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DeMaurice Smith: Roger Goodell failed to be fair arbitrator in Tom Brady’s Deflategate appeal 06.06.16 at 1:24 pm ET
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NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith isn't a fan of Roger Goodell when it comes to Deflategate. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith isn’t a fan of Roger Goodell when it comes to Deflategate. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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 on Deflategate: Commissioner responsible for ‘integrity of the game’ at 11:32 am ET
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Commissioner Roger Goodell is sticking to the script when it comes to Deflategate. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Commissioner Roger Goodell is sticking to the script when it comes to Deflategate. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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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Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, Matt Patricia among those to attend Robert Kraft’s birthday party 06.05.16 at 10:02 am ET
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Robert Kraft turns 75 years old on Sunday and there was a party held for the Patriots owner Saturday night.

Among those in attendance were Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, Matt Patricia and others, which we know thanks to the pictures from comedian Lenny Clarke.

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Tom Brady pays tribute to Muhammed Ali: ‘Rest in peace Mr. Ali’ 06.04.16 at 11:17 am ET
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Tom Brady joined the long list of athletes paying respect to Muhammed Ali, who passed away late Friday night.

The quarterback posted a picture with Ali on Facebook along with one of Ali’s famous quotes, calling both the quote and picture one of his favorites.

It read: “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”

One of my favorite quotes and one of my favorite pictures… Rest in peace Mr. Ali

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Patriots teammates support Tom Brady at Best Buddies football game at 9:52 am ET
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ALLSTON, Mass. — The Patriots were well represented at Tom Brady’s Best Buddies football game Friday night.

Joining Brady were teammates: Julian Edelman, Danny Amenedola, Rob Ninkovich, Dion Lewis and James White. The game raises money for Best Buddies and then Saturday is the Challenge — a walk, run and ride all to benefit Best Buddies International.

“I think it’s awesome,” Edelman said. “Every year the crowd gets bigger. It’s one of those things where you look forward to every year.”

It was Lewis’ first game and he said he’s always up for supporting Brady.

“It’s a great cause,” Lewis said. “I’m always up for a great cause. Tom is a great guy. Any way I can support him I definitely am going to do that.”

Despite rehabbing his knee following ACL surgery last year, Lewis was able to play in the game, although at half speed. Edelman was the only player not to see the field, as he stood on the sidelines with a boot on his injured left foot. He didn’t want to discuss the timetable for a return to the field.

“We’re not here to talk about that, we’re here to talk about Best Buddies,” he said.

Brady was the quarterback for both teams and on one play he was able to show his mobility in the pocket. See the video below.

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Danny Amendola (reported knee, ankle surgeries) plays in Tom Brady’s Best Buddies game 06.03.16 at 9:39 pm ET
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ALLSTON, Mass. — Tom Brady’s Best Buddies game was held Friday night at Harvard Stadium and had two somewhat surprise participants — Danny Amendola and Dion Lewis.

Lewis, who is coming off of ACL surgery last November, participated at half speed, but Amendola who reportedly had offseason ankle and knee surgeries, looked very good for someone who recently went under the knife. Both were not present at last week’s OTA session open to the media.

Amendola agreed to a contract restructure in May that lowered his 2016 cap hit. Another receiver who reportedly has underwent surgery recently in Julian Edelman was present in a walking boot, but didn’t participate in the game.

Below is video of Amendola moving well.

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Matthew Slater on Tom Brady: ‘We stand by him. He’s been nothing but a great teammate.’ 06.02.16 at 4:00 pm ET
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Feb 1, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates with wide receiver Matthew Slater (18) after beating the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady celebrates with Matthew Slater after winning Super Bowl XLIX. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — Robert Kraft may not have wanted to offer any comment on the amicus brief he filed in support of Tom Brady in court last week.

But special teams captain Matthew Slater, the team’s union rep, made it clear Thursday that the Patriots quarterback has the full and undisputed support of every player in the locker room.

The NFLPA has been supported by Kraft and the team (last week) and the AFL-CIO (this week) in their request to allow Tom Brady his day in court in an en banc hearing before a panel of judges. Brady and his attorneys want to prove that the NFL improperly administered its punishment of the quarterback and that the Second Circuit Appellate Court was wrong to re-instate the four-game suspension, thus overturning Judge Richard Berman’s decision of last September.

“Well, without going too deep into that, it’s a very complicated situation,” Slater said. “There are a lot of layers to it and there are a lot of layers that even I don’t understand and don’t see so I don’t think it’d be right for me to give a comment on that.

“I will say, as I’ve said several times in the past, that we support Tom. We stand by him. He’s been nothing but a great teammate and a great leader for this football team. I understand this is a difficult situation for various different reasons and we’ll just have to see how it plays itself out. But I know the guys in that locker room – we support Tom and we’re just going to continue to work hard and focus on the things that we can control.

“A lot of that situation is out of our control and we can’t spend time worrying about, ‘This court, that court’, because we don’t understand that. We don’t have the full knowledge and understanding of what’s going on so all I’ll say is we support Tom and we’re just going to continue to work the way we have been. However it plays out, it plays out.”

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