|Roger Goodell: ‘We have not put a timeframe on Ted Wells’ with Deflategate investigation||03.25.15 at 3:06 pm ET|
The investigation led by Ted Wells into Deflategate has now approached two months, and it doesn’t look like an end is coming anytime soon.
Speaking at the NFL owners’ meetings in Arizona on Wednesday, Roger Goodell said the league hasn’t put a timeframe on the investigation.
“We have not put a timeframe on Ted Wells,” Goodell said. “We’ve asked him to be thorough, complete and when he is finished with that, he’ll give that to us and to the public in general.”
A followup question was then asked if the league was at all at fault for possibly staining the Patriots’ reputation in the two weeks leading up to Super Bowl XLIX.
“We think we made it very clear at the Super Bowl,” said Goodell. “We were not making any judgments, that we were obligated as part of our role to make sure we understand the facts. Whenever there is a charge potentially of a violation of our rules, we take it very seriously, and that’s our obligation. That’s our obligation to the other 31 clubs. Ted Wells will be going through the report. If there was anything that we as a league did incorrectly, we’ll know in that report.”
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|Robert Kraft: There’s ‘no smoking gun’ in Deflategate flap||03.23.15 at 4:51 pm ET|
Robert Kraft said Monday “there is no smoking gun” when it comes to the deflated football controversy that enveloped the Patriots for nearly a month earlier this year.
The Patriots owner, speaking with reporters at the league meetings in Arizona, was asked about the Deflategate scandal and the ongoing investigation, but replied by saying, “I like to worry about things I can control.”
“I know that there’s no smoking gun here. I’ve chatted with our people,” he said. “I think I said it pretty well the week before the Super Bowl. We’re worried about the 2015 season and that’s our focus.”
However, Kraft did offer a clarification of his statement during Super Bowl week. In a strongly worded press conference, he appeared to take some shots at the league and commissioner Roger Goodell over the probe.
“I want to clarify,” Kraft said. “First of all, when I spoke a week before the Super Bowl, I was speaking to the league office. (Goodell) is in charge. I think he has a pretty tough job. As a matter of fact, some of my friends say there’s two jobs they don’t want: President of the United States and commissioner of the NFL. He has a very hard job. I think he does a very fine job at what he does. It’s tough, but he needs to make sure all the people working in the system are also doing it.”
He added: “The most important thing is to get the right information, to get the facts and the truth. We determined that we should bring [criminal attorney] Ted Wells to further the investigation. We haven’t given him a timetable except to be thorough, be fair and get to the truth. When he’s completed his report, that will be made public as well as to all of us.”
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In a Monday morning article at Sports Illustrated’s website, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell talked to SI’s Peter King about Deflategate and other news from the 2014 NFL season.
The AFC championship game, in which the Patriots were accused of using footballs deflated below the legal level, was over two months ago, and the NFL investigation into the incident is still ongoing.
“The most important thing is to get the right information, to get the facts and the truth,” Goodell said, adding: “We determined that we should bring [criminal attorney] Ted Wells to further the investigation. We haven’t given him a timetable except to be thorough, be fair and get to the truth. When he’s completed his report, that will be made public as well as to all of us.”
Added Goodell: “I haven’t spoken to [Wells] for several weeks. I think he’s getting near the end [of his investigation], but there’s no requirement when.”
One rumor around the incident is that Goodell and the NFL suspected the Pats of deflating footballs before the AFC championship game and tried to catch them in the game against the Colts.
“I’m not going to get into what we knew and when we knew it because that’s part of what [Wells is] investigating,” Goodell said. “I can tell you that I was not personally aware of it until after the game.”
|Roger Goodell on Patriots’ win: ‘Spectacular game’||02.02.15 at 1:12 pm ET|
PHOENIX — Sunday night was a proud night for Roger Goodell.
With his sport’s biggest game in the national spotlight — both for sports fans and non-sports fans due to the events of the last two weeks — Super Bowl XLIX was one of the best Super Bowls of all time, with the Patriots coming away with an improbable 28-24 win over the Seahawks.
“We obviously had a spectacular game last night,” Goodell said at his Monday morning press conference. “One for the ages, as they say. The two best teams, I think, all season playing out to one of those classic Super Bowls. It was a great night for the NFL and our fans and our partners. As I understand, it’s the largest fourth-quarter comeback in Super Bowl history, so congratulations to both teams, but obviously in particular, our Super Bowl champs, the New England Patriots.”
“We’re obviously thrilled to have the Patriots here this morning,” he said. “Coach [Bill] Belichick and three-time [Super Bowl] MVP Tom Brady. Their fourth Super Bowl in 14 years. It’s an extraordinary performance on behalf of the Patriots. It was one of those games that demonstrated the resilience that makes the NFL special and makes this team special. Tom Brady has demonstrated that over his career and just an extraordinary performer, joining his boyhood idol Joe Montana as the only three-time Super Bowl MVP.”
|Report: Only 1 ball from AFC championship was 2 PSI low, others just ‘a tick’ below regulation||02.01.15 at 12:11 pm ET|
GLENDALE, Ariz. — As the Patriots prepare to take the field for Super Bowl XLIX, they are apparently looking more and more like winners in the Deflategate saga.
According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, only one of the 12 balls used by the Patriots in the AFC championship was a full 2 PSI below regulation while the other 11 found to be below spec were only “a tick” below regulation.
This news contradicts a report from Chris Mortensen two days after the AFC title game that 11 of the balls were found to be as much as a full 2 PSI below regulation.
There is an ongoing investigation being conducted by Ted Wells into how the balls were handled before the AFC championship game and if there were serious protocol violations by the Patriots. Patriots owner Robert Kraft sounded a confident tone Monday night upon the team’s arrival in Phoenix, expressing his support of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick and demanding an apology from the league if the report clears the team.
In his state of the league address on Friday, commissioner Roger Goodell said he’s not drawn any conclusions and will let the report speak for the league.
But the more that comes out, the more it appears the Patriots will be vindicated. Here is more from Rapoport on Sunday morning:
|Roger Goodell on Marshawn Lynch’s media antics: ‘There are a lot of things we don’t like to do in our jobs’||01.30.15 at 5:38 pm ET|
On media day he sat at his podium for less than five minutes answering every question with, “I’m here so I don’t get fined.” Wednesday at the team’s media availability at the team hotel he answered every question with, “You know why I am here.” Thursday, he changed up his answers, but never answered the questions he was asked and set his iPhone for 4.5 minutes before leaving the podium.
He also wore his “Beast Mode” hat, which is against NFL rules.
Goodell was asked if he would be disciplined for his actions during his state of the league address on Friday.
“I do not believe any decision has been made,” Goodell said. “Our staff probably will look at that following the Super Bowl and make a determination, as they have in the past.”
The commissioner made it clear he doesn’t approve of Lynch’s antics.
“I’ve been very clear. When you’re in the NFL, you have an obligation,” Goodell said. “It’s an obligation to the fans. It is part of your job, and there are things we all have to do in our job that we may not necessarily want to do. I think Marshawn understands the importance of the Super Bowl, the importance of his appearance, and the importance of him as an individual in this game. Fans are curious. Fans want to know and the media would like to make that story clear to our fans.”
“I understand it may not be the top of his list, but everyone else is cooperating and everyone else is doing their part because it is our obligation. As I said, there are a lot of things we don’t like to do in our jobs, but it comes with the territory and it comes with the privilege of playing in the Super Bowl.”
PHOENIX — As a part of his state of the league address on Friday, commissioner Roger Goodell addressed Deflategate and the ongoing investigation by Ted Wells.
Goodell said the investigation is centered around underinflated footballs used in the AFC championship game and if it was done deliberately. He said Wells and his team are hard at work on investigating the matter and release the findings when it is complete. He said they will do it “thorough” and “fair.”
“We take seriously anything that impacts the integrity of the game,” Goodell said.
“We have made no judgments on these points and will not compromise the investigation by engaging in speculation,” he added.
He added later in the press conference: “We don’t know enough in this investigation to know who is responsible, or even if there is an infraction”
Goodell said it didn’t matter how much of an advantage was gained by the possible use of underinflated footballs. He said rules are rules, also mentioning penalties, fines, suspensions and draft picks as possible measures of discipline.
The commissioner was asked if footballs have ever been tested in the middle of a game before for PSI, like they were at halftime of the AFC title game. He said he didn’t know the answer to that question.
Goodell was also asked about the comments made by Patriots owner Robert Kraft of he and the league owing him an apology if the investigation finds the Patriots did no wrong.
Goodell didn’t directly address the comments, but said the league needed to address the matter.
“This is my job, this is the job of the league,” said Goodell.
He was later asked about him being in a photo with Kraft the night before the AFC championship game and said he was there with sponsors, saying it was not unusual to do such a thing.
He added: “Professionally I have a relationship with [Kraft], and I also admire, respect and think very highly of him.”