They all push the rules. The difference is they all don't win as much as the Patriots. Getting you ass kicked year in year out causes jealousy.
We know tampering with footballs is an equipment violation punishable by a fine. So, let's use your 'long time coming' reason for the draconian punishment (fine, draft picks, 4 games suspension for Brady).
The Vikings were caught warming the footballs on the sideline which is considered tamper with footballs (a no no). What was their punishment? A letter telling them not to do that anymore.
And remember when Brett Favre didn't hand over his phone for sending a dick pic to a woman? Did he get suspended? No just a fine. Even Judge Denny Chin said that Brady's punishment was draconian, but ruled Goodell has the power to issue draconian punishments.
So, your 'long time coming' argument may hold water with the Patriots as an organization because of Spygate etc.. But, Brady has never had any issues before. Why the draconian punishment for him?
This was the issue with Berman and Katzmann. Just because you have the power doesn't mean you can act with impunity and disregard precedent and fairness.
Favre did the same thing Brady did (refuse to hand over his phone) yet was only fined. The Vikings did what the Patriots were accused of (tampering with footballs) and were given a warning. So why is Brady (a first time offender) treated like an habitual offender when Favre and the Vikings were not?
Judge Berman was correct in calling Goodell's brand of justice cowboy justice. And it's amazing that Goodell would go so far with Brady and not with some of the other cases like domestic abuse.
Anyone thinking tampering with footballs as a worse offense than domestic abuse is an idiot. And this is what Goodell's decisions suggest. There is no continuity with him. He's all over the map. Therefore one could deduce that Goodell is an idiot.
Sometimes idiots win in court and this may be another case. Doesn't make it right though.