|Tom Brady, Roger Goodell showdown to be open to media||07.31.15 at 8:01 pm ET|
There will be no hiding from the media or spinning of the truth needed when Tom Brady and Roger Goodell sit down on Aug. 12 in New York.
According to Raffi Melkonian, an appellate lawyer with a Fifth Circuit appellate practice, the hearing will be open to reporters.
While a court stenographer was on hand for the Brady appeal hearing with Goodell on June 23 at NFL offices in New York, reporters were not allowed inside the room with the parties and their attorneys.
That led to leaks from presumably both sides as to how the hearing went, with Adam Schefter initially reporting that Brady came off looking “A-plus” kind of guy.
That was countered the next day with a report that Brady was “not entirely credible” and that not much had changed in the eyes of the NFL.
So who will win? You can be the judge.
By the way, that settlement conference, unless something happens, will be *public*. Real reporters? Make your plane reservations!
‘ Raffi Melkonian (@RMFifthCircuit) July 31, 2015
It seems things are getting closer and closer to getting resolved in the Tom Brady Deflategate case.
According to several reports, New York Judge Richard Berman has scheduled a settlement conference for Wednesday, August 12 in which he’s requested both Tom Brady and Roger Goodell be present.
“Let’s see what we can accomplish at that conference,” Berman wrote in the order.
He also requests the two sides keep talking before the conference.
“Lastly, I request that you all engage in comprehensive, good-faith settlement discussions prior to the conference on August 12, 2015,” he wrote.
The Patriots likely won’t have a full practice Aug. 12 as it is the day before their preseason opener against the Packers.
It now seems more and more likely this will be resolved by the opening night, Sept. 10., especially given that was what both sides requested Friday.
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‘ Bob McGovern (@BobMcGovernJr) July 31, 2015
Days after Tom Brady‘s suspension was upheld by commissioner Roger Goodell, Giants owner John Mara has taken the league’s side. Mara said that Goodell had a difficult decision decision to make, and that “he did his job.”
“Listen, the commissioner had a very difficult job to do here, but at the end of the day, I think he made a decision on the evidence and the facts that were before him without regard for the profile of the player or his personal relationship with the owner,” Mara said, via the New York Daily News. “You know what? That’s what he’s paid to do. He did his job. We could argue about whether it was fair or unfair, but he had to make a very tough decision under very difficult circumstances and he did it.
“And I know that this was an unpleasant situation for him here, to be dealing with the best player in the league and dealing with an owner who has been as good as any owner in the league and somebody he has a close personal relationship with,” Mara continued. “He had to make a tough decision here.”
While Brady and the NFLPA have extended the drama by taking the NFL to court, alleging that the suspension was unfair. Mara didn’t like the move, calling it a ploy to continue the saga.
“[The lawsuit] is just going to drag this thing out into the fall, and that’s not good for anybody,” Mara said.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft, after agreeing to accept the league’s penalty, came out firing on Wednesday and said that he “was wrong to put [his] faith in the league.” Mara was empathetic to Kraft’s passion.
“I have nothing but the utmost respect for Robert Kraft and I understand he’s very emotional about this and feels very strongly about it,” Mara said. “He’s trying to protect his player and I get that.”
|NFLPA files appeal in Minnesota court to force Roger Goodell to lift Tom Brady’s 4-game ban||07.29.15 at 7:41 pm ET|
The NFLPA filed an appeal Wednesday on behalf of Tom Brady in U.S. District Court of Minnesota to vacate the four-game suspension upheld by commissioner Roger Goodell based on the following points, directly from their press release.
— There was no direct evidence in the Wells Report so the discipline was based on a made up “general awareness” standard to justify such absurd and unprecedented punishment.
— Roger Goodell delegated his disciplinary authority to Troy Vincent, violating our Collective Bargaining Agreement, and then as the “arbitrator,” he ruled on his own improper delegation, botching basic arbitration law and fundamental fairness.
— A collectively bargained policy already exists regarding tampering with equipment that provides only for fines, not suspensions. Troy Vincent ignored this policy when he issued his initial discipline. The policy that Vincent did apply to Brady only covers teams and team executives, not players. The NFL once again violated players’ right to advance notice of discipline to try to justify unprecedented punishment.
— No player in NFL history has served a suspension for “non-cooperation” or “obstruction.” And, in this case, the evidence is paper-thin.
— The appeals hearing held on June 23, 2015 defied any concept of fundamental fairness and violated the principles of our CBA.
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|NFLPA to file suit in federal court in Minnesota challenging Tom Brady suspension; NFL already filed||at 3:26 pm ET|
The NFL, meanwhile, attempted to beat the union to the punch — and keep the case out of labor-friendly Minnesota — filing its own suit in New York Federal Court asking for the suspension to be upheld.
The NFLPA released a statement after Tuesday’s confirmation of the suspension that read in part:
The fact that the NFL would resort to basing a suspension on a smoke screen of irrelevant text messages instead of admitting that they have all of the phone records they asked for is a new low, even for them, but it does nothing to correct their errors.
The NFLPA will appeal this outrageous decision on behalf of Tom Brady.
|Report: Police watching Roger Goodell’s home in Maine||at 1:44 pm ET|
With commissioner Roger Goodell upholding Tom Brady‘s four-game suspension on Tuesday, he isn’t exactly a fan-favorite among Patriots fans throughout New England.
According to the Portland Press Herald, Scarborough, Maine police are keeping an eye on the Prout’s Neck property of Goodell’s. He’s believed to own a $6.5 million house on Bohemia Way.
“[The NFL] did reach out and let us know about the decision and that it might not be popular,’ Scarborough Police Chief Robbie Moulton told the paper.
“We’re aware of the situation and will be patrolling the area certainly,” he added.
The police chief said there haven’t been any problems or threats since the ruling came down and were not planning anything in terms of protection. The report did not say whether or not Goodell was on the property.
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