Now that the punishment has been handed down on the Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick, a recently suspended coach is speaking out and calling the process bogus. Cowboys quarterbacks coach, Wade Wilson, who is serving a suspension for taking HGH, says that the league is being a big inconsistent in not being stiffer in the punishment against New England. “I would say there is definitely a double standard being applied here,” Wilson said Friday. “I don’t want to be seen as a crybaby or as someone questioning the commissioner’s decision, but I see some major inconsistencies here. To me, they’re holding the organization accountable instead of the person.”
The league suspended Wilson back on September 1st for five games, and fined him $100,000, which is nearly a third of his yearly salary. Wilson took HGH while working as a coach for the Bears, and even turned over records to show the league that he was taking the substance for his own personal benefit. Wilson has suffered from diabetes for the past 24 years.
“They were concerned about distributing, and I was cleared of that or I was told I would have been banned from the NFL for life,” Wilson said. “I don’t want to bash the commissioner, but I definitely think there are some inconsistencies here. Intent was a big issue in my defense. What their [Patriots] intent was, I don’t know. But I was just taking my punishment, and I guess what the commissioner does with Belichick is his business, but I think there are some inconsistencies here.”
Now Wilson says that he is looking into the process of appealing his suspension. He says he wants the league to explain how he could get a five-game suspension and fine, yet Pats coach Bill Belichick only was fined, and not suspended. “I’m contemplating whether to write a letter because I accepted the punishment for my violation, didn’t appeal and went about my business. All I’m asking for is an explanation, and I know exactly what the commissioner is going to say because I’ve read his comments, but it might make me feel better.”