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Judge: ‘Not sure’ Roger Goodell understands there is a CBA 08.26.15 at 12:40 pm ET
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Judge David Doty is no fan of Roger Goodell. (Layne KennedyGetty Images) Football: Portrait of NFL anti-trust trial judge David Doty alone in chambers.  (Photo by Layne Kennedy/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

Judge David Doty is no fan of Roger Goodell. (Layne KennedyGetty Images)

U.S. District Judge David S. Doty, who has ruled on several NFL labor matters over the last few years, took a shot at NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and his interpretation of the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement on Wednesday.

At a hearing Wednesday on a contempt motion filed by the NFL Players Association in the Adrian Peterson case, Doty said everyone was “curious” as to how Judge Richard Berman would rule in the case of Tom Brady and Deflategate. In the process, he took the opportunity to get in a dig at Goodell.

“I’m not sure the commissioner understands there is a CBA,” Doty said.

Doty has ruled against the NFL on many occasions, including a decision to vacate the arbitration award that upheld Peterson’s suspension.

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Browns All-Pro Joe Thomas backs Tom Brady, hammers Roger Goodell over Deflategate 08.23.15 at 9:32 pm ET
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Count Cleveland All-Pro Joe Thomas as being firmly on the side of Tom Brady. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Count Cleveland All-Pro Joe Thomas as being firmly on the side of Tom Brady. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Browns All-Pro left tackle Joe Thomas said Sunday that Tom Brady is being unfairly treated for Deflategate, equating Brady’s four-game suspension for his alleged role in the football deflating flap to “driving 66 [mph] in a 65-speed zone and getting the death penalty.”

Thomas also ripped commissioner Roger Goodell.

“I’m not sure if he realizes what he’s doing is brilliant, but what he’s doing is brilliant because he’s made the NFL relevant 365 [days] by having these outrageous, ridiculous witch hunts,” Thomas said in an interview with ESPN. “It’s made the game more popular than ever and it’s become so much more of an entertainment business and it’s making so much money.

“That’s why I’m sure there’s plenty of people saying this is embarrassing for the league. But it’s an entertainment business when it comes right down to it. When the game gets eyeballs in newspapers and on TV, that’s what in the end is the goal for everyone. And that’s what this controversy is giving them.”

Thomas doesn’t understand the histrionics around air pressure, pointing to the fact that the league allows the quarterbacks to already pre-treat the footballs prior to the game.

“If you want [quarterbacks] to play with a brand new football that comes out of the box, then make that the rule,” Thomas said. “If you’re going to allow them to break it in because you want more passing yards, then let them do whatever they want.

“Who cares if they throw a football that has no air pressure? What does it matter? Why don’t we let the quarterbacks do whatever they want to the football? I don’t understand why there’s any rules.”

Thomas said Brady isn’t a cheater.

“I think he’s trying to do everything he can to gain a competitive advantage to help him do his job better, which is to throw the football,” Thomas said. “Why should we be punishing a guy that wants to do his job better?

“I’m glad that he’s fighting [it],” Thomas said of Brady. “Because it’s good for the game. It’s an entertainment business. It’s turning into the WWE really. It’s like the Vince McMahon stuff. Basically Goodell is like Vince McMahon.”

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Report: John Mara declines request to help negotiate settlement with Tom Brady 08.20.15 at 9:51 pm ET
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The NFL owner who wants Deflategate to be over one way or another has no intention of helping his side come to a settlement with Tom Brady.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Thursday night that Giants co-owner John Mara has declined a request from Roger Goodell and other owners to participate in the talks between the league and NFLPA, citing a competitive conflict of interest arising from the Patriots’ Week 5 game against the Cowboys.

Why would Mara decline to help?

If Brady’€™s four-game suspension is reduced whatsoever, Brady will play in the post-bye Week 5 game against the Cowboys in Dallas, giving the Patriots a better chance to win.

Mara is considered one of the most influential owners who could have a significant influence on a possible settlement. Less than a week after saying Goodell was just doing his job, Mara told WFAN’s Mike Francesa Monday that he just wants a settlement that allows everyone to move on.

There are apparent inconsistencies in Mara’s stance and his pointing to competitive balance as a reason for backing out. Competitive conflict of interest didn’€™t keep Mara from having direct involvement in cap penalties imposed on Dallas and Washington in the post-2011 CBA. He followed that up by suggesting to the Cowboys and Redskins that his two NFC East rivals were lucky the cap penalties weren’t worse.

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Adam Schefter on D&C: Judge Richard Berman ‘clearly attacked the NFL’s side of this in the 2 appearances in court’ at 11:14 am ET
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Adam Schefter

Adam Schefter

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter joined Dennis & Callahan Thursday morning to talk about the latest regarding Tom Brady and Roger Goodell’s battle in court over Deflategate. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Schefter has been present in the New York court room the past two Wednesday’s, as the NFL and the NFLPA along with their lawyers have met with Judge Richard Berman for two public settlement meetings. Berman has made it clear he ultimately wants the two sides to settle.

Early Wednesday, Schefter reported Brady would be willing to take a one-game suspension, which some later reported to be untrue, but Schefter stuck to his report.

“There have been a few people who have suggested, and I still think it’s there, that Brady might be open to a one-game suspension in the right circumstances without having to accept the findings of the Wells Report. This doesn’t mean it’s going to happen — this is just what has gone on with his thinking throughout the process,” Schefter said. “Let me say this, the NFL has never made an offer to this time, there have been no talks. Brady would never take a game, not a single game having to admit the findings of the Wells Report or any guilt on his part. That one game could if it ever happened could be for the NFL saying Tom Brady never failed to cooperate. Eventually we’re going to get to a point here, and Judge Berman has made it very clear that he wants to get this case settled. He made it very clear yesterday that both sides have strengths and weaknesses to their arguments, though he clearly attacked the NFL’s side of this in the two appearances in court.

“That’s not to say Tom Brady has gone to the NFL and said, ‘Please give me a game.’ He’s saying, as I’ve said, he’s open to some form of a small suspension under the right circumstances, which is true. Not that he wants to do that. And again, they might be in a position of power. That was said to me by a couple of different people before the case yesterday, which I think Tom Brady and the NFLPA went in Tom Brady’s favor. And there were other people after who said there’s no chance and I’ve spoken to other people who still say and still think in the end under the right circumstances he might be able to do that. You can’t predict where this is going to go and unfold.”

Schefter noted again how Berman’s main goal is to get a settlement. He was also surprised NFL attorney Daniel Nash went back to the Wells Report in court Wednesday.

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Richard Sherman: Tom Brady getting unfairly treated by NFL in Deflategate flap 08.19.15 at 9:27 pm ET
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Richard Sherman says that Tom Brady is getting a raw deal. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Richard Sherman says that Tom Brady is getting a raw deal. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Richard Sherman has joined a chorus of players who insist that Tom Brady is getting unfair treatment from the league regarding the Deflategate flap.

While the Seattle cornerback didn’t clear Brady of any potential wrongdoing in the incident when speaking with USA TODAY on Wednesday, he did say that Brady’s total fine for missing four games (roughly $2 million in lost game checks because of the proposed suspension) is completely out of line.

“You’re fining players more than you’re fining organizations?” Sherman said, comparing Brady’s lost wages with the $1 million fine levied against the team. “That should bring up some red flags. But nobody’s talking about that.”

Sherman pointed to the double-standard that can exist between the players and owners, referencing the $500,000 fine and six-game suspension levied against Indy owner Jim Irsay for a misdemeanor DUI case.

“Last year, Jim Irsay got fined what, 500 grand?” Sherman said. “Owners can only be fined so much. There’s a cap. And Brady gets fined [roughly $2 million]. Whether the crimes are the same or not, a suspension is a suspension, a fine is a fine. Game checks.

“People are just so focused on, ‘Oh, that’s a huge fine for the organization,'” Sherman added. “It’s not. A million dollars is peanuts to the Patriots, who will make [hundreds of] million dollars this year. Brady … you take away four game checks, and you’re doing this to the organization.”

In the end, Sherman believes the case will have a “minimal impact” on the upcoming season.

“At the end of the day, it’s going to have minimal impact on the season, minimal impact on the rules,” Sherman said. “So it’s just a minor annoyance, really.”

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Report: Tom Brady, Roger Goodell could be back in court Aug. 31 if no agreement reached at 10:51 am ET
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If there’€™s no agreement between the NFL and NFLPA regarding the case involving Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, the two sides will be required to be a part of a meeting with Judge Richard Berman on Aug. 31 at 11 a.m., according to a report from Tom E. Curran of Comcast Sports Net.

Per Curran, during Berman’€™s opening statement Wednesday morning in court –€” a session for which neither Brady nor commissioner Roger Goodell were present –€” the two sides were again encouraged to work together toward a settlement. (That, despite the bitter language that was exchanged in the dual filings that were released last Friday.) Meanwhile, Berman also explained that he will continue to work on the legal aspect of the case.

At Wednesday’€™s session, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith and Brady’s agent Don Yee were in attendance. On the other side, Goodell was not there, but according to Curran, NFL management council Daniel Nash as well as Gregg Levy and Adolpho Birch were present.

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Mike Petraglia talks Tom Brady’s return to court, Tre’ Jackson’s return to practice 08.18.15 at 12:14 pm ET
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FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia discusses Tom Brady‘s absence at Tuesday’s practice to return to court Wednesday for a hearing before judge Richard Berman in the Deflategate saga. Meanwhile, offensive lineman Tre’ Jackson returned to practice Tuesday after a bout with heat and body cramps on Monday.

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