12: The Inside Story of Tom Brady's Fight for Redemption

Little, Brown. Jul. 2018. 320p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780316416382. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780316416405. SPORTS
On the way to Super Bowl XLIX, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots were embroiled in a sting operation conducted by the NFL that ultimately led to the star quarterback being suspended for four games owing to his possible involvement of a minor infraction of league rules regarding ball inflation. Journalists Sherman (The Finest Hours) and Wedge (Boston Strong) provide an in-depth look at the saga that unfolded over a two-year period, concluding that the investigation was corrupt and instigated by the desire of duplicitous NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to make up for leniently treating the earlier Patriot scandal, Spygate. Brady's determination to continue to excel on the field while dealing with the drama off the gridiron is the focus of this book.
VERDICT Brady and the Patriots seem to have as many haters as followers, so this easily read work is likely to be greeted with a partisan divide.
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