By Patriots Newswire at 98.5 The Sports Hub
When in doubt, call the Patriots cheaters. Noted Patriots hater Rob Parker decided to go back to that well, and he went deep.
The co-host of FOX Sports 1’s The Odd Couple went on another blood-boiling rant during Tuesday’s show, resorting to bringing up all of the controversies that have hung over the team during Bill Belichick and Tom Brady’s 18-year run together. Never mind all the constant winning and the team’s ninth Super Bowl appearance under Belichick, which has blown away any debate about Tom Brady being the greatest quarterback of all time to any rational person.
But Parker wonders why there’s still a debate going on. It could be because people like him keep forcing these stories back to the surface.
“They do understand that despite everything that they’ve accomplished – and they’ve accomplished a lot over the last 19-20 years – they haven’t earned the respect from everybody because of all the other stuff that’s been going on in their organization,” said Parker. “If you have a quarterback that’s won five Super Bowls, why is there even a debate? It tells you about what they’ve done, how they’ve gone about their business, why a lot of other people in NFL America can’t fully embrace what’s going on. Belichick got caught. Belichick got fined the highest fine for any coach in the history of the NFL. They lost draft picks. Tom Brady was suspended for four games for not cooperating with the NFL’s investigation on Deflategate. … Josh McDaniels went to Denver, he got fired. Why? He was spying on another team’s walkthrough in London.
“So when you pack all that stuff together, there are people who, despite the winning, despite the championships and despite everything else, still look at the Patriots and … they don’t embrace them. It’s hard to embrace a prickly pine of deceit and deception.”
Parker even went so far as to predict that Brady will eventually be viewed in the same light as disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong. As a reminder, Armstrong got exposed as the ringleader of the largest doping operation in the history of professional cycling. Officials subsequently stripped him of his seven Tour de France championships and banned him from pro cycling for life.
“I still believe that when it’s all said and done, and that disgruntled person who wasn’t taken care of comes out and writes that book and lays it all out on the table, that Tom Brady will be looked at the same light as Lance Armstrong,” said Parker. “He’ll be Lance Armstrong without the bicycle.”
Just another cringeworthy attempt to tear down Brady’s accomplishments and an audacious prediction to make, considering how widely controversial Armstrong’s fall from grace was. Shudder to think what Parker will come up with if Brady wins a sixth Super Bowl two Sundays from now in Atlanta.
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