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Brady: Players need to stand together to improve the game

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reacts after throwing an interception during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in East Rutherford. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) AP

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said recently that he thought there was “probably too much pressure to come back to a deal” during the last CBA negotiations “when we had all the power on our side” to make “legitimate changes” to the amount of power NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wields.

Those powers predated that round of CBA negotiations, but they are sure to be a talking point when it comes time to negotiate a new agreement when the current one winds down in 2020. One of the players who has become a focal point in discussions about the way Goodell metes out discipline is Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who is starting his four-game suspension this week.

Brady spoke to Jim Gray on Westwood One radio Thursday night and said that the coming negotiations offer a chance for players to “come together to really stand up for the things that we believe in and continue to fight” that others have led in the past.

“I think the system can always be improved,” Brady said, via WEEI.com. “Not just for my situation because my situation is obviously in the past, but for everyone’s situation in the future. I think we as players need to stand together so collectively we can be as strong as possible and the NFL can continue to provide and be as great of a game as it is.”

As for his own fight with the league, Brady said “it doesn’t serve my interest to keep looking back” and that he’s trying to fully focus on his job with the Patriots so he can be “the best quarterback I can be” when the time comes to return to the field in October.

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  1. butwhatabouttheintegrityofthegame says: Sep 9, 2016 7:50 AM

    Brady is the greatest to ever play the game. Keep crying losers. It’s all you have

  2. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Sep 9, 2016 7:51 AM

    This cheat needs to keep his mouth shut.

  3. bartpkelly says: Sep 9, 2016 7:51 AM

    The game is fine, the players make a lot of money, and a lot of fans watch.

  4. MiamiDolphinsNationTravelingtoSeattle says: Sep 9, 2016 7:54 AM

    Does improving the game mean not cheating as much Shady?

  5. MiamiDolphinsNationTravelingtoSeattle says: Sep 9, 2016 7:54 AM

    Does improving the game mean not cheating as much Shady?

  6. alcondragonblog says: Sep 9, 2016 7:54 AM

    Players meeting at 5 pm. Old Time Hockey, Eddie Shore? Get your tickets early folks, it’s going to be the Players Union against Roger Goodell and the Charlestown Chiefs!

  7. truthfactory says: Sep 9, 2016 7:55 AM

    Soooo… He wants this to be done in 2020 when he’ll likely be retired and won’t have to suffere the consequences of the potential strike.

    This issue was not new. It was a major sticking point in the last negotiations and the players caved. The fact is, it’s hard to get 1,500 players willing to strike and lose checks and probably have to give up more share of the revenue for an ussue that will affect less than 2% of the players.

    However, most of these guys make so much money now that it should be easier to hold out if they are willing. It’s not like back in the day when they were making “good” money… But not multi-millionaires. It will be their choice on how far they want to push and what they want to give up.

  8. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Sep 9, 2016 7:59 AM

    Did he say that before he pulled the NFL Shield sticker off his helmet or after?

  9. 6ball says: Sep 9, 2016 8:03 AM

    .
    Brady is correct. His situation is over and rehashing it at this point serves no one.

    The larger question which affects every team in the league is, ” Do I want a league where one former PR clerk has unlimited and unchecked power to unilaterally act against any player or team in his capacity as judge, jury and executioner? ”
    .

  10. stoopidfool says: Sep 9, 2016 8:05 AM

    meanwhile, players like Carson Palmer will prevent players from ever being cohesive enough to be effective in negotiating with the owners

  11. raidernation210 says: Sep 9, 2016 8:05 AM

    Coming from a suspended liar and cheater GTFOH!!

  12. mancini199 says: Sep 9, 2016 8:09 AM

    The Players cared more about their own paychecks than the issues. They have no one to blame but themselves.

  13. eagleswin says: Sep 9, 2016 8:09 AM

    If you want more power, you have to give up money. You don’t get to keep all the money and get more power.

    The players refused to have any of their share to help retirement benefits of older players because they can’t see beyond their pay checks.

  14. iseek11 says: Sep 9, 2016 8:10 AM

    Oh Gawd. Are we gonna have to listen to Tom Brady’s yapper through the whole suspension? No reason to penalize the rest of us.

  15. pastabelly says: Sep 9, 2016 8:11 AM

    While it could have hurt him and the Patriots to continue the fight, Brady backed down. In essence, he picked his team and himself over the NFLPA. He could have taken the legal fight one more round and chose not to. It’s hard to call someone selfish who really did what he did for the team, but it was at the expense of the NFLPA who already had so much invested in the legal battle. As much as I like Tom Brady, he has to come to terms with that.

  16. mazenblue says: Sep 9, 2016 8:12 AM

    GOAT

  17. factpurveyor says: Sep 9, 2016 8:13 AM

    Goodell is messing up the competition of the league for the 2016 season by affecting which teams make the playoffs and how teams are seeded as Goodell makes Brady to miss 25% of the 2016 season. Four teams get to play against a backup QB and 12 teams will have to face a rested Tom Brady.

    That’s an unfair advantage for the 4 teams when it comes to the standings and the things that will affect playoff seeding and which teams are awarded home field advantage.

    All while the NFL keeps the PSI information that was collected during the 2015 secret because it shows that that footballs always lose PSI when moved from warm to cold.

    Just one of the many videos that can be found online that proves that Roger Goodell and the NFL are making a mistake by forcing Tom Brady to miss 25% of the 2016 season:
    You can watch video on the popular online video site. Just search for “DEFLATE GATE & WHY SCIENCE SAYS THE PATRIOTS DID NOT TAMPER WITH FOOTBALLS”

    The reason the NFL hasn’t released the PSI information from the 2015 season is because it shows the same thing that you saw with your own eyes in that video. The same things that numerous scientists have stated, including Roderick MacKinnon, who won a Nobel Prize in chemistry.

  18. revren10 says: Sep 9, 2016 8:15 AM

    The players don’t care they have short careers its all about the money, money yeah money. Have the league bring the balls to the games and they control them full time problem solved no more deflated balls for the Colts or Pats

  19. truehoosier62 says: Sep 9, 2016 8:16 AM

    I’m quite certain that one day, we’ll no longer bother watching an actual game of football, but will only hear about the dangers of the game from the media, the latest CBA details, or the stances various players take on social issues.
    It’s nauseating in the extreme.

  20. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 9, 2016 8:18 AM

    You are right CHAMP.🙂

    It starts with the removal of #LyinRoger

    Yup.

  21. mymanotis says: Sep 9, 2016 8:19 AM

    Head of the players association was just on HBO and he is right when he says that 25% of his membership has zero savings and most last just 2-3 years league so they cant strike or play hardball will the league on anything. They walk to the line, get as much as they can and then FOLD.

    Its a joke that the most violent and entertaining game out there doesn’t have guaranteed contracts

  22. jchipwood says: Sep 9, 2016 8:21 AM

    Follow the rules and you won’t have an issue. This is not only a football rule but also a good rule for life for everyone…….including Kap and all the other clowns.

  23. factpurveyor says: Sep 9, 2016 8:23 AM

    This is definitely not improving the game…

    Anyone seen the NFL PSI report from the 2015 season?

    Tom Brady is being made to miss the season opener in just 2 days and the NFL is deliberately keeping that information from football fans because it shows the science which causes footballs to lose PSI when moved from where it is warm to where it is cold. Even more if the footballs get wet.

    You can watch video showing it happing before your eyes on the popular online video site. Just search for “DEFLATE GATE & WHY SCIENCE SAYS THE PATRIOTS DID NOT TAMPER WITH FOOTBALLS”

  24. rideforjesus says: Sep 9, 2016 8:24 AM

    High Road…..Nice Tom

    Stay cool and come back ready to play.

    We are with you.

  25. Nate says: Sep 9, 2016 8:24 AM

    I love you tom but you habitually taking less than market value has done harm to your fellow players

  26. steelbreeze676 says: Sep 9, 2016 8:25 AM

    Couldn’t agree with him more. With tax dollars financing stadiums and players sacrificing their bodies and futures it’s time to take on the NFL ownership and put them in their place. Hard. They add nothing positive to the game. They are effectively a tax on all of us who enjoy a game most owners have no useful purpose with.

    Keep great football play around. But also, compete with the ownership. And make sure you win.

  27. dpdonny says: Sep 9, 2016 8:29 AM

    GOAT. No debate.

  28. brwmstr says: Sep 9, 2016 8:30 AM

    G.O.A.T.
    FIRE GOODELL

  29. factpurveyor says: Sep 9, 2016 8:31 AM

    It’s time for the NFL to publically release the PSI information that was collected during the 2015 season so that everyone can see the see what happens to the PSI in footballs when they are taken outside and used in cold / rainy weather.

  30. factpurveyor says: Sep 9, 2016 8:36 AM

    Get ready for the sniveling, blubbering, low IQ, headline reading bandwagon poser fans of other teams that will direct lame insults at him out of jealousy.

  31. evrybdyhas1 says: Sep 9, 2016 8:36 AM

    The elite stars want one thing in a CBA, to be treated like elite stars. The rank and file want more money and opportunity pushed down the ladder. Something that benefits the vast majority of players not the ones subject to discipline (boo-hoo). Larger rosters and roster flexibility to move injured players at “will” on and off injured reserve and not count against the roster limit can accomplish both.
    All the poetic opining is just more me, me crap.

  32. Norseman says: Sep 9, 2016 8:43 AM

    Brady cheated and got caught. Just admit it and move on- enough with this false martyr bs.

    Improving the game includes cleaning up cheating, drugs, etc. – stuff the NFLPA isn’t exactly championing.

  33. bobleblah says: Sep 9, 2016 8:47 AM

    Also: “Don’t Cheat!”

  34. thescooterscore says: Sep 9, 2016 8:47 AM

    this should be good.

  35. bigbear331313 says: Sep 9, 2016 9:00 AM

    Cue the Crybaby Trolls in 3-2-1…

  36. ninjapleazee says: Sep 9, 2016 9:02 AM

    No thanks Tom, we don’t need a league full of cell phone destroyers.

  37. BobbyHanks63 says: Sep 9, 2016 9:02 AM

    If the players are too weak to hold out to get the necessary things from the league they need to proceed in a fair and comprehensive manner than they will fail again. I believe they need strong leadership and if Brady gets involved maybe it will help but these need to know how to handle money when the time comes to fight the NFL owners who will rely on the players giving up any real fight necessary to win a much fairer system for the players instead of the Nazi like tactics that we have all witnessed the last many years. Stand strong players or you will lose the freedom you gave away last without much of a fight. Learn the lessons of the past and win one off the fields as you do on it.

  38. kapy01 says: Sep 9, 2016 9:03 AM

    He is right. Labor has all the power IF they stick together.

  39. BobbyHanks63 says: Sep 9, 2016 9:06 AM

    Correction “Then they will fail again.” If Brad gets involved maybe it will help but “they” need to know how to handle money when it comes to fighting the NFL owners/”

  40. factpurveyor says: Sep 9, 2016 9:08 AM

    Tom Brady is being made to miss the season opener in just 2 days and the NFL is deliberately keeping the PSI information collected during the 2015 season from football fans because it shows the science which causes footballs to lose PSI when moved from where it is warm to where it is cold. Even more if the footballs get wet and cold.

    You can watch video showing it happing before your eyes on the popular online video site. Just search for “DEFLATE GATE & WHY SCIENCE SAYS THE PATRIOTS DID NOT TAMPER WITH FOOTBALLS”

  41. whiteybulgersson says: Sep 9, 2016 9:10 AM

    That would mean kicking you out of it for cheating.

  42. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 9, 2016 9:14 AM

    You got jobbed and there’s nothing you can do about it because, you know, integrity.

  43. 1gallon says: Sep 9, 2016 9:18 AM

    This is easy for Brady to say because he is financially stable (to say the least). For many of the other players it is not financially feasible to miss several paychecks over an issue they likely believe will never directly impact them.

  44. mrnick66 says: Sep 9, 2016 9:19 AM

    so what he is saying is he wants the system “improved” so that when the patricheats get caught breaking the rules the nfl does nothing to them.

  45. jimmyt says: Sep 9, 2016 9:21 AM

    Right, like cheating should come with no consequence.

  46. factpurveyor says: Sep 9, 2016 9:22 AM

    ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Sep 9, 2016 7:51 AM

    This cheat needs to keep his mouth shut.

    ——————————————————————

    At this time and until the end of time only clueless dupes believe that Brady cheated. These clueless dupes were too ignorant to understand basic science while failing to notice the countless NFL lies and the orchestrated manipulation of the story through the national media.

    Those same clueless dupes continue to miss the fact that the NFL still hasn’t released the information from the 2015 NFL PSI study.

  47. flash1287 says: Sep 9, 2016 9:25 AM

    ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Sep 9, 2016 7:51 AM
    This cheat needs to keep his mouth shut.

    So he should sit in silence during the radio interview?

    It must suck for you to know Brady OWNS the team you root for.

  48. factpurveyor says: Sep 9, 2016 9:26 AM

    ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Sep 9, 2016 7:51 AM

    This cheat needs to keep his mouth shut.

    —————————————————————-

    If Brady cheated then how do you explain the video showing PSI dropping before your eyes?
    Anyone can find the video on the popular online video site. Just search for “DEFLATE GATE & WHY SCIENCE SAYS THE PATRIOTS DID NOT TAMPER WITH FOOTBALLS”
    Sounds like you put your faith in Roger Goodell rather than science.

  49. mikeoxwells says: Sep 9, 2016 9:32 AM

    Brady: “I cheated, so now the rest of you need to join me in fighting Goddell. The patriots should be allowed to cheat time and time again without penalty. Its the patriot way! Who’s with me?

  50. alfredogarciashead says: Sep 9, 2016 9:36 AM

    LOL. Stand together so you will be shielded from prying eyes with your next subterfuge.

  51. factpurveyor says: Sep 9, 2016 9:36 AM

    ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Sep 9, 2016 7:51 AM

    This cheat needs to keep his mouth shut.

    ———————————————————-
    Someone clearly put their faith behind Roger Goodell while ignoring science.

  52. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 9, 2016 9:41 AM

    Yes the science deniers with low reading comprehension see nothing wrong with Goodell and the game.

    Roger Goodell, the most corrupt, inept, lying commissioner of a modern sports league.

    If you can’t see the damage being done to the game by Goodell and his cronies its because you are either too young to know what the game should really look like and how it should be played, or because you put your hatred of Brady and the Pats ahead of what’s best for the game and for that matter your own team.

  53. jdphx says: Sep 9, 2016 9:42 AM

    As he said….. STAND together.

    Appropriate in many settings.

  54. metalman5150 says: Sep 9, 2016 9:54 AM

    Has Brady learned nothing about the millennials?

    We don’t stand in unity. We sit down in kumbaya to show unity.

    Nothing gets done while in the standing position!

    What we need to do is SIT DOWN and SHUT UP

  55. bigbear331313 says: Sep 9, 2016 9:55 AM

    ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Sep 9, 2016 7:51 AM

    This cheat needs to keep his mouth shut.
    _____________________________________

    Or what? You’ll whimper more on this message board?

    20+ Years of NFL DOMINANCE and crybaby soup on a message board isn’t going to change that.

    Make sure to tune in to see the Patriots and TB12 execute another deep playoff run this season!

    Trolls Lose Again!

  56. steelersmichele says: Sep 9, 2016 9:57 AM

    Before he got suspended, Brady didn’t care about Goodell’s power. Before players on his team were threatened with suspension, Rodgers also didn’t care about Goodell’s power.
    But like in life, unless it happens to you, you don’t really care. If they did, they would have voted against the CBA (like the Steelers) when they had the chance.

    I bet if Brady could go back in time knowing what he knows now, he’d be standing in support next to James Harrison, voting against the CBA.

  57. fireroger says: Sep 9, 2016 10:02 AM

    eagleswin says:
    Sep 9, 2016 8:09 AM
    If you want more power, you have to give up money. You don’t get to keep all the money and get more power.
    ===============
    Just ask the NBA. Oh wait.
    Just ask the MLB. Oh wait.
    Just ask the NHL. Oh wait.

    The NFLPA needs to understand they aren’t scorching the earth.

  58. letmefeelyourlove says: Sep 9, 2016 10:11 AM

    pastabelly says:
    Sep 9, 2016 8:11 AM

    While it could have hurt him and the Patriots to continue the fight, Brady backed down. In essence, he picked his team and himself over the NFLPA. He could have taken the legal fight one more round and chose not to. It’s hard to call someone selfish who really did what he did for the team, but it was at the expense of the NFLPA who already had so much invested in the legal battle. As much as I like Tom Brady, he has to come to terms with that.
    __________________________________

    Accepting the suspension does not preclude Brady and/or the NFLPA from appealing the decision of the Second Circuit Court. An appeal does not require anyone to seek an injunction against the suspension.

    In this case, Brady made the decision to accept the suspension at the start of the season to avoid the possibility that the suspension would have to be served late in the season … or perhaps during the playoffs. But an appeal could still be filed with the Supreme Court. The deadline for that is a month from now.

  59. Troll Destroyer says: Sep 9, 2016 10:11 AM

    iseek11 says:
    Sep 9, 2016 8:10 AM
    Oh Gawd. Are we gonna have to listen to Tom Brady’s yapper through the whole suspension? No reason to penalize the rest of us.

    ——

    Did someone force you to click on the article and read it?

    You’re a troll…you saw the title and said “well…time to go to work.”

  60. tylawspick6 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:13 AM

    As a fan of 35 years, Brady is correct.

    Goodell and the shortsighted greed and cheating by the owners, is destroying the league as we know it.

    What Rozelle and Tagliabue helped build, is being destroyed, mainly by the league catering to the Millennials and fantasy football, with a huge dose of lying and political correctness.

  61. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 9, 2016 10:13 AM

    steelersmichele says:
    Sep 9, 2016 9:57 AM

    Before he got suspended, Brady didn’t care about Goodell’s power. Before players on his team were threatened with suspension, Rodgers also didn’t care about Goodell’s power.
    But like in life, unless it happens to you, you don’t really care. If they did, they would have voted against the CBA (like the Steelers) when they had the chance.

    I bet if Brady could go back in time knowing what he knows now, he’d be standing in support next to James Harrison, voting against the CBA.

    —–
    This kind of power was in the CBA for years.

    It was never a problem for anyone.

    #LyinRoger Goodell became commissioner.

    Now it is a problem.

    You can put 2 and 2 together and do the math.🙂

  62. nyneal says: Sep 9, 2016 10:14 AM

    I have mixed emotions on the players and what they should do.
    On one hand, I want all drugs eliminated from all sports. I wish they would throw guys out for life when they are caught doing drugs or using PED’s. My reason is simple. It’s not fair to the other players who follow the rules (which were agreed upon by the PA, by the way) and don’t do that crap. So for me, the league can’t be hard enough on players who use drugs to cheat or get high.
    Many of the players’ conduct regarding league rules has been horrible. To me, it’s part of what we see in society which has brought this country to its knees. People ignore rules and laws, then complain because they are penalized for doing that. They take no individual responsibility and look to blame others for their actions. We must get back to discipline and making people understand a rule is a rule until it is no longer a rule.
    That said, I simply do not trust this Commissioner. Goodell has proven time and time again he cannot be trusted to be judge and jury and this last episode involving Peyton Manning, James Harrison, Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers, and Mike Neal was nothing short of gestapo-like. It showed just how arrogant he is and that he’ll stop at nothing to tarnish a player’s reputation, even when he has no evidence.
    In short, I agree with Rodgers. The players need to do whatever it takes to reduce Goodell’s power, even if it means a strike.

  63. limakey says: Sep 9, 2016 10:18 AM

    Brady is the last person in the league who should talk about players sticking together. He refused to have the union to have any involvement in his case until after the suspension was handed down. He then through all his union brothers under the bus, after saying he was doing it for them. He is just as two faced as his owner is.

  64. superpatriotsfan says: Sep 9, 2016 10:18 AM

    Crybaby trolls whining about Roger Goodell in 3…2….1.

  65. davebarnes21 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:19 AM

    goodell is the problem. everybody knows it.

  66. 6ball says: Sep 9, 2016 10:19 AM

    .
    @steelrtsmichele

    Spot on analysis……. Fans in other cities should have been more observant to Goodell’s pattern of behavior. Looking back now we see framegate, bullygate, bountygate, the Rice, Hardy and Peterson affairs, uncapped year gate, the persecution of James Harrison etc etc etc

    I’m not certain that other teams saw Goodell’s childish and petty need self promote himself into a role of ” I’m bigger than any player in the league, even though I’m nothing more than the owners chew toy.”

    Women sometimes have insight / intuition about men of Goodell’s ilk trying desperately to measure up in the eyes of others.
    .

  67. superpatriotsfan says: Sep 9, 2016 10:20 AM

    Yeah, tell your homeboy Rob Ninkovich to lay off the PEDs.

  68. superpatriotsfan says: Sep 9, 2016 10:21 AM

    Sure Brady, take a stand against the company that pays you millions. You would be nothing without the league and the tuck rule.

  69. hawksfansince77 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:28 AM

    Sounds nice….owners have all the power, and the keys to the locker room. If they don’t like the CBA negotiation, lock out and scab player time….and we will still watch. How quickly do you think the players will cave in?

  70. crush22 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:30 AM

    Shut up Tammy…. You cheater.

  71. mmack66 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:35 AM

    Nate says:
    Sep 9, 2016 8:24 AM

    I love you tom but you habitually taking less than market value has done harm to your fellow players
    ————————–

    How do you figure that to be the case?

    Quarterback salaries keep going higher every year.

  72. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 9, 2016 10:35 AM

    I’m not certain that other teams saw Goodell’s childish and petty need self promote himself into a role of ” I’m bigger than any player in the league, even though I’m nothing more than the owners chew toy.”

    —–
    Hammer. Nail. Head.
    🙂

    #LyinRoger is not a commissioner or a leader. #LyinRoger is an egomaniac with an incessant need to get in front of a camera and thump his chest as if he’s saying “Look at me I’m a tough commissioner guy! Me I me me me me”

    That’s why he has no business being in his job. It should not be about you, jack.

    Now we all know the morons otherwise commonly known as Patriot Hater will defend him because he protects their wussy team from those meanies in Foxboro but they’re not bright enough to see the bigger picture.

  73. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 9, 2016 10:36 AM

    Just remember Patriot Hater…

    You’re NOTHING boy!🙂 BOW down to the 4 time World Champions and their superior fans.🙂

    Know your place and kiss our feet.🙂 Pucker up buttercups!

  74. jag1959 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:38 AM

    The sad truth is the players will not stand together long in a work stoppage. There’s a lot more roster fodder making up the NFLPA’s membership than there is financially secure and savvy vets and the owners know it.

  75. jvw1982 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:40 AM

    As long as he was getting his money he didn’t care anything about power to the commissioner, but now that he thinks he’s a victim he wants to take a hard line….players need to look at the CBA as a group and not individual, they would give up some money but get much more back in security, health and fairness and its not just Brady its all the top players that let down their union bros….NFL healthcare is only good for 5 yrs after you leave the game, thats criminal, if you play less than 3 yrs you get nothing, an industry that is worth billions should do better by its players, UPS union negotiate better benefits for its members….the players need to elect someone who can get them to understand to take less dollars so they all can benefit when the game is over….

  76. rcali says: Sep 9, 2016 10:40 AM

    Uh oh, more NFL Employee protests!!!

  77. steelersmichele says: Sep 9, 2016 10:43 AM

    LyinRogerMustGo, I agree with you. The power was always in the CBA. Goodell just ran with it. I just meant the other teams didn’t really see what my team saw because it didn’t affect them…until now.

    6ball, thanks for the compliment. Not sure it’s as much insight as it was seeing my players constantly getting nailed for “violations.”

  78. dolphinatic13 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:48 AM

    I went to the post office today. The postmaster asked me where my address label was on my package, I told him I didn’t know it wasn’t there, I don’t pay attention to those kinds of things, I just hope it functions properly. Thanks for the rock solid defense Tom.

  79. u4iadman says: Sep 9, 2016 10:59 AM

    Sit down cheater.

    Proven.

    Courts, NFL, owner. All same conclusion.

    Deal. ***

  80. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 9, 2016 11:00 AM

    steelersmichele says:
    Sep 9, 2016 10:43 AM
    LyinRogerMustGo, I agree with you. The power was always in the CBA. Goodell just ran with it. I just meant the other teams didn’t really see what my team saw because it didn’t affect them…until now.


    Well, a lot of people seem to criticize the union for fighting this because they “agreed to article 46″… which is a disingenuous argument.

    Because they did NOT explicitly agree that Article 46 was a blank check for an egomaniacal commissioner to do whatever he wants including an end-around the CBA and the rights fairly bargained for the players. And two federal judges concur.

    Just look at how the league was able to circumvent the PED policy with Harrison and the others.

  81. jetsfan136 says: Sep 9, 2016 11:01 AM

    I can’t get around the text conversation between the two ballboys. Sounds like a conspiracy where they do something underhanded in exchange for Brady giving them things. That’s what the judges thought too. When a Pats fan can explain that conversation maybe I’ll read a PSI report.

  82. lscottman3 says: Sep 9, 2016 11:16 AM

    jetsfan,
    are you not aware that stars on teams provide ancillary team employees shirts, autographs?

    hell now other team players after the game take off their jerseys and exchange them, you think there is a quid pro quo for that too?

    wake up

  83. mmack66 says: Sep 9, 2016 11:17 AM

    dolphinatic13 says:
    Sep 9, 2016 10:48 AM

    I went to the post office today. The postmaster asked me where my address label was on my package, I told him I didn’t know it wasn’t there, I don’t pay attention to those kinds of things, I just hope it functions properly.
    ————————–

    It figures that a Dolphins fan would say something that stupid.

    You folks need to worry about your own team, or do you bozos just accept mediocrity?

  84. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 9, 2016 11:20 AM

    “I bet if Brady could go back in time knowing what he knows now, he’d be standing in support next to James Harrison, voting against the CBA.”

    No question the Steelers were the only team that got it right on that CBA vote.

  85. afourthlombardiforthehaters says: Sep 9, 2016 11:31 AM

    BRADY OWNS ALL THE HATERS & THEIR TEAMS

  86. johnnycantread says: Sep 9, 2016 11:34 AM

    Let’s stand together to improve the league.
    First step?
    Remove the NFL sticker from the helmet.
    That’ll show them we’re serious about things.

  87. swagger52 says: Sep 9, 2016 11:42 AM

    Let me see if I understand this…

    When non-Patriot players are suspended – no problem.

    When Tom Brady is suspended for violating the rules supposedly we should all stand together?

    Where I come from, that is called a hypocrite.

  88. swagger52 says: Sep 9, 2016 11:44 AM

    Joey Bosa logic = Tom Brady logic
    Joey Bosa arrogance = Tom Brady arrogance

    Keeping the league running with manageable pre-negotiated rookie contracts is fine for everybody else. However, I am different, I am better, I need to negotiate a separate contract.

  89. jetsfan136 says: Sep 9, 2016 11:51 AM

    jetsfan,
    are you not aware that stars on teams provide ancillary team employees shirts, autographs?

    hell now other team players after the game take off their jerseys and exchange them, you think there is a quid pro quo for that too?

    wake up

    ——

    Yes, lscottman…but these guys seem to be going back and forth about specifically doing something to the balls in exchange for said goods, do they not? Ya know, the guys in charge of the footballs, one of whom was once called the deflator? Talking about air pressure in texts. That’s the smoking gun, here. Always has been.

  90. pastabelly says: Sep 9, 2016 11:58 AM

    letmefeelyourlove says:
    Sep 9, 2016 10:11 AM
    pastabelly says:
    Sep 9, 2016 8:11 AM

    While it could have hurt him and the Patriots to continue the fight, Brady backed down. In essence, he picked his team and himself over the NFLPA. He could have taken the legal fight one more round and chose not to. It’s hard to call someone selfish who really did what he did for the team, but it was at the expense of the NFLPA who already had so much invested in the legal battle. As much as I like Tom Brady, he has to come to terms with that.
    __________________________________

    Accepting the suspension does not preclude Brady and/or the NFLPA from appealing the decision of the Second Circuit Court. An appeal does not require anyone to seek an injunction against the suspension.

    In this case, Brady made the decision to accept the suspension at the start of the season to avoid the possibility that the suspension would have to be served late in the season … or perhaps during the playoffs. But an appeal could still be filed with the Supreme Court. The deadline for that is a month from now.
    ======================================
    The NFLPA could, but now is in a wait mode. Brady could have pursued it NOW. He didn’t. Who knows though? It’s possible the Supreme Court is changed greatly if Clinton gets elected to a more favorable union stance.

  91. pittsburghdamned says: Sep 9, 2016 12:10 PM

    So the other players you CHEATED out of trophies should stand together with you?

    Clown

    (with Hair plugs & Uggs)

  92. stevegrogannakedbootleg says: Sep 9, 2016 12:15 PM

    Oddly you will ALL miss him .

  93. firecracker87 says: Sep 9, 2016 12:25 PM

    pittsburghdamned says:
    Sep 9, 2016 12:10 PM
    So the other players you CHEATED out of trophies should stand together with you?

    Clown

    (with Hair plugs & Uggs)
    ——————————————————————–

    Folks, an assertion like the one above that there was cheating implies a fact. Even the NFL, twice under oath, told the court they had no evidence of any tampering with footballs.

    So if you make an assertion that there was cheating on the part of Brady, why did you not come forth during the court hearings to present your factual evidence? Don’t you realize how much money the NFL would have paid you for that evidence!! You truly missed your ship!

  94. bigbear331313 says: Sep 9, 2016 12:27 PM

    ninjapleazee says:
    Sep 9, 2016 9:02 AM

    No thanks Tom, we don’t need a league full of cell phone destroyers.
    _______________________________________

    Yeah! We need a commissioner willing to lie 56+ times to frame a player in order to placate the whimpering Trolls in the Loser’s Circle!

    100+ Years of Proven Science
    or
    56+ Proven NFL Lies

    Trolls Lose Again~

  95. muffedpunts says: Sep 9, 2016 12:29 PM

    cowboys sign sanchez before he was released (tampering)…no punishment

    talib shoots himself through the leg in a public venue (personal conduct)…no punishment

    seahawks, ravens, cowboys break the contact rules in OTAs (letter of the cba)…no punishment

    goodell shoves a subordinate in the office, physically bullying him (workplace misconduct)…no punishment

    weather happens…and tom brady is out 4 games

    yeah, it’s all about fairness and integrity, not 31 other owners with small minds, mammoth egos, and petty grudges.

  96. joeflaccoallday says: Sep 9, 2016 12:30 PM

    Lol this clown should never talk about “unity” stop cheating and destroying evidence

  97. bigbear331313 says: Sep 9, 2016 12:31 PM

    pittsburghdamned says:

    Sep 9, 2016 12:10 PM

    So the other players you CHEATED out of trophies should stand together with you?

    Clown

    (with Hair plugs & Uggs)
    ______________________________________

    Cried the jealous Troll from the Loser’s Circle!

    20+ Years of NFL DOMINANCE and all your whimpering on a message board won’t change it.

    Trolls Lose Again!

  98. mmack66 says: Sep 9, 2016 12:35 PM

    jetsfan136 says:
    Sep 9, 2016 11:51 AM

    Yes, lscottman…but these guys seem to be going back and forth about specifically doing something to the balls in exchange for said goods, do they not?
    ————————–

    Yeah, they go on and on about over-inflating the footballs. Of course that was in response to them being pissed that Brady was pissed because the referees over-inflated the footballs by nearly 3PSI.

    If Tom Brady wanted the footballs to be identical in feel, he certainly wouldn’t have some bozo go into a bathroom and haphazardly let air out of 24 footballs. That anyone would think that is the case is absurd. Yet you bozos still believe it to this day.

    The bottom line is that Pash/Wells shirked their responsibilities, and didn’t find out exactly what those two were talking about in their texts. If he did, and left it out of his report, well, that speaks volumes as well.

    I suspect that they thought it was better if they left it ambiguous, and in hindsight, they were right.

  99. mmack66 says: Sep 9, 2016 12:38 PM

    swagger52 says:
    Sep 9, 2016 11:42 AM

    Let me see if I understand this…
    ———————-

    No, you don’t.

  100. elmoron says: Sep 9, 2016 12:39 PM

    “…so that everyone can see the see what happens to the PSI in footballs when they are taken outside and used in cold / rainy weather.”

    Or when taken into a bathroom by the ‘Delator’.

  101. bigbear331313 says: Sep 9, 2016 12:41 PM

    swagger52 says:
    Sep 9, 2016 11:42 AM

    Let me see if I understand this…

    When non-Patriot players are suspended – no problem.

    When Tom Brady is suspended for violating the rules supposedly we should all stand together?

    Where I come from, that is called a hypocrite.
    ________________________________________

    Try to understand this:

    A) 100+ Years of PROVEN Science
    or
    B) 56+ PROVEN NFL lies

    If you choose B, we call that being willful ignorant…where I come from.

    Trolls Lose Again!

  102. superpatriotsfan says: Sep 9, 2016 12:42 PM

    So you Pats homers who hate Roger Goodell adn the NFL. If you hate the league so much, then stop watching. Simple as that.

  103. ajd4 says: Sep 9, 2016 12:43 PM

    jchipwood says:
    Sep 9, 2016 8:21 AM
    Follow the rules and you won’t have an issue. This is not only a football rule but also a good rule for life for everyone…….including Kap and all the other clowns.

    ——————————————————————-

    You may hate what Kap is doing but what rule is he breaking? Does the NFL have a rule to stand for the flag and anthem? Is there a law that he must stand?

    I wonder if you have ever broken any rules before, rules that seemed unimportant to you at the time but maybe were important to someone else.

    I know some people will never understand what Kap is doing, I am not saying I do either, but I know that it is his right as an American to speak freely which includes not standing for the flag or anthem just as it is your right to call him a clown or tell everyone to mindlessly follow rules. My guess is that many people so offended by Kap and others are the first people to blame “PC” culture for all of our perceived problems, without realizing that they are the ones being “PC” and easily offended in this situation.

    The flag means different things to different Americans, there are no laws on how we react to or honor the flag. Saying that what Kap is doing is dishonoring a certain segment of Americans is basically saying that there are Americans that are more American than others. In my opinion, we are all equal Americans and the flag is a symbol and I will not be offended on how one of my fellow Americans reacts to our flag

  104. mmack66 says: Sep 9, 2016 1:05 PM

    elmoron says:
    Sep 9, 2016 12:39 PM

    Or when taken into a bathroom by the ‘Delator’.
    —————————

    First time I have heard of the “Delator”. Quite frankly, it sounds like you just made it up.

  105. mmack66 says: Sep 9, 2016 1:33 PM

    superpatriotsfan says:
    Sep 9, 2016 12:42 PM

    So you Pats homers who hate Roger Goodell adn the NFL. If you hate the league so much, then stop watching. Simple as that.
    —————————–

    Pretty sure it is just Goodell hate. And not just by Patriots fans.

    Only a delusional person would attempt to defend how Goodell has done as commissioner.

  106. elmoron says: Sep 9, 2016 1:39 PM

    You’re right. It should have been “the ten ton, Patriots Executive VP for Ongoing Covert Action”. Sorry, I was laughing too hard while using Siri (it’s on an IPhone). But then again, I haven’t stopped laughing at your lame ass excuses since that Colt’s game.

  107. Judge Smails says: Sep 9, 2016 1:45 PM

    He must be just silly.
    Tom doesn’t care about his fellow players in the league.
    He makes the most (or almost), based on his contract wordings. He’ll be gone and he won’t care a thing. He only cares about his legacy, which now is seriously in question from those that follow the NFL. When the other shoe drops…..he’ll be yet again fighting to save his legacy.
    He will be standing in line with Bonds, Armstrong, Johnson, and the rest of the shiny demigods built on false fields and methods.

  108. truths4all says: Sep 9, 2016 1:46 PM

    The lawyers for the Players Union should be fired as the Players were not given proper legal representation.

    Why were there no real warnings by the Players Union attorneys as the dire consequences the new agreement would bring?

    True, its time to emasculate crazy, corrupt, favorite playing, and incompetent Goodell, but as for the current one-sided predicament NFL players from Brady on down to practice squad players, you guys collectively and voluntarily made Goodell your little dictator who unfairly and corruptly rules over your private and football lives.

  109. justsayin70 says: Sep 9, 2016 2:02 PM

    That’s better than kneeling during the natinoal anthem like LB Brandon Marshall and QB Kaepernick.

  110. donbat67 says: Sep 9, 2016 2:02 PM

    Can’t wait for this pretty boy to retire , He has a moat around his house right ?

  111. tigerlilac says: Sep 9, 2016 2:03 PM

    I doubt Brady and I think alike on everything but he clearly is a thoughtful person. If he can put deflategate behind him it will be just one more example of his mental discipline. We can all learn a lot from Tom Brady.

  112. FoozieGrooler says: Sep 9, 2016 2:04 PM

    Yeah, right.
    Brady’s not the least bit interested in improving the game.
    He’s only interested in avoiding discipline.

  113. ricko1112 says: Sep 9, 2016 2:22 PM

    No one can give even a single example of a time when Brady cheated.

  114. infectorman says: Sep 9, 2016 2:23 PM

    Even with the innumerable hits to the head he has taken over his football career, Brady is way smaahtta than your every day, run-o-the-mill, boring, non-unique member of Hatriot Nation…. which means all of them.

    You guys bring nothing to the conversation any longer. You all have ZERO game and ZERO impact

    Have a day

  115. firecracker87 says: Sep 9, 2016 2:23 PM

    FoozieGrooler says:
    Sep 9, 2016 2:04 PM
    Yeah, right.
    Brady’s not the least bit interested in improving the game.
    He’s only interested in avoiding discipline.

    ———————————————————————

    If I was falsely accused of something you bet your boots i’d try to avoid the discipline. But you seem to be implying that you wouldn’t. I’m not sure if that’s courage or stupidity.

  116. ricko1112 says: Sep 9, 2016 2:24 PM

    ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Sep 9, 2016 7:51 AM
    This cheat needs to keep his mouth shut.
    _______________________

    Then you must be the Pope!

  117. mixjuan says: Sep 9, 2016 2:24 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:

    “I bet if Brady could go back in time knowing what he knows now, he’d be standing in support next to James Harrison, voting against the CBA.”

    No question the Steelers were the only team that got it right on that CBA vote.

    ________________________________

    I believe you are absolutely correct. But to be fair to Brady and other players, who would have expected Goodell to go full nuclear halfway through the life of this CBA? It’s like the person who commits a hideous crime and all of the neighbors are like “they were quiet, kept to themselves and seemed like a genuinely nice person. I can’t imagine them doing this.” Or all of the family members are like “I never thought he was capable of ever doing something like that. Didn’t see it coming”

    It is the innate American nature (that is being slowly scraped away) that wants to believe the best of someone. For what it was, “Spygate” was handled in a harsh, but seemingly fair, way. Something changed and Goodell is now the least trustworthy person in the US. And that is hard considering he shares the country with Hillary.

  118. Judge Smails says: Sep 9, 2016 2:31 PM

    If a lockerroom handler guy reports to a guy in charge of equipment handling who reports to the Coach and QB, then a guy on the low rung was asked to covertly move something or do something against league protocols…….who is responsible? They all all!! The low rung guy didn’t do this all on his own accord. You cannot deny the facts!!

    Brady knew, BB knew and Kraft probably didn’t know (unless he’s totally dumbed down) and is complicit.

    NGL, blah blah blah

    What other excuses you need to enact. The conditions couldn’t be replicated 100% so their rebuttal is all BS

    All the scholars in the world aren’t gonna be able to change what is known to be taken at face value

  119. tedmurph says: Sep 9, 2016 2:39 PM

    In all my years following the Patriots, I’ve never heard Brady lie about anything. He’s an exemplary teamate, who takes the blame, even when he shouldn’t and has never thrown a teamate or coach or GM under the bus. Continually takes below market deals, so his team can sign other players. Always says the right things about other teams. Always been a good union man, from being a player rep, to putting his name on a lawsuit during the last CBA. Good family man(no he didn’t dump his pregnant girlfriend) and works tirelessly for his charities. Is inarguably one of the best two QBs of all time, if not the GOAT. That’s after being a part timer at Michigan and a 6th round draft pick. Bonifide MVP candidate at 39, and holder of many records. Never misses a game due to injury, except when he blew out his knee. Sorry he wins too much and keeps beating your team. Everything in my post is a fact. Anyone that hates on this guy needs to take stock. You’re all pathetic.

  120. tonebones says: Sep 9, 2016 2:47 PM

    Brady is correct. The players need to come together and hire better leadership. It sounds like the deal the NFLPA bargained for was not a great deal at all. Maybe the players should be paying closer attention to what their representatives are bargaining for. The player reps don’t seem to be the highest skill level. Otherwise, everybody wouldn’t be complaining about the current deal. The NFL didn’t just write the deal and force the players to sign it.

  121. justbegbaby says: Sep 9, 2016 2:52 PM

    Translation: “Players must cheat together to beat the game.”

  122. whywerule says: Sep 9, 2016 2:59 PM

    tedmurph says:
    Sep 9, 2016 2:39 PM
    In all my years following the Patriots, I’ve never heard Brady lie about anything….

    To be fair, I think I heard (read) Brady say last year “I respect Roger Goodell” and that had to be a lie. That is the only thing I am reasonably certain he has lied about.

  123. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Sep 9, 2016 3:10 PM

    In contention every year, Spoiled in Patriot nation. Love it.

  124. firecracker87 says: Sep 9, 2016 3:12 PM

    Judge Smails says:
    Sep 9, 2016 2:31 PM
    If a lockerroom handler guy reports to a guy in charge of equipment handling who reports to the Coach and QB, then a guy on the low rung was asked to covertly move something or do something against league protocols…….who is responsible? They all all!! The low rung guy didn’t do this all on his own accord. You cannot deny the facts!!

    Brady knew, BB knew and Kraft probably didn’t know (unless he’s totally dumbed down) and is complicit.

    NGL, blah blah blah

    What other excuses you need to enact. The conditions couldn’t be replicated 100% so their rebuttal is all BS

    All the scholars in the world aren’t gonna be able to change what is known to be taken at face value
    —————————————————————-

    You’re referring to the ball boy stopping to take a leak in the bathroom? So let me get this straight. You honestly believe this guy meticulously let out exactly 3/10 of 1 PSI (0.03) out of 12 footballs in 90 seconds?

    In the immortal words of Bugs Bunny – “What a maroon!”

    LOL!

  125. j0esixpack says: Sep 9, 2016 3:19 PM

    The NFLPA simply needs to hold the owners feet to the fire to enforce the owner’s own rules as stated in Article VIII a.

    The Commissioner shall be a person of unquestioned integrity

    The problem with the NFL is that the owners don’t follow their own rules to have a credible, honest Commssioner

  126. swagger52 says: Sep 9, 2016 3:30 PM

    Different Rules for Patriots

    Told you so, now even Tom Brady is saying that,
    T-Sizzle

  127. jags2daship says: Sep 9, 2016 3:44 PM

    Will Aaron Hernandez sit during the anthem?

  128. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Sep 9, 2016 3:52 PM

    Brady is not even the best player on the roster. We can win without Brady but we can’t win without Gronk and/or Edelman.

  129. mmack66 says: Sep 9, 2016 5:18 PM

    jetsfan4life1sbchampb4moonlanding says:
    Sep 9, 2016 3:52 PM

    Brady is not even the best player on the roster. We can win without Brady but we can’t win without Gronk and/or Edelman.
    ——————————-

    Jets fans. Lol.

  130. mmack66 says: Sep 9, 2016 5:28 PM

    jags2daship says:
    Sep 9, 2016 3:44 PM

    Will Aaron Hernandez sit during the anthem?
    ———————–

    Aaron Hernandez is in jail, bozo.

  131. bigbear331313 says: Sep 9, 2016 7:50 PM

    superpatriotsfan says:
    Sep 9, 2016 12:42 PM

    So you Pats homers who hate Roger Goodell adn the NFL. If you hate the league so much, then stop watching. Simple as that.
    ______________________________________

    Poor confused Troll. Patriots fans don’t hate the league, we hate the crybaby whimpering Trolls on message boards that think their opinions’ and speculation equals proof of something.

    It only proves that you are Roger’s willfully ignorant dupes.

    Make sure you tune in to see the Patriots and TB12 execute another deep playoff run this season! If you don’t like it…stop watching…Simple as that.

    Run along now Troll…back to the Crybaby Loser’s Circle!

  132. ibillwt says: Sep 9, 2016 8:49 PM

    Distanced himself from Bradshaw and Montana in the 4th quarter against Seattle. He stands alone.

  133. bartpkelly says: Sep 9, 2016 10:07 PM

    Brady’s Superbowls were won by a kicker or a CB.
    Seriously. He had a great game against the Eagles but still…won only by 3?

    Brady has been in how many, 7, superbowls?

    Beat the Rams by 3 (Kicker MVP) Def had a pick 6
    Beat the Panthers by 3 (Kicker MVP) Game winner FG
    Beat Eagles by 3 (Kicker MVP)
    Lost to the Giants by 3
    Lost to the Giants by 4
    Beat the Seahawks by 4 (CB MVP)

    His superbowls the Ps have only outscored the opponent by an average of 1 point. How does the best of all time let that happen?

    Hardly dominant. All the credit for being in the Superbowl but not really blowing away the competition when there.

  134. ibillwt says: Sep 15, 2016 5:53 AM

    Sealed it against Seattle. Greatest comeback ever by greatest player ever. Brady should be the commissioner.

  135. veddermn8 says: Sep 16, 2016 3:31 PM

    bartpkelly says:
    Sep 9, 2016 10:07 PM

    Brady’s Superbowls were won by a kicker or a CB.
    Seriously. He had a great game against the Eagles but still…won only by 3?

    Brady has been in how many, 7, superbowls?

    Beat the Rams by 3 (Kicker MVP) Def had a pick 6
    Beat the Panthers by 3 (Kicker MVP) Game winner FG
    Beat Eagles by 3 (Kicker MVP)
    Lost to the Giants by 3
    Lost to the Giants by 4
    Beat the Seahawks by 4 (CB MVP)

    His superbowls the Ps have only outscored the opponent by an average of 1 point. How does the best of all time let that happen?

    Hardly dominant. All the credit for being in the Superbowl but not really blowing away the competition when there.
    ………….

    But you’re discounting his great end of game performances in the Super Bowls. The drives at the end of the Rams and Panthers games to get the FGs set up, the 4th qtr comeback score against the Giants in ’07 which defense couldn’t hold, the amazing 4th quarter performance against the Seahawks, I think in a poll of who do you want QB-ing your last drive of a Super Bowl, Brady is in contention for the top spot. When the pressure is at its highest, Brady comes through way more often than not.

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