Former NFL analyst and host Mike Tirico said the NFL should suspend Brady if the Patriots’ quarterback hits his wife in a domestic violence incident.
Tirico, who now works as an NFL analyst, made the comments on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” Monday.
He also addressed a report that the league was investigating whether Brady violated its personal conduct policy.
“I don’t know if it’s right or wrong, but I do think if he’s going to be suspended by the league, he’s not going to get away with it,” Tirico told “Outside The Lines.”
“If they’re going to suspend him for that, it doesn’t look like he’s been doing the right things.”
He continued: “If he’s got a family member who has been in a situation like that, they’re not going away from him.
If he’s a player, he shouldn’t be allowed to get free rein on the football field.”
Brady was benched Sunday for the second straight week for violating the league’s personal conduct policies after his wife, Allie, was hit by her ex-husband on the sideline during the Patriots-Chiefs game.
Brady has maintained that he’s in a relationship with his wife and is cooperating with the investigation.
Brady’s suspension, however, comes as the NFL has been facing a number of controversies.
The league is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and is also facing an internal probe by the FBI.
The NFL was recently fined $1 million and given a one-game suspension for failing to report the domestic violence allegations against former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.
The league has also been fined $200,000 for violating league rules and has been forced to pay out-of-pocket expenses for Brady’s legal team.
The NFL is also under investigation for potentially violating Brady’s privacy by not telling him that his son, Julian, was involved in the alleged incident.