DeAngelo Williams: NFL Tried To Use ‘Tom Brady Rule’ On James Harrison, Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers

By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) — Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison was cleared on Wednesday on allegations of PED use. On Thursday, teammate DeAngelo Williams celebrated on Twitter.

Williams, a 33-year-old veteran of 10 NFL seasons, knows the league pretty well, and he’s had his own fights with the league. So he knows that it’s rare for a player to emerge from an NFL investigation unscathed, going so far as to create a new rule in honor of Tom Brady to explain the phenomenon.

“D-Bo [Harrison] beat his case. He had a lot of charges pending, man. The NFL was out here trying to get him,” Williams said. “We’re just so excited that he beat his case. He’s a free man. Shoutout to Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews as well on beating their case, man.

“When the NFL investigator drop a case on you, man, they try to Tom Brady you. That’s what we call it now when they try to double-back, the double jeopardy. Ain’t no such thing as double jeopardy. They call that Tom Brady now. It’s the Tom Brady rule.”

Williams hasn’t exactly taken up the Patriots’ cause throughout the whole DeflateGate saga, but he’s at least paid enough attention to know that if the NFL wants you to take the fall for something, you most certainly will.

In any event, Harrison and all of his other completely naturally built colleagues in the NFL will begin their season next week. Tom Brady, who might’ve known about ball boys marginally messing with some footballs, will be forced to miss four full weeks of football.

The Tom Brady Rule has certainly caught the attention of NFL players, who are now perpetually on the lookout for the next time the NFL decides to hunt a star player.


One Comment

  1. “Tom Brady, who might’ve known about ball boys marginally messing with some footballs…”

    Still asking us to believe that the NFL who had absolutely no idea that cold weather deflated footballs by very significant amounts (1 pound of psi per 10 degree drop) just coincidentally found the one team that was deflating their footballs by less than the margin of error between the two gauges they used to do their investigation with?

    1. Thretosix says:

      I was just about to type the something very similar. It’s pretty disgusting how much propaganda is out there misinforming people. Then you wonder why we have ignorant trolls everywhere. The one thing that always falls flat and even the NFL will admit is there was no proof of tampering, because nothing happened. Even though they make the slight remark where they even backpedaled with the might’ve known bit, but marginally messing with footballs is straight up unproven. Which means the might have known knowledge is just as stupid.

  2. lizzzy321 says:

    These football players, which included Peyton Manning, were not going to be subjected to the same treatment Tom Brady was, because the NFL is making an attempt to show how reasonable they are to change the perception leftover from Deflategate. lol I wonder if anyone is buying that. Their PR departments must get paid a pretty penny and are working overtime, trying to figure a way to overcome the stigma that Goodell and company has since their behavior during Deflategate. Here in New England, their reputation is set in stone, I imagine.

  3. Hal Jacobs PGA says:

    NFL = No Fans Left, if Goodell stays in power…..

  4. Michael Cutler says:

    Roger Goodell is sickening. And so are the owners supporting him including “Mr. I’m all about the fans” Robert Kraft.

    There is nothing the players can do now to stop or hold back Goodel and the owners pushing him. But if the fans begin to watch and buy less of the NFL product because of the disgust for Goodell and the head office, he would be replaced so fast ESPN would barely have time to report it.

    All each fan has to do is not watch that extra game on Monday or Thursday night in which your home team is not playing or not buy that extra piece of NFL merchandise and Goodell would be gone.

    I will be watching and buying much less of the NFL until Goodell is replaced.

  5. Meat Head says:

    Equipment managers taking balls in the the bathroom, calling each other “the deflators”, tom texting these guys encouraging them to hold strong, tom destroying his cell phone when requested to turn it over. Oh yeah, completely innocent (eyerolls)

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