FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie defends Tom Brady during a television interview, saying the New England Patriots quarterback shouldn't be suspended by the NFL for his role in ''Deflategate.''
Cromartie, speaking on ESPN's ''First Take'' at Jets training camp Thursday, says fining Brady $25,000 should suffice for punishment since the team was also fined and docked draft picks. Brady has filed a lawsuit against the league after it suspended him and Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the decision on appeal.
Cromartie says ''nobody is safe'' with how Goodell handles things, adding that the commissioner is ''going to make his own rules as he goes.'' He also says it was the players' own faults for signing a collective bargaining agreement in 2011 that gives Goodell ''the freedom'' to rule on player appeals.
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