Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid would welcome the National Football League to Las Vegas, but he wants the league office to give up on punishing New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
“I agree with Donald Trump, leave Tom Brady alone! Enough’s enough,” the Nevada Democrat said Tuesday. “So he put too much air, not enough air in a football. Big deal. Leave him alone.”
The NFL prevailed in a federal appeals court Monday, where judges reinstated Brady’s four-game suspension related to alleged deflated footballs at the AFC Championship game in January 2015.
Reid was asked later in the news conference about published reports that the NFL’s Oakland Raiders, seeking a new stadium to replace the outdated Oakland Coliseum, had expressed interest in a move to Nevada.
“The owner of the Raiders has said if the domed stadium is built in Las Vegas, he will do everything within his power to bring Oakland to Las Vegas for football,” he said.
Reid said he would support the move. “Of course, why wouldn’t I?”
“As long as it’s not the Bills, it’s okay,” quipped New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer, referring to the only NFL team which actually plays its home games in the Empire State, and a divisional rival of Brady’s New England Patriots.
“The Bills? They came to us, we don’t want them,” Reid said.
“We want ’em,” replied Schumer.