Before there was Deflategate, which ended with Brady serving a four-game suspension to begin the 2016 season, there was Bountygate, which ended with Payton serving a season-long suspension back in 2012. And in case there’s any confusion, Payton’s tweet has everything to do with the solidarity he feels with Brady in light of the perceived unjust punishment levied by the league.
“If someone is asking, then I don’t know that they’ve paid much attention to it all,” Payton told ESPN on Thursday, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “There aren’t a lot of people that can understand what Tom is going through. Certainly, I’m one of them.”
The Saints went 7-9 and missed the playoffs in 2012. They rebounded the next season, winning 11 games, but have gone 7-9 in 2015 and 2016. The Patriots, meanwhile, are hoping a month without Brady won’t affect their chances to make another deep playoff run, and Vegas agrees; the most recent odds have New England as 6-1 favorites to win the Super Bowl, which is better than every other team.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Sean Payton tweets support for Tom Brady, knows what QB is going through