There’s so much to untangle about the bombshell revelation of a 1996 sexual-assault indictment against new Lions head coach Matt Patricia. The Lions, Patricia, the NFL and the Patriots (his former, long-time employer) only entangled it more in the first 24 hours after the Detroit News’ Wednesday night report.
But start with this, and just try to disprove it: If 2018 head-coaching prospect Matt Patricia were 2018 draft prospect Matt Patricia, his name would be yanked off the draft boards of multiple teams. They’d hear, they’d dig around, they’d know, they’d debate, but a bunch of franchises would decide they want no part of him.
This is where a grand insight about the NFL, its priorities and its double standards would normally go. But who even knows if that applies here?
No, it defies every thread of logic that a league — and a franchise, to be sure — that functions as it does would miss something this big, no matter how it was resolved. On the other hand, knowing the recent history of the Patriots and the NFL, it’s no less logical than anything else.
James, looking to create a unified team experience for Cleveland’s postseason run, paired with New York-based designer Thom Browne to gift each of his teammates three of Browne’s signature Super 120s twill suits (a light grey, a grey and a charcoal), white oxford shirts, cashmere cardigan sweaters, sunglasses, ties, black pebble grain leather boots (or calf leather low-cut trainers), a black Chesterfield overcoat, a bag and a sweat suit with Browne’s distinct 4-bar detail.
The retail cost of the total wardrobe each player received is north of $17,120, according to Browne’s website (far more if you include the $41,000 grey alligator Mr. Thom bag that James toted into Bankers Life Fieldhouse the first time the Cavs wore the ensemble).
For every road playoff game, through Indiana, in Toronto and now in Boston, the Cavs have worn the suits from the team hotel, onto the bus, into Cheap Replica Soccer Jerseys the visitor’s locker room when they make their entrance and up Cheap Paintball Jerseys And Pants to the postgame podium before they make their exit.