Whether the NFL or the league’s union likes it or not, judge Richard Berman doesn’t plan to let what happened at Tom Brady’s DeflateGate appeal hearing remain secret.
Brady had remained silent since his social media rant last week following the upholding of his four-game suspension by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Now the NFL scored another big win in the case as the NFL Player’s Association competing lawsuit filed in Minnesota has been shot down by the court. He was mad after that game because the footballs seemed hard.
Brady, the union argues, had no notice of any disciplinary policies that could be applied to him. At this point, every day that passes with this continuing hurts Brady and his legacy far more than the league’s.
Commissioner Goodell: Just, Jeff, can I ask a question? That’s what I learned after the fact. “I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either”. But I have to prove myself all over again.
I have no idea what Brady’s political party affiliation is. Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson is day to day with a tweaked hamstring that kept him out of practice…. It’s never something that has been on my radar, registered. But like I said, there was two things that were happening. “It was never something that even crossed my mind”. “I’m definitely a different guy”. Q: Is it safe to say it is fun because last year you missed all of this? We’ve all seen Brady play raging, and it’s quite frightening. The going got a little tougher last season, when injuries struck and mauling tackle Lane Johnson was suspended for four games. I think that’s something that’s really important to know is I grip the ball as loosely as possible.
The quarterback also testified that he did not have any texts or emails where he talked about deflating footballs in connection to the AFC championship game and had nothing that he was anxious about hiding. “You rejected that?” This is my third year being in the offense so I’m just getting more comfortable as time goes on. I know there’s sandpaper.
If you find the time to read the document, do it as it is another piece of the ever evolving puzzle that is the DeflateGate scandal/farce.
Although Wells asked repeatedly for Brady’s cellphone, the investigator also testified: “I did not tell Mr. Brady at any time that he would be subject to punishment for not giving – not turning over the documents”.
“I was willing to accept the harshest penalty in the history of the NFL for an alleged ball violation because I believed it would help exonerate Tom”, Kraft told reporters last week.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears: Jeffery’s follow-up to his breakout 2013 season wasn’t almost as disappointing as it felt early in 2014. They stood and cheered. It’s your own fault that Brady and Julien Edelman picked you apart in the Divisional round a year ago.
“The shrill emphasis placed by Goodell on Brady discarding an old phone is an attempt to obfuscate and divert attention from the glaring flaws in the award, the arbitration process, and the discipline imposed”, they said.
My May 8th Tom Brady cartoon was prophetic.