|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’||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.”
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that the league is aware of the charges involving Peyton Manning and HGH.
“We take every allegation of violations of our policies, our procedures, particularly as it relates to safety very seriously,” Goodell said when asked about the report involving the Denver quarterback. “When these allegations first came up, we immediately began our own investigation. We were clear of making sure we were working with the other sports who were involved with the World Anti-Doping Association to make sure that we were getting all the pertinent information.
“We will work with law enforcement if they are involved. We will also continue our own investigations and working cooperatively with everyone to make sure we’re taking this seriously, that we find out the conclusions. When we find out the facts we will share them as we have in the past. We will want to make sure that we are transparent.”
Goodell then added that the league does not have “an independent investigation going on that this point, other than working with the other league and with WADA.”
He added: “If we feel that is necessary at some point we may do that. At this point we don’t.”
Goodell also contended the NFL is investigating the allegations involving Manning every bit as stringently as it did Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Deflategate.
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|Michael McCann on Dale & Holley: ‘Evidence suggests that [Tom Brady] has been defamed’||at 10:38 am ET|
Sports Illustrated legal analyst Michael McCann joined Dale & Holley with Thornton on Wednesday to discuss the latest chapter in Deflategate. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.
After league commissioner Roger Goodell announced the NFL would not release PSI measurements taken over the course of the season, many have been left searching for answers.
“I would imagine one possible answer is that the results don’t corroborate some of the theories the NFL offered last year about deflated footballs,” McCann said. “There’s also the possibility that the NFL doesn’t want to share information that could be used by Tom Brady, not in the appeal, but if Tom Brady were to pursue a defamation lawsuit against the NFL.”
The possibility of a Brady defamation suit as been thrown around a lot this week after many suspect the NFL is hiding something by not releasing its data. Although it undoubtedly would drag this case out much longer than he would like it, it is certainly an option for Brady.
“The evidence suggests that he has been defamed, in the sense that there have been things said about him that basic tenets of science repudiate,” McCann said. “If you’re him, you could clearly show that you’ve been harmed. His reputation has been harmed, he’s been embarrassed, the rest of the country calls him a cheater. … Do I think he’s going to do it? No. But I would be pretty furious if I were him.”
|Adam Schefter on D&C: ‘The league made up the rules as they went along’ regarding checking footballs||02.03.16 at 11:42 am ET|
ESPN’s Adam Schefter checked in with Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Wednesday morning to discuss Roger Goodell’s comments to the media about Deflategate. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
While addressing the media on Tuesday, Goodell announced that he would not be releasing the PSI data the league had previously claimed to be collecting. He said that the league only conducted “spot checks” and that no violations were found. This has left Patriots fans outraged, wondering if that data could have helped prove Tom Brady‘s innocence.
“I’ll say this, if the numbers came out and supported the league’s contention, I’m just guessing here, we probably would have heard more about that … but that didn’t happen,” Schefter said, adding: “The league has been, I think, inconsistent. In this particular case, the league made up the rules as they went along.”
Around this time last year, deflated footballs seemed to be of the utmost importance to Goodell and the NFL. Now, it seems the league has changed its tune.
“The league made a huge deal out of the Patriots’ footballs, but then this year I think it probably got a little bit more educated on the topic, more educated than it was at that particular time,” Schefter said. “I think that reflected that it was more along the lines of what people in New England thought and not along the lines of what people across the rest of the league might have thought.”
|Roger Goodell has ‘great admiration’ for Tom Brady, but will protect integrity of game ‘without compromise’||02.02.16 at 4:40 pm ET|
Goodell was asked of his relationship with Brady and if he’s been in contact with the quarterback while the Deflategate saga is still playing out.
The commissioner said he has “great admiration” for Brady, but noted he needs to protect the integrity of the game.
“My first obligation as you know, Rich, is to uphold the integrity of the game and uphold the rules of the game and make sure that all 32 teams are operating under the same rules, all players are operating under the same rules,” Goodell told Eisen. “You do that on a consistent basis. I have great admiration for Tom. I know him personally. Obviously, I respect his playing ability. He’s an extraordinary player, a sure Hall of Famer.
“I have nothing but admiration for him, but I have to make sure we continue to do the things that are necessary to protect the integrity of our game and I will do that without compromise.”
Another quarterback has been in the news of late, with Manning being accused of having HGH sent to his house in 2011 under his wife Ashley’s name. The NFL has said it will investigate the matter, which Goodell confirmed on Tuesday.
The commissioner noted, “just like in any investigation, we allow the facts to come about.”
“That report involved allegations that we take very seriously,” Goodell said. “There were allegations well beyond any individual player. We take those seriously. We’re working with law enforcement. We’re working with the world anti-doping agency, Major League Baseball, who was also involved with that, to make sure we investigate that seriously, fully, thoughtfully, and just like in any investigation, we allow the facts to come about. That is what the focus is right now. We have players and others obviously who have committed their full cooperation and that is important in the context of getting to the facts.”
Manning has been on record saying the NFL will not find any wrongdoing on his part in regards to the matter.
Over the course of the 2015 regular season, the NFL randomly tested PSI levels of footballs both before, at halftime and after select games.
It was thought this was part of research being done following the Deflategate saga from last year’s AFC title game and the Patriots.
Appearing on The Rich Eisen Show Tuesday, commissioner Roger Goodell said this wasn’t part of a research project, but rather was “spot checks” to make sure the teams comply with the rules.
“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. “It wasn’t a research study. They simply were spot checks.
“There were no violations this year. We’re pleased that we haven’t had any violations, and we continue the work obviously to consistently and importantly enforce the integrity of the game and rules designed there to protect them.”
It is still unclear if the NFL will release the exact PSI readings from the games where they randomly tested footballs.
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