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Bill Belichick makes donation to Ohio’s Hiram College

06.25.15 at 7:00 am ET
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Patriots coach Bill Belichick has given a gift to Ohio’s Hiram College, where his parents met in the 1940s.

According to this story, the amount of Belichick’s gift has not been disclosed, but three areas were targeted to honor the areas where the couple made an impact, the college said: the Coach Steve Belichick Olympic Training Center, the Jeannette Munn Belichick Reading Room and the Jeannette Munn Belichick Endowed Fund.

The gift is the second that Belichick has made to a local college in honor of his parents — the Patriots coach gave an undisclosed gift to Case Western Reserve University last year to create the 4,500-square-foot Steve Belichick Weight Room in the Wyant Athletic and Wellness Center.

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Report: Post-hearing briefs in Tom Brady appeal due late next week

06.24.15 at 4:40 pm ET
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According to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports, the post-hearing briefs in Tom Brady‘s appeal are due late next week. The decision from commissioner Roger Goodell will come afterwards.

There is no word on a time frame for his decision. Garafolo notes just because Goodell has the briefs, it doesn’t mean a ruling will come shortly after, it means he has more to digest.

Brady and his legal team met with Goodell and the NFL’s legal team for more than 10 hours on Tuesday, as Brady was appealing his four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate.

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Report: Some NFL execs find Tom Brady ‘not entirely credible’ in appeal

06.24.15 at 1:33 pm ET
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Following an ESPN report Tuesday night that Tom Brady delivered an “A-plus” performance at his appeal hearing, Pro Football Talk reported Wednesday that the quarterback might not have impressed NFL executives quite that much.

Crediting a league source, PFT’s Mike Florio wrote that Brady “simply reiterated his denial regarding any involvement in or knowledge of whatever it was that John Jastremski and Jim McNally may have been doing with the team’s footballs,” and some of Brady’s answers to follow-up questions “were regarded by some in the room … as not entirely credible.”

PFT also reports that Brady’s case was mainly focused on the flawed science in the Wells Report, along with the fact that there is no proof of Brady’s guilt.

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Adam Schefter: Other teams deflated footballs, including long snapper with paper clip last year

06.24.15 at 11:54 am ET
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While standing outside the NFL’s Park Avenue offices on Tuesday afternoon, where Tom Brady‘s appeal was being held, Adam Schefter shared a story or two about a pair of deflation incidents in the NFL.

“There was one punter I know — or, long snapper, last year — that carried a paper clip with him in two games and deflated footballs before he snapped them during the games,” he said in a live shot of the show “NFL Insiders”. “There’s another backup quarterback that would deflate footballs for his starting quarterback.

“So to think that Tom Brady‘s the only one, or the Patriots are the only team that have ever done anything, it doesn’t excuse them, again this is about preserving the integrity of the game and making sure that’s upheld, but again, that’s got to be met across the league,” Schefter added. “And there are other people, including that long snapper who used that paper clip to let out a little air in the football every time he was snapping last year.”

Schefter’s report came during Brady’s hearing, which included 10 hours of testimony and about 12 hours total. The ESPN man also reported that Brady was his own “greatest ally” in the room Tuesday.

“He was in that room the entire time and came off, on a scale of 1-10, in the words of a person in that room, as an A-plus, 10 kind of guy,” he said.

“He gave sincere, genuine answers,” Schefter continued. “He had an explanation for everything that went on in the Wells Report, and anyone who knows and has dealt with Tom Brady knows how genuine he can be. I’m told that genuineness shined through during the course of that appeal, which I think is going to make life more difficult for Roger Goodell to make a decision on.”

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5 thoughts on Tuesday’s Tom Brady-Roger Goodell sitdown, what it means for QB, commissioner going forward

06.24.15 at 12:49 am ET
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Tom Brady and Roger Goodell in happier times. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Tom Brady and Roger Goodell in happier times. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

1. After almost 12 hours on Park Avenue on Tuesday — and no more hearings scheduled on the topic, according to NFL spokesman Greg AielloTom Brady will sit and wait for a ruling from the commissioner on his future. How long would that be? Well, according to Article 46 of the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement, a ruling is required to be made “as soon as practicable.” (Nice to see that the same open-ended, vague language that permeated the Wells Report also applies to things like the CBA.) In other words, it could be a long time before we see some resolution here. By way of example, Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy is at 26 days (as of Tuesday) after he had his hearing last month. It’s entirely possible that Roger Goodell could go into slowdown mode here, as the calendar is starting to work against the Patriots as it relates to preparing for the 2015 season. (One thing to consider here, and I’m only half-joking: Maybe the greatest opportunity for a news dump of this magnitude would be to hold it until Friday, July 3 at 4:59 p.m. The Friday before a long holiday weekend would be an excellent way to minimize things for both sides. Just some food for thought.) “I don’t know what the timetable is,” NFLPA Jeffrey Kessler told reporters when things let out at the end of the day, “but I feel like we made a very compelling case in there.”

2. Now, after Brady went through his defense on Tuesday — and apparently was incredibly cooperative — the ball is in Goodell’s court. Brady’s legal team likely made the argument that there was no proof of any sort of Brady’s involvement in a plot to deflate the footballs, as well as some of the faulty science employed by Ted Wells. Then, there’s also the matter of the punishment not fitting the infraction; when Brett Favre wasn’t forthcoming with his phone in 2010 after a texting scandal, the league fined him $50,000 and sent him on his way. If arguments like this cause Goodell to have a change of heart, he could also reduce the suspension to one or two games, a wholly possible option at this point. It seems unlikely that he’d wipe it clean off the books for several reasons, not the least of which it would be very hard to justify that decision based on the $5 million the league paid Wells for the probe and results. (One more thing, specifically as it relates to Wells: ESPN’s discovery of new information in the Pete Rose case included old footage of John Dowd, who spearheaded the initial investigation into Rose and his gambling when he was the Cincinnati manager. The Dowd Report was an unquestioned takedown of Rose, an ironclad document that left no doubt to Rose’s guilt. The contrast between Dowd’s work and the lukewarm language in the report put forth by Wells when it came to Brady and the Patriots was jarring.)

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Report: Tom Brady goes deep to score in 10-hour hearing, coming across as ‘an A-plus, 10 kind of guy’

06.23.15 at 11:09 pm ET
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Tom Brady shows off his jewelry. (Photo courtesy New England Patriots)

Tom Brady shows off his jewelry at the Patriots’ recent ring party. (New England Patriots)

Maybe, just maybe Tom Brady won’t be serving any time after all.

After a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, it sounds like Brady did himself proud in his 10-hour hearing before NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to appeal his four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate.

Schefter reported the following Tuesday night, following a 10-hour hearing before Goodell, NFL attorney Jeff Pash and the author of the Wells Report, Ted Wells.

“I was told Tom Brady was his greatest ally. He was in that room the entire time and came off, on a scale of 1-10, in the words of a person in that room, as an A-plus, 10 kind of guy,” Schefter reported.

“He gave sincere, genuine answers. He had an explanation for everything that went on in the Wells Report, and anyone who knows and has dealt with Tom Brady knows how genuine he can be. I’m told that genuineness shined through during the course of that appeal, which I think is going to make life more difficult for Roger Goodell to make a decision on.”

The two sides agreed to a confidentiality order from the Commissioner, meaning the details of who said what during the 10 hours of testimony and discussion will likely not be made public until Goodell renders his decision.

But, as Schefter’s report shows, that didn’t keep some from attesting to the tone of the proceeding, which may be just as important as the content and information that was shared.

It’s unknown just how long it will take Goodell to consider the information and testimony collected Tuesday in New York.

 

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After almost 12 hours, Tom Brady appeal hearing wraps up

06.23.15 at 8:58 pm ET
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The Tom Brady appeal hearing wrapped up Tuesday night almost 12 hours after it initially began.

Brady, who had an audience with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell regarding his four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate, didn’t speak with reporters afterward. According to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, no further hearings are scheduled.

“We put on a very compelling case — that’s all I’ll say,” NFLPA attorney Jeffrey Kessler told reporters on the way out of the building.

Ted Wells, who authored the report that ultimately led to Brady’s suspension, was also present. However, he did not have any comment for reporters on the way out of the building.

Going forward, there is no timetable for the announcement of a potential reduction in the penalty, but it is worth noting that article 46 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement requires that a ruling be made “as soon as practicable.”

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