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More from Joe Thomas on Tom Brady, 'DeflateGate'

BEREA, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas weighed in on the DeflateGate saga, saying that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady did not deserve to be suspended or fined even if deflated footballs were used by New England in the AFC Championship Game.

Thomas compared the situation to Brady being cited for going 66 in a 65 mph zone and being given the death penalty as a punishment.

The heart of Thomas’ position is in this story. Here are some more of his feelings on the subject:

On why he feels Brady’s punishment is out of line:

“Have you seen what they allow players and equipment staff to do to a football that they consider OK? ... Basically anything they want. Because in the NFL it’s an entertainment business. We like to see passing yards. We like to see quarterbacks throw the ball down the field, guys make great catches. It’s an entertainment business."

On whether commissioner Roger Goodell overstepped his bounds and might have been on a witch hunt:

“Oh no doubt. I don’t know if he just doesn’t understand the game of football itself, or if there was a deeper motive to get (them) back for all the other rumors and suspicions of cheating that the Patriots have done. But if you’re going to suspend a guy for removing air from the football, to me it’s completely ridiculous.”

On whether there is a competitive advantage to a less-inflated football:

“I don’t know. I’ve never thrown a football. If there are, then all the quarterbacks should be doing that. Then there would be no competitive advantage.”

On the league’s standards requiring a minimum pressure of 12.5 PSI:

“Why? It’s just an arbitrary number.”

On his feelings on whether the Ted Wells report was fair:

“The league paid him.” (Thomas then compared the report to an “expert” witnesses being paid for testimony during criminal trials.)

On the fact the league has rules about cheap shots, and can fine players:

“Because that could injure somebody.”

On the fact that the league has rules prohibiting holding:

“That would be gaining a competitive advantage, and we don’t want that in the game. We don’t want guys just tackling defensive players. We want a give and take between the offensive and defensive line. Because sacks are exciting. If sacks weren’t exciting I’m sure holding would be completely legal. ... They’d let you just tackle them right around the legs. But we love sacks. J.J. Watt is a superstar because he gets sacks. It’s an entertainment business.”

On whether the powers of the commissioner will be a significant point in the next CBA negotiations:

“There’s certainly going to be a lot of negotiating over it, especially if Goodell is the commissioner. People have said this has been in the CBA forever. Because the custodians of the game who were the commissioners before, stuff like this happened they would handle it in house. If one of the former commissioners were handling it and they thought that somebody was cheating they would address it with the team. They wouldn’t set up a sting operation and try to get him suspended for four games."

On whether he believes there really was a sting:

“There’s no evidence that there wasn’t a sting.”

On whether Brady deserved any sanction, even a fine:

“You’re fining a guy for going one mile an hour over the speed limit. I would venture to guess that out of all the teams in the NFL since Goodell has been commissioner, I’d guarantee that every team has done some type of bending of the rules -- which is what I would consider (deflating footballs) -- because they want to do their job better.”

On Brady destroying his cell phone:

“He’s a private person from what I know. When I get rid of a computer I don’t just turn it in to Best Buy and say, ‘Here. Give this to whoever walks in. Here’s my hard drive.’ I destroy it. The timing is curious. Of course that’s what people would say. But of course he has the right do to that. If your employer asked you to turn over your private cell phone or lose one-quarter of your pay, 1,000 lawyers would be lined up for a lawsuit. I’d be one of them. I’d get my law degree because there’s a lot of money to be made there.”