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Brady on response to Goodell: I won’t give away my power to anyone else

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, and New England Patriots' Tom Brady with the Pete Rozelle MVP Trophy during the Super Bowl Winner and MVP press conference on February 6, 2017 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) Getty Images

In addition to his Valentine’s Day visit to PFT Live, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady also spent time with Peter King of TheMMQB.com for an interview about a wide variety of topics.

One of them was Deflategate and Brady’s feelings toward NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Brady had plenty of chances to slam Goodell publicly over the last two years for suspending him, but has avoided doing so and remained gracious through a much-anticipated handover of the Super Bowl LI MVP trophy. King asked Brady how he was able to do that.

“But I guess the point is, when you subject yourself to a lot of criticism, what I’ve learned from myself is, I don’t want to give my power away to other people by letting my own emotions be subjected to what their thoughts or opinions are. So if someone calls me something, that’s their problem. It’s not my problem. I’m not going to give away my power,” Brady said. “You can call me an a–hole and I am going to smile at you probably. I’m not going to say, ‘No, you’re an a–hole.’ Because that person is controlling me with what their thoughts and actions are. How can you go through life, now at this point, 17 years, being affected by everybody all the time with what someone says?”

Brady said that he thought about the best way to fight and found that it came through his play because it was the “only [part] I can control.” Brady controlled that part pretty well all the way through the Super Bowl, which supports the idea that taking the high road was the right decision for him to make.

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129 Responses to “Brady on response to Goodell: I won’t give away my power to anyone else”
  1. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Feb 15, 2017 7:48 AM

    What kind of eggs are those on your face, Roger?

  2. unclebluck says: Feb 15, 2017 7:48 AM

    People who are not guilty dont give up the fight and accept a penalty……..plain & simple…..

  3. realpatsfan says: Feb 15, 2017 7:51 AM

    AND THAT IS THAT!!!

  4. Flash1287 says: Feb 15, 2017 7:52 AM

    GOAT

  5. boblavoie says: Feb 15, 2017 7:52 AM

    Tom is a class act – affirmed to me by Patriots alumni who who know him. He is also as charismatic as they come – personally experienced this at The Pro-Bass Shop grand opening at Gillette some years ago. In short, he had total control over the crowd that day. New England football fans have a lot to be grateful for in Tom Brady. As for all you haters – you have lost your “power”.

  6. tonyzendejas says: Feb 15, 2017 7:52 AM

    He’s absolutely right. Feeding the trolls (and even your own trolls) has become encouraged in society. Needless confrontation and melodrama and real-life-clickbait moves units and sells ads and gets people talking. It also degrades our quality of life, communication, understanding, and compassion. It devalues us as human beings and as a society.

    34-28 final score

  7. grogansheroes says: Feb 15, 2017 7:54 AM

    Let’s see, handsome , wealthy, successful, married to a beautiful woman, has more integrity in his little finger than Roger has in his entire body. No wonder non Pats fans hate him. The NFL is blessed to have him yet they try to tear him down. League even failed at that!

  8. whywerule says: Feb 15, 2017 7:56 AM

    Of course Tom Brady has the advantage of having the Greatest Sports Fan Base the world has ever known behind him 100%, and all of us are more than happy to call Goodell and Goodell’s cheating minions and supporters a-holes.

  9. cafetero1075 says: Feb 15, 2017 7:56 AM

    Genious Brady.

  10. dustinbrady1215 says: Feb 15, 2017 8:00 AM

    Suck on that h8ers

  11. floreskins says: Feb 15, 2017 8:02 AM

    Goodell’s the WOAT. Brady’s the GOAT. It’s clear who has won the dumbest war of all-time.

  12. patriotsticketssince1978 says: Feb 15, 2017 8:02 AM

    GOAT football player.

    remarkable person.

  13. shadywarrior says: Feb 15, 2017 8:08 AM

    This guy just seems to have the right answer for everything. Better man than I. Duckboat parade would’ve had to have been postponed until they could remove the Lombardi from where the sun don’t shine on Goodell, if I were Brady.

  14. ihavenoeyedeer says: Feb 15, 2017 8:08 AM

    The patriot fans should adopt this thought process

  15. dcpatfan says: Feb 15, 2017 8:09 AM

    Your a bigger man than me Champ!!!

    Because he said “lock her up” and now I can’t help but say “LOCK HIM UP”!
    #hypocrites

  16. pats74 says: Feb 15, 2017 8:09 AM

    His mindset comes from the book “The Four Agreements” by Miguel Ruiz…it’s an interesting/quick read for anybody that’s curious…

  17. weepingjebus says: Feb 15, 2017 8:09 AM

    Criticism motivates him. He probably would have retired years ago if not for the liars. That they still don’t understand the role they play in his greatness really cracks me up. Thanks guys, don’t ever change.

  18. trina16 says: Feb 15, 2017 8:13 AM

    Godell, we can see you underpants.

    #Blitzfor6
    #NoDaysOff
    #5weeksbehindon2017season

  19. jay25340 says: Feb 15, 2017 8:13 AM

    He’s right

  20. greenlargo says: Feb 15, 2017 8:16 AM

    Well boom! Thats tough to argue with. Ill be interested in what the Brady detractors come up with. I’m sure there are some that will take the challenge. They will probably fall back on the old mantra’s and lies. But sorry guys, as he just pointed out, no matter how much anyone wants to flap their gums they are not going to take his power.

  21. tylawspick6 says: Feb 15, 2017 8:18 AM

    Pure class.

    Has does anyone not like this guy, unless of course, you’re insanely jealous he’s not your QB?

    Arrest, try and convict Goodell.

  22. jay25340 says: Feb 15, 2017 8:18 AM

    I mean you can’t control what happens to you but you can control how you react to it.

  23. 6ball says: Feb 15, 2017 8:18 AM

    .
    A very underreported story in the Super Bowl was the humiliating booing of Goodell by what seemed to be the entire Houston stadium. That the league figurehead was literally booed off the stage during the season’s crowning moment should serve as an embarrassment to ownership.

    If you are such a pariah that you can’t discipline players, can’t appear in public, or even hold a press conference, then you are nothing more than a liability. Forcing Goodell out is the only way to restore any semblance of league credibility.
    .

  24. swineflooo says: Feb 15, 2017 8:19 AM

    Class act. We are blessed to have witnessed the GOAT

  25. RandyinRoxbury says: Feb 15, 2017 8:20 AM

    Another reason why TB is my hero, he’s so smaht!!

  26. jojovie131 says: Feb 15, 2017 8:21 AM

    Good examples of Brady not being an a hole like is reported so many times … my friend is at Logan airport in line to get his ticket. Says to his family member that the girl in front of him is nice looking. The guy turns around with smile on his face and says that’s my wife hahah.
    Then they get pictures on twitter with this guy no hard feeling and all.
    That person was Brady!
    Doesn’t seem like a stuck up arrogant guy people make him out to be…
    Food for thought…

  27. camnewtonisbad says: Feb 15, 2017 8:21 AM

    It’s almost like he’s a perfect human…I bet it’s those PJ’s he sells.

  28. ikeclanton says: Feb 15, 2017 8:22 AM

    If there’s ever a tell-all book in 20 years or so (right after Brady retires), I’m looking forward to that day so we can get to the bottom of whether or not Goodell is actually an a-hole.

    My guess is: yup–a-hole.

  29. streetyson says: Feb 15, 2017 8:23 AM

    The first trial’s key admission:-
    Judge Berman: “What evidence…on January 18?”
    NFL lawyer Nash: “No, not for that specific game.”
    Judge Berman: “The Wells report relates to only one game. There is no finding in this case that there was anything done by Mr. Brady.”
    And the 2nd court merely determined the Commissioner’s power to suspend, not Brady’s guilt – because (see above admission in 1st court).

    And yet Jets just got the (correct) fine of $25K for messing K-balls, ohter teams got warnings, and Aaron Rodgers got no response at all to his admitted long-running improper ball inflation scheme.

    Then of course Steelers and Hawks let off for breaking the integrity of the playoffs injury reports. Al Jazeera report into Peyton, Steelers and Packers is ridiculed and belatedly non-investigated despite in 2013 Leroy Butler and Darren Woodson telling the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that they knew a dozen Packers and a dozen Lions taking banned HGH.

    AND RIGHT NOW, Derek Carr is taking Forteo – technically not on the banned list but it is off-label because FDA says it’s only for elderly female osteoporosis treatment. This is what got Maria Sharapova banned, but just gets a “Speedy Recovery!” get well card from Fraudger Goofdell’s integrity office.

  30. cobrala2 says: Feb 15, 2017 8:23 AM

    Is there an implication that taking the highroad is not always the right decision to make?

  31. urmomsmyho says: Feb 15, 2017 8:26 AM

    As a Jet fan, I realllllly hate Brady.
    But the things he says make a lot of sense.

  32. patriottony says: Feb 15, 2017 8:27 AM

    GREATEST OF ALL TIME, DOESN’T EVEN COME CLOSE to describing #12

  33. margoadams says: Feb 15, 2017 8:27 AM

    TB12 showed the world how petty, jealous, envious and vindictive the NFL owners, NFL front office, Media and Roger can be. All of them could not tear down the GOAT. He’ll have the last laugh as he is enshrined into the HOF as the greatest player to ever put on a uniform for the NFL.

  34. leatherface2012 says: Feb 15, 2017 8:28 AM

    damn, this guy is good!

  35. lgw91s says: Feb 15, 2017 8:29 AM

    I can’t foresee Goodell returning to Foxboro for the kickoff special. During the SB ceremony, Robert Kraft gave a thinly veiled dig, but you could see the look of utter contempt from Jonathon when he had to shake Goodell’s hand.
    I doubt they would invite him into their booth. He would have to sit in the visiting owners booth. And the disgust from the fans would be without peer.
    No, he won’t go. He will use the “This is a night for the fans” line again.

  36. cardinealsfan20 says: Feb 15, 2017 8:30 AM

    When something annoys you try to think: I’m allowing me to be annoyed. It’s a choice.

  37. pastabelly says: Feb 15, 2017 8:34 AM

    I think that Brady is such a competitor that, in his mind, he beat Roger Goodell. #rogerthat

  38. factschecker says: Feb 15, 2017 8:35 AM

    Wow! What a great human being. I’m sure it’s not as easy for me as he makes it sound but I’m going to try this.
    I’m going to try to picture Tom telling “Dude, relax. Don’t give them your power.”

    We could be like the Wonder Twins.

    TB12: Form of….the worlds greatest QB.
    Me: Form of ……..a mop.

  39. tigerlilac says: Feb 15, 2017 8:37 AM

    Brilliant. That philosophy should be a model for all of us.

  40. redlikethepig says: Feb 15, 2017 8:38 AM

    Can we please have no more Brady articles. It’s the same comments in every one. Just cut-and-paste them from the last thread.

  41. sportsfan178 says: Feb 15, 2017 8:38 AM

    This guy is a better human than us…..Is he trying to become the Dalai Lama!

  42. spreadems says: Feb 15, 2017 8:41 AM

    Montana is still better.

  43. cb3313 says: Feb 15, 2017 8:41 AM

    Trolls Lose Again!

  44. ricko1112 says: Feb 15, 2017 8:42 AM

    Goodell is still lying about Deflategate. He knows that we know he’s lying, but he still continues to do it.

  45. thegronk87 says: Feb 15, 2017 8:42 AM

    But we really know what Brady was thinking about Goodell down inside.

  46. thelastwordyaheard says: Feb 15, 2017 8:44 AM

    Take note trolls, the GOAT is impervious to your petty slights.

  47. seatownballers says: Feb 15, 2017 8:48 AM

    Way to take the high road Tom.

    But the record, it’s Roger that’s the A-hole

  48. tb12soundslikeavd says: Feb 15, 2017 8:49 AM

    That’s the most intelligent thing TB has ever said. Kudos to him.

  49. oldhuskerfan says: Feb 15, 2017 8:49 AM

    And by taking the high road, he stuck it in Good-for nothings face.

  50. maust1013 says: Feb 15, 2017 8:51 AM

    Living well is truly the best revenge of all.
    As my grandfather used to say, “Never let a ba4tard see you sweat.”

  51. ez4u2sa says: Feb 15, 2017 8:54 AM

    Way to go, Tom. This is the way to set an example for kids. A lot of adults would do well to remember it too!

  52. silvercrush33 says: Feb 15, 2017 8:56 AM

    TB12 > everyone else.

  53. greenmtnboy31 says: Feb 15, 2017 8:58 AM

    Of course Brady is right and the booing in NRG Stadium when the lying Goodell was preparing to hand the Lombardi trophy to Kraft was all the proof anyone needs. That’s why Brady is the GOAT and that’s why Brady is a five time Super Bowl winning QB and that’s why Brady is a four time Super Bowl winning MVP!

    It is also why Goodell is detested so much.

  54. Della Street says: Feb 15, 2017 8:59 AM

    Mental toughness. This dude has it in spades.

  55. exinsidetrader says: Feb 15, 2017 9:01 AM

    Class, hard-worker, humble.

    If you hate Brady it says all anyone needs to know about you — you’re a bitter loser!

  56. ninefingers9 says: Feb 15, 2017 9:06 AM

    Brady 2020

  57. streetyson says: Feb 15, 2017 9:09 AM

    ihavenoeyedeer says:
    Feb 15, 2017 8:08 AM
    The patriot fans should adopt this thought process
    —————————-
    But not the salty trolls, apparently.

  58. buckyfan1965 says: Feb 15, 2017 9:15 AM

    unclebluck says:
    Feb 15, 2017 7:48 AM
    People who are not guilty dont give up the fight and accept a penalty……..plain & simple…..

    True in most cases. However, this was a no win case for the GOAT due to the collective bargaining agreement. It was a case he could not win. I applaud him for how he handled himself the entire time. Humble guy and winning the Super Bowl was the perfect ending to this ridiculous issue.

  59. streetyson says: Feb 15, 2017 9:16 AM

    ikeclanton says:
    Feb 15, 2017 8:22 AM
    If there’s ever a tell-all book in 20 years or so (right after Brady retires), I’m looking forward to that day so we can get to the bottom of whether or not Goodell is actually an a-hole.
    My guess is: yup–a-hole.
    ———–
    If you can’t wait 20yrs for an answer, I’ll let you know now: yes. But Mara, Woody and Rooney are bigger ones.

  60. patriots123456 says: Feb 15, 2017 9:18 AM

    Roger that Chippy!

  61. tombradyisgod says: Feb 15, 2017 9:21 AM

    GODell is a clown

  62. LyinRogerMustGo says: Feb 15, 2017 9:24 AM

    Tee hee 🙂 So hilarious that Patriot Hater actually believes the puny little weaklings they call their team belongs on the field with US.

    🙂

    #UAreNotInOURLeague
    #UDontBelongInTheSameSentenceAsUS
    #UWillNeverMeasureUpToUS
    #UrSimplyNotOnOURLevel

  63. LyinRogerMustGo says: Feb 15, 2017 9:25 AM

    Roger that! 🙂

    I love seeing #LyinRoger and Patriot Hater get completely powned again and again. It never gets old!

    🙂

  64. 3andone says: Feb 15, 2017 9:25 AM

    I will not give up my power by responding to unclebuck’s statement.

  65. One for the other thumb says: Feb 15, 2017 9:34 AM

    unclebluck says:
    Feb 15, 2017 7:48 AM
    People who are not guilty dont give up the fight and accept a penalty……..plain & simple…..
    _____________________________________

    What do you do when an appeals court makes the ruling that Goodell can punish people regardless of facts or innocence? That he has absolute power and can literally punish players for nothing and they have zero recourse because for some unstated reason he is immune to the laws governing arbitration?

    What do you do then?

  66. shomershabbos says: Feb 15, 2017 9:34 AM

    The GOAT is a class act

  67. Thretosix says: Feb 15, 2017 9:41 AM

    Man, life lessons from Brady. Great advice, and it was free. Hard not to love such a great person.

  68. maust1013 says: Feb 15, 2017 9:41 AM

    redlikethepig says:
    Feb 15, 2017 8:38 AM
    Can we please have no more Brady articles. It’s the same comments in every one. Just cut-and-paste them from the last thread.
    ==================

    You could just not click on them. Oh, that’s right, it’s that whole moth/flame thing…

  69. yetimonster says: Feb 15, 2017 9:54 AM

    cell phone blender…

  70. tigerlilac says: Feb 15, 2017 10:00 AM

    I hate to say anything on such a positive thread. First, thank you to all of the positive commentators. That said, I would like to respond to the posters that assume Brady’s guilt because he stopped fighting.

    Brady did fight with his only remaining legal recourse the Supreme Court or a defamation suit. Having been an advisor in many litigations and the plaintiff in another, I can attest to the realities of the legal system. It is rigged in favor of those with money, resources and connections and that starts, well before there is even a conflict, in the drafting of contracts. In Brady’s case, the NFL coerced the players and NFLPA to accept a one-sided agreement giving the commissioner virtually total control to decide disputes and levy out fines and penalties. The did so by locking out the players from working until they agreed to such contractual positions.

    Brady didn’t lose on the facts. He lost because Goodell had the right to decide the dispute. Alas, Goodnell is not an independent arbitrator, he is a tool of the owners. They owners chose to flex their muscle and prove to the players that not even their brightest star was beyond Goodell’s control. The Brady case was a message to the NFLPA, every player and every agent that the owners control the game.

    Litigation weighs heavily on the target, finacially and emotionally, but it also impacts family, friends, and all connected to the defense. The NFL pushed a lie after losing to Brady in federal court by appealing to a highrt court that relied not on the facts of the case but rather on the contractual law. The NFL did that knowing Brady’s mother was fighting for her life due to cancer.

    To me, Brady is a hero.

  71. jimmyt says: Feb 15, 2017 10:03 AM

    Still a cheater though, nothing can ever change that.

  72. disorien says: Feb 15, 2017 10:03 AM

    straight from the four agreements

  73. rutchaser says: Feb 15, 2017 10:04 AM

    I like Brady. Greatest of all time. I don’t hate the Patriots either. What I am not able to stomach anymore are the Patriot fans. Jesus, enjoy your success and stop calling everyone haters.

  74. dualprime says: Feb 15, 2017 10:07 AM

    A true Brady story…

    About 6 years ago a co-worker’s nephew was an OL for the Dolphins and then traded to the Pats after his second year. He’s sitting at his new locker in NE when Brady walks up and says “Hi, my name is Tom, welcome to the team.”

    Think about that! The most famous QB in the game is humble enough to introduce himself by name to a new teammate.

    And the legend grows!

  75. justintuckrule says: Feb 15, 2017 10:11 AM

    Gotta give him props for that response.

  76. babygaga19 says: Feb 15, 2017 10:13 AM

    Obe Wan, what is this Cheating Power you talk about?

  77. sportschatterdotco says: Feb 15, 2017 10:16 AM

    3andone says:
    Feb 15, 2017 9:25 AM
    I will not give up my power by responding to unclebuck’s statement.
    ———–

    At this point you arent convincing anyone to change their minds or the “facts” they believe. I mean 10 years later and we’re still defending/debating “spygate”,,,What is the point? Rinse, lather, repeat same worn out comments. You arent changing anyone’s mind tho

    Some questionable coaching by Hoody last year might have cost them a 3-peat. The results after both “scandals” pretty clearly show how little either “violation” helped if they even occurred.

    Honestly most comments from the “haters” dont even warrant a response but that bait gets taken every time lol Just let it go and enjoy the winning is my plan.

  78. lifetimefan says: Feb 15, 2017 10:18 AM

    unclebluck says:
    Feb 15, 2017 7:48 AM
    People who are not guilty dont give up the fight and accept a penalty……..plain & simple…..

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Not so plain and with extenuating circumstances not simple either.

    The fight was given up for a couple of reasons.

    1. Take it at that point in the year. If later on, the games missed could have been more important.
    2. It wasn’t about guilt or innocence anymore. Any truly independent individual with the ability to read and understand science could see reasons for the loss of air pressure. Plain and simple would more describe why it was all about whether RG had the power to do so. Owners were worried that a crack in the foundation that they laid for control of the league would shift to the players and and from the owners.

  79. magnumpimustache says: Feb 15, 2017 10:20 AM

    Imagine Brady plays 5 more years.

    Wow…..

    Montana would still be saying you can’t compare eras

  80. jag1959 says: Feb 15, 2017 10:21 AM

    yetimonster says:
    Feb 15, 2017 9:54 AM
    cell phone blender…
    _________________

    Search Brady emails. Only an idiot would have been the 1st player ever to hand over his phone after what the league office leaked out about something as innocuous as an exchange about his pool cover. Favre was investigated over sexting a team employee, he didn’t hand over his phone and got a fine. Wake up or grow up but whichever it is you’d be better served to do it rather than post uninformed nonsense that league got fools to buy. Give it some thought, a real case didn’t need false media leaks, require ignoring the ref’s best recollection, creating the deflator nickname by using the same text 17 times in a rigged ‘independent investigation’ that hold water, the commissioner to lie in his arbitration finding, making a deal out of a phone that didn’t matter until it wasn’t available and the final move of the goal posts to the letter of the CBA rather than arguing all the discredited ‘evidence.’ Ultimately Brady was suspended because the CBA said Roger could suspend anyone for anything he decided was detrimental whether it happened or not and he could even violate the basic tenets of arbitration to do it. Tom Brady’s crime was being a member of a union with a bad CBA.

  81. mrboado says: Feb 15, 2017 10:28 AM

    Great perspective on life and football.

    Amazing to think of all this negative energy expended worldwide because footballs came in a little lighter.

    Geez, don’t we have better things to spend time and money on?

    At some point, somebody should have pulled Roger aside and said, “You know, at the end of the day, in light of everything that goes on in the league, this isn’t that important.”

    Hubris.

  82. neilpountney says: Feb 15, 2017 10:30 AM

    I like Brady. Greatest of all time. I don’t hate the Patriots either. What I am not able to stomach anymore are the Patriot fans. Jesus, enjoy your success and stop calling everyone haters.

    +++++++++++++++++++

    All teams have all sorts of fans, my favorite type of fan is one who follows his/her team, loves the game and is open to all players and all teams being good. It is a wonderful sport.

    That said there are always a few very negative and jealous people who seek to just upset as many people as they can.

    I love people sharing their knowledge of their team, the players on their team and being educated about them. No jealousy, no bad mouthing just good honest football talk!

  83. babygaga19 says: Feb 15, 2017 10:31 AM

    I think Brady is afraid of the Commish. Good ol Roger shut hiM down. Took away his job, paychecks, locked him out of his building, was vindicated by the courts. This had to be humiliating, yes? And the ultimate punishment is that Brady’s kids will go through the rest of their lives wondering why their Dad is called a Cheater. Yeah, Brady won the battle (SB 51), but Roger won the war.

  84. rootpain says: Feb 15, 2017 10:45 AM

    Brady’s comments are as frustrating to the majority of readers, fans and antifans as is his training schedule to competitors.

    It’s all out there, free for the taking. And we all know it’s the right thing to do. But we can’t. Our emotions get the better of us. And so, some of our power is lost to garbage emotion.

    For now anyway, at least I can go back and watch the game again. Or parts of the game or just one play. And when I do, I get more and more impressed with how undeniable Brady’s MVP award was. His ability over the course of a season to get Hightower and Butler and White and Long and Amendola and Blount and Logan and Edelman and Gronk and Patricia and, and and to not let anyone take their power away. Incredible.

    I have to work on this. It’s just too powerful a life tool to ignore.

  85. nyneal says: Feb 15, 2017 10:48 AM

    Tom Brady is a great QB and a great guy. I love the fact that he took the high road against Goodell and what he is saying about all the haters is absolutely true.
    Brady drives the haters crazy because he’s the best QB of his era, his Pats have won more Super Bowls than anyone else, and because he can go to his beautiful home(s) and be with his gorgeous wife and know that he has more money than he could ever spend.
    I am a Packers fan and I respect Tom Brady as much as if he were a Packers player. How can you not? His work ethic is off the charts, he plays hurt, and he can beat you even when his team has less talent than yours does. He is everything you want in a QB and a team leader.
    He is Michael Jordan. He is Wayne Gretzky. He is Mickey Mantle. All of those guys could do the extraordinary and seemingly impossible things to beat their opponents, and so can Brady.
    All you Brady haters are like a bunch of whiny kids. You can’t have your way so you throw these tantrums which only make you look foolish. And what really drives you nuts is you know he’ll back again next year beating your teams again.
    As for Goodell, he’s a weasel and a rat and nothing was more fitting than the Patriots winning the Super Bowl. Because we all know Goodell would rather have been any place else than on that podium handing the Lombardi Trophy to Brady and Kraft. It should be awarded the best sports moment of the year, because it was.

  86. ikeclanton says: Feb 15, 2017 10:48 AM

    @tigerlilac

    Excellently explained from someone who has obviously been involved in cases like this and from someone who intimately understands the actual processes and emotional toll of a long appeal.

    …and to those that still think it was about Brady and what he did/didn’t actually do, he was the unfortunate scapegoat in a power struggle that the owners and Goodell would do ANYTHING not to relinquish. Goodell doesn’t “hate” Brady or even care whether or not he’s guilty. Never did.

    Facts, logic, his sworn testimony, and Brady’s previously impeccable reputation suggests that he is not, but loser nation hates his success so much, their eyes and ears are shut down to it.

    The seedy underbelly of it all was that Brady’s reputation got unfairly ruined to achieve their goal. That’s the part they shrouded in lies that they’ll all have to live with.

    “This is about our rights in the collective bargaining agreement,” Goodell told ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike in the Morning. “That’s all it is. We filed this litigation initially to reinforce the fact that we had this right in our Collective Bargaining Agreement…and so we are not going to allow that kind of a decision to stand when we think it’s in conflict with our CBA. That is the issue. It has nothing to do with any individual player or anyone else. It has something to do with Judge Berman’s decision, and that’s what we’re appealing.”

  87. wib22 says: Feb 15, 2017 10:58 AM

    but Roger won the war.

    ********

    LOL.

  88. nyneal says: Feb 15, 2017 10:59 AM

    babygaga19 says:
    Feb 15, 2017 10:31 AM
    I think Brady is afraid of the Commish. Good ol Roger shut hiM down. Took away his job, paychecks, locked him out of his building, was vindicated by the courts. This had to be humiliating, yes? And the ultimate punishment is that Brady’s kids will go through the rest of their lives wondering why their Dad is called a Cheater. Yeah, Brady won the battle (SB 51), but Roger won the war.

    _______________________________________

    This is too funny. Probably the best thing which happened to Brady was missing those 4 games. He was more rested at playoff time for it and it probably made him think about not showing up til game 5 next year!
    And took away his paychecks???? That is so laughable! He probably filmed a few commercials during that time which made him more money than had he not been suspended.
    Humiliating for Brady??? Brady was laughing all the way to the bank!! Plus, he knows there are far more people who can’t stand Roger Goodell than there are people who can’t stand him.
    And his kids won’t have to wonder about anything! They’ll grow up in luxury, and get the finest of educations, and will be set for life financially. And they’ll also know their dad is right there with the best QB’s whoever played in the NFL.
    Besides, the percentage of people who will even remember this deflategate nonsense that Goodell invented will be so small by the time his kids are grown, that it will be a non-issue. The only people who will remember it will be the brain dead whiny losers who keep bringing it up now. And as they are now, they’ll be so insignificant no one will even hear them.

  89. drocity says: Feb 15, 2017 11:00 AM

    unclebluck says:
    Feb 15, 2017 7:48 AM
    People who are not guilty dont give up the fight and accept a penalty……..plain & simple…..

    ===============================

    Curious? Were you also one of those calling for him to “just take his punishment like a man”? I get dizzy from the constant shifting basis of criticism of TB12.

  90. no drooling,chippy,tpet,Vancouver,crybabies allowed says: Feb 15, 2017 11:01 AM

    He’s right. What people think about you is their issue, not yours. Living by that thought saves you from carrying suitcases stuffed with someone else’s baggage.

  91. rootpain says: Feb 15, 2017 11:02 AM

    jag1959,

    Good comment, as usual. If you ever start your own blog, I hope you’ll let us know. I always learn something from you.

  92. drocity says: Feb 15, 2017 11:06 AM

    babygaga19 says:
    Feb 15, 2017 10:31 AM
    I think Brady is afraid of the Commish. Good ol Roger shut hiM down. Took away his job, paychecks, locked him out of his building, was vindicated by the courts. This had to be humiliating, yes? And the ultimate punishment is that Brady’s kids will go through the rest of their lives wondering why their Dad is called a Cheater. Yeah, Brady won the battle (SB 51), but Roger won the war.

    ================================

    Or….

    Goodell won the battle (legal appeal) but Brady won the war (SB51, #5, cemented GOAT, countless records, #4 SB-MVP). Brady also renegotiated his contract so his total financial loss was, like, 200K. He got 4 games rest on a 39yo body. Tomato/Tomato I guess.

  93. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 15, 2017 11:06 AM

    neilpountney | Feb 15, 2017, 10:30 AM EST
    I like Brady. Greatest of all time. I don’t hate the Patriots either. What I am not able to stomach anymore are the Patriot fans. Jesus, enjoy your success and stop calling everyone haters.

    +++++++++++++++++++

    All teams have all sorts of fans, my favorite type of fan is one who follows his/her team, loves the game and is open to all players and all teams being good. It is a wonderful sport.

    That said there are always a few very negative and jealous people who seek to just upset as many people as they can.

    I love people sharing their knowledge of their team, the players on their team and being educated about them. No jealousy, no bad mouthing just good honest football talk!

    I think you hit the nail on the head for me, but your fan base represented on this site are by far the worst I have had to put up with in any discussion of any sport. If you disagree or try to show a different take on something you are labeled with the childish hater tag. Football was not invented by Belicheat and Brady. It will be around long after they are gone.. it would be fun to discuss it in an adult manner with the childish Patriot fanboy crap.

  94. mmack66 says: Feb 15, 2017 11:06 AM

    unclebluck says:
    Feb 15, 2017 7:48 AM

    People who are not guilty dont give up the fight and accept a penalty……..plain & simple…..
    ————————

    People do it all of the time.

    Besides, the deck was stacked against Brady. You could tell by what those two idiot Federal judges, that ruled for Goodell, said at the hearing.

    Roger was prepared to lie and buy his way to a positive verdict, no matter what.

  95. somehomer says: Feb 15, 2017 11:08 AM

    Trollhunter

  96. charliecharger says: Feb 15, 2017 11:15 AM

    Tom Brady is a great guy. Brady is an awesome player. Brady got caught cheating, and it wasn’t the first time the Pats have gotten busted. Obviously, that’s not going to make you a lot of friends outside of Boston. I wish the story would just go away, because it just keeps reminding everybody that Brady cheated. Goodell isn’t the bad guy in this situation. He was just enforcing the rules. I don’t know why people think that because Brady got caught cheating, that somehow that makes him a bad guy. There are countless pitchers that have scuffs baseballs and applied foreign substances in order to give them a little advantage. Many of them were great pitchers regardless. Lots of athletes put stuff in their bodies to give them an edge. Most of these guys are great family men. I’d just lay off Brady and let this story die. Quit dragging him through the mud. Find something else to write about. He’s paid for his mistakes.

  97. maxisbest says: Feb 15, 2017 11:18 AM

    “People who are not guilty dont give up the fight and accept a penalty……..plain & simple…..”

    He didn’t give up at all! He ran Goodell’s reputation into the ground by going 11-1, then winning 2 playoff games and making Super Bowl history with a record that probably won’t
    be broken in our lifetime. Guilty would have been losing the season…winning would be winning it all!

    The guy is a winner…you and Goodell are losers. See how that works?

  98. gisellichek says: Feb 15, 2017 11:33 AM

    I miss football…

  99. Jerry Stevens says: Feb 15, 2017 11:38 AM

    “I’m not going to give away my power,” Brady said. “You can call me an a–hole and I am going to smile at you probably. I’m not going to say, ‘No, you’re an a–hole.’ Because that person is controlling me with what their thoughts and actions are.”

    Tom, do you think maybe you can get Donald to take this advice?

  100. blessedunliketherest says: Feb 15, 2017 11:45 AM

    Tom Brady is a great guy. Brady is an awesome player. Brady got caught cheating, and it wasn’t the first time the Pats have gotten busted. Obviously, that’s not going to make you a lot of friends outside of Boston. I wish the story would just go away, because it just keeps reminding everybody that Brady cheated. Goodell isn’t the bad guy in this situation. He was just enforcing the rules. I don’t know why people think that because Brady got caught cheating, that somehow that makes him a bad guy. There are countless pitchers that have scuffs baseballs and applied foreign substances in order to give them a little advantage. Many of them were great pitchers regardless. Lots of athletes put stuff in their bodies to give them an edge. Most of these guys are great family men. I’d just lay off Brady and let this story die. Quit dragging him through the mud. Find something else to write about. He’s paid for his mistakes.
    ________________________________________

    There are like 5 people left in the world that actually think Brady cheated. Many more claim he did, but they don’t actually think so deep down. He did not cheat. All you have to do is read the actual facts of the case and use the smallest amount of common sense to know the entire thing was fabricated. No random text message from May or the fact that Tom got rid of his phone after making it clear he was not giving it up changes the fact that the balls lost air pressure naturally. You can’t just deny science when it doesn’t support your narrative. This was further confirmed when the Steelers balls last the same amount of air pressure a few months ago. Or the fact that 75% of the Colts balls were below regulation. Please answer how that happens, if not naturally?

    Goodell is not a bad guy? Then why did he have to lie and manipulate through this entire ordeal?

  101. ibillwt says: Feb 15, 2017 11:46 AM

    I always opt for the immediate gratification of taking the low road and stooping below the level of the other a-hole.

    But then again I’m not universally recognized as the greatest football player of all time and Tom Brady is.

    So there’s room for all kinds under the broad umbrella of the Great Patriots’ Dynasty. That probably reflects the leadership of the Greatest Coach and GM of all time. Life is good.

  102. rtookey says: Feb 15, 2017 11:54 AM

    unclebluck says:
    Feb 15, 2017 7:48 AM
    People who are not guilty dont give up the fight and accept a penalty……..plain & simple…..

    ___________________

    You were likely the same group of guys pissed that he was fighting it…. Plain and simple.

  103. mototax says: Feb 15, 2017 12:09 PM

    I wasn’t bothered at all by Brady fighting back.

    What DID bother me was what seemed like endless millions of dollars in legal fees spent by both sides.

    Oh well, not my money and the season begins in seven months.

  104. mmack66 says: Feb 15, 2017 12:11 PM

    babygaga19 says:
    Feb 15, 2017 10:31 AM

    I think Brady is afraid of the Commish. Good ol Roger shut hiM down. Took away his job, paychecks, locked him out of his building, was vindicated by the courts. This had to be humiliating, yes? And the ultimate punishment is that Brady’s kids will go through the rest of their lives wondering why their Dad is called a Cheater. Yeah, Brady won the battle (SB 51), but Roger won the war.
    —————————-

    I’m sure Brady was crying in his vino over there in Italy.

    Brady is winning at life, and all Goodell is winning at is being a lying, duplicitous bozo that makes a lot of money to get booed mercilessly.

  105. LyinRogerMustGo says: Feb 15, 2017 12:25 PM

    babygaga19 says:
    Feb 15, 2017 10:13 AM

    Obe Wan, what is this Cheating Power you talk about?


    Ask your Broncos. 🙂

    3 tainted Super Bowls won* as a direct and proven result of cheating (salary cap, PEDton’s HGH)

    Only team in NFL history to be fined for taping another team’s practices.

    🙂

  106. jag1959 says: Feb 15, 2017 12:26 PM

    rootpain says:
    Feb 15, 2017 11:02 AM
    jag1959,

    Good comment, as usual. If you ever start your own blog, I hope you’ll let us know. I always learn something from you.
    ________________

    Thanks but TBH you probably wouldn’t enjoy it if I had one. I’m a Giants guy, I just happen to be married to a Pats fan. Framegate just offended me on a fundamental level once I read the Wells report.

  107. 6ball says: Feb 15, 2017 12:27 PM

    .
    @charliecharger

    ” Brady got caught cheating ”
    __

    You spent 200 words telling us that Brady cheated. Now tell us exactly and unequivocally how he did it. Please cite sworn testimony to substantiate your claim.
    .

  108. rootpain says: Feb 15, 2017 12:32 PM

    Kind of an interesting insight of one of Brady’s comments after accepting the MVP trophy. Intentional or otherwise, it had to have the effect of being part of Goodell’s ongoing death by a thousand cuts. He said his kids ask, “Daddy, what about the trophy? Now I get to bring one home. So that’s pretty cool.”
    First, Goodell had to give him the MVP trophy for the Superbowl. That represents more than.just being the Most Valuable Player in the Superbowl. It actually confirms that Brady is the Most Valuable Person in the NFL.
    Second, Brady makes it clear that whatever happened between him and Goodell is over. He won. He has the trophy to prove it. And it was Goodell that gave it to him
    Third, Brady’s kids can always stand up with pride. Their daddy was not beaten. Goodell’s children have the legacy that their daddy lied in order to harm someone who not guilty.
    Fourth, Brady has something that Goodell will never, ever have. Proof positive that he was the best of the best. Goodell has nothing. Which is more than he deserves.

  109. mullman76 says: Feb 15, 2017 12:40 PM

    Hey, listen…

    Nobody loathes the patsies more than I do, but…

    Brady is spot on with his zen/king fu/jedi mind power.

    He has 5 rings for a reason and it’s not all because if the subterfuge and covert ops.

    However, he still wears furry man boots…so there’s that.

    Carry on.

    Go RAIDERS

  110. mdippong26 says: Feb 15, 2017 12:42 PM

    This is just weird. Such conflicting feelings. On one side, you have Tom Brady doing deflategate and then smashing his phone to stop an investigation, so you know he’s dirty, but then he says some cool stuff like this. I don’t know. But all at the same time, still playing the victim instead of actually taking responsibility for why Goodell disciplined him. Either way, this is weird. Don’t know whether to respect him or just call him on his bs.

  111. imyourhuckelberrythatsjustmygame says: Feb 15, 2017 12:45 PM

    What Power does Brady have? His wife and Daddy fight all of his battles.

  112. greenlargo says: Feb 15, 2017 12:59 PM

    yetimonster says:
    Feb 15, 2017 9:54 AM
    cell phone blender…

    —————————-

    You are trying to imply something that never happened. After getting a new one he asked his assistant to dispose of the old one. Proper disposal of a cell phone is to wipe its memory and simms then return it to the provider or you can give it to a charity. I do the same with my old phones and so does pretty much anyone I know. We have our whole lives in those things, the damage someone could do with its contents would be extreme. Only an idiot does not properly dispose of their phone. Since it sounds like you dont, can I have it? (Or were you just making up stuff to present a false point?)

  113. babygaga19 says: Feb 15, 2017 1:02 PM

    Broncos. Never lost a first round draft choice, never fined a million dollars, never had their qb suspended, Manning never tested positive for HGH (christ, did you see his last year? Oh wait……) and as for filming opponent pratices, that was Joshy Boy. Ever hear about him?

  114. wetookavote says: Feb 15, 2017 1:21 PM

    The glorified game manager has learned that cheaters win. Why should he care people think he’s an a-hole?

  115. bert1913 says: Feb 15, 2017 1:44 PM

    You can control how much you paid that ball boy not to say anything

  116. fwippel says: Feb 15, 2017 1:51 PM

    Not a Brady fan, but he’s dead right about this. One of the biggest societal problems today is that there are too many people out looking for a reason to be offended by something, and using the resulting outrage as their entire reason for living.

    Control your own life, and quit worrying about what everyone else thinks about you or your opinions.

  117. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 15, 2017 2:13 PM

    “Broncos. Never lost a first round draft choice, never fined a million dollars”

    In December 2001, the Broncos were fined $968,000 and lost a third-round pick in the 2002 draft for salary cap violations

    Broncos have been fined $950,000 and will lose a third-round selection in the 2005 draft for salary cap violations.

    Go ahead and split hairs, but if you apply the same standards to the Donks that you do to the Pats your Super Bowl wins are tainted and unearned.

    And I can only imagine what you’d be saying if Brady had HGH shipped to his wife that she had no cause to need. The entire world knows Manning took buckets of the stuff.

  118. scituguy says: Feb 15, 2017 2:50 PM

    Brady: “WINNING”

  119. Hitdog18 says: Feb 15, 2017 3:08 PM

    Nofooltnodrool says:
    Feb 15, 2017 11:06 AM
    neilpountney | Feb 15, 2017, 10:30 AM EST
    I like Brady. Greatest of all time. I don’t hate the Patriots either. What I am not able to stomach anymore are the Patriot fans. Jesus, enjoy your success and stop calling everyone haters.

    +++++++++++++

    I’d agree with you, but there are some pretty bitter people out there. one class act even called out Tom’s mothers illness in the comment section the night of the SB (I’m sure he still feels great about that decision). wish i had copied it, but the point is, if you don’t like the Pats, or Brady, feel free to just skip the comments section and get on with your life

  120. thecape15 says: Feb 15, 2017 4:45 PM

    Litigation weighs heavily on the target, finacially and emotionally, but it also impacts family, friends, and all connected to the defense. The NFL pushed a lie after losing to Brady in federal court by appealing to a highrt court that relied not on the facts of the case but rather on the contractual law. The NFL did that knowing Brady’s mother was fighting for her life due to cancer.

    To me, Brady is a hero.

    ___________________________

    Drop the mic. Period.

  121. crush22 says: Feb 15, 2017 4:54 PM

    “You can call me an a–hole and I am going to smile at you probably.”

    Because you know you’re guilty.

  122. patsrule59 says: Feb 15, 2017 6:17 PM

    Goodell should take his cue from Brady and stop being upset because people say bad things about him.

    Think about it. This is a guy who makes in excess of $30 million a year, and he was reportedly upset because Patriots’ defensive coordinator Matt Patricia wore a tee shirt that had Goodell wearing a clown nose.

    Seriously, Roger?

  123. youknowiknowitall says: Feb 15, 2017 6:29 PM

    babygaga19 says:
    Feb 15, 2017 1:02 PM
    … and as for filming opponent pratices, that was Joshy Boy. Ever hear about him?
    ——————
    Yeah. But it wasn’t him. It was a video assistant.

  124. youknowiknowitall says: Feb 15, 2017 7:12 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says:
    Feb 15, 2017 11:06 AM
    I think you hit the nail on the head for me, but your fan base represented on this site are by far the worst I have had to put up with in any discussion of any sport. If you disagree or try to show a different take on something you are labeled with the childish hater tag. Football was not invented by Belicheat and Brady. It will be around long after they are gone.. it would be fun to discuss it in an adult manner with the childish Patriot fanboy crap.
    —————–
    Well, Cupcake, you reap what you sow.

  125. bemylovetractor says: Feb 15, 2017 7:32 PM

    Brady is a great qb. For having limited variables, I give him credit. Were it not for playing all his pro career was with a team that promotes a cheating culture, I would say, hands down, he is the best. But banned from the League for weeks? The guy is a cheater and he works for a team that has built a sophisticated cheated culture and they encourage it.

    Shady Brady will never be the true GOAT.

  126. factpurveyor says: Feb 15, 2017 8:16 PM

    bemylovetractor says:
    Feb 15, 2017 7:32 PM

    Shady Brady will never be the true GOAT.

    ————————————————————–
    At least not in the very small minds of the willfully ignorant science denying duped members of the Goodell clown posse.

  127. gotham23 says: Feb 17, 2017 9:04 AM

    “Respect” is overrated in sports. ONLY TROPHIES MATTER. Brady knows that, and Brady has the trophies. So what does he care what people say about him?

  128. j0esixpack says: Feb 19, 2017 7:38 PM

    unclebluck says: People who are not guilty dont give up the fight and accept a penalty……..plain & simple…..
    ———————————————————

    Would you have preferred he took the fight to the Supreme Court but then be suspended for the playoffs if they didn’t reverse the ruling that Goodell doesn’t need cause to suspend anyone?

    Well, if you’re not a Patriots fan you probably would have.

    Brady, however, knows the best way to get “revenge” was to make the playoffs, win the Super Bowl and then play until he’s 45 and keep winning more Super Bowls to drive Goodell, and the rest of the NFL crazy

    And that’s exactly what’s happening

    I can understand why you’re so upset he didn’t push the appeal

  129. whispersd says: Feb 21, 2017 8:30 PM

    ‘If you disagree or try to show a different take on something you are labeled with the childish hater tag. Football was not invented by Belicheat and Brady. ”

    Well, gee, sorry that your delicate sensibilities were hurt. But how do you simultaneously complain about people calling you a “hater” when you use the word “Belicheat”?

    I mean, come on. That’s elementary school-level name calling there.

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