|Roger Goodell won’t ‘speculate’ on what NFL will do with Tom Brady following Deflategate appeal||02.05.16 at 3:55 pm ET|
While all eyes in the football world are on Super Bowl 50 this weekend, in about a month they will all be focused on a New York court room when the NFL’s appeal of Deflategate will be heard.
The NFL is appealing the reversal of Tom Brady‘s four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate.
Goodell, speaking at his state of the league address in San Fransisco Friday, was asked by the New York Daily News’ Gary Meyers if the league does wins the appeal, will Brady’s four-game suspension go back into effect?
Once again, Goodell never directly answered the question saying he isn’t focused on the matter and he doesn’t want to speculate on what may or may not happen.
“This is not an individual player issue. This is about the rights that we negotiated in our collective bargaining agreement,” Goodell told reporters. “We think they are very clear. We think they are important to the league going forward and we disagree with the District judge’s decision. We are appealing that, which is part of the legal process. I am not focused on it right now. I am not going to speculate what we’re going to do depending on the outcome. We’ll let the outcome be dictated by the appeals court. When that happens, we’ll deal with it then.”
The NFL’s appeal of a district court decision vacating the suspension of the quarterback will be heard on March 3.
|Roger Goodell: PSI information was ‘not data for research,’ rather ‘just to see if there was a violation’||02.05.16 at 3:32 pm ET|
Speaking at his annual state of the league press conference in San Fransisco, a question about Deflategate was bound to be asked to Roger Goodell — and it was.
CSNNE’s Tom E. Curran asked the commissioner about what he said earlier in the week about the PSI information collected this year being part of spot checks and not a research project and also what constitutes a violation.
Goodell never directly answered Curran’s question, but did repeat what he said earlier in the week by saying the data collected was just to see if there was a violation committed.
“It’s also important that the data that was collected in that was not data for research,” Goodell told reporters. “It was data that collected just to see if there was a violation. Our people never found violations.”
Below is the complete exchange between Curran and Goodell:
Curran: “Earlier this week you said during your “spot checks” that no violations of the PSI rule were found. What actually constitutes a violation now? Did you find anything under 12.5? In the spirit of getting better, doesn’t this whole thing demand transparency in terms of what the numbers were and what the standards will be going forward?”
Goodell: “As you know, at the beginning of the season we made changes to our protocols of how we were going to manage the footballs. That is how they were going to be managed in the moment. They were taken into the stadium right after the game. We have implemented that. As part of that, and it happens in most of our game operations areas, we conduct random checks. We make sure the clubs understand that we will look at that type of procedure and make sure there were no violations of that. We did that, in a very limited basis. We don’t disclose all the specifics on that because it’s meant as a deterrent. If you tell everybody how many times you’re checking, which games you’re checking, it’s not much of a deterrent. It’s a deterrent when they think that game may be being checked.
“It’s also important that the data that was collected in that was not data for research. It was data that collected just to see if there was a violation. Our people never found violations. There was never an accusation of a violation by any other club. And so we’re comfortable that this policy, this rule was followed by our clubs. And we do this across the board on our game operations. There are many areas in our game operations that requires that type of thing.
“Second of all, we did a great deal of research, scientific analysis last year. That was part of the appeal hearing. There was Ted Wells’ report where [he wanted] independent people to study this type of issue. The intent of what we were doing was not a research project, it was to make sure that our policies were followed just like we do in other areas of our game operations.”
|Report: Former Patriots practice squad RB Montee Ball arrested for allegedly pushing girlfriend||02.05.16 at 2:02 pm ET|
According to Madison.com, former Patriots practice squad running back Montee Ball was arrested by Madison, Wisconsin police early Friday morning after he allegedly pushed his girlfriend into a table at a hotel.
The girlfriend reportedly had a cut on her leg that required stitches.
Ball was outside the hotel and reportedly was cooperative. The running back played his college ball at Wisconsin.
He spent the last few months of the 2015 season on the Patriots practice squad, but was one of two players who finished the year on the practice squad and didn’t sign a futures contract to stay with the team.
The other was J.J. Worton, who was charged with two counts of indecent assault and battery on a person aged 14 and over and one count of assault and battery the day before the AFC title game.
In two seasons in the NFL, Ball has 175 carries for 731 yards and five touchdowns, both years being with the Broncos.
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|Tom Brady has clock in gym ticking down to Super Bowl 51||02.05.16 at 6:00 am ET|
In an 1-on-1 interview with CSNNE’s Tom E. Curran Thursday, Tom Brady Sr. talked about his son’s passion and how motivated he is for next season already, less than two weeks removed from falling in this year’s AFC title game.
“Tommy is a football player,” Brady Sr. said. “This is not a July-January or February endeavor for him. He loves two-a-days that started for him a week ago that will be two-a-days from January 20 to the next February. He has a countdown clock in his gym that is now ticking to next year’s Super Bowl. It’s clicking, yes. And he is still doing his two-a-days.”
Of course Deflategate did come up and Brady Sr. said his son is at peace with what has happened and this whole year has been harder on him as Brady’s dad than maybe it has been on Brady himself.
“He’s at peace. He believes 100 percent that he did nothing wrong,” Brady Sr. said. “That is fine and dandy. He’s at peace. It’s often times harder for parents when your kid is being attacked that you become more defensive. I know that things maybe have happened to me in my life that I felt that I’ve been wronged, but I can let that go, but when somebody in any way hurts your child, you take it way more personally even if you have yourself.
“This is 12 months removed. We’re done. We’re on to Super Bowl 51 right now.”
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|Tom Brady Sr.: Roger Goodell’s recent comments on PSI information ‘laughable’||02.04.16 at 9:42 am ET|
While it is unlikely Tom Brady will comment on Roger Goodell’s recent remarks on the NFL doing “spot checks” and not a research study taking PSI readings from footballs in random games over the course of the the 2015 season, his dad is doing the talking for him.
“What the league did this year was what we do with a lot of rules and policies designed to protect the integrity of the game and that is to create a deterrent effect — that we do spot checks to prevent and make sure the clubs understand that we’re watching these issues,” Goodell said on The Rich Eisen Show Tuesday. “It wasn’t a research study. They simply were spot checks.”
Goodell didn’t say if the league would be releasing the data.
“That’s laughable. It’s just laughable,” Brady Sr. said in an interview with Christopher Gasper of The Boston Globe. “I don’t unfortunately think it was in the league’s best interest to release something that exonerated Tom. All the rest of it is nonsense. It’s air.”
It’s been a long year for both Brady and his family. The quarterback’s dad wished it would have ended differently on the field.
“It’s been a crazy, difficult year. It’s disappointing we didn’t cap it off in Santa Clara,” Brady Sr. said.
As tough as the year has been on everyone, Brady Sr. said he and his wife are trying to not let it affect them on a day-to-day basis.
“My wife and I have decided as it affected us last year, we’re not going to let it affect us moving forward,” he said. “We’re trying to forgive an obvious plastering of our son’s reputation. We’re trying to say, you know what, forgive and forget. As a Christian, it is eating me up inside. It ate my wife up. It’s had to do. It’s easy to be bitter.”
As of Wednesday night, Brady Sr. did not know if his son would attend Super Bowl 50, as part of the NFL honoring the previous Super Bowl MVPs.
|Dean Blandino: NFL ‘evaluating’ PSI information from ‘spot checks’||02.03.16 at 10:10 pm ET|
Deflategate is back in the news this week as Roger Goodell said the NFL conducted “spot checks,” not a research study this season when testing PSIs at random games this season. Goodell said there were no violations and didn’t make any comments on whether or not the league would release any data from the checks.
Wednesday night, appearing on Sirius XM radio, vice president of NFL officiating Dean Blandino was asked about the testing and he said the league is still “evaluating” the information collected.
“We did spot checks throughout the year and we measured PSI levels and recorded that information,” Blandino said. “Right now we’re evaluating the information. We didn’t have any violations this year, but again, we’re still in that evaluation phase to look at the information and then we’ll see what that tells us.”
This topic is likely to continue over the next few days, as Goodell gives his state of the league address and takes questions on Friday afternoon.
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|Rob Gronkowski not big Pro Bowl fan: ‘That game might need to be changed’||02.03.16 at 7:54 pm ET|
The Patriots had seven players make the Pro Bowl and all seven didn’t attend the game.
The game was a week after the Patriots fell to the Broncos in the AFC championship, which Gronkowski said was a major reason why he didn’t go. The tight end said it wasn’t a joint decision for the entire team not to go, it just worked out that way.
Gronkowski also said he believes the Pro Bowl should be changed.
“Just the way it worked out. Didn’t talk to anyone about it,” he said, appearing on the NFL Network from San Fransisco Wednesday night. “That game might need to be changed. You can’t go from a whole season, AFC championship game, giving it all you got and thinking you’re going to hop on a flight to fly 12 hours to Hawaii that next Tuesday when I still can’t even walk because I took like 20 hits that game.
“I was good. I was not hopping on that plane. Just be more tight, more sore and just be miserable the whole ride. If it was changed, I mean — I totally understand, if you don’t go to the playoffs you have a few weeks off, Pro Bowl is awesome. But it is hard to go to that game –giving it all you got then going right to the Pro Bowl. You have to have your body rest.”
The tight end said once the season is over it is all about getting his body healthy and ready for the next season.
“After the season I am getting my body right,” Gronkowski said. “I didn’t move out of my house for the first five days until I left for the Senior Bowl to watch my brother. But for the first five days I was just taking care of all my injuries, all the bumps and bruises. Making sure your body is right.”
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