By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston
BOSTON (CBS) — Tom Brady is about to serve a four-game suspension based on flimsy evidence and no precedent.
The man is understandably not happy.
Yet as the whole country argues and debates Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem, another protest may have just played out with Tom Brady … and nobody seemed to notice.
Credit goes to Twitter user @Pennzoil90 for this one, as he sent this tweet to the Sports Hub account on Friday.
At this point it’s time to cue the thinking man emoji.
OK, so there’s no NFL shield decal on Brady’s helmet. Maybe it’s doctored. This is Twitter, after all. Can’t trust anything. So let’s go to a reliable source: Getty Images.
And here’s the other side of his helmet:
All right, all right. Certainly no decal there. So let’s go back a week to Carolina.
Great googily moogily! This man is protesting!
“OK,” you may be saying, “but how do we know other players aren’t lacking the NFL shield decal? Why are you singling out Thomas?”
Let’s go to the tape!
Everybody’s got it on the lower left side of their helmet.
Malcolm Butler had the shield:
D.J. Foster had the shield:
Josh Kline and the Giants’ Kerry Wynn are rocking the league logo here (click the photo for full size):
And just so you know it’s not a QB thing, here’s Jacoby Brissett:
The NFL shield is on display on Trey Flowers’ helmet last week in Carolina:
You can see the shield was on multiple Patriots helmets in Carolina:
And here’s a good look at Brady’s shield-free helmet last week in Carolina:
Lastly, if you think this is something Brady’s been doing for a while, I’d direct you to this photo of Brady from the AFC Championship Game in Denver:
And here’s a clear one from the Patriots’ November matchup with the Bills:
How about that, folks? The man who’s lived and breathed football his whole life has been driven from support of the grandest league in the land.
Way to go, Roger.
(Brady can probably expect a fine in the mail any day now. If the league hates anything more than it hates footballs that it believes to be deflated, it would be uniform violations. But Roger might want to let this one slide. He’s done enough damage.)