What? You didn't think I was going to try to find some way to get in on this story?
For an all-too-brief recap: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently decided to uphold the four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for destroying his cellphone, and apparently the text messages sent with it, while the league investigated claims that he had footballs deliberately deflated to give his team an advantage in last season's AFC Championship, which the Patriots won handily en route to their fourth Super Bowl championship, which occurred on the best night of my life.
Brady isn't too happy with all this, so he took to his Facebook page to issue a statement in response to this seemingly never-ending saga, denying that he destroyed his cellphone in an attempt to withhold evidence, revealing that he offered instead to provide the phone numbers of individuals with whom he communicated on the previously destroyed device, and pointing out that the league has no right to demand an invasion of privacy to a member of the players' union.
And in this statement, Brady made one claim that has apparently sent a ripple effect throughout the smartphone industry:
"I replaced my broken Samsung phone with a new iPhone 6 AFTER my attorneys made it clear to the NFL that my actual phone device would not be subjected to investigation under ANY circumstances."
Never missing an opportunity to expose the boring side of sports, ESPN's sports business reporter Darren Rovell tweeted some estimates of the financial impact of Brady's now-public decision to migrate from a nondescript Samsung smartphone to an iPhone 6.
Brady's mention of switching his Samsung for an iPhone was worth $733K to Apple in mentions in 1st 2 1/2 hours, says @ApexMGAnalytics— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 29, 2015
Brady's mention of switching Samsung for an iPhone was a negative value of $617K for Samsung in 1st 2 1/2 hours, says @ApexMGAnalytics— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 29, 2015
So, there you have it. This farce has apparently had an impact on the technology industry, and gave me a reason to blog about it. I never knew being a Patriots fan would make me such a proud iPhone owner.