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
The push for the Deflategate investigation was not started by a group of NFL executives, it was started by one. Mike Kensil, the NFL Vice President of Game Operations, was on site for the AFC Championship Game. Before getting a job in the NFL front office, Kensil was the Director of Jets Operations for nearly 20 years. He was part of the Jets front office when Bill Belichick and Bill Parcels were both coaches for the Jets. Kensil was fired in 2006 when Mangini became the head coach of the Jets.
Many sources have found that Kensil is the main source behind the entire Deflategate investigation and his interest in deflated footballs started long before the AFC Championship Game.
The Jets connection is a huge motivator in pushing the league to investigate the Patriots. The Jets and the Patriots are bitter rivals and have been since Rex Ryan was hired. At halftime of the AFC Championship Game, Mike Kensil spoke to Patriots Equipment Manager Dave Schoenfeld, and told him,"we weighed the balls and your in big f--- trouble," in other words, we caught you red handed. As always, the NFL, set out to make the problem much larger than it was originally perceived.
Directly following the AFC Championship Game a report came out that 11 of 12 Patriots balls were under inflated by two pounds or more. Also, Dave Gardi, NFL Senior Vice President of Football Operations, "found" that one ball was deflated too 10.1 psi. That information is false, according to the Wells Report not a single Patriots football was below 10.5 psi. On top of that, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, one of the two gauges used to measure the Colts balls found that THREE of FOUR Colts balls were under 12.5 psi. This information has not been leaked until now, and despite the NFL's leak of misinformation the NFL's probe and the information about "11 of 12" balls was not taken away by the NFL's media team.
Point is, the majority of the NFL's information was FALSE directly following Deflategate. Kensil leaked information to Greg Mortensen about the 11 of 12 balls, but that was in fact false information. Deflategate is beginning to look more and more like a probe from the NFL and the Jets to destroy Tom Brady and the Patriots reputation.
The NFL releasing the News about Tom Brady "Destroying" His Phone is Hands Down the Greatest Way to Get Everyones Blood Boiling, and its Not True
When the smoke finally clears in the Deflategate case, issues between the NFL and NFLPA need to be sorted out. On top of that, there is a lot finger pointing on both sides of the ball, the NFL and Tom Brady, and its difficult to take either side seriously.
Tom Brady made a serious move on Facebook earlier yesterday, expressing his thoughts on Deflategate. He starts off by saying that, "I am very disappointed by the NFL's decision to uphold the four game suspension against me. I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either," in other words, I am innocent. It is ironic that Brady decided to share this information nearly six months after the initial Deflategate investigation. Instead of "Brady" on the back of his jersey he might as well paste an "I am innocent" sticker during training camp. Despite his initial message, Brady wasn't the only Patriot to take a shot at the NFL following the Deflategate decision, Robert Kraft got in on it as well.
Robert Kraft is not known for taking shots at the NFL, and Roger Goodell, but yesterday he felt that change was needed.
Robert Kraft Transcript: In light of yesterday’s league ruling, I felt it was important to make a statement today, prior to the start of training camp. After this, I will not be talking about this matter until after the legal process plays itself out and I would advise everyone in the organization to do the same and just concentrate on preparation for the 2015 season.
The decision handed down by the league yesterday is unfathomable to me. It is routine for discipline in the NFL to be reduced upon appeal. In the vast majority of these cases there is tangible and hard evidence of the infraction for which the discipline is being imposed and still the initial penalty gets reduced. Six months removed from the AFC Championship game, the league still has no hard evidence of anybody doing anything to tamper with the psi level of footballs.
I continue to believe and unequivocally support Tom Brady. I first and foremost need to apologize to our fans because I truly believe that what I did in May, given the actual evidence of this situation and the league’s history on discipline matters, would make it much easier for the league to exonerate Tom Brady. Unfortunately, I was wrong.
The league’s handling of this entire process has been extremely frustrating and disconcerting. I will never understand why an initial erroneous report regarding the psi level of footballs was leaked by a source from the NFL a few days after the AFC Championship game was never corrected by those who had the correct information. For four months, that report cast aspersions and shaped public opinion.
Yesterday's decision by Commissioner [Roger] Goodell was released in a similar manner under an erroneous headline that read “Tom Brady Destroyed His Cell Phone.” This headline was designed to capture headlines across the country and obscure [the fact the NFL still has no hard] evidence regarding the tampering of air pressure in footballs. It intentionally implied nefarious behavior and minimized the acknowledgement that Tom provided the history of every number he texted during the relevant time frame. And we had already provided the league with every cellphone of every non-NFLPA employee that they requested, including head coach Bill Belichick.
Tom Brady is a person of great integrity and is a great ambassador of the game, both on and off the field.
Yet, for reasons that I cannot comprehend, there are those in the league office who are more determined to prove that they were right rather than admit any culpability of their own or take any responsibility for the initiation of a process and ensuing investigation that was flawed.
I have come to the conclusion that this was never about doing what was fair and just. Back in May, I had to make a difficult decision that I now regret. I tried to do what I thought was right. I chose not to take legal action. I wanted to return the focus to football. I have been negotiating agreements on a global basis my entire life. I know that there are times when you have to give up important points of principle to achieve a greater good.
I acted in good faith and was optimistic that by taking the actions I took, the league would have what they wanted. I was willing to accept the harshest penalty in the history of the NFL for an alleged ball violation because I believed it would help exonerate Tom.
I have often said, “If you want to get a deal done, sometimes you have to get the lawyers out of the room.” I had hopes that Tom Brady’s appeal to the league would provide Roger Goodell the necessary explanation to overturn his suspension. Now, the league has taken the matter to court, which is a tactic that only a lawyer would recommend.
Once again, I want to apologize to the fans of the New England Patriots and [to] Tom Brady. I was wrong to put my faith in the league.
Given the facts, evidence and laws of science that underscore this entire situation, it is completely incomprehensible to me that the league continues to take steps to disparage one of its all-time great players and a man for whom I have the utmost respect.
Personally, this is very sad and disappointing to me.
Robert Kraft throughouly believed that if he took the heat for Deflategate Tom Brady would be given some leeway with Goodell, sadly he was wrong. Goodell and the rest of the NFL laid the hammer down on Tom Brady, which many other owners seemed to support. Despite his inaction, Goodell and Kraft are now set up for a battle of wits in NFL procedures, not the pressure of footballs.
There is one thing that Kraft is right about, Deflategate is no longer about the pressure of footballs, its about broken cell phones and a lack of cooperation. From Tom Brady's side it seems as if he and the rest of his lawyers have given the NFL everything that they have asked for. The NFL seems to believe that Brady did not cooperate and destroyed his phone in order to hide important evidence. Whatever the case may be the NFL, and Tom Brady, have two opposing views on Deflategate and what actually happened. The real question is, which one is the truth?
Right now the most important thing for the fans and the rest of the NFL is the truth. Tom Brady is telling one story and the NFL is telling another, it just a matter of who is telling the better one. Goodell has 243 pages of "proof" from the Wells Report and Brady has a pissed of lawyer and Robert Kraft by his side. It may seem as if Tom Brady is trying to save face by screaming out "I didn't do it!" despite the current bias from Roger Goodell. Tom Brady is in a serious hole of public opinion based on information provided by the NFL, that may or may not be true. The destruction or disposal of Tom Brady's cell phone may be the tipping point in the entire investigation, sad part is cell phones don't determine the air pressure of footballs, air gauges do.
Tom Brady exclaimed that: "I had replaced my broken Samsung phone with a new iPhone 6 after my attorneys made it clear to the NFL that my actual phone device would not be subjected to investigation under any circumstances," and according to the collective bargaining agreement Brady does not have to surrender his phone for investigative purposes.
Regardless of the situation Bill Belichick handled it in professional fashion exclaiming that "we are going to get ready for the 2015 season" and, "its a new season for everyone". As usual, reporters kept on asking and got the same answer.
Despite the backlash from Deflategate the Patriots will do what they usually do, get ready for the season. The NFL and the fans on the other hand will have to wait even longer for the truth about Deflategate. Deflategate should be a thing of the past, its been six months and with a lawsuit around the corner, it will be even longer.
No matter how long Deflategate goes one thing is for certain, the NFL has absolutely no proof of Tom Brady's engagement in deflating footballs. The NFL is focused on finding a way to shift public opinion against Tom Brady in order to prove that he is guilty. The main example is the announcement about the cell phone and how Brady allegedly had it destroyed before his meeting with investigators. That is an important piece of information, so why did the NFL wait to share until now?
Main reason, they have no proof and they need one piece of hard evidence that will change public opinion. Tom Brady is in the ditches mainly because of statements from the NFL regarding his participation and lack of cooperation. To be brutally honest, many of the claims are totally out of left field. Cellphone gate is a diversion and we will find out if it actually pays off but one things is for certain, the truth will come out, whether its from the NFL or Tom Brady.
The truth is of upmost importance right now, but as a fan it is a matter of who do you believe more, and who is telling the better story.
Deflategate is far from over, the NFL decided to put the hammer down on Tom Brady but the legal process has just begun.
According to reports from ESPN, Tom Brady has given the NFLPA the green light to take Deflategate to federal court. As far as the NFLPA is concerned, they feel they have a good chance to give Roger Goodell a run for his money. Real question is what is Brady going to argue in court?
Lets start off with cellphonegate, or in other words, Brady's shady disposal of his cell phone. Back in the spring the NFL asked Brady to share his emails, text messages and many other forms of electronic media, Brady refused. According to reports, Wells gave Brady "extraordinary protections" meaning that Brady's lawyers could turn over messages that they deemed necessary to the investigation. Still, Brady refused and this has played a major role in why he is still suspended. On the other hand, Brady claims to dispose of his phones every four months, and subsequently even one right before his meeting with the investigators. Also, under the collective bargaining agreement players do not have to turn over any forms of electronic media.
Despite cellphonegate Tom Brady and his legal team have a lot of ammunition against the NFL with regards to Deflategate. Brady and his team are going to argue that Roger Goodell should not have been appointed as the arbitrator in this case. The NFLPA pushed for a third party arbitrator but Goodell was given the responsibility. On top of that VP Troy Vincent had no authority to hand down the punishment. Vincent's extensive punishment gave Roger Goodell sheen impartiality in the appeal. Vincent's actions are a clear violation of the personal conduct policy that was created in 2011.
After all is said and done Brady still has a chance to play in week one against the Steelers. Tom Brady and his lawyers are expected to seek an injunction and hold out the suspension until it can be decided in court. Only problem is they have to prove that the NFL has done "irreparable harm" to Tom Brady.
Its time to lawyer up and get down to business.
Shortly following the of NFL's announcement about Tom Brady's suspension Don Yee, Brady's agent, released a statement about the appeals process.
"The appeal process was a sham, resulting in the Commissioner rubber-stamping his own decision. For example, the Wells investigative team was given over 100 days to conduct its investigation. Just days prior to the appeal hearing, we were notified that we would only have four hours to present a defense; therefore, we didn’t have enough time to examine important witnesses. Likewise, it was represented to the public that the Wells team was 'independent'; however, when we requested documents from Wells, our request was rejected on the basis of privilege. We therefore had no idea as to what Wells found from other witnesses, nor did we know what those other witnesses said."
"These are just two examples of how the Commissioner failed to ensure a fair process."
He goes on: "Additionally, the science in the Wells Report was junk. It has been thoroughly discredited by independent third parties"
The best part: "The Commissioner’s decision and discipline has no precedent in all of NFL history. His decision alters the competitive balance of the upcoming season. The decision is wrong and has no basis, and it diminishes the integrity of the game.”
The NFL better lawyer up, this case is going to court.
Roger Goodell has decided to uphold Tom Brady's 4-game suspension for his involvement in Deflategate and violating the leagues policy on the integrity of the game. According to CNBC, it is apparent that Roger Goodell got his hands on "important new information", during Tom Brady's appeal hearing.
On June 18, Brady "directed that the cell phone he had used for the prior four months be destroyed" despite the NFL investigators request.
June 18th is nearly four months since the onset of the Deflategate investigation and according to NFL.com Tom Brady exchanged more than 10,000 text messages during that time. The 10,000 text messages are no longer retrievable.
Brady appealed his 4-game suspension in late May with the help of the NFLPA, but efforts have fallen short. According to the Wells Report it was "more probable than not" that Brady participated in the Deflategate scandal.
Tom Brady is now eligible to play in week 6 agains the Colts. Jimmy Garoppolo, who played sparingly last year, is now in line to start the first four games for the Patriots.
Brady is eligible to play in training camp and during the preseason but we will have to wait and see what Tom Brady next move is.
In the wake of the 2006 NFL offseason that amounted to 68 arrests, Rodger Goodell was elected as the Commissioner of the NFL. Six months after his election, Goodell instituted the NFL Player Conduct Policy to halt the tide of criminal acts by NFL players. Prior to its inclusion, NFL players were getting arrested for drunk driving and getting into fights that were fueled by alcohol and other drugs. One of the players that led to the creation of the NFL Conduct Policy was Adam “Pacman” Jones. Jones was known as one the NFL’s troublemakers due to his many altercations with the law enforcement prior to 2007 ("Is Roger Goodell's Personal Conduct Policy Working?" Hansen). Jones was arrested eight times between 2005-2008 but he is most famous for starting a fight with his own bodyguard in October 2007 ("Is Roger Goodell's Personal Conduct Policy Working?" Hansen). Under the new Personal Conduct Policy Jones was suspended for the entire 2007 season ("Is Roger Goodell's Personal Conduct Policy Working?" Hansen). Even with the NFL Player Conduct Policy, NFL players are still being arrested in large numbers and changes need to be made to protect the standards of the NFL and monitor player’s actions off of the field to prevent arrests.
Since its introduction in 2007, the NFL Personal Conduct Policy has served as a set of guidelines for players on and off of the field. The policy is split up into three parts, standards of conduct, discipline, and reinstatement. The standards of conduct include,” criminal offenses including but are not limited to, those involving: the use or threat of violence, domestic violence, and other forms of domestic abuse,” (“NFL Personal Conduct Policy”). On top of that, any conduct that involves law enforcement is subject to discipline. Goodell, stated that,” It is not enough simply to avoid being found guilty of a crime. Instead as an employee of the NFL or a member club, you are held to a higher standard and are expected to conduct yourself in a way that is responsible, [and] promotes the values upon which the league is based, and is lawful,” ("Is Roger Goodell's Personal Conduct Policy Working?" Hansen). Players as well as the rest of the league personnel need to be held to a higher standard in the offseason and off of the field. Just like any other professional athlete, NFL rookies are paid handsomely, and the money and background they come from at the college level tend to get them in trouble.
NFL rookies come from completely different backgrounds, some have been feeding their families and others are brought up and pampered to play football. Nearly 70.6% of all NFL athletes are chosen during the NFL draft and all nearly all have played football at an American University/College. Players that are drafted into the NFL,” must be out of high school for at least three years [minimum],” (“Everything You Need to Know About the NFL's Rookie Wage Scale” Kostora) as per NFL draft rules. In other words, young players that are drafted into the NFL are typically between the ages of 22 and 25. Despite their age rookies tend to get paid very well. Under the NFL rookie wage scale, first year players are prompted to sign a four-year contract with their new team. The rookie wage scale sets a maximum amount of cap space for each team to sign draft picks (“Everything You Need to Know About the NFL's Rookie Wage Scale” Kostora). So if a team like the New England Patriots gets 35 million dollars in available cap space they have to split it between however many first year players they decide to sign. Normally, first year players make two million dollars a year if they are selected in the lower echelon of the draft, rounds three to seven. High profile players on the other hand are generally chosen within the first ten picks of the NFL draft and they make significantly more than third to seventh round picks (“Everything You Need to Know About the NFL's Rookie Wage Scale” Kostora). Top ten picks in the NFL draft average about the same salary as lower round picks but they get hefty signing bonuses upwards of ten to twelve million dollars (“Everything You Need to Know About the NFL's Rookie Wage Scale” Kostora). Signing bonuses do not kill the teams cap but are proportioned over the course of a players contract (“Everything You Need to Know About the NFL's Rookie Wage Scale” Kostora). Simply put, NFL rookies, two, and three-year veterans such as Aaron Hernandez make a lot of money but tend to make bad choices off of the field due to misconduct and a record of criminal behavior coming out of college.
Aaron Hernandez, drafted 113th by the New England Patriots in 2010 was convicted of murder during the 2013 offseason. Hernandez had a significant amount of red flags coming out of the University of Florida. People at the University of Florida,” would tell you,’ Every time there’s an issue, he’s around it,” said one AFC college scouting director (“Aaron Hernandez's NFL entry: What did scouts know back then?” Breer). On top of that Hernandez failed multiple drug tests at the University of Florida. Pro teams look diligently at drug tests of college players since they are put in a position to pass (“Aaron Hernandez's NFL entry: What did scouts know back then?” Breer) . Thus from the following information Pro teams can conclude that an athlete does not care or has a drug problem. Hernandez’s ability to stay in line was automatically in question before draft day (“Aaron Hernandez's NFL entry: What did scouts know back then?” Breer). Many scouts and even University of Florida head coach Urban Meyer believed that Hernandez would be able to thrive in the right environment (“Aaron Hernandez's NFL entry: What did scouts know back then?” Breer). Hernandez was tagged as a follower and needed to be around the right people in order to stay out of trouble so the Patriots decided to take a chance on him.
After his first two years with the Patriots Hernandez signed a five year 40 million dollar extension in August of 2012. The contract did not contain a “failure to perform” or “failure to practice” clause meaning that Hernandez could still make 2.5 million dollars even if he got into trouble with the law environment (“Aaron Hernandez's NFL entry: What did scouts know back then?” Breer). Hernandez did not have a career year in 2012, the year following the singing of his giant contract, he played 10 games and had 51 receptions for 483 yards compared to 79 receptions for 910 yards in 2011, his second year as a pro (“Aaron Hernandez Stats”). Despite his down year the Patriots made the AFC Championship game but lost to the Super Bowl Champion Ravens 28-13 (“Aaron Hernandez Stats”). After the loss and as the Patriots were gearing up for the 2013 season Aaron Hernandez got into trouble with police in the North Attleboro area of Massachusetts.
On the morning of June 26, 2013 Massachusetts state police arrested Aaron Hernandez and started to investigate the death of Odin Lloyd. Lloyd, a semi-pro football player, body was found about a half-mile from Hernandez’s home (“Aaron Hernandez arrested, taken into police custody” Manahan). A few hours after following the arrest the New England Patriots released a statement”, words cannot express the disappointment we feel knowing that one of our places was arrested as a result of this investigation,” the statement went on saying that ”we realize that law enforcement investigations into this matter are ongoing. We support their efforts and respect the process.” (“Aaron Hernandez arrested, taken into police custody” Manahan). The Patriots then, in their best interest, released Aaron Hernandez due to his situation with law enforcement (“Aaron Hernandez arrested, taken into police custody” Manahan) . To make things even worse NFL spokesman Greg Aiello stated,” the involvement of an NFL player in a case of this nature is deeply troubling.” The NFL continued by expressing its sympathy towards Odin Lloyds family and friends. Beyond apologizing, the NFL could not do anything else but wait until the investigation began (“Aaron Hernandez arrested, taken into police custody” Manahan).
In the days before Hernandez’s arrest the Massachusetts state police investigated Hernandez’s house, a large playhouse in the backyard that Hernandez used as a doghouse, and the woods surrounding his house (“Aaron Hernandez arrested, taken into police custody” Manahan). It is reported that the investigators left with ten bags worth of evidence and were set to come back the following Monday, June 19th. The state police returned on Monday with two divers in scuba gear. They were set to check out a nearby pond that was surrounded by trees. Following the one-hour dive, one of the six divers said that they found no evidence (“Aaron Hernandez arrested, taken into police custody” Manahan). After the dive investigators spent five more days at the Hernandez residence and used surveillance cameras that tracked Hernandez from his home in North Attleboro to Boston and back. Police also tracked Hernandez’s cell phone usage, text messages, and collected any other evidence that they found in a rental car (“Aaron Hernandez arrested, taken into police custody” Manahan). William McCauley, Bristol Assistant District Attorney, was able to put together a timeline based off of the evidence of the case that put Hernandez with Odin Lloyd an hour the morning he was killed, right up to the minute he was executed (“Aaron Hernandez arrested, taken into police custody” Manahan). Directly following his arrest Hernandez was charged with first-degree murder of Odin Lloyd and five gun-related charges (“Aaron Hernandez arrested, taken into police custody” Manahan). Hernandez pleaded not guilty to all of the charges and was denied bail. He was set to appear in court again on July 24th 2013 (“Aaron Hernandez arrested, taken into police custody” Manahan).
Authorities were not quite done with Hernandez after charging him with the murder of Odin Lloyd. Hernandez, according to USA Today, was also being investigated into a possible double-murder that occurred outside the Boston area in 2012. The case involves the drive by shootings of Daniel Abraeu and Safiro Furtado. According to the Boston Globe ” investigators believe Abreu and Furtado were involved in a fight at a club with a group that included Hernandez”. (“Reports: Hernandez murder charge link to 2012 murders?” Smith and Schrotenboer). Police later found that the car driven by Abreu and Furtado took gunfire from an SUV, Abraeu and Furtado were killed instantly during the drive by. The double murder charge was not brought up at the following hearing on July 24th due to a lack of evidence but Hernandez’s probable cause hearing was moved to August 22nd (“Reports: Hernandez murder charge link to 2012 murders?” Smith and Schrotenboer).
Also, following his July 24th date in court the NFL released a statement that if “Aaron Hernandez enters into a player contract prior to the resolution of the charges pending against him, the contract will not be approved or take effect until Commissioner Roger Goodell holds a hearing.” (“Reports: Hernandez murder charge link to 2012 murders?” Smith and Schrotenboer). The hearing “would be to determine whether Hernandez should be suspended or face other action prior to the charges being resolved.” (“Aaron Hernandez clears waivers” McIntyre).The NFL could only sit and wait until the Hernandez case is resolved in order to place any sort of punishment. Despite the NFL’s best intentions to clear up the Hernandez case, media outlets covered anything and everything Hernandez related.
Media outlets such as USA Today, NFL.com, and ESPN were major contributors to Aaron Hernandez’s “fame” throughout his long, grueling trial. Hernandez along with the majority of NFL players are some of the most watched athletes in sports. Being an NFL player is like being a celebrity, media outlets follow one’s every move whether it be good or bad. The Aaron Hernandez case created a media explosion that Goodell and the rest of the NFL attempted to clean up by restricting his access to NFL teams. But, the Aaron Hernandez case is still ongoing today. Hernandez has not been convicted of murder yet but remains in prison and continues to compound his mistakes.
On Tuesday February 25, 2014 Hernandez got into a fight with another inmate even though he is “purposely been kept segregated from other prisoners because of his celebrity status.” (“Aaron Hernandez jailhouse fight involved handcuffed inmate: report” Goldstein) Also, according to prison rules, inmates cannot physically interact with one another but can verbally attack one another. Police reports indicate that the day of the altercation another inmate was harassing Hernandez. Hernandez later fought the inmate while he was handcuffed, but neither man was sent to the infirmary. To make things worse, the prison does not allow Hernandez to interact with other inmates even during recreation time, where he is allowed to make calls (“Aaron Hernandez jailhouse fight involved handcuffed inmate: report” Goldstein). Hernandez is still waiting to sit on trial for both the murder of Odin Lloyd and the fight in prison. The NFL has not made any decisions on how to further punish Hernandez.
The NFL could only do so much with Aaron Hernandez while he was sitting in prison. For discipline, the NFL banned Hernandez from being claimed off of waivers by any team when he became a free agent. On top of that, Hernandez is still waiting to be on trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd. Also Hernandez “does not have to be arrested or charges to disciplined by the NFL,” said Adam Shafter, an NFL analyst. He also added that “The NFL can do what it wants, as we’ve seen in the past with Ben Roethlisberger, who was not arrested or charged in either particular case that he was involved with, in Nevada and down in Georgia.” Roethlisberger was involved with two altercations with women during 2008 and 2011 seasons and he was “suspended for six games and on appeal had that suspension reduced to four games.” (“Will Hernandez face NFL discipline?” ESPN Boston). Roethlisberger’s sentence was reduced due to his good behavior and his ability to get his life back in order. The NFL discipline part of the conduct policy is also divided up into several parts, fines, suspension, and banishment from the league.
The NFL suspends the majority of NFL players that are involved in altercations with the law. But the NFL also has the power to investigate and get information from law enforcement in order to make a better-informed decision. The League will also make sure to advise the NFL Players Association of their actions decisions regarding players (“NFL Personal Conduct Policy”). The player under indictment or receiving punishment will have the ability to be represented by a council to address the conduct. At the end of the investigation the Commissioner has the final say and authority to impose punishment players (“NFL Personal Conduct Policy”). The NFL punishment policy does need a bit of work.
The NFL needs to clean house, with regards to players that have committed crimes such as murder, assault, robbery, etc. Suspensions and fines will not get rid of the problem instead it will prolong it. Players that have been involved in serious crimes e.g. murder; assault, robbery, weapons charges, and rape need to be banned from the NFL. NFL players get paid millions of dollars and are treated like celebrities and they need to be held to a higher standard. Players that have been involved in murder, like Ray Lewis and Aaron Hernandez, should not be allowed to return to the NFL even if they are proven not guilty. The NFL did not handle the Ray Lewis case very well; they looked past it and decided not to punish him. Just as in law enforcement the NFL’s punishment should fit the crime that a player is accused of. Players that are convicted of class A felonies such as murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping, and breaking and entering should be banned from the NFL, with no questions asked. Also, NFL players involved in class B&C felonies such as burglary should be banned from the NFL for a minimum of one year and a maximum of 3, with the option of being banned from the NFL permanently. Lastly, players involved with class D felonies such as a DUI should be suspended a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 2 years. The NFL needs to impose stricter punishment but also implement programs that keep players out of trouble and involved with communities.
Programs such as the Rookie Success Program introduce rookies to the ins and outs of the NFL, plus it tells them what and whatnot to do off the field. Programs such as the NFL Rookie Success Program need to be made for veteran NFL players to get them involved in community service projects and other programs to benefit the community. NFL players need to set good examples for younger athletes and continue to bring leadership to communities through play 60 programs, which encourage athletes to get out and play 60 minutes a day. Community programs help NFL players stay away from crime and other illegal activities. Crime in the NFL is a large problem today but can only be solved by the NFL, not by law enforcement.
The bad news, the Deflategate saga continues as we are still without a decision from the NFL and Roger Goodell. The good news, Tom Brady is fired up and he is out for vengeance against Goodell and the rest of the NFL.
We all know that Tom Brady is an emotional player, sometimes he even goes as far as head butting Gronk and looking like a mad man on national television. With that said, the Patriots always seem to be in a good position after an emotional event, such as the death of Myra Kraft and any situation that ends in -gate. For example, in 2007, the year after Spygate, the Patriots went 18-1 and lost to the Giants in the Super Bowl. In 2011, after Myra Kraft passed away, the Patriots made it to the Super Bowl and lost to the Giants, yet again. Main point is, do not give the Patriots, or Tom Brady any more motivation or they will make you pay.
At this point Deflategate is nothing more than a lingering distraction and somewhat of a media stunt for the NFL. Whenever Roger Goodell decides to announce his decision he will have the full attention of the media and Tom Brady will be under fire yet again.
Don't get more wrong, Goodell is smart to wait until the last possible moment to unveil his decision. Brady will have less time to appeal and be forced to take the case to federal court if his suspension is not reduced.
Regardless of what happens, Goodell is adding more fuel to the fire and ticking off Tom Brady even more. A mad and motivated Tom Brady is a scary thought for the rest of the NFL. Also according to Rodney Harrison, Tom Brady will,"make everybody pay for what happened," when he returns to the field either in mid-October or in the home opener against the Steelers.
Tom Brady's response to Deflategate will not be shown through words but by his actions on the field.
To the rest of the teams in the NFL, watch out, Tom Brady is coming for you.
According to reports Roger Goodell is in no hurry to rule out Brady's appeal, mainly due to the fact that there is no incentive to. In other words, the longer Goodell waits, the better.
If Goodell were to announce the ruling early next week the NFLPA would have time to take the case to federal court. Also, the longer Goodell holds off the decision, the longer Brady has to think about his legacy and more importantly his standing in the public eye.
Deflategate and Spygate have already been seared into the minds of the of the general public. The results of that were clearly seen at the ESPY's when a picture of Tom Brady holding a phone was shown, as a joke, with the text under picture reading: Tom Brady's I'll Text You What To Do Fantasy Ball Boy Experience.
The ESPY's are just one clear example of just how much Tom Brady and the Patriots reputations have suffered since the inception of Deflategate. Even the president couldn't resist the urge to joke with the Patriots, especially when they visited the White House. Obama exclaimed,"I usually tell a bunch of jokes at these events, but with the Patriots in town I was worried 11 of 12 would fall flat," as Belichick and the rest of the Patriots smirked. Regardless of the shots that Tom Brady and the Patriots have taken thus far, a decision on Tom Brady's suspension will come soon.
According to ESPN, and Adam Schafter, Goodell and the NFL will wait until the end of July to announce their decision. Even if Goodell decides to uphold Brady's suspension, it is more probable than not that Brady will take the case to federal court. In federal court Brady can file an injunction, which freezes the NFL's ruling until the case is resolved. The injunction can only be lifted once a verdict is reached in federal court, either Brady will have his suspension reduced or he won't.
Regardless of what Goodell decides Tom Brady will face the consequences of Deflategate for the rest of his career.
The NFL finally chose too reduce Greg Hardy's suspension from ten games to four games after several months of appeals and judicial processes.
On July 14, 2014 Greg Hardy was found guilty of assaulting and communicating threats to his ex-girlfirend, Nicole Holder. Nearly a year later, on April 22, 2015, the NFL suspended Hardy 10-games without pay for conduct detrimental to the league.
After a nearly two month investigation into Hardy's misconduct, the NFL found sufficient evidence that Hardy did indeed violate NFL policies.
During the offseason Hardy, signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys braced for the impending suspension and built in a special incentive. The contract is valued at $13 million dollars, but it is set to pay Hardy on a game-to-game basis. That means that Hardy will get paid if and when he is on the active game roster. The total value of the contract is 13 million dollars, but Hardy, with his reduced suspension is set to make $578,125 per game. In total, Hardy is expected to make $6,937,500 for twelve games, assuming he does not get injured.
Hardy is eligible to return on October 11th, when the Cowboys take on the New England Patriots at home. Hardy's Arbitrator, Harold Henderson, upheld the suspension but lowered the ban to four games. On top of that, Hardy has a chance to further reduce his suspension if he chooses too. After all is said and done, how does this effect Tom Brady and the Patriots?
First off, there is no relationship between domestic violence and breaking competitive rules. Tom Brady and Greg Hardy were charged with two different types of misconduct. Hardy broke the personal conduct policy and Brady "failed to cooperate with the league's investigation" according to ESPN.
Both Brady and Hardy are both scheduled to have four game suspensions at this moment, but if all holds true, the NFL and Roger Goodell will reduce Brady's suspension.
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John Walter had a strong start for the Jackals as he went six innings, had five strikeouts, and only gave up three runs. Walter was helped by clutch from Catcher Tony Caldwell. Caldwell had a deep shot to right center field in the bottom of the 4th inning brining in two runs and giving the Jackals the lead. Hector Nelo came in the top of the 9th to secure his 13th save of the year. The Jackals conclude their series with the Miners tomorrow.
Brian Ernst had a strong start for the Jackals as he went seven innings, had five strikeouts, and gave up no runs. Ernst was helped by timely hitting from A.J Kirby-Jones and Jared Schlehuber, who both went 2-5 with an RBI. Leandro Castro continued his hot streak with a triple and an RBI. The Jackals continue their series against the Miners tomorrow at Yogi Berra Stadium.