|05.20.15 at 6:56 pm ET|
But in an interview with Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Revis took some thinly veiled shots at Brady and the Patriots in the wake of punishment handed down for their alleged role in Deflategate.
“Everybody’s blowing it up because it is Tom Brady,” Revis told the Daily News Wednesday. “I understand that. But if [the NFL] feels he did the crime or he did something and they want to penalize them, then that’s that. [The Patriots] have a history of doing stuff. You can’t hide that. Tom was there when they did that stuff in the past.”
The remarks were the first from Revis since the punishment was levied by the National Football League.
Revis, according to Mehta, made it clear that he was unaware of any wrongdoing by Brady in his one season with the Patriots that ended with a Super Bowl title.
But Revis did hint that the franchise’s rule-breaking history, such as Spygate, likely played a role in this latest punishment.
“New England’s been doing stuff in the past and getting in trouble,” Revis told Mehta. “When stuff repeatedly happens, then that’s it. I don’t know what else to tell you. Stuff repeatedly happened through the years. You got SpyGate, you got this and that and everything else. Obviously in those situations in the past, they had the evidence. So they did what they needed to do.”
|05.20.15 at 3:09 pm ET|
Speaking publicly for the first time since the release of the Wells Report, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he admired the decision of Patriots owner Robert Kraft to not fight any potential punishment around Deflategate, but said the move will not have an impact when it comes to the appeal of quarterback Tom Brady.
“I look forward to hearing from Tom if there’s new information, so we can get this right,” Goodell said at the conclusion of the NFL meetings Wednesday afternoon in San Francisco.
Goodell said he had not made a decision on the NFLPA’s request to recuse himself as the hearing officer in Brady’s appeal.
“I have great admiration and respect for Tom Brady, but the rules have to be enforced on a uniform basis,” Goodell added of Brady, who is facing a four-game suspension. “Any time anyone’s suspended from a game that they love, it’s difficult.”
Goodell was not sure of a potential date for the appeal, saying that he has been focused on the business at the league meetings. He added that he looks forward to speaking with Brady, saying “the key for us” is to be able to allow for any information that Brady and the reps have when it comes to the story to be added.
Goodell also indicated that while he anticipates changes in the pregame protocol when it comes to how footballs will be handled, those changes have yet to be put in place.
He was also asked if the NFL told the Patriots to suspend two team employees, Jim McNally and John Jastremski for their role, and Goodell answered, “No.”
On Tuesday, Kraft said he would “reluctantly” accept the penalties imposed by the league after the investigation into the team’s use of underinflated footballs in last year’s AFC title game — a $1 million fine, and the loss of draft picks in 2016 (first round) and 2017 (fourth round).
The commissioner praised Kraft for his decision.
“The decision Robert made was his decision,” said the commissioner. “I admire and respect Robert, as you all know. We’ve had plenty of discussions over the last couple of weeks, and this was his initiative and something he wanted to do, and I certainly admire the step he took.”
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|05.20.15 at 1:23 pm ET|
According to a CNN report, Aaron Hernandez played a role in an apparent gang fight Monday at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, where the former Patriots tight end is being held after receiving a life sentence for murder.
CNN, crediting a law enforcement source, reports that Hernandez served as a lookout for a prisoner who went into another inmate’s cell and engaged in a fight. All three individuals are being disciplined, with Hernandez placed in a special management section of the prison.
Hernandez was convicted in the 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd. He is due back in court Thursday for a status hearing related to his second trial, for a 2012 double-homicide in Boston.
|05.20.15 at 10:16 am ET|
ProFootballTalk.com’s Mike Florio checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show on Wednesday morning to discuss why Robert Kraft ended the Patriots’ fight against the NFL over Deflategate. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Kraft held a press conference Tuesday from the owners meetings in San Francisco and stunned Patriots fans by announcing he would accept the league’s penalties in an attempt to move past the controversy. Florio said he agrees with the widespread speculation that Kraft struck a deal with Goodell, although he’s not sure what it might entail.
“Whether it’s just for future considerations, whether it’s for a Super Bowl in Foxboro at some point in the next decade, whether it’s a wink/nod, ‘Don’t breathe a word of it to anybody but maybe Roger Goodell’s going to reduce Tom Brady‘s suspension’ type of a promise, there’s got to be something. Because you don’t pivot that quickly.
“Robert Kraft said yesterday you measure nine times and you cut once, and that same mindset applied when they issued the 20,000-word manifesto just six days ago, the 50-minute angry interview with Peter King. These are things that even though emotional on the surface were not the product of anything but careful and deliberate thought. Strategy went into both of those two things, and strategy went into what we saw yesterday. He’s not going to fold the tents simply in exchange for nothing.”
Added Florio: “Logic, common sense, you start piecing it together — OK, there was the report of the talks [between Kraft and Goodell], they had been talking, they’re working something out, and the Patriots’ aspect of it is we’re going to take our medicine and go home. Now the return on that bargain comes down the road. We just don’t know what it is. And they’re never going to tell us what it is. For all the leaks that we’ve seen in this case, I don’t think anybody’s going to come out and say what it was, especially because there may be only two people on the earth who know — Robert Kraft and Roger Goodell.”
|05.19.15 at 7:00 pm ET|
The Patriots did register one victory of sorts Tuesday on the first day of owner’s meetings in San Francisco.
The extra point will not be nearly as routine as in years past as owners approved the competition committee’s proposal to move the try back 13 yards. The PAT will be snapped from the 15-yard line and kicked from the 23-yard line. This proposal was tried last preseason. The result will be a 33-yard extra point after every touchdown or a two-point attempt.
Two-point conversions will remain at the 2-yard line. The new rule also gives the defense the ability to score two points on returns of failed two-point tries.
According to the rule change, if the defense returns a failed two-point try for a touchdown (i.e. interception, fumble return), they will be awarded two points. Previously, the play was simply blown dead.
Owners also considered a proposal by the Patriots similar to the adopted plan, but without the defense’s ability to score. A plan proposed by Philadelphia called for a 15-yard PAT and the ball on the 1-yard line for two-point attempts.
|05.19.15 at 4:13 pm ET|
In the wake of Robert Kraft’s announcement that the Patriots will accept the punishment from the league as the result of Deflategate, the NFLPA issued the following statement Tuesday afternoon, formally requesting that Roger Goodell recuse himself from serving as the arbitrator in Tom Brady‘s appeal case. Their statement reads:
The NFLPA has formally requested that Commissioner Roger Goodell recuse himself as the arbitrator in Tom Brady‘s disciplinary appeal. Given a process that has contained procedural violations of our collective bargaining agreement, the Commissioner’s role as a central witness in the appeal hearing and his evident partiality with respect to the Wells report, the Commissioner must designate a neutral party to serve as an arbitrator in this matter. The players also believe that the Commissioner’s history of inconsistently issuing discipline against our players makes him ill-suited to hear this appeal in a fair-minded manner.
If the NFL believes the Ted Wells report has credibility because it is independent, then the NFL should embrace our request for an independent review.
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|05.19.15 at 2:09 pm ET|
With Robert Kraft accepting the penalties against the Patriots for their role in Deflategate, the simple question is, do you agree with Kraft’s decision?
Do you agree with Robert Kraft accepting the Patriots' penalties for Deflategate?
- No (87%, 5,202 Votes)
- Yes (13%, 783 Votes)
Total Voters: 5,985