|Ben Affleck goes all in on Roger Goodell, NFL in expletive-laced Deflategate rant on new Bill Simmons show||06.22.16 at 11:48 pm ET|
During the premiere of Bill Simmons’ new HBO show “Any Given Wednesday” this week, Ben Affleck went on a lengthy, expletive-filled rant about Deflategate, quarterback Tom Brady, the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell. Check out the video below. (Warning: NSFW)
|Roger Goodell pokes fun at own death with tweet||06.07.16 at 5:24 pm ET|
Earlier on Tuesday, the NFL’s official Twitter account was hacked and posted a series of tweets saying commissioner Roger Goodell had died.
It didn’t take long for the NFL to clarify the account was indeed hacked and later reported the league is investigating the matter with law enforcement being involved.
Goodell himself later took to Twitter to joke about the matter, posting a picture of himself with the caption: Man, you leave the office for 1 day of golf w/ @JimKelly1212 & your own network kills you off. #harsh
— Roger Goodell (@nflcommish) June 7, 2016
|DeMaurice Smith: Roger Goodell failed to be fair arbitrator in Tom Brady’s Deflategate appeal||06.06.16 at 1:24 pm ET|
NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith said that while Roger Goodell had the the authority to sit as an arbitrator in Tom Brady’s case, the commissioner failed to live up to his obligation to be fair when it came to hearing Brady’s appeal.
“The critical issue here is that Roger can act as a disciplinarian, but once he chose to act as the arbitrator, you have to take the disciplinarian hat off and put the judge hat on,” Smith said in an interview published recently with Law360. “The core fundamental part of being a judge is that you can’t make it up as you go along.
“The fact is that the commissioner chose to be the arbitrator in this case. I think that is something that has been a little bit lost in the conversation,” Smith added. “As such, when he chose to be the hearing officer or the arbitrator, we argue that he also cloaked himself in the obligation to be fair.”
Smith said that this case has gone beyond the air in footballs. Now, it’s about fair labor practices involving arbitrators.
“At the end of the day, I’m not sure we are talking about a four-game suspension anymore,” Smith said. “I read the brief that was filed by the AFL-CIO and, as a trial litigator myself, that ruling that came out of the Second Circuit raises significant issues with respect to an arbitration process that thousands of businesses use not only here but internationally.
“The Second Circuit seemed to imply that it was OK for an arbitrator to act in an arbitrary way,” he added. “I think you have seen an outpouring of concern by lawyers and by others because it potentially undermines the fundamental understanding that every party expects an arbitrator to be fair.”
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Roger Goodell isn’t budging.
Speaking at a charity golf tournament in Buffalo on Monday, the NFL commissioner was asked about the recent appeal filed by quarterback Tom Brady in the Deflategate case, and he stuck to the same hard-line script he’s followed since the story first broke, stressing the “integrity of the game” and adding that the “rules apply to everybody.”
“When it comes to the integrity of the game, that’s the responsibility of the commissioner,” Goodell said. “We’re not going to hand the integrity of the game off to somebody who doesn’t have any involvement in the game. That’s for somebody that understands what’s important in making sure we maintain that. Making sure we maintain the competitiveness of the game.
“The reality is our rules apply to everybody. They apply to every player, every team. And that’s something we are going to work hard to maintain and not hand that off to somebody else.”
Goodall, who indicated there would be no settlement with Brady, was then asked about the fact that Deflategate has dragged on more than 500 days.
“The legal system is deliberate. It’s unfortunate, because it does impact on our game,” he said. “We don’t encourage that, obviously. We’d like to get this resolved and move forward.”
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|IIWII Cast: Chris Price, Mike Petraglia talk Malcolm Butler, Tom Brady and Roger Goodell||06.01.16 at 9:19 pm ET|
In the latest It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price checks in with colleague Mike Petraglia on the state of the Patriots halfway through the offseason, Deflategate, whether Tom Brady will beat the rap, and whether or not Malcolm Butler is going to get paid. The guys also discuss what makes a good commissioner.
|Roger Goodell reaffirms NFL’s role in concussion research||05.26.16 at 6:37 pm ET|
On Thursday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter obtained a letter Roger Goodell sent to the owners and presidents of the NFL’s 32 teams where he emphasized the league’s commitment to the treatment of head injuries and independent medical research.
Following is the complete letter:
As discussed during our recent meeting, the NFL has a unique responsibility and opportunity to drive change and advance progress in the prevention and treatment of head injuries. That is our unwavering commitment to our players, former players, athletes at all levels, and society more broadly.
At the core of that commitment is your continued and robust support of independent medical research, including the $30 million contribution to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for scientific research on concussion and head injury. I want to reaffirm in the strongest possible terms my comments to you during the league meeting and my public statements this week reaffirming the NFL’s commitment to the NIH of the $30 million in grant funding we pledged to accelerate scientific understanding of concussion and head injury. There was no consideration given to anything other than honoring that commitment in its entirety.
|5 takeaways from Patriots’ amicus brief supporting Tom Brady, NFLPA against NFL||05.25.16 at 4:03 pm ET|
On Wednesday, the Patriots filed an amicus brief supporting the NFLPA in their case against the NFL pertaining to Deflategate in the Second Circuit. The purpose of the brief is to encourage the Second Circuit to rehear the case.
Here are a few takeaways from the brief:
1. The brief, written by Patriots attorney Daniel Goldberg who is behind the Wells Report in Context, noted the impact the ruling has on the team. “Under the existing 2-1 decision, the Patriots stand to lose their All-Pro quarterback for 25% of the upcoming regular season based on a severely flawed process,” Goldberg wrote. “But the impact of the majority opinion is not limited to professional football. It threatens to undermine vital principles governing arbitration of collective bargaining agreements throughout the national economy.”
2. It also attacked commissioner Roger Goodell saying he treated Brady’s appeal “not as an appeal but as a continuation of the investigation.” Goldberg wrote: “The Commissioner made new findings and shifted the basis for his discipline of Mr. Brady in a decision from which Mr. Brady then had no appeal rights.” It also noted Paul Weiss didn’t allow Brady to see the notes of its interviews with NFL officials who observed the halftime testing of footballs in the 2014 AFC title game.
3. Goldberg went on to attack the Wells Report. “In short, the Commissioner relied on the Wells Report,” he wrote. “The Wells Report relied on Exponent’s ‘conclusion’ that science did not explain the PSI of the Patriots footballs. Exponent based that conclusion on assumptions from Paul Weiss. Those assumptions could only be tested by having access to the interview notes sought in discovery. The Commissioner refused to allow that discovery.”
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