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Hall of Fame clarifies reasons for not allowing Junior Seau’s family to speak at induction for ex-Pats linebacker

07.25.15 at 12:35 pm ET
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MALIBU, CA - JULY 24:Athlete Junior Seau takes part in the Madden NFL 10 Pigskiin Pro-Am on Xbox 360 event  on July 24, 2009 in Malibu, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

MALIBU, CA – JULY 24:Athlete Junior Seau takes part in the Madden NFL 10 Pigskiin Pro-Am on Xbox 360 event on July 24, 2009 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

There’s now some clarification as to why Junior Seau‘€™s family is not being allowed to speak at his Hall of Fame induction ceremony next month.

The New York Times reported Friday that Seau’€™s daughter Sydney would not be allowed to speak on behalf of her late father on the occasion of his induction, with only a video telling Seau’€™s story. Seau, who committed suicide in 2012, was diagnosed after he died with CTE, brought on by hits to his head.

Instead, the Hall issued a statement late Friday indicating that since 2010, posthumous inductees had always been enshrined simply with a video, and no presentation.

“The policy of the Pro Football Hall of Fame since 2010 regarding individuals enshrined posthumously provides for an expanded presenting video (longer than the videos of living inductees) followed by the traditional unveiling of the bronzed bust and no additional comments made from the podium,” the Hall of Fame said in a statement issued late Friday via Pro Football Talk. “This policy is not precedent setting and was implemented for the first time in 2011 when former Los Angeles Rams great Les Richter was inducted posthumously. The Pro Football Hall of Fame looks forward to honoring the careers of Junior Seau and the seven other members of the Class of 2015 during the upcoming Enshrinement Ceremony.”

Seau played for New England, Miami and San Diego over the course of his career. He suited up for the Patriots from 2006 through 2009.

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Report: Colts, Ravens owners most vocal against NFL reducing Tom Brady suspension

07.25.15 at 12:20 pm ET
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According to ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and Colts owner Jim Irsay are the two most vocal owners arguing against the NFL reducing Tom Brady‘€™s four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate.

“[By reducing the suspension] you’€™re angering some of the hard-core owners out there,” said Paolantonio on San Diego’€™s ‘€œMighty 1090’€ Friday. “I know who they are and I’€™m gonna name ‘€˜em right now: Jim Irsay of the Colts. Steve Bisciotti of the Ravens and others in the AFC who believe the Patriots have gotten away with murder for years and have not been publicly punished properly.”

This isn’t exactly surprising considering the whole Deflategate saga started with Colts’ general manager Ryan Grigson sending the NFL a letter the week of the AFC title game accusing the Patriots of deflating footballs.

The Patriots beat the Ravens in the divisional round, using a trick formation leading to the game-tying touchdown. Ravens coach John Harbaugh was upset with the referees with allowing the formations to happen and Tom Brady fired back after the game, saying the Ravens should study the rule book.

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Report: Patriots extend Ryan Allen for 3 years

07.25.15 at 11:15 am ET
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Ryan Allen

Ryan Allen


It’s been a good offseason for two key members of the Patriots’ special teams unit.

Less than a month after signing kicker Stephen Goskowski to a four-year contract, the Patriots have come to terms with punter Ryan Allen on a three-year contract extension, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who cited Allen’s agent Sean Stellato. Financial details of the deal have not been announced.

This is Allen’s third season in New England, after winning the job from Zoltan Mesko during training camp in the summer of 2013.

Allen earned a look as an undrafted free agent out of Louisiana Tech and averaged 45.9 yards per punt in his rookie season. He bettered that last season with a 46.4 yards-per-punt average.

His highlight came in the Super Bowl when he boomed a punt of 64 yards, setting a Super Bowl record.

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Report: Junior Seau’s family won’t be allowed to speak at Hall induction for ex-Patriots linebacker

07.24.15 at 4:49 pm ET
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Junior Seau played the better part of four seasons for the Patriots. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Junior Seau played the better part of four seasons for the Patriots. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

The family of the late Junior Seau will not be allowed to speak at his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame later this summer, according to the New York Times.

The former Patriots linebacker, who committed suicide in 2012, was scheduled to be one of several former players inducted on August 8. However, it was reported Friday that the Hall of Fame will not let his daughter Sydney or anyone else speak on his behalf. Instead, the Hall will show a highlight video of Seau’s career.

“It’s frustrating because the induction is for my father and for the other players, but then to not be able to speak, it’s painful,” Sydney told the Times. “I just want to give the speech he would have given. It wasn’t going to be about this mess. My speech was solely about him.”

The move is an apparent attempt to dodge any questions regarding Seau’s suicide in 2012 and the subsequent diagnosis of traumatic brain injury that doctors said they believed was brought on by hits to his head. There’s also the matter of the lawsuit that Seau’s family has filed against the league.

Joe Horrigan, a spokesman for the Hall of Fame, told the Times that Seau’s brain injury and suicide have nothing to with the decision to only show a video.

Seau played for New England, Miami and San Diego over the course of his career. He suited up for the Patriots from 2006 through 2009.

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Report: NFL believes Tom Brady ultimately will accept reduced suspension in Deflategate case

07.24.15 at 12:20 pm ET
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The back and forth continues between Tom Brady, the NFLPA and the league continues.

According to Jason Cole of Bleacher Report, the NFL is of the belief it will “wear [Brady] down and get him to accept a deal that will include him missing games as a result of the Deflategate investigation.”

In his video posted to Bleacher Report, Cole went on to say: “Exactly what Brady will agree to and the wording of that penalty is what will be interesting to see because he will want to have a denial that he had anything to do with the deflation of footballs and ultimately this will be about him not cooperating with the league.

“But the key thing here for the league is that they believe the pressure point is going to be at the start of training camp — if they can get the deal done then because at that point in time, Brady will want to focus on football almost exclusively and get the entire Deflategate matter put behind him and in the rear mirror as he goes towards the 2015 season.”

Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension was heard on June 23. Training camp gets underway next Thursday.

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Report: Tom Brady’s Deflategate appeal ruling unlikely to come Friday

07.24.15 at 9:51 am ET
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So much for the Friday afternoon news dump.

Multiple reports now indicate that a ruling on Tom Brady‘s appeal in the Deflategate case will likely not come Friday.

While NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said earlier this week there is no timetable for a decision, the delay continues to drag on. Thursday marked the one-month anniversary of Brady’s appeal hearing with Goodell in New York. In addition, Patriots training camp is set to open next week.

The news was first reported by ESPN’s Ed Werder.

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Despite Deflategate, Tom Brady tops NFLPA top 50 player sales list

07.24.15 at 7:00 am ET
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Tom Brady can still move a lot of products. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Despite Deflategate, the image of Tom Brady can still move a lot of products. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Tom Brady may be under fire for his role in Deflategate, but his image is still one of the hottest-selling commodities in the NFL.

According to the National Football League Players Association, Brady ranks No. 1 on the NFLPA Top 50 Player Sales List for the most recent quarter. The list, which is based on total sale of all officially licensed NFL merchandise from March 1 through May 31, had Brady on top, leading Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Seattle signal-caller Russell Wilson, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Denver’s Peyton Manning, all of whom round out the Top 5.

The list is based on overall sales of all licensed products from online and traditional retail outlets as reported by more than 80 NFLPA licensees such as Nike, VF Imagewear, Fanatics, Outerstuff, Fathead, McFarlane Toys, Oyo Sports, Bleacher Creatures, FBF Originals, Forever Collectibles, FanPrint and Photo File.

Licensed product categories include men’s, women’s and youth game jerseys and t-shirts, player murals, figurines, matted and framed photos, bobbleheads, drinkware, socks, jewelry, electronic device accessories, among others. According to the report, Brady outsold all players in Oyo Sports mini-figures, Forever Collectibles bobbleheads (followed by teammate Rob Gronkowski), Fatheads and Lids custom player headwear.

Gronkowski (No. 14) and Julian Edelman (No. 35) were the only other Patriots to appear in the Top 50.

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