Tom Brady had a stellar day in court last Wednesday and now many lawyers, including Alan Milstein, an attorney who has previously tried cases against the NFL and Richard Berman, strongly believes that Berman will rule in Brady's favor. As great as that may seem, the two sides seem prepared to continue fighting long into the season.
One of the main points from the proceedings was that Judge Berman seemed very skeptical of the NFL's case against Tom Brady in an alleged ball deflation scheme. Although the legal battle has nothing to do with whether Brady allegedly deflated footballs, Berman seemed very interested in it. Berman went after the NFL's attorney, Steve Nash, asking him for specific evidence that Brady participated in the ball deflation scheme. On top of that, Berman argued that Brady played better with inflated balls. Also Nash conceded that no direct line of evidence linked Brady to the ball deflation. With regards to the proceedings, so far so good.
When Jefferey Kessler was called to answer questions he argued that Brady was not involved in any way. Kessler pointed out that the ball boys, Jastremski and McNally, were directly involved and that they deflated the balls to the lower end of the spectrum," in order to help their quarterback". Despite the hours of proceedings, there is still a lot of to go over on both sides of the ball.
Deflategate will continue.......
Over the past six months Roger Goodell has successfully tainted the NFL front office and destroyed the reputation of the greatest player of all time, Tom Brady. Thats not even the worst part, Roger Goodell has based the entire Deflategate investigation off of illegitimate proof, proof that he slanted in order to favor his side of the argument. Deflategate is a scandal and its main purpose is to destroy the reputation of the Patriots and Tom Brady.
Roger Goodell has successfully destroyed Brady's reputation in the court of public opinion and he nearly ruined Super Bowl week. Deflategate, not the Patriots or Seahawks, was the main attraction throughout the two weeks between Championship Sunday and the Super Bowl, thanks to Roger Goodell. On top of that, Goodell had the NFL leak false information, or for lack of a better term, lies and even after numerous emails from the Patriots, he still did not refute his information. Goodell's lies have ruined Tom Brady's legacy up to this point and as always, Brady is fighting for his reputation and another Super Bowl.
The sad part is, when Deflategate goes to court it will not be about the footballs, the "deflator", Tom Brady's legacy, or the destruction of the Patriots reputation, it'll be about power. The NFL is trying to create new rules as it goes and Tom Brady is defending his rights in the collective bargaining agreement. In other words, a bad deal for the NFLPA that has gotten worse for the NFL.
The court and Judge Berman will have to decide if Goodell exercised power that he legally obtained in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. It is clear that Roger Goodell has not exercised his power correctly, and that can be seen in Brady's suspension.
Goodell has used and abused his power as Commissioner in order to uphold Tom Brady's suspension. For example, Goodell is making up new rules as he goes and using rules that apply to owners and applying them to Brady. Brady was punished by a rule that he has never seen in his career and yet, the public thinks that Goodell is a hero for taking Tom Brady down.
Despite the backlash from the public, Tom Brady has continued to fight and overturn his suspension, and it is his right to do so. Goodell has set up Tom Brady in order to show his power to the league, but he will soon pay the price for his grave mistake.
The appeal transcript says it all, the NFL no longer has any information to hide. Deflategate was, and still is, a lie set up by the NFL to destroy the reputation of Tom Brady and the Patriots. It is also the all of the losers trying to rise up and gain an upper hand on the winner by calling them out and complaining. The Ravens and Colts did just that, they attempted to create a problem out of a small bit of information that, quite frankly, the NFL didn't know much about.
The deflation and inflation of balls is a new subject in the NFL offices. In the 90 years that the NFL has been around they have never been this involved in an equipment scandal of this magnitude. The NFL does not even have enough scientific evidence to prove that footballs do deflate under certain weather conditions. At some point, nearly every NFL team has played with over-inflated or over-deflated footballs due to certain weather conditions, that's a fact. Brady argued numerous times that he was never aware of any wrongdoing.
When Goodell decided to uphold Brady's suspension he assumed that Brady was lying in his testimony while under oath. Point is, the NFL said that Brady was guilty and then they worked their way back to find sufficient evidence to prove it. The NFL never found that evidence, that is why they were forced to release the lies about Brady's cell phone. Now, the NFL's lies just keep on piling up, one after another after another.
We know that Tom Brady was punished based on a document that does not apply to players and one that is never distributed to players. The "Integrity of the Game Certification" as it is known, only applies to owners, coaches, team presidents, and team managers. Brady's appeal team argued that same exact point and Brady, as well the majority of NFL players, have never even seen the document. The main clause that the NFL is pinning on Brady: "tampering with the use of any equipment properly available to an opposing team," even though the NFL has no evidence to back up their claim that he did in the first place.
Throughout the appeal Goodell dismissed every single point made by Jeffery Kessler, who represented Brady and the NFLPA, as false, or a lie. At some points in the appeal it appeared that Goodell had a hard time keeping up and he started asking random questions at irrelevant times during the proceedings. Point is, Goodell and NFL front office are simply inventing new rules as they go and totally dismissing the evidence at hand.
Directly following the hearing Kessler knew that he had won and asked the NFL to make the appeal transcript public. Gregg Levy, an attorney who represented the NFL, upheld the NFL's wishes and kept the document sealed until Judge Berman released it. The NFL put its money into public relations to destroy Brady's image but not into the appeal hearing where it really mattered.
The NFL spent six months attempting to ruin Brady's image and they succeeded. The public does not like Tom Brady or the Patriots simply because they are winners. The Patriots have been in the AFC Championship Game for the past four seasons, and they have won twice. As long as the Patriots keep winning they will continue to be disliked by the greater public and of course the media.
The NFL made its decision on Brady long before the appeal hearing and now they are going to face the consequences of that. When Judge Berman released the transcripts he sealed the NFL's fate and now Tom Brady will defeat the NFL and Goodell in court. #FREEBRADY
Deflategate has finally taken a turn in favor of Tom Brady. Today, Judge Berman released the transcripts from the Tom Brady appeal. The appeal transcript is nearly 457 pages long, and after reading it, it is apparent why the NFL wanted it to stay confidential.
The first, and most important issue is that Tom Brady said under oath that he had nothing do with the alleged deflation of footballs in the AFC Championship Game. Brady also had no knowledge of the inflation or deflation rate of footballs prior to the Jets game. In the appeal Brady is asked several times about the Jim McNally, or as he is publicly known, the Deflator. When asked about the context of the Deflator messages Brady states that:
"I'm not really sure what the context of those messages between those two guys, so its hard for me to speculate what they talked about, the kind of language they use with one another. So obviously those text messages didn't involve me. I didn't know the spirit of their relationship, so I think it was unfair of me to speculate that they did something wrong when they told me they did nothing wrong"
It apparent that Tom Brady did not know much about McNally or what McNally and Jastremski talked about in their private texting conversations. The "Deflator" was only brought up on conversation between McNally and Jastremski. As Brady pointed out, it was in the "spirit of their relationship," something which he had little to no knowledge of. McNally and Jastremski have a relationship of their own which does not include Tom Brady, that is clearly seen in the text messages. The only time that Brady was apparently angry with Jastremski was after the Jets game in 2014 when the footballs were overinflated to 16 psi.
Brady and Jastremski had several conversations leading up to the game including the method of preparing the footballs. In his testimony Brady said that he did not want any Lexol on the balls (Lexol makes footballs very oily in the rain). Instead Brady and Jastremski decided to use footballs from training camp that had already been broken in and therefore absorb more water into the ball. During the game however the footballs felt terrible. According to Brady," over the course of the first half, I was just, I was very pissed off. I was very pissed off at -- partly because I felt that I got talked into using these balls we had done, like I said, a different protocol, and I felt like it didn't work out very well" as the Patriots barely got away with the win 17-16. Brady thought that the referees inflated the balls because they thought they were too soft. So, after the game Brady decided to research the rules regarding the inflation rate of footballs.
In his testimony Brady said that he went to see Dave Schoenfeld, the equipment manager, to get the rules. He then requested that the referees get a copy of the rules before every game. The big question is, why would Tom Brady get mad about overinflated footballs, then hand out rules to the referees regarding their proper inflation rate, and finally develop a plan to deflate them? There is no logic in that, just like there is no logic in the NFL's argument.
The NFL's argument is solely based off of the fact that Tom Brady did not turn over his cell phone or give them access to messages between November 2014 and the end of February 2015. Brady did give the NFL text messages from these dates for several reasons. First off, it is none of the NFL's business what is on Tom Brady's personal phone. Brady stated in his testimony that he has numerous contacts including endorsers, teammates, family members, and close friends, all of which are private. More importantly, the NFL has all the information it requested from Brady. The NFL has text messages sent between Brady, Jastremski, and McNally during those dates because it had access to Jastremski's and McNally's phones. Real question is, why does the NFL need access to Brady's phone if it has all the text messages sent between him McNally and Jastremski!!!!? It doesn't! When Brady was interviewed by Ted Wells he was told that he would not be punished if he did not turn his phone over. If his lawyers suggested that he do, he "absolutely" would. Brady also stated in his testimony that he had nothing to hide in the text messages that the NFL requested.
The NFL's attempt to damper Brady in the public eye with the "destruction" of his cell phone announcement succeeded. It took the public's eye off of the matter that was really at hand and onto something that is again, false information.
Also, the majority of Deflategate does not have to do with what happened behind closed doors, but in the court of public opinion.
ESPN and other media outlets have been a puppet for the NFL throughout the entirety of Deflategate. Chris Mortensen published false information about the number of footballs that were deflated and their exact deflation. Two pounds under is rather large deficit and 11 of 12 balls is also significant amount in the public eye. That information alone, has changed the public's view of Tom Brady and the Patriots. Right now people do not like the Patriots or Tom Brady, they are viewed as cheaters who can only win Super Bowls when they cheat. The NFL and the rest of the media has successfully brought down one of the greatest players of all time if not the greatest player of all time. They couldn't be more wrong about Tom Brady. More importantly, Brady's reputation is on the line and his continuous fight against Goodell and the rest of the NFL proves how innocent he is.
Skip Bayless said it perfectly on First Take," the NFL framed Tom Brady will zero credible evidence" and," used many media outlets to wrongly convict Brady in the court of public opinion," in order for Goodell to save his own skin and satisfy the needs and wants of the owners who wanted the Patriots penalized for all of their alleged past cheating (which other teams have been known to do as well-Jets-Dolphins). Goodell is a puppet of the owners and he is doing what they want. The Colts and Ravens both filed complaints against the Patriots about their alleged ball deflation.
Deflategate is simply the numerous losers going after the winner. The Patriots have always dominated and complaining about the pressure of a football was the only way these teams could get even or even get a leg up. Football games are won with a combination of game planning, talent, coaching, and most importantly practice. The Patriots are top tier in all four of those categories, that is why they win week and week out. Other NFL teams in the AFC need to find other ways to win and use the draft to talent. The Patriots have dominated and will continue to dominate the AFC after Tom Brady is exonerated. #FREEBRADY
Ever since before Deflategate the NFL has not given any thought to the pressure of footballs. Throughout the six months in which Deflategate has taken over the media arguments have been made that the pressure of footballs have a significant effect on the "Integrity of the Game". People, including Mark Brunell, have discussed the differences between a deflated and inflated football and how it is an unfair advantage. On top of that, if it had not been for Deflategate the NFL would not have been concerned with the inflation levels of footballs and how their inflation is absolutely crucial to the integrity of the game.
The NFL does not really know much about the inflation and deflation rate of footballs and that was shown in the Wells Report. On page 116 of the Wells Report, Wells and his investigators hypothesize that footballs lose a certain amount of air pressure based on weather conditions. The Ideal Gas Law is the main scientific resource for this information. In the experiments in the Wells Report, according to the Ideal Gas Law," Patriots footballs should have measured between 11.52 and 11.32 psi," which is simply put, is an educated guess. Until now, there is no science behind the pressure of footballs besides what is portrayed in the Wells Report. Although I do not agree with the findings of the Wells Report, there is scientific data backing the deflation rate of footballs. In hindsight, the NFL does not have any prior knowledge about the deflation rate of footballs besides what Ted Wells and the rest of his investigation team found. That is where the officials come in.
At the Officials Meetings the current NFL Supervisor of Officials, Gary Slaughter, noted that,"These are man made products. There is a bladder and a valve. We have all checked them for many years. Sometimes when you check the ball right out of the box, there could be problem. They could have a slow leak and you wouldn't even know it at the time," said Slaughter.
Slaughters remarks indicates that there are still several unanswered questions about the science and commonalities of footballs. This still did not stop the NFL from hammering Tom Brady by fitting the evidence to the crime. Now that the NFL has been intently studying the inflation and deflation rate of footballs they may find information that will be worth noting.
The NFL has a lack of evidence to convict Tom Brady of deflating footballs and until they get a complete scientific backing from this season and next. The new information from the NFL's experiment this season could prove to be noteworthy but there still is no way of knowing if they can keep records during games.
The NFL and Roger Goodell are in trouble and they will be forced to face the consequences once Judge Richard Berman releases the details of Tom Brady's appeal. As always, Tom Brady is innocent until proven guilty and if the NFL wants to spin the truth so be it. The truth will come out, and someone will receive punishment, that I can assure you.
According to Mike Pereira, Vice President of Officiating for the NFL, the NFL will use new procedures for the inflation and proper maintenance of footballs.
The new procedure requires 24 footballs, 12 primary and 12 backup, to be numbered and inflated to 13 psi before games. All 24 balls will be measured after each game is concluded to determine any difference in air pressure. In certain games, primary balls will be used for the first half and the backups for the second.
At first sight, the new policy shows that the NFL is taking a more control of game balls and attempting to prevent balls from deflating. The NFL's policy is much more than that, its a science experiment. The league is attempting the check the air pressure of footballs in games in order to determine if the weather has any effect.
Before now, the league has not given much information to coaches and players regarding the air pressure of footballs. Furthermore, Bill Belichick, who has been in the league since 1975, was dumbfounded about the air pressure of footballs back in early January when Deflategate came to fruition.
One of the Patriots main complaints throughout Deflategate is that the weather had a significant effect on the air pressure of footballs. The Wells Report did not have any science to back that, it was throughly based off of interpretations of text messages. Point is, the Wells Report had no scientific backing, that is where the NFL's new ball handling policy comes into play.
The NFL suspended Tom Brady without any evidence pertaining to the Ideal Gas Law, which is an enormous piece of information in the Deflategate case. If all goes according to plan the NFL will have information from 332 footballs from preseason, regular, and postseason footballs. Now the NFL will be able to measure balls in a professional manner and they will not use two different pumps, which were used in the AFC Championship game. On top of that, the NFL did not measure the same balls pregame and at halftime making the data from the Wells Report useless.
The NFL's policy hinges on the deflation rate of footballs during games. If the footballs do not deflate in different weather conditions, then Goodell and the NFL front office look like heroes. If the balls do deflate, then the NFL has a problem.
Even if the NFL does receive the proof it needs there is no way they can replicate the weather conditions from the AFC Championship game. Towards the end of season in the northeast balls could be deflated below 12.5 psi. On the other hand, in the southwest could be inflated above 13.5 psi. Point is, the NFL will never get a clear answer.
Roger Goodell and the rest of the NFL front office are flirting with disaster because they have no definitive scientific proof. Deflategate is based off of a hunch with no real scientific data to back it (Mike Kensil is to blame for that).
The NFL and NFLPA had been in recent talks to settle Tom Brady's suspension in order to make sure that he "agrees" to the punishment, in case the study goes awry.
The NFL has no proof to suspend Tom Brady, that is why the majority of new information has been leaked this past week, including the NFL's lie about the pressure of game balls in the AFC Championship. Despite the information, the majority of the public still see the Patriots and Tom Brady as cheaters based on false information. The publics perception needs to change immediately as more information is released by the NFL and ESPN. Deflategate is a scam to destroy the Patriots and Tom Brady's reputation based off of a hunch. The NFL and Roger Goodell need to pay for their colossal failure and free Tom Brady.
NFL Lied About Deflategate reports and Will Not Correct Information: Roger Goodell is Solely to blame
The NFL has chosen not to correct reports about Deflategate for no reason. Deflategate has turned into a ploy to destroy the Patriots and Tom Brady's image and Roger Goodell is solely to blame. The multiple leaks from the NFL have stemmed from multiple sources and the Patriots plan on addressing the issue.
According to reports, the Patriots have requested an investigation into the NFL offices to see who is behind the false reports. The NFL, on the other hand, requested that Ted Wells not look into the leaks. The NFL has chosen to handle the leaks on their own. In other words, the NFL will investigate itself to find any wrongdoing in their offices. Point is, nothing is going to change with the false reports, they will keep coming and both sides will continue to add fuel to the fire.
Patriots lawyer, Daniel Goldberg, emailed the league with concerns about the leaks. In his email he states that there were," selective leaks of information and misinformation, failure to correct obviously misreported information, and the like, are not part of what the Paul Weiss firm was asked to investigate," and," I understand that the league has opted to investigate those matters internally". Plainly, the league will not do anything about the leaked reports. An internal investigation is a joke, just like the Wells Report and the entire Deflategate ploy by the NFL.
Roger Goodell also got in on the action following the release of the Wells Report. Goodell stated that," If the entire investigation had been conducted by in-house NFL employees instead of an independent law firm, I would still view it as a reliable basis for my findings and conclusions," plus providing Tom Brady with a means of his misconduct to the league.
Based on Goodell's words, it wouldn't have mattered what he did or did not find, he was going after Brady and the Patriots regardless of what the Wells Report had to say. Goodell will never admit it but he has all the information he needed, even though it may not be the information that he wanted. Deflategate is clearly a ploy to destroy the Patriots and Tom Brady's reputation based of off false information. Chris Mortenson was in the center of the entire Deflategate debacle.
Mortenen released the original Deflategate report that stated that the Patriots had 11 of 12 balls significantly deflated. The information that has led to the severe degradation the Patriots reputation has now been proven to be false. Mortensen finally decided to break his silence this afternoon to discuss his investigation into Deflategate.
Some main points from the conversation: Tom Brady was never mentioned in Deflategate until Bill Belichick brought him up in the press conference after Deflategate broke out. Also Mortensen believed that the NFL should have never hired to Ted Wells to investigate, the entire matter could have easily been solved by competition committee.
In his conversation, Mortensen states,"Nobody from the NFL ever identified Brady as being the target of an investigation in that first week we are talking about, whiting three days of the game. Brady's never mentioned. The Patriots are never mentioned," if that holds true that how did this entire investigation turn into a sideshow that has sapped the attention of mass media for the past six months.
Besides Mortensen's queries, he has no bad blood with Robert Kraft. Kraft, in his press conference following Brady's suspension, made it clear that he has beef with the NFL.
The Patriots will continue to prepare for the 2015 season and the NFL's ploy will soon fall apart. Be prepared for Brady in week 1 against the Steelers at home on Thursday night. #FREEBRADY