At least one very influential NFL owner not named Robert Kraft admits that he, too, is sick and tired of DeflateGate.
“I just want it to be over with one way or the other,” John Mara, co-owner of the New York Giants, told WFAN. “We’re all tired of hearing about it.”
That doesn’t mean, though, that he is siding with the New England Patriots and Tom Brady on the issue.
And good luck with that whole “tired of hearing about it” thing. Both the NFL Players Association, representing Brady, and the NFL will head back to federal court Wednesday for another hearing before Judge Richard M. Berman in a case that appears to have no end. Mara said he supports Commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision to suspend Brady four games over the scandal but denied that the league’s other 31 owners are pressuring Goodell to hold firm on the suspension.
Nor is Mara wavering in his support of Goodell. Last week, he told the New York Daily News that Goodell “did his job” in upholding the four-game suspension upon appeal and on Monday he reiterated that owners aren’t pressuring Goodell to hold firm.
Goodell, he said, has “a tough job.”