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Greg Cote: Tom Brady should accept defeat, serve suspension

It is easy to imagine that at some point late last year, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell looked back upon a scandalized season one fraught by the Ray Rice incident, that awful video and the league's gross mishandling of the case considered the public-relations mess and thought to himself, "Well, at least it can't get any worse than this." Hmm. Maybe it can, after all. A controversy over slightly underinflated footballs never seems preposterously less important than when mentioned alongside domestic violence, an actual crime with a real victim, but this also is true: The hits keep coming. The NFL keeps getting its bell rung and seeing its almighty shield dented and...

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