Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban doesn’t know what the penalty should be for deflating footballs in an NFL playoff game. But Cuban, a big fan of transparency, does have an idea of what the penalty for destroying evidence and embarrassing NFL commissioner Roger Goodell should be: more than four games. Addressing the Tom Brady/Patriots deflategate scandal, Cuban said: “If this was the NBA, I truly think the suspension would have been more than 25pct of the season.” 4 games is 25% of the 16 game NFL regular season.
But again Cuban wasn’t talking about the penalty for deflating the balls, if that occurred. “The old saying ‘the cover up is always worse than the crime’ applies here. Once he [Brady] destroyed his phone this all went from did he break the rules of the game, to ‘can he get away with deceiving the commissioner,” Cuban wrote on Cyber Dust. “We can argue whether 4 games was too much for deflating the ball. You can’t argue whether 4 games is enough for trying to make a fool out of the commissioner of the NFL.” That said, Brady seems like another good candidate for Cyber Dust, the Cuban-backed messaging service that leaves no trace of your messages.