While a federal court takes the next step in resolving Deflategate, a courtroom sketch emerged Wednesday of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, and the duo's assorted legal counsel.
The sketch, by artist Jane Rosenberg, lit up the Internet for its rough and approximate portrayal of Brady.
It features, from left, Jeff Pash, NFL executive vice president and general counsel; Goodell; Gregg Levy, NFL counsel; Adolpho Birch, NFL executive VP; Don Yee, Brady's agent; and Brady.
To be fair, Brady's face is one of the most recognizable in sports. Anything but pure photorealism would have provoked comments. And a courtroom artist's job is to capture the scene quickly. They aren't intending to emulate the Dutch masters.
But social media doesn't care about that. It cares about memes.
Brady Krueger. DON'T GO TO SLEEP. pic.twitter.com/ChF4C1jtYA— Complex Sports (@Complex_Sports) August 12, 2015
their tinder pic vs real life pic.twitter.com/ob78RrWaBE— samir mezrahi (@samir) August 12, 2015
For the record, I have been working on LSU football all day so this is not me but an imposter at Tom Brady hearing. pic.twitter.com/xYpWKYa95Q— Les Miles (@LSUCoachMiles) August 12, 2015
What's he thinking? pic.twitter.com/AF1lqiS3HS— Steve McPherson (@steventurous) August 12, 2015
Here's how Brady actually looked today, soaking up cheers as he entered the federal courthouse.
As of Wednesday afternoon, there was no settlement in the case.