|Roger Goodell has spoken to Robert, Jonathan Kraft since Monday’s Deflategate ruling||04.28.16 at 10:58 am ET|
It appears Robert and Jonathan Kraft have put Monday’s court ruling reinstating Tom Brady’s four-game suspension behind them — at least according to Roger Goodell.
On CBS This Morning, Goodell said he has spoken to both Robert and Jonathan Kraft since Monday’s ruling and they are “moving forward” focusing on league matters.
“Yes, I have,” Goodell said. “I’ve spoken to Robert Kraft, Jonathan Kraft on several occasions on several different matters. Yes, we are moving forward. We have a lot to do. There are a lot of challenges, a lot of positive things and a lot of things we want to accomplish.”
At least in Goodell’s mind, the Deflategate matter is over.
“This is a decision we reached last summer,” he said. “It was the right decision according to the court of appeals. This is the end of the matter. We’re moving forward and focusing on the draft bringing all these prospects into the league tonight and over the weekend.”
Goodell also responded to Drew Brees’ claim earlier this week that he doesn’t trust any NFL-led investigation.
“It’s very simple. In this case we had an independent council look at this case,” Goodell said. “They went through all the facts. We did not participate directly in that. We cooperated, of course. We looked for cooperation from the team and the other individuals. We got some of that. There was an independent investigation on this and an independent report that was presented to me. That is what we based the judgement on and then we had a hearing. We had a process that is articulated in our collective bargaining agreement that has been there for several decades.”
|Roger Goodell on if he would consider reducing Tom Brady’s suspension: ‘We have given that full consideration’||04.27.16 at 5:59 pm ET|
On Monday, the Second Circuit of Appeals court reinstated Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate. Since Monday it has been reported the Patriots have more support across the league than ever, some saying they have been railroaded.
Commissioner Roger Goodell went on ‘The Herd’ with Colin Cowherd Wednesday and was asked if he would ever consider reducing the suspension if owners across the league suggested it.
“We’ve had these discussions,” Goodell said. “This was an issue just about a year ago I think right after I left the draft. When we make these decisions it’s with a tremendous amount of thought and a tremendous amount of consideration. Our staff worked very hard on it. I think we have given that full consideration.
“We’re careful and this is where this is where the commissioner’s authority is important. We don’t allow individual clubs to influence an outcome with respect to discipline because it can effect other clubs. The rules of the league, that is handed to the commissioner by the 32 clubs for exactly that reason — to avoid any club getting a competitive advantage.
“While I listen, I obviously will take anything into consideration. Sometimes it is meaningful. Sometimes there is another point in my view that is more powerful or our staff views as more powerful. You have to balance that and recognizing that it is not likely I am going to find a resolution everyone can agree on.”
Goodell was asked if he felt Monday’s ruling was viewed as a win. He said it wasn’t.
If you thought the NFL and Tom Brady might reach a settlement — don’t hold your breath.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the NFL does not see any need to reopen any settlement talks with Tom Brady and the NFLPA.
Schefter adds neither Brady or the NFLPA has provided “any rationale for settlement discussions.” If the two sides were to reach a settlement, that time would have been last summer.
On Monday, Brady’s four-game suspension was reinstated by the Second Circuit of Appeals and judging by the latest report, it appears it will stay at four games. Brady does have the opportunity to appeal and potentially take it to the Supreme Court, but both are viewed as long shots.
If Brady does miss four games, he will miss Arizona, Miami, Houston and Buffalo with the last three being at home.
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|Drew Brees not trusting any investigation led by Roger Goodell||04.26.16 at 6:49 pm ET|
Tom Brady has another quarterback in his corner — Drew Brees.
Brees spoke to a number of different media outlets on Tuesday for a promotion and naturally Deflategate and Brady’s suspension came up.
“I think we would all agree that he definitely has too much power,” Brees said of Goodell via SI.com. “He is judge, jury and executioner when it comes to all the discipline. I’m not going to trust any league-led investigation, when it comes to anything. It’s not transparent.
“At times, I feel like there is a desired conclusion or agenda that they have in mind and that may prevent the absolute truth from being told or the absolute facts from being presented. At the end of the day, we as the public. We as players don’t ever get to really see that. We don’t get to see those facts, those truths and those things. That’s the unfortunate part of this whole thing.”
Brees, a former member of the NFL Players Association’s executive committee, has been passionate about questioning Goodell ever since the Saints were punished in 2012 for Bountygate.
“Forget the issues at hand here with Deflategate or whatever you want to call it,” Brees told The Dan Patrick Show. “I think this was an issue again where the commissioner’s authority was challenged and the league is gonna do whatever they can to make sure they know that he is in position to make these types of unilateral decisions, and there’s nothing anybody can do about it.”
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|Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo on D&C: ‘[Tom] Brady should just sit back, take his medicine, let it go’||at 10:35 am ET|
Sirius XM Radio host Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, who gloated when Tom Brady’s initial Deflategate suspension was announced last year, checked in with Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Tuesday morning and encouraged Patriots fans to accept Brady’s punishment following Monday’s federal appeals court decision and “get over it.” To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
“You guys have got to move on now,” Russo said (loudly). “He’s going to get four games. That’s all there is to it. The Supreme Court’s not listening to this [appeal]. Those 13 judges aren’t listening to this, the whole circuit appeal court deal [en banc]. This is over. He lost. Move on. It’s not that big a deal in the big picture, for crying out loud. Move on.”
While many in New England continue to insist Brady was railroaded, Russo downplayed the controversy.
“He’s not going to jail for the rest of his life, for crying out loud. It’s four lousy football games,” Russo said. “He’s not going to jail. He’s not wrongly convicted. He’s not going to jail for 20 years. My god, it’s four games. Four Sundays of a phenomenal career he can’t play. He’ll live. He’ll live. You’ll live.”
Russo said Patriots fans should appreciate that some good can come out of this, including having a fresher Brady for the last three-quarters of the season.
“If you look at this from a Brady perspective, or a Patriots [perspective], he’s 40 years old, or whatever he is [actually 39 in August]. So maybe a little less wear and tear,” Russo said. “Look at this as a positive. Forget about arguing what the facts are. The deflate stuff, the balls, who cares? That’s over with now. I don’t mind it. He’s got to figure out a way to serve these four games. Let it go. Four games, the suspension is upheld. You’re not taking this to the Supreme Court. They’re not going to hear it anyway.”
Added Russo: “Brady should just sit back, take his medicine, let it go, put up with the lousy four games. He’s going to live. The team will be fine. [Bill] Belichick can get all motivated — he loves this. He can prove that he can coach without Brady, as he did with [Matt] Cassel the year they went 11-5 and should have made the playoffs . They can go 2-2 at worst, maybe even 3-1 — you’ve got to figure they’ll lose that Arizona game now with the backup. But as a result of that, they get Brady there for Week 5 on October 9th against the Browns, and away we go. You go 10-2, you win 12, 13 games and you take a crack at Denver again in the championship game or somebody else. What’s so bad?”
|Roger Goodell applauds court’s decision to reinstate Tom Brady’s Deflategate suspension||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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|NFLPA ‘disappointed’ in Deflategate appeal ruling, vows to continue ‘fight for players’ rights’||04.25.16 at 12:55 pm ET|
The NFLPA issued a statement Monday afternoon in the wake of the decision in the Deflategate appeal hearing:
“The NFLPA is disappointed in the decision by the Second Circuit. We fought Roger Goodell’s suspension of Tom Brady because we know he did not serve as a fair arbitrator and that players’ rights were violated under our collective bargaining agreement.
“Our Union will carefully review the decision, consider all of our options and continue to fight for players’ rights and for the integrity of the game.”
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