THE NFL went hard on Tom Brady and the Patriots.

Tom Brady suspended without pay for four games.

The Patriots fined $1 million dollars and will lose a first round pick in 2016 and a fourth round pick in 2017.

So what does all of this mean? Well the NFL is tired of the Patriots and their sneaky ways.  It seems they always have their hand in the cookie jar with the “wasn’t me” look.  So they laid down the law but does the punishment fit the crime?

Yes it does.

Tom Brady’s arrogance by not giving up his phone hurt him. The Patriots past sins hurt the team and the relationship between Roger Goodell and Patriots owner Robert Kraft hurt the team as well.

So does this hurt the legacy of Brady and the Patriots.  Well do they even care? I don’t believe there will be an asterisk against their Super Bowl win.  The cloud over them will not ever disappear – the cloud of deception.

Now I’m disappointed that Bill Belichick didn’t get a slap on the wrist.  Once again the Patriots master is walking away or slithering away unharmed.

Needless to say the next NFL season is going to be fun to watch – like always.