If Tom Brady had indeed been suspended for season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the New England Patriots would have postponed their championship celebration and raised a different banner.

Patriots president Jonathan Kraft told 98.5 The Sports Hub via CNNNE that the team would have waited to raise their latest Super Bowl banner, and instead paid tribute to their quarterback.

Kraft explained that ” ‘1’ and ‘2’ was on it. Not ‘free.’ And there may have been some other things that were on the banner. It was much more factual and substantive than that. Tom may have been a three-time Super Bowl MVP and a four-time Super Bowl winner, and that may have been a part of it too.”

Such a stance is why the NFL and fans around the league want to stick it to the Pats in some sort of way.

By Glenn Erby

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