Some of Tom Brady's teammates reacted with disgust at the four-game suspension handed to the New England Patriots quarterback on Monday as punishment for deflating footballs in last season's AFC title game.
Fellow NFL players felt bad for the four-time Super Bowl champion, with some saying the punishment didn't fit the crime. Others believe the suspension is warranted and lauded league commissioner Roger Goodell.
And some of the fans? Some consider Brady a cheat, like major leaguers Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens before him.
The reaction on social media came shortly after the deal was announced.
THIS IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS!!! SMH �� #PATSNATION STAND UP!!!!!— @LG_Blount
Retired NFL tight end Jake Ballard tweeted Brady's four-game ban "is a joke."
4 games?? What a joke! Tom Brady's getting the same suspension as PED users... Crime does not match the punishment #lostmorerespectfortheNFL— @TheJakeBallard
Current Cleveland Browns safety Donte Hitner and Jerry Rice, who played 20 seasons in the NFL and is considered its greatest wide receiver in history, feel bad for the Patriots pivot.
I honestly feel bad for Tom Brady!! I know first hand the type of competitor he is & how much work he puts in... Came down too hard on him!— @DonteWhitner
What's even worse is that people want to see him fall because of his greatness! #FreeTomBrady— @DonteWhitner
Former NFLer Shawne Merriman, a three-time Pro Bowl linebacker, and current Arizona Cardinal linebacker Sean Weatherspoon lauded the league for its handling of Deflategate.
To win four Super Bowl is outstanding. I know Tom Brady is a great competitor and leader. I feel sorry for him and patriots nation!— @JerryRice
Ex-NFL nose tackle Antonio Garay wonders if Monday's announcement should be an eye-opener for the league.
I think the suspension is warranted, they came down hard on the organization though. #Deflategate— @SeanWSpoon56
Some fans made light of the decision while others don't seem concerned about Brady's short- and long-term future