|Adam Schefter on D&C: Tom Brady appeal on path to go to court, which ‘won’t go particularly well for the NFL’||06.23.15 at 8:39 am ET|
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter joined Dennis & Callahan Tuesday morning to talk about the latest with Tom Brady‘s four-game suspension appeal and what is next to come. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Brady’s appeal will be heard by commissioner Roger Goodell Tuesday morning, which goes against what Brady and the NFLPA requested. Schefter said the commissioner is in a tough spot.
“I think Roger Goodell is in a very difficult spot here going forward,” Schefter said. “I know that the league has taken a stand on all these cases and we’ve seen him weigh his [power] in all these cases, but I think this is a case somehow, someway, they’ve invested a lot in terms of the Wells Report. It cost the NFL upwards of $5 million for the Wells Report and we’ve seen the American Enterprise Institute and Science Times blow holes in it. Roger Goodell clearly buys into the Wells Report. Ted Wells’ work is widely respected by a number of lawyers. There are other people who don’t have that same respect for Ted Wells. Obviously, when you heard Ted Wells in the conference call you heard how angry he got.
“The point of it here is, is that they are going to sit in this room and they are going to go over the evidence and I can tell you that Tom Brady and the NFLPA believe that they did not do wrong. There are people who will say here that Brady will go after the commissioner and what will happen is that I think this is on a path to play out in the court of law and I don’t think that is going to go particularly well for the NFL because you’re not defending your actions in this case, you are questioning the process by which Tom Brady was suspended and there are going to be numerous arguments that he’s going to be able to offer in terms of the process by which he was suspended.”
When it comes to how much Brady will fight, Schefter suggested the QB will fight it to the end regardless of if Goodell reduces his suspension to even one game — Brady wants his name completely removed from the situation.
“I think generally speaking, this is how it’s been described to me: You want to know Tom Brady‘s mindset going into this, think the Tom Brady who is chewing out teammates on the sideline. In the middle of the game who is yelling at people, cursing, screaming, that Tom Brady,” Schefter said. “That is the Tom Brady we’re going to get here in today’s hearing and moving forward, whatever course that is. I think that Tom Brady is absolutely willing and determined to fight this, to see this through.
“He doesn’t believe he did anything wrong. I believe that this is on path to go to the courts. If it goes to the courts, they are questioning the process, not what he did, but the process by which this was done and I think at that point in time he has a chance to have this completely lifted, not serve any games. And if that is the case, why would he not attempt to at least do that?”
|Poll: By how many games, if at all, does Roger Goodell reduce Tom Brady’s suspension?||at 12:00 am ET|
Tom Brady was suspended four games by the NFL over 40 days ago for his role in Deflategate and now he will have a chance to plead his case to have it reduced.
Brady and his legal team, led by Jeffrey Kessler, will meet with commissioner Roger Goodell beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the NFL Park Avenue offices in New York City Tuesday morning where Brady’s appeal will be heard. It’s also been reported Ted Wells will be present.
This leads us to our latest poll question:
|Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio on MFB: ‘Preliminary injunction … the pathway to Tom Brady not missing a game in 2015′||06.22.15 at 1:42 pm ET|
With talk of Brady serving his suspension in 2016 instead of 2015, Florio weighed in, citing a previous case with the Vikings.
“Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner who’s going to handle the appeal, if he would suspend Brady for any number of games, my sense is that Brady and the NFL Players Association in a legal attack coordinated by Jeffrey Kessler would go to court and try to get Brady’s suspension completely wiped out,” Florio said. “At this point, I think it’s a fair assumption that Brady wants to be exonerated, and the way you get exonerated is to have the suspension go from four, not to two or one, but to zero. So, you go to court, and let’s say the court process takes a little bit of time, let’s say before that Roger Goodell takes a little bit of time reaching his decision. The hearing ends June 25, it’s due to start the 23rd and end the 25th. Assume it ends then. How long until he issues a decision? It’s already been 24-25 days since Greg Hardy had his 10-game suspension heard on appeal — no decision yet.
“Let’s say it takes a month, we’re getting into late July. Goodell suspends Brady for at least a game, then you go to court. How long does that take? And if you can’t get a final decision from court before September 10, what do you do? Can you serve the suspension and get the exoneration on the back end and get your money back? Or do you do exactly what was done six, seven, eight years ago by Kevin [Williams] and Pat Williams, then of the Vikings, when they were suspended for ingesting a substance known as StarCaps? They were able to delay, for a period of multiple years, their suspensions while that process snaked its way through the court system in Minnesota.
“I guess in theory it could take multiple years here, too. But I focused on the possibility that we won’t have a final decision in Tom Brady‘s case until after the 2015 season in the court system. And that the court system would say, ‘Until we reach a point where we can make a final decision, Tom Brady does not have to serve his suspension.’ And even if he loses, obviously you can’t go back and take those games away, he would then serve his suspension later. But it’s called preliminary injunction, it happened in the StarCaps case and it’s the pathway to Tom Brady possibly not missing a game in 2015.”
Tom Brady won’t be the only one answering for himself at Tuesday’s hearing before NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
According to Albert Breer of NFL Media, Ted Wells will be attending the proceedings in Manhattan.
Wells, of course, is the man who crafted the 243-page document that infamously declared that Brady was “at least generally aware” of an intentional attempt to deflate footballs before the AFC championship.
Several science journals and reports have discredited Wells’ claim that science alone would not explain the loss of air pressure in the footballs below the 12.5 psi minimum.
In addition to Brady, Goodell and Wells, Breer also reports that the NFL will have its executive vice president and general counsel Jeff Pash along with Adolpho Birch and Kevin Manara on hand.
Joining Brady will be his hired gun Jeffrey Kessler and Tom DePaso.
Brady is appealing his four-game suspension handed down by Goodell for his role in Deflategate before the AFC championship. The suspension came down a week after the release of the Wells Report on May 6.
Among those that will be at the Brady hearing tomorrow: Ted Wells. Per source, Wells will be prepared to take everyone through the report.
‘ Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) June 22, 2015
|Cam Newton gets in Deflategate dig at Tom Brady||at 11:53 am ET|
|Science journal finds NFL favored ‘foul play over science’ in Deflategate case against Patriots||06.20.15 at 1:15 pm ET|
When scientists chime in on Deflategate, it’s bad news for Ted Wells.
The latest pummeling of the ill-conceived report comes from the respected editors of “Science News” who published their findings of a survey of scientists who carefully examined footballs to simulate the conditions of the AFC championship game on Jan. 18 in Foxboro.
In a story entitled, “Deflategate Favored Foul Play over Science,” reporter Rachel Ehrenberg consulted several scientists from both academia and industry, and the findings do not support the conclusions reached by Ted Wells in his report. The Wells report dismisses any significant atmospheric impact on the deflated footballs, concluding that the deflation came primarily from an attempt by the Patriots to intentionally deflate the balls below the 12.5 PSI threshold.
On June 23, the NFL commissioner will hear the appeal of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady‘s four-game suspension, one of the punishments that resulted from the controversy,” Ehrenberg writes. “Patriots’ team equipment managers may have intentionally underinflated game balls and Brady may have known about it I won’t weigh in on that here. But the scandal, which propelled the ideal gas law to the front pages of sports sections, inspired an odd mix of experts to choose science over sports, and that’s almost always a win.
To Ehrenberg’s point, in his now-famous scientific press conference eight days before Super Bowl XLIX, Patriots coach Bill Belichick pointed to “climatic conditions,” “equilibrium states” and “atmospheric conditions” to explain the deflation. Bill Nye, with his mechanical engineering degree, came out within 24 hours to laugh at Belichick’s science. But, as “Science News” points out, it’s Belichick who should be enjoying the last laugh.
Here’s what Ehrenberg found and detailed:
If the initial pressure of a football measured in a warm locker room during pre-game inspection was 12.5 psi, could the roughly 25-degree-Fahrenheit drop in temperature between the locker room and the rainy field that day account for the lower air pressure of a ball measured at halftime?
Scientist Michael Naughton (expert in condensed matters physics, Buffalo Bills fan) lent his expertise to the matter when the controversy initially blew up. Naughton’s lab at Boston College inflated a football to 13.5 psi at 72 degrees F. Then they stuck it in a fridge and measured the pressure at 42 degrees F (slightly cooler than the low on game night of 47.7 degrees F, the average of measurements from two weather stations near Gillette Stadium). The pressure dropped to 10.5 psi.
Tom Brady’s appeal regarding his four-game suspension for Deflategate will begin Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in the NFL’s Park Avenue offices, according to Gary Myers of the New York Daily News.
The NFL suspended Brady for the first four games of the 2015 season in connection with the charge the Patriots deliberately underinflated the footballs prior to the 2014 AFC title game against the Colts. The Wells Report, released last month, stated the Patriots ‘more probable than not’ violated NFL rules and Brady ‘was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities’ of the deflated game balls. The team was also docked a pair of draft picks and fined $1 million.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will hear Brady’s appeal, despite the request of the NFLPA to have the commissioner removed from the appeals process.
‘I have publicly expressed my appreciation to Mr. Wells and his colleagues for their thorough and independent work,’ Goodell said. ‘But that does not mean that I am wedded to their conclusions or to their assessment of the facts. Nor does it mean, after considering the evidence and argument president during the appeal, I may not reach a different conclusion about Mr. Brady’s conduct or the discipline imposed.’
Brady’s only comment on the matter came shortly after the news broke. In a previously booked appearance at Salem State two days after the release of the Wells Report, he said he hadn’t had ‘time to digest it.’
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