Deflategate News: Richard Sherman Blasts NFL For Fining Tom Brady Double Patriots Penalty [VIDEO]
Tom Brady and Richard Sherman have had their differences, but Sherman is squarely in Brady's corner in the Deflategate battle against the NFL.
The Seahawks cornerback is aghast that the league would have the audacity to fine an individual player more than it would fine an entire franchise over the same incident, according to USA Today Sports.
"You're fining players more than you're fining organizations?" Sherman told USA Today Sports, comparing the team fine of $1 million to the roughly $2 million in lost salary Brady currently faces due to a four-game suspension.
"That should bring up some red flags. But nobody's talking about that."
Sherman noted that Colts owner Jim Irsay suffered only a $500,000 penalty for an indiscretion that took place in 2014 - a misdemeanor DUI. Irsay also was suspended for six games.
"Last year, Jim Irsay got fined what, 500 grand?" Sherman said. "Owners can only be fined so much. There's a cap. And Brady gets fined (roughly $2 million). Whether the crimes are the same or not, a suspension is a suspension, a fine is a fine. Game checks."
Brady and the NFL currently are trying to hammer out an agreement with oversight from Judge Richard M. Berman before Sept. 4 - the scheduled date that the case is to begin in court. The sides could come to a compromise that would reduce the New England quarterback's suspension.
But until that happens, Sherman will continue to speak out on behalf of his fellow player.
"People are just so focused on, 'Oh, that's a huge fine for the organization,'" Sherman added. "It's not. A million dollars is peanuts to the Patriots, who will make (hundreds of) million dollars this year. Brady ... you take away four game checks, and you're doing this to the organization."
Sherman called Deflategate "a minor annoyance" in the grand scheme of NFL things.