Tom Brady’s dad declares Wells Report “Framegate”

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Even if it didn’t come right out and say it, the main insinuation of the Ted Wells report on DeflateGate is that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady cheated, or at the very least was aware that cheating was happening on his behalf.

And that doesn’t sit too well with his father.

Tom Brady Sr. told Jim Corbett of USA Today that he’s not shaken in his belief in the upright nature of his son.

I don’t have any doubt about my son’s integrity — not one bit,” Brady Sr. said. “In this country, you’re innocent until proven guilty. It just seems Tommy is now guilty until proven innocent. This thing is so convoluted. . . . They say that possibly — possibly — he was aware of this. The reality is if you can’t prove he did it, then he’s innocent, and lay off him. That’s the bottom line.”

Actually, there’s a pretty considerable gulf between not guilty and innocent, and it’s hard to look at the evidence in the report and come away thinking Brady had no knowledge of what was going on.

But dad was unmoved, saying the league was more worried about its image than his son’s.

“The league had to cover themselves. The reality is they had no conclusive evidence. This was Framegate right from the beginning,” he said. “They had to protect their asses, and that’s what they’re doing. . . .

“To impugn somebody without conclusive evidence saying this is more probable than not? The reality is they have scientific evidence. Now they’re overriding the scientific evidence and badgering the Patriots. It’s disgusting.”

Brady Sr. is reacting how any father would, or should react. And the league obviously has a vested interest in the appearance of integrity, which is why this thing dragged on so long.

But to suggest they’d target a four-time Super Bowl champion seems like a stretch.

194 responses to “Tom Brady’s dad declares Wells Report “Framegate”

  1. He’s just doing his duty as a Dad, which is fine. But the rose-colored glasses can only do so much to blur that text evidence.

  2. Because if there’s one neutral source in this matter, it’s father of the cheater.

  3. Please…..

    Go read the text messages Dad. Your son was cheating. He’s been caught.

    So since Farmar of the Browns got suspended for 4 games, your son needs to be suspended at least 7. Based on what Farmar got.

  4. For all you PATS FANS that keep asking about the Colts balls that were under pressure:

    “According to both Exponent and Dr. Marlow,
    the difference in the average pressure drops between the Patriots and Colts footballs is statistically significant.

    According to our scientific consultants, however, the reduction in pressure of the Patriots game balls cannot be explained completely by basic scientific principles, such as the Ideal Gas Law, based on the circumstances and conditions likely to have been present on the day of the AFC Championship Game.”

    There is much more detail on the comparison so please, PATS FANS, read the damn report before commenting.

  5. “To impugn somebody without conclusive evidence.”

    What the hell? Impung? Not sure what that is, but it sounds like it takes place while naked in the shower?

    As a father I would be upset too.

  6. Noncooperation is just another form of their cheating, and another stain..

    So for all the chowderheads who will try and reverse the spin and downplay this, after they come out of hiding of course, let’s be clear::

    YOU “WON” 4 RINGS BY A GRAND TOTAL OF 12PTS, YES THATS RIGHT, 4 RINGS BY A GRAND EFFING TOTAL OF 12PTS, WHILE CHEATING AT SEEMINGLY EVERY TURN.

    YOUR TEAM AND ENTIRE FANBASE ARE AN EMBARRASSMENT TO FOOTBALL. THE WHOLE FRANCHISE SHOULD BE CONTRACTED IN FAVOR OF AN EXPANSION TEAM, AND ALL TROPHIES FORFEITED AND TURNED OVER. FURTHERMORE, YOU SUCKthecloudofdust

  7. If it was a real issue, wouldn’t they have logged the PSI of all balls before the game?

    If it was a real issue, shouldn’t the Colts also be in trouble for some of their balls being below proper PSI?

  8. What?! More like “I’m going to voraciously defend my son despite a blatant presence of evidence proving the contrary…

    …Gate”

    Maybe some better parenting could have been in order? Maybe the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree?…

    …Gate

    Man…this is fun!

  9. “But to suggest they’d target a four time Super Bowl champion seems like a stretch”

    No it’s not like the league has never made a rule change because of the Patriots

  10. Right, Mr. Brady, because the NFL really wants to posterize their golden child as a liar and cheater. Great incentive to do that, so much to be gained. Read the texts.

  11. Brady is guilty, simple and plain. If you’re one the believes you need to see someone deflate the balls on video you’re very naïve.

    Why did Brady after not communicating with the equipment manager by phone for 6 months, spend over an hour in phone conversation over the few days after the story originally came to light.

  12. As a Ravens fan I am absolutely a Pats hater but I was still surprised by this. I did not expect him to get caught straight up lying…

    Palmeiro is not nearly the level of superstar that Brady is but this reminds me of when he wagged his finger at congress and said he did nothing wrong. He obviously lied and so did Tom. Tom just wagged his finger at the entire country…

    What a mug.

  13. Sorry dad, but there is no way a professional QB of Brady’s experience and perfectionism would fail to notice the different feel of the ball and tolerate that error unless he chose to ignore it.

  14. Brad and Hernandez were teammates. Brady never gave an ounce of support to Hernandez. What goes around comes around. Both should now rot in their dirt.

  15. mjmeyer86 says:
    May 6, 2015 4:08 PM
    What does Gisele think?
    ————————————

    She thinks Tommy should jump the Niagara Falls to prove he didn’t do it.

  16. On one side, all the available evidence available suggests to any reasonable person that they did something on purpose to gain an advantage

    On the other side, the guy said he didn’t do it.

    Guilty in the court of law is different than being guilty to those with common sense.

  17. Does anyone who has ever watched a Patriots* game and see Tom Brady whining to the refs about everything, think for a minute that he would have game balls that were noticably underinflatef and him not say anything if he wasn’t Part of it ? If the ball was not to his liking he would say something in a heartbeat. Do you think anyone in the Patriots* organization would deflate the balls without Tom’s approval?

  18. Brady is a crook and a fraud. Brady’s dad sounds like OJ Simpson’s defense attorney team. If Sean Payton got 1 year for something Greg Williams did with the pay for injury, I mean, there’s a moral issue there, but even as a Vikings fan with which Greg Williams’ issue more directly impacted, this Brady thing is WAY worse. The pay to injure affects on the field, but not DIRECTLY. The deflated balls is a much larger advantage as it directly impacts the game. Gives Brady more control and accuracy, it’s easier to catch, and it’s harder to fumble. Especially with both teams using different footballs on offense this “help” didn’t go both ways. Regardless of how much advantage, Brady and the Patriots were knowingly cheating the system. He should get 1 year at LEAST!

  19. Go ahead and downvote witch hunters, but a few hilarious text messages and a botched check of football pressures at halftime (75% of the Colts balls that WERE checked by one official were underinflated) are NOT evidence of guilt.

  20. Really?! You’re asking Tom Brady’s DAD about the innocence or guilt of Tom Brady?

    That’s like asking Adrian Peterson’s kid if he’s a good….well….never mind. That’s a bad example.

  21. Sorry Sr., in this country you are guilty until proven innocent. And if you are unable to prove that to the satisfaction of just one person, you will always be guilty!
    Even if you are innocent!

  22. mjmeyer86 says:
    May 6, 2015 4:08 PM
    What does Gisele think?
    —————————————————————————————-

    Welker did it.

  23. “In this country, you’re innocent until proven guilty. It just seems Tommy is now guilty until proven innocent. This thing is so convoluted. . . . They say that possibly — possibly — he was aware of this. The reality is if you can’t prove he did it, then he’s innocent, and lay off him. That’s the bottom line.”

    And his son refused to turn over his cell phone and e-mails to the investigators. This is not a legal proceeding, so Tom was not compelled to hand over that information. However, in a legal proceeding, when a judge finds that one party has wrongfully withheld information in discovery, a judge will normally provide the jury with an instruction that the jury can infer that the missing evidence would be adverse to that party. I think that any person without a dog in this fight can look to Brady’s failure to cooperate as a strong inference that he had something to hide.

  24. rodvmunchiii says:
    May 6, 2015 4:01 PM

    Jesse Ventura believes Brady was the victim of the government’s HAARP mind control program, and it wasn’t his fault.
    ———————–
    lol, best thing II read all day. I hate those Conspiracy freaks blaming HAARP for everything under the sun.

  25. Can someone point to report where it is ever said that Brady requests balls be put under 12.5 PSI or that he ever instructs ballboys to deflate lower then 12.5 after refs check balls? It’s only ever documented that Brady like as close to 12.5 as possible. Wells even states Brady had ballboys bring rules to refs to ensure refs knew that balls could be at 12.5 and did not need inflation.

  26. Fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree.

    Poor Tami is crying to dad.

    Think he will cry when he apologizes upon being suspended for a year?

    And as for: “PATS FANS, read the damn report before commenting.”

    Pat fans don’t want the truth – they’ve NEVER wanted the truth.

  27. Tom Brady is a liar and a cheat!! He smiles and taunts you while he is doing it!!!
    He deserved to get NAILED!!! You (nor the referees on the field) can believe a word he says!! You have to discount all the Patriots fans now that have followed him blindly, and supported him through this whole lying mess!!

    You can’t call Belichek a great coach or Brady a great player since they have both cheated constantly to pad their stats!!

    They have ruined an entire season of football for me, as a paying decades long season ticket holder and supporter!! They need to deal with this appropriately now that they know – THIS GUY is a CHEATER, and HIS TEAM SHOULD NOT HAVE WON THE SUPERBOWL!! Any other team would have been barred from playing!! How can the NFL correct this!!

  28. Actually Darrin, there`s an equally large difference from possibly and probably to guilty.

  29. a fine does nothing to these millionaire athletes, tis a mere drop in the bucket. the pats should be banned from the playoffs this year.

  30. NAWT MAH TAWMEE!

    Yeah, the league REALLY wants to smear and cast a shadow over its CURRENT WORLD CHAMPION.

    You love your son and all, but acting like a deluded jerk helps no one.

  31. This is some pretty intriguing stuff. Someone should also try and get ahold of Brady’s mother and better yet, his grandmother. I’ve heard reports that they both have said on record that “Tommy is a great boy!”

  32. I coined the hashtag FRAMEGATE in another post on this site, the very first to do so. I would like my credit and compensation as I am the trademark holder. Thank you.

  33. The ONLY framing was the fact the reports came out after the draft. Give me a break!

  34. Roger Goodell is doing everything he can possibly do to distance himself from this situation.

    He did everything he could possibly could to control every instance of the Bounty farce.

    Bob Kraft gave Goodell his complete approval for gutting the Saints.

    The difference in the two situations: Goodell could have cared less about an owner who was sick and old when he had the approval of Kraft and company. Now, he’s terrified that Kraft will fire him.

  35. I would stand up for my son as well. We hardly expect a father to throw his son under the bus.

    Doesn’t change what we now all know. Doesn’t change the fact that Tom refused access to his texts and electronic info. He knew he was caught. He knew he lied.

  36. Plenity of time for this to blow over before the season starts, nice timing NFL. Roger seems pretty cozy to those owners in the northeast.

  37. Funny……..every article or link is about Brady and Patriots EXCEPT one…..Rex having a quiet, friendly, fatherly dinner with a college football player!!

    I SMELL BIAS!!!!

  38. “The reality is if you can’t prove he did it, then he’s innocent, and lay off him. That’s the bottom line.”

    Um, no…

  39. So I guess he has his dad hoodwinked to. Sorry, to much of the Patriots cheating for this to be bull. Text messages don’t lie Brady Sr. Your son is a CHEATER

  40. Dear Tom Brady’s dad.

    Deflating footballs is not a crime. It is just cheating.

    To be convicted of a crime you need proof and a fair trial or innocence is presumed.

    To be punished for breaking a rule the standard is far lower. Which is probably why offensive holding and defensive pass interference cannot be challenged, and why you don’t have to take positive drug tests before a jury.

    And of course the court of public opinion has long had an even lower standard of proof, and if he wants vindication there, tell him he should explain why he lied about knowing an equipment person and withheld access to his texts from the investigation. In a court of law I think they’d call that evidence of consciousness of guilt.

    Then also ask him why an equipment guy would self identify as ‘the deflator’ as a running joke, why Brady was mad at equipment guys over footballs for a given game, and why it would appear the equipment guy was expecting free memorobilia from Brady.

  41. sounds about right , a report that says no proof but probably guilty , what a waste of money . Tom should sue Ted Wells and the NFL for defamation of character and liable .

  42. Love it…Pats fans gloating for another weak Super Bowl escape (not ONE of their super bowl victories was dominant) and were all cozy for a few months…but now the popular and public opinion sways back with Wells report findings…

    Which will always be Brady & Belicheat and the Pats recent success is ALWAYS going to be seen in a negative light with Spygate and Deflategate. No Steel Curtain, no 49ers Classy Dominance…just ‘Gates and **** …

    “For-eh-ver…for-eh-ver…for-eh-verrr” – Squints

  43. COME ON, WHAT DAD WOULD SAY ANY DIFFERENT? PATRIOTS ARE ONE SHADY ORGANIZATION, AND THEY DESERVE HARSH PUNISHMENT!

  44. Patriots fans are somehow trying to bring up “evidence”that didn’t exist about the Colts footballs.

    ALL THE COLTS FOOTBALLS WERE MEASURED AND FELL WITHIN THE 12.5-13.5 limit.

    They were not below the 12.5 low limit pats fans—-READ THE REPORT!!!!!!!!!!

    Is it agreed that the Colts would have lost anyway? Yes

    Is it agreed the 2 equipment guys under inflated the footballs, especially after the texts? Yes

    Is it common sense that all QBs understand how heavy/light that they want their footballs? Yes…..Brady even admitted that…. on the air that he like them on the low side…..they have to be “perfect” as he said.

    Is it agreed that Brady denied the league access to his texts? Yes, he did deny them access.

    It is common sense that Brady had something to hide.

    Even if this is a “light” way to cheat, it is in fact cheating.He denied knowing, but Brady would absolutely know!!!

    So, fine Brady has 4 Super Bowls,but, yes, they will all be tainted.

  45. I don’t have any doubt about Brady’s integrity either – he’s a proven liar, cheater, adulterer, narcissist, incapable of showing respect, a political panderer, and so on. He has no integrity.

  46. Let’s see – FIRST, before the Wells investigation we have TOM BRADY and BELACHECK standing on news conference podiums looking into the camera and saying I knew nothing.

    Now, after the WELLS investigation, we have PAT STAFF text messages condemning BRADY for wanting balls a certain air pressure, AND evidence of balls and jerseys paid to said employees for services rendered.

    Hmmm….Let me THINK…..

  47. Sooooo – seeing how Aaron Rodgers has ADMITTED manipulating the PSI in his footballs, I assume Goodell will issue a penalty even more harsh than Brady…

    Right?

  48. Ok haters, explain the second half of the Colts game….. Oh yeh, it was a little lopsided in the scoring department. Please step up and give an explanation for that… or shut up.

  49. Innocent until proven guilty is only in a court of law. This is a matter handled by the league. They hand out punishment all the time for actual crimes in which players are accused but not convicted.

  50. uh oh, now daddy has spoken up! who’s next? maybe ted nugent will tell all the obama loving liberals to shut the hell up or some other soap opera esque nonsense? do all the pats fans really believe that this is all unfounded conspiracy fueled by jealousy over their success? apparently so. and here is mr kraft, the most powerful owner in terms of influence over the league office, unable to stop all these baseless, unfounded allegations from getting any legs? ok, if you say so.

  51. A father being a father. However, I do agree that the NFL is the most inept, amateurish organisation in all of big business.

  52. The deflation effected, every ball snap, every hand off, every pass caught, every ball slap, every hard landing where the ball grip was important, even more so in the cold wet games – this has to be a huge penalty – it involved every ball handler, catcher, center and others. THIS IS A HUGE CHEATING EVENT!!

  53. c9zz says:
    May 6, 2015 4:39 PM
    Ok haters, explain the second half of the Colts game….. Oh yeh, it was a little lopsided in the scoring department. Please step up and give an explanation for that… or shut up.

    ——————————————————————

    Football happened.

    It seems like you are trying to imply that the Patriots should’ve crumbled after being forced to play with properly inflated balls.

    Face it…the Pats cheated in a way that gave them an advantage. The degree of the advantage doesn’t/shouldn’t matter if you deliberately break rules, then lie about it.

  54. If only they had done some scientific tests…oh….never mind.

    Well maybe it was a rogue equipment guy…oh the text messages…

    At least Tom and the Patriots worked well with investigators…oh shoot..

  55. “They have no hard evidence against the pats”
    really,since the balls contained less air than normal balls after being tested and since the balls never left the Pats possession the balls themselves are the evidence the Pats organization cheated.it doesnt have to be the coach or the QB who deflated them but it was an employee working and being paid by the Pats that did it and it was impossible for Brady not to have felt the more flaccid state of the balls when he gripped them making it a certainty he knew something illegal was going on.

  56. Every Super Bowl that New England has “won”should have an asterisk beside it.As far as Kraft goes he should be fined heavily!

  57. A dad speaking out for his son and not thinking he did anything wrong?
    Wow! Stop the presses. What a shocker!

  58. kcchefs58
    May 6, 2015, 4:51 PM EDT
    c9zz says:
    May 6, 2015 4:39 PM
    Ok haters, explain the second half of the Colts game….. Oh yeh, it was a little lopsided in the scoring department. Please step up and give an explanation for that… or shut up.

    Or Brady lighting up the fourth quarter against Seattle
    Oh wait I guess he cheated

  59. Well I can kind of understand his anger.

    One day he is Tom brady’s dad…four time sb champ and greatest qb’s of all time. He must’ve felt very important at the country club, playing rounds with the movers and shakers of the community….for what his SON accomplished.

    The next day his son is the biggest lying cheater on the planet and everyone hates him. Oh and you are the dad that taught him those morals so people hate you now too.

    At this point it’s the brady vs the world In his eyes.

  60. Those that are quoting the facts have the asinine pats fans calling them ‘haters’ while they point at other games. Lol.

    One game at a time.

    This is about the Ravens game. Now the Colts D wasn’t good — but I do recall them warning the Ravens I believe it was about deflated balls. It’s not far-fetched to think or have suspicions that Belicheat spied out their game plan. It’s part of his ‘legacy’ to do so. Once a cheater…

    One game at a time. It’s a fact Brady & company cheated. And lied.

  61. sambaughslingers says:
    May 6, 2015 4:06 PM

    If it was a real issue, wouldn’t they have logged the PSI of all balls before the game?

    If it was a real issue, shouldn’t the Colts also be in trouble for some of their balls being below proper PSI?
    ——————————————————
    Read the effing report, the Colts balls were within NFL specs.

  62. “It should be noted that Brady refused to give up his phone for evaluation, as did kicker Stephen Gostkowski.”

    In Greg Hardy’s 10 GAME SUSPENSION it was proclaimed by the NFL part of the reason for the length of 10 games was because of Hardy not being forthcoming…

    Well Rodger?

  63. “the league obviously has a vested interest in the appearance of integrity, which is why this thing dragged on so long.”

    This has nothing to do with the appearance of integrity. This has everything to do with the league covering its own backside. Their executives carried out a sting operation that appears to have been a rogue operation. Their staff sold balls that were suppose to go to charity. The NFL rules don’t makes sense given the affect of temperature on pressure. The league gave teams the opportunity to have their own balls and to doctor them to suit their whim. A number of players have admitted to doctoring balls. For some reason, the NFL wants to single out Brady and the Patriots for discipline.

  64. c9zz says:
    May 6, 2015 4:39 PM

    Ok haters, explain the second half of the Colts game….. Oh yeh, it was a little lopsided in the scoring department. Please step up and give an explanation for that… or shut up.
    —————————————————–
    Mr zz, wake up, no one is saying the Colts would of won that game and yes they were outplayed buttttt, it is proven now that the Pats have been doing this for some time and that brings into ? all those close playoff games that the Pats were in, how much did their cheating help with their *win.

  65. LMAO people just want Brady gone so there team can actually have a chance in the playoffs

  66. Big deal. I say let all the QBs select the ball pressure they prefer (within a wide range). This whole thing has become a witch hunt.

    Big deal.

  67. Kudos to Mr. Brady. This is nothing but a big bag of nothing and a Witch Hunt. He’s dead right and I’m glad he’s speaking out strongly about it.

  68. Bradys been deflating balls for years and he just got caught now. Its not about games like the colts, its about all the questionable games in the playoffs and sb his team could have lost by not playing within the rules. The guys a liar and cheater and pats fans need to own up to the truth. Bottomline-****

  69. Hey Pops, your son may be on of the best QBs pro football has ever seen, but guess what? Brady and the organization he is a part of lack any sense of character and integrity and that is the most important aspect of their entire resume covering the last decade or more. It outweighs titles and wins.

  70. Mr. Brady – How’s it feel to know your son has been convicted of CHEATING???

    The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

  71. I’m no fan of the New England Taints, but to say that it’s a stretch that a high profile sports player would be targeted is a stretch in itself.

    If he holds and espouses political beliefs beyond that which are considered mainstream, just about the easiest thing you could do to destroy his political credibility in the eyes of millions is to frame him for being a cheater.

    Not saying this happened, but to shrug it off like it couldn’t possibly happen probably makes it more likely that it would happen.

  72. Dad, blame Yo’ self! You should have taught your son it’s wrong to CHEAT.

    Talk about a poor cover UP! Text messages between employees busy doing Brady’s dirty work and resentful of him….There’s trouble in the NE house tonight!

    What’s amazing is, even after proof of NE being caught cheating there fans are still here trying to justify their QB’s actions by pointing the finger to the rest of the league as if cheating is okay because others do it to! Unreal!

  73. some how I see a real set of lawsuits on the horizon. How many billions are at stake. If My Name was dragged down on suspicion I would be hiring a super slick lawyer or 2 and start subpoenas on the league, goodell, amd wells emails and phones. And I would do it fast.
    What if Brady has desires to get into politics?
    Awfull hard if his rep is damaged on a hunch.
    Hard proof or nothing.

  74. Maybe these guys gotta study the rule book and figure it out.

  75. I guess that’s where Tom got his enormous ego from. Even with today’s damning evidence he’s still sticking to the same BS story his son has been peddling.

  76. thecloudofdust says:
    May 6, 2015 4:05 PM
    Noncooperation is just another form of their cheating, and another stain..

    So for all the chowderheads who will try and reverse the spin and downplay this, after they come out of hiding of course, let’s be clear::

    YOU “WON” 4 RINGS BY A GRAND TOTAL OF 12PTS, YES THATS RIGHT, 4 RINGS BY A GRAND EFFING TOTAL OF 12PTS, WHILE CHEATING AT SEEMINGLY EVERY TURN.

    YOUR TEAM AND ENTIRE FANBASE ARE AN EMBARRASSMENT TO FOOTBALL. THE WHOLE FRANCHISE SHOULD BE CONTRACTED IN FAVOR OF AN EXPANSION TEAM, AND ALL TROPHIES FORFEITED AND TURNED OVER. FURTHERMORE, YOU SUCKthecloudofdust

    _

    Who are you yelling at? The Patriots? You think any of them read this?

  77. Hey there Tom Sr. You did a fine job raising that boy right. Teaching him right from wrong, all about fair play and how to turn scumbag on people who did your bidding. Or did he get that from his mom?

  78. Google Exponent Inc., who the NFL hired to do the science testing.

    You will find some say this company tends to deliver to clients the reports they need. I just read that they have argued that second hand smoke doesn’t cause cancer. Search it yourself.

    Maybe Tom’s dad is right on the money.

  79. Ugh, look at that picture. Seems like the douche apple doesn’t fall too far from the douche tree.

  80. To paraphrase Mark Twain, “I am convinced. I couldn’t feel more satisfied and at rest if the entire Brady family had testified.”

  81. Why does the NFL allow Brady to withhold his text messages? Why not tell him, “you don’t play again until we see your phone records?”

    The criticism of the NFL on the Ray Rice thing is that they should have demanded the elevator video from Rice’s lawyers and reviewed it before deciding punishment? Why not the same obligation to demand Brady’s phone records?

  82. Did he declare it from the country club estate his son bought him or from the retirement mansion in the Caribbean his son bought him?

  83. Maybe it’s just me, but having grown up in New England (haven’t lived there in over 11 years – in NC now), when I read those texts, I infer sarcasm for which New Englanders are known. Given that the texts seem to start after a game against the Jets where the balls were determined to have been way overinflated (16 psi?), the sarcasm seems to fit.

    Honestly, I’ll take New England Sarcasm over Phony “Southern Charm” anyday…

  84. While I have no problem with the father defending his son, in general, his comments are totally off base on two fronts:

    1) The report did not say it’s “possible.” It clearly said it’s more “PROBABLE” than not. Big Big difference. Most things are possible, even if only a 1% chance. More probable than not, means greater than 50% chance.

    2) This is not the criminal justice system. There is no ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ standard here. The NFL can use whatever burden of proof they want (within reason) to make a decision on an employee. “More likely than not” would seem quite defensible if they took action, combined with lack of full cooperation.

    I always get annoyed when people reference certain constitutional rights or certain criminal law standards, but have no idea what they’re talking about since they don’t apply to the situation at hand.

  85. Means a lot coming from a guy who still calls his 33- year- old-grown-man-son “Tommy.”

  86. People who whine about their rights in an employment context need to realize the cold, hard truth: You serve at the pleasure of your employer; once they consider you to be more trouble than you’re worth, you become expendable. No difference here, Daddy Brady.

  87. If investigation reveals that Brady conspired to deflate, or even knew about, and did not report same, then this is the NFL’s Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis moment – it’s equivalent to the Big Fix. Goodell and the NFL owners must terminate Brady’s career with lifetime banishment, to guarantee the future integrity of the League, just as Landis had to do in 1919, as he banished the White Sox fixers, even Shoeless Joe Jackson, who knew about the Fix, but failed to report it.

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