|04.26.16 at 9:06 am ET|
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell hailed the court’s decision on Deflategate Tuesday morning, telling Bloomberg TV that he was “obviously pleased” with the ruling that will now leave quarterback Tom Brady on the sidelines for the start of the 2016 season.
“We think that was the right decision,” he said. “They were very firm in their decision that that was within our authority and the judgments were based on solid facts. So we’re actually pleased with that, and we hope we can move on from there.”
He added: “We think it’s important that the commissioner protect the integrity of the game, that you can’t entrust that to someone who has no understanding of our business, and the appellate court yesterday reaffirmed that. So we think this is an important element of our success. We obviously have changed our discipline process through the years and we will continue to do that if we think it’s in the best interests of the NFL.”
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|04.25.16 at 8:01 pm ET|
Someone appears happy Tom Brady’s suspension is back on.
On Monday, former Broncos offensive lineman Tyler Polumbus tweeted: Deflategate’s back! Patriots are NFL’s version of baseball’s steroid era. Should be total black eye. Instead, coddled & hidden 4 good play.
Polumbus won the Super Bowl with the Broncos this past season, but the retired earlier this offseason. He began his career with Denver as an undrafted free agent in 2008 and then returned to finish his career this past season after he was released by the Falcons in late September.
Deflategate’s back! Patriots are NFL’s version of baseball’s steroid era. Should be total black eye. Instead, coddled & hidden 4 good play
— Tyler Polumbus (@Tyler_Polumbus) April 25, 2016
|04.25.16 at 7:25 pm ET|
Tom Brady isn’t the only one upset with the court ruling siding with the NFL and reinstating Brady’s suspension for his role in Deflategate.
Brady is now suspended the first four games of the 2016 season.
“We are obviously very disappointed,” Brady’s attorney Jeffrey Kessler said on ESPN Radio’s Russillo and Kanell Show Monday.
Kessler and the NFLPA firmly believe Goodell ruling on the case violated the CBA.
“The issues in court are the CBA and Goodell’s power,” he said. “… This is not a factual decision, but we think it’s wrong about the CBA. We think this decision, as the dissent wrote, violated the CBA and the basic bargain the Union made with the owners and that has always been the Union’s position on this case.”
As for what is next, Kessler said Brady and the NFLPA will weigh all their legal options, but he wouldn’t comment on specifics.
The attorney was asked if Brady would ever settle with the NFL and he gave a response that hinted maybe Brady would have settled last summer.
“I’m not going to comment on that,” Kessler said. “This case could have been settled a long time ago if the NFL was willing to be reasonable.”
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|04.25.16 at 5:33 pm ET|
Sports Illustrated legal analyst Michael McCann joined Dale & Holley on Monday to discuss the latest with the Tom Brady Deflategate case as on Monday the court reinstated the quarterback’s four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate. To listen to the interview, visit the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.
McCann wasn’t surprised with the judges siding with the NFL having been the courtroom for the hearing, but he was surprised with how fast a ruling was reached.
“The lightning speed — I mean look, the Adrian Peterson case is still going on,” McCann said. “The hearing for Adrian Peterson was last October. He still doesn’t have a decision in his federal appeal. This happened so quickly, rapid speed. Almost unheard of. It happens just very rare. The speed of it, very surprising. In terms of the decision, I took sense when I was at the hearing that two of the three judges, the judges that ruled against Brady were very skeptical of the NFLPA’s arguments and they certainly seemed to favor the NFL. From that lens, I wasn’t completely surprised.
“I thought they would remand the case, rather than just reverse. Had they remanded it, it would have gone back to Judge Berman to rule on three other issues that he didn’t rule on. It would have been a much better outcome for Brady, not what he sought, but better than what he got. This is the second-to-worst case scenario for Brady. The worst would be if the decision was 3-0. There’s a silver lining that Judge Katzmann is the dissenting voice. That could help him going forward. Clearly, this was a disappointing day for Brady.”
McCann detailed what is next for Brady, as Adam Schefter reported late Monday Brady isn’t pleased and is mulling his options.
“The main option is to seek a [review] where Brady would ask that the entire Second Circuit Court of Appeals consider this case. Basically, a new appeal,” McCann said. “Rarely granted in the Second Circuit. It’s only granted less than one percent of the time. I think the odds are a little bit better here. A, It is a split decision. And B, I think a very important point, the Chief Judge is the dissenting voice. This is the person at the top. This is the person at the top saying, ‘You know what, my two colleagues got it wrong. Tom Brady shouldn’t be suspended.’ I would have to think some of the other judges are going to be sympathetic to that or at least interested in that viewpoint. It won’t be easily dismissed.
|04.25.16 at 4:40 pm ET|
It appears Tom Brady and the NFLPA won’t accept the ruling handed down by the Second Circuit of Appeals rescinding Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Brady is “not ready to accept” the ruling from the court that he needs to serve his four-game suspension. The report adds the matter is “not yet” over and Brady is mulling his options with his legal team.
As it stands now, Brady will miss games against Arizona, Miami, Houston and Buffalo.
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|04.25.16 at 4:07 pm ET|
So what happens with the Patriots at quarterback if Tom Brady is forced to sit for the first four games of the 2016 season? At this point on the calendar, Plan B is backup Jimmy Garoppolo, a second-round pick out of Eastern Illinois who has seen limited action to this point in his career, but is maybe best described as solid at this point in his development.
But if the Patriots aren’t completely enamored with Garoppolo’s overall development or if they simply want to expand their depth at the position while waiting for Brady to return, they do have some other options. With the draft looming at the end of the week and a handful of bodies still available in free agency, here are a few possibilities for New England at the quarterback spot.
(One thing to remember: When the Patriots draft a quarterback or sign one as an undrafted free agent later this spring, it shouldn’t necessarily be seen as a wide-ranging referendum on Garoppolo. Only one team has drafted more quarterbacks since 1999 than New England, and that doesn’t even begin to take into account the various free agents — both undrafted and otherwise — that have been added to the Patriots’ roster over the years. Bottom line? They get a quarterback every spring. The context may have changed because of Monday’s announcement, but they’ll follow the same routine this time around.)
Brian Hoyer: The 30-year-old was signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan State in 2009, and served as a backup to Brady from 2009-11. Along the way, he saw action in 13 games, going 27-for-43 (63 percent) with 286 passing yards and a touchdown. Hoyer has since played in Arizona, Cleveland and Houston, but was cut loose by the Texans earlier this offseason. In his career he’s made 26 starts, completed 58 percent of his passes for 7,163 yards to go along with 38 touchdown passes and 26 interceptions. His familiarity with the scheme and coaching staff, plus the fact that he’d come relatively cheaply, make him a legitimate option in this instance.
Ryan Fitzpatrick: You know he went to Harvard, right? The bearded one is still on the market because the Jets have been playing a game of high-stakes chicken with the 33-year-old, who has played for Buffalo, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Houston, Tennessee and the New York Jets over the course of his career. Last season in North Jersey, he completed 60 percent of his passes for 3,905 yards, to go along with 31 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. The chances here are extremely unlikely, as he’s likely looking for more security in the form of a long-term deal and a payday commensurate with his decent year last season.
|04.25.16 at 2:27 pm ET|
With Tom Brady now being suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season as the Second Circuit of Appeals reinstated Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate on Monday, Bovada has put out odds for the Patriots’ first four games of the season.
It’s safe to say Vegas doesn’t believe in Jimmy Garoppolo, the player likely to take Brady’s place under center.
According to Bovada LV, the over/under for Patriots wins in the first four games of 2016 regular season if Brady does not start is 1.5.
New England travels to Arizona the first week of the season, but then hosts the Dolphins, Texans and Bills.
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