controversy.