|07.31.15 at 8:01 pm ET|
There will be no hiding from the media or spinning of the truth needed when Tom Brady and Roger Goodell sit down on Aug. 12 in New York.
According to Raffi Melkonian, an appellate lawyer with a Fifth Circuit appellate practice, the hearing will be open to reporters.
While a court stenographer was on hand for the Brady appeal hearing with Goodell on June 23 at NFL offices in New York, reporters were not allowed inside the room with the parties and their attorneys.
That led to leaks from presumably both sides as to how the hearing went, with Adam Schefter initially reporting that Brady came off looking “A-plus” kind of guy.
That was countered the next day with a report that Brady was “not entirely credible” and that not much had changed in the eyes of the NFL.
So who will win? You can be the judge.
By the way, that settlement conference, unless something happens, will be *public*. Real reporters? Make your plane reservations!
‘ Raffi Melkonian (@RMFifthCircuit) July 31, 2015
|07.31.15 at 6:14 pm ET|
It seems things are getting closer and closer to getting resolved in the Tom Brady Deflategate case.
According to several reports, New York Judge Richard Berman has scheduled a settlement conference for Wednesday, August 12 in which he’s requested both Tom Brady and Roger Goodell be present.
“Let’s see what we can accomplish at that conference,” Berman wrote in the order.
He also requests the two sides keep talking before the conference.
“Lastly, I request that you all engage in comprehensive, good-faith settlement discussions prior to the conference on August 12, 2015,” he wrote.
The Patriots likely won’t have a full practice Aug. 12 as it is the day before their preseason opener against the Packers.
It now seems more and more likely this will be resolved by the opening night, Sept. 10., especially given that was what both sides requested Friday.
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‘ Bob McGovern (@BobMcGovernJr) July 31, 2015
|07.31.15 at 5:38 pm ET|
One of Tom Brady‘s fiercest rivals doesn’t believe the quarterback should be suspended for four games.
Former Kansas City safety Bernard Pollard, who delivered the blow in the 2008 opener that knocked Brady out for the rest of the season, told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Friday that he doesn’t believe the Patriots quarterback deserved to be banned for his role in Deflategate.
“I do not like Tom Brady as a competitor or someone that is playing against him, because he’s a competitive player,” said Pollard, who is a free agent. “But I respect the piss out of him because the guy knows how to win. You can say whatever you want to say about him, but he is a true champion. He understands it.
“Do I feel that he should be suspended for four games? I’m going to tell you no,” added Pollard. “This dude is a competitor, man. I don’t think he should have been suspended for four games. But I’m not the commissioner. I’m not on that committee that suspended him. (But) I know he’s going to fight tooth and nail like he does on the field to get back on the field with his team.”
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|07.31.15 at 3:50 pm ET|
The Patriots made an addition to the Wells Report in Context on Friday, revealing a series of emails in which they made specific requests to the league in hopes of having them correct initial misinformation being reported by the media and to investigate the sources of such misinformation, which — in their eyes — could only have been league personnel.
The series of emails includes an introduction that reads: “Shortly after the AFC Championship game, the league had all the data regarding halftime psi readings in hand, yet would not share that information with the Patriots, issue a statement with the facts or at least let the public know that reports circulating were inaccurate.”
The report includes several communications between the league and the Patriots — emails between Patriots PR chief Stacey James, NFL PR official Greg Aiello, Associate Legal Counsel at The Kraft Group Robyn Glaser, and Jeff Pash, the executive vice-president and general counsel of the NFL — that provide a detailed look at the efforts made by the Patriots to ask the league to correct the information.
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|07.31.15 at 3:03 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Jerod Mayo kept it short and sweet with the media on Friday. After enduring season-ending injuries in the midst of his last two seasons, he’d rather let his practice and playing time do the talking.
Mayo’s 75-second session with reporters after Day 2 of training camp began with an observation that he must be excited to speak publicly with many of the media on hand for the first time since a season-ending patellar injury to his right knee last Oct. 12 in Buffalo.
“So excited,” said with a wry smile.
In a bit of very encouraging news, Mayo, along with Chandler Jones and Dont’a Hightower progressed far enough in the offseason to avoid being place on the active physically unable to perform list. This is a major step forward after an offseason dedicated to recovery.
“Just rehabbing, staying around here and enjoying time with family and trying to get back to work,” Mayo said of his offseason. “Obviously, I’m just taking it one day at a time. I’m just trying to get better each and every day.”
In 2013, Mayo had his season end on Oct. 13 when he tore his pectoral muscle against the Saints in mid-season.
In the midst of his media scrum, Mayo was interrupted by teammate Devin McCourty. “Make way for some special guests,” McCourty said.
|07.31.15 at 2:07 pm ET|
At least the NFL and NFLPA can agree on one matter in the Tom Brady Deflategate saga.
Both sides have proposed to Judge Richard Berman to find a “final resolution” to the matter before the 2015 NFL season begins.
In a letter to Berman, who sits on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, lawyers for the two parties requested the matter be expedited to Sept. 4, six days before the Patriots open the season on Sept. 10 against the Steelers at Gillette Stadium.
“The NFLPA and Mr. Brady had intended to file a motion for a temporary restraining order or a preliminary injunction,” the parties wrote in a document obtained by CBSSports.com. “However, the parties met and conferred and have agreed that a final resolution of this matter prior to the commencement of the 2015 NFL regular season would be in everyone’s best interest.”
The two parties proposed the following schedule:
- Aug. 7: NFLPA and NFL cross move to vacate and confirm the suspension
- Aug. 14: Both parties file “respective papers” in support of those motionsThe two sides would then schedule a date for oral arguments that would “enable a decision to be rendered by Sept. 4, when Brady’s team must prepare for its first regular season game.”This is significant since it would avoid an injunction to allow Brady play, while, presumably, a suspension or other discipline is negotiated.
|07.31.15 at 1:43 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Another day, another aerial banner over Patriots training camp.
Friday, on Day 2 of camp practice, another plane flew a banner over Patriots camp at Gillette Stadium. But unlike Thursday’s “Cheaters Look Up!” banner purchased by a Jets fan website, this one was in support of Tom Brady and the Patriots.
The banner read: “New England Aerial Ads support Tom Brady. Go Pats.” One thing that was the same as Friday were the loud cheers of support from Patriots fans and the “Brady, Brady, Brady” chants from many of the approximately 10,000 in attendance.
“It’s pretty funny, actually, to see those type of things,” Julian Edelman said. “It’s awesome to hear the fans, how they support everything. Ultimately, our minds are on just trying to get in here and get to work and mold our team. So, that’s what we’re thinking about.”
Edelman said there is no chance that head coach Bill Belichick and the coaching staff will allow the players to be distracted.
“Truthfully, you look up and [then] hear the whistle and you have to get to the next period,” Edelman said. “So, coach is over here yelling at us to run to over to the next period so you can’t even really think of it. Coach always has his tactics to keep us in the game.
“Our leader, Coach Belichick, always reminds us that it’s not about the future; it’s about what’s on our plate right now and what’s on our plate right now is going out and trying to get better each day in training camp. He’s been around a very long time as he always says, around this league, so you’re going to trust what he says and just try to continue to get better each and every day.”