Most people don't use the word "masterfully" when they describe the way that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has handled Deflategate, but that's exactly how Mark Cuban described things this week.
During an interview in Boston, the Dallas Mavericks owner praised the way Goodell has handled things over the past nine months.
"As an owner, it was obvious to me that it was up to Roger Goodell to take the heat and take responsibility and he handled it masterfully," Cuban said, via Masslive.com.
And yes, Cuban is taking into account the fact that Tom Brady's four-game suspension was overturned in court, reversing Goodell's ruling.
"The fact that it all got reversed and all that is irrelevant," Cuban said. "The NFL always loses their court cases the first time. Always. And then they end up winning when it doesn't matter, but you can't -- I don't know if [Tom] Brady lied or not, who knows, with the whole phone thing and everything -- but the reality is it's all about the good of the game and that's what Roger's responsible for and that's what the owners pay him so much money to do."
(Speaking of Goodell's pay, the owners actually pay Goodell so much money that it literally shocks President Obama.)
Cuban agrees with Goodell's assertion from October that Deflategate has nothing to do with Brady.
"It's not about Brady, it's not about anything else. It's, 'How do you manage the golden goose?' That's what he's trying to do," Cuban said. "I give him credit for taking all of the bullets."
On that last point, Cuban's definitely right. Goodell will be the only person from the NFL front office who will forever be tied to the controversy. Every owner has come out of the controversy unscathed, even the owners who reportedly wanted to see Brady's suspension stand.
On the other hand, this could just be Cuban's way of sucking up to Goodell. Remember, it was just a year and a half ago that Cuban said the NFL would implode in the next 10 years.
"I'm just telling you, pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered," Cuban said in May 2014. "And they're getting hoggy. Just watch. When you try to take it too far, people turn the other way. I'm just telling you, when you've got a good thing and you get greedy, it always, always, always, always, always turns on you. That's rule number one of business."