|Drew Brees not trusting any investigation led by Roger Goodell||04.26.16 at 6:49 pm ET|
Tom Brady has another quarterback in his corner — Drew Brees.
Brees spoke to a number of different media outlets on Tuesday for a promotion and naturally Deflategate and Brady’s suspension came up.
“I think we would all agree that he definitely has too much power,” Brees said of Goodell via SI.com. “He is judge, jury and executioner when it comes to all the discipline. I’m not going to trust any league-led investigation, when it comes to anything. It’s not transparent.
“At times, I feel like there is a desired conclusion or agenda that they have in mind and that may prevent the absolute truth from being told or the absolute facts from being presented. At the end of the day, we as the public. We as players don’t ever get to really see that. We don’t get to see those facts, those truths and those things. That’s the unfortunate part of this whole thing.”
Brees, a former member of the NFL Players Association’s executive committee, has been passionate about questioning Goodell ever since the Saints were punished in 2012 for Bountygate.
“Forget the issues at hand here with Deflategate or whatever you want to call it,” Brees told The Dan Patrick Show. “I think this was an issue again where the commissioner’s authority was challenged and the league is gonna do whatever they can to make sure they know that he is in position to make these types of unilateral decisions, and there’s nothing anybody can do about it.”
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|NFLPA’s George Atallah on OM&F: ‘I don’t think this thing is over’ between Tom Brady, NFL||at 3:09 pm ET|
NFLPA executive director of external affairs George Atallah checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Tuesday to discuss the latest with Tom Brady and Deflategate, specifically what is next. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.
Brady’s four-game suspension was reinstated Monday and it seems likely Brady will fight it until the end. Atallah said although the NFLPA advises Brady on what to do, in the end it is Brady’s decision.
“It’s always Tom’s call,” Atallah said. “Our job as a union is to provide him with his best possible options and it’s always been Tom’s call as to how he wants to proceed with this. It has always been Tom’s call to how far he wants to take this. We stand by him and we’ve stood by him since the first second this crazy thing came down. We’ll see what he wants to do. I think we will use every bit of the 14 days to make the best and smartest decision to how we want to proceed. Tom is going to take a look at those options as well and we’ll make a decision together and move forward.
“Look, Boston fans, I don’t think this thing is over. I really don’t. We have a long way to go to fight this. Worst case scenario is we’ve exposed a really, really screwed up process for the most popular game in the world.”
Atallah said Monday’s ruling wasn’t a complete loss for Brady and the NFLPA.
“I wouldn’t call it a beating, per se,” he said. “I think if you read the dissent and Judge Berman’s decision, we clearly made some relevant arguments that were accepted by the court. We wouldn’t be here if the NFLPA didn’t have the strength to fight such a ridiculous suspension. Frankly, the people in Boston know just like many other football fans in America know that the evidence that the league relied on was circumstantial at best.
ESPN NFL analyst Adam Schefter checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Tuesday to discuss the latest with Tom Brady and Deflategate. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.
Schefter reported Monday afternoon Brady and his camp are still mulling their options, but the case wasn’t over. Tuesday, Schefter expanded and said Brady plans to fight it, seeing what he can do to get the four-game suspension overturned.
“The one thing I have been told is they are definitely huddling,” Schefter said. “He wasn’t accepting it. He planned to fight it, come back at it, whatever that is. I think they were going over that as we speak, at least that was the sense I got yesterday. Again, they were huddling about it to figure out exactly what would happen. The way it was told to me is they would ask for a re-hearing, or a re-hearing on a new issue that wasn’t previously part of an argument that has arisen since the argument and the entire 21-judge panel on the Second Circuit would review it and make a decision. They would have to agree to do that, which is hard. Having a chief justice for them helps them.
“Again, these are issues that are beyond my scope of knowledge. Better to turn to someone with an extensive legal background, but that was what was told to me yesterday. The plan was to fight this and see what they could do to have it overturned.”
Schefter does not believe Brady would be willing to settle and take a lesser suspension.
“To me, settlement — Tom Brady was never going to settle and I know it is against him right now. I don’t think he is going to want to admit guilt,” he said. “… I think he would rather serve the four games than say I did anything wrong.”
A former teammate is coming to Tom Brady’s defense — Drew Bledsoe, the quarterback Brady took over for in 2001.
A court reinstated Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate on Monday and Bledsoe said the whole situation is “ridiculous.”
“This whole story, man, has been ridiculous to me from the start,” Bledsoe said on NESN’s Sports Today Monday night. “I don’t understand why this became such a big story, and why it merits any kind of punishment. I don’t know.
“I’m really tired of hearing about it, and I’m obviously disappointed to see that Tommy’s going to miss some games. I just don’t feel like that’s justified.”
Brady and Bledsoe were teammates in 2000 and 2001.
If Brady does in fact miss the first four games, he will miss games against the Cardinals, Dolphins, Texans and Bills.
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|Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo on D&C: ‘[Tom] Brady should just sit back, take his medicine, let it go’||at 10:35 am ET|
Sirius XM Radio host Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, who gloated when Tom Brady’s initial Deflategate suspension was announced last year, checked in with Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Tuesday morning and encouraged Patriots fans to accept Brady’s punishment following Monday’s federal appeals court decision and “get over it.” To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
“You guys have got to move on now,” Russo said (loudly). “He’s going to get four games. That’s all there is to it. The Supreme Court’s not listening to this [appeal]. Those 13 judges aren’t listening to this, the whole circuit appeal court deal [en banc]. This is over. He lost. Move on. It’s not that big a deal in the big picture, for crying out loud. Move on.”
While many in New England continue to insist Brady was railroaded, Russo downplayed the controversy.
“He’s not going to jail for the rest of his life, for crying out loud. It’s four lousy football games,” Russo said. “He’s not going to jail. He’s not wrongly convicted. He’s not going to jail for 20 years. My god, it’s four games. Four Sundays of a phenomenal career he can’t play. He’ll live. He’ll live. You’ll live.”
Russo said Patriots fans should appreciate that some good can come out of this, including having a fresher Brady for the last three-quarters of the season.
“If you look at this from a Brady perspective, or a Patriots [perspective], he’s 40 years old, or whatever he is [actually 39 in August]. So maybe a little less wear and tear,” Russo said. “Look at this as a positive. Forget about arguing what the facts are. The deflate stuff, the balls, who cares? That’s over with now. I don’t mind it. He’s got to figure out a way to serve these four games. Let it go. Four games, the suspension is upheld. You’re not taking this to the Supreme Court. They’re not going to hear it anyway.”
Added Russo: “Brady should just sit back, take his medicine, let it go, put up with the lousy four games. He’s going to live. The team will be fine. [Bill] Belichick can get all motivated — he loves this. He can prove that he can coach without Brady, as he did with [Matt] Cassel the year they went 11-5 and should have made the playoffs . They can go 2-2 at worst, maybe even 3-1 — you’ve got to figure they’ll lose that Arizona game now with the backup. But as a result of that, they get Brady there for Week 5 on October 9th against the Browns, and away we go. You go 10-2, you win 12, 13 games and you take a crack at Denver again in the championship game or somebody else. What’s so bad?”
|Roger Goodell applauds court’s decision to reinstate Tom Brady’s Deflategate suspension||at 9:06 am ET|
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell hailed the court’s decision on Deflategate Tuesday morning, telling Bloomberg TV that he was “obviously pleased” with the ruling that will now leave quarterback Tom Brady on the sidelines for the start of the 2016 season.
“We think that was the right decision,” he said. “They were very firm in their decision that that was within our authority and the judgments were based on solid facts. So we’re actually pleased with that, and we hope we can move on from there.”
He added: “We think it’s important that the commissioner protect the integrity of the game, that you can’t entrust that to someone who has no understanding of our business, and the appellate court yesterday reaffirmed that. So we think this is an important element of our success. We obviously have changed our discipline process through the years and we will continue to do that if we think it’s in the best interests of the NFL.”
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|Tom Brady’s attorney Jeffrey Kessler ‘very disappointed’ with court ruling||04.25.16 at 7:25 pm ET|
Tom Brady isn’t the only one upset with the court ruling siding with the NFL and reinstating Brady’s suspension for his role in Deflategate.
Brady is now suspended the first four games of the 2016 season.
“We are obviously very disappointed,” Brady’s attorney Jeffrey Kessler said on ESPN Radio’s Russillo and Kanell Show Monday.
Kessler and the NFLPA firmly believe Goodell ruling on the case violated the CBA.
“The issues in court are the CBA and Goodell’s power,” he said. “… This is not a factual decision, but we think it’s wrong about the CBA. We think this decision, as the dissent wrote, violated the CBA and the basic bargain the Union made with the owners and that has always been the Union’s position on this case.”
As for what is next, Kessler said Brady and the NFLPA will weigh all their legal options, but he wouldn’t comment on specifics.
The attorney was asked if Brady would ever settle with the NFL and he gave a response that hinted maybe Brady would have settled last summer.
“I’m not going to comment on that,” Kessler said. “This case could have been settled a long time ago if the NFL was willing to be reasonable.”
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