Don Yee explains Brady’s refusal to provide texts and email

AP

Perhaps the most glaring problem for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the Wells report comes not from anything Brady said but from the things he didn’t say. Specifically, his decision to refuse to provide his text messages and emails constitutes a failure to cooperate with an investigation and, per NFL rules, conduct detrimental to the league.

On Thursday night, agent Don Yee addressed the decision not to provide the information on CNN’s A360 with Anderson Cooper.

“Without really getting into my communications with my client — I have to observe attorney-client privilege — but if you’re in a situation when it comes to disciplinary process when you’re generally assigned guilt and asked to prove innocence,” Yee said. “That’s number one. Proving innocence is essentially proving a negative, if you proclaim innocence. And so that’s a very difficult situation to put yourself in.

“Second, with the text messages, the scope that they asked for is actually very, very wide. I probably should have made the letter public that we received from the NFL’s lawyers. But in any event, if we would have provided the phone or the text messages — you have to understand Tom is also a member of the union, the Commissioner’s office actually does not have any subpoena power. If a prominent player were to provide all of their private communications absent a subpoena, that sets a dangerous precedent for all players facing disciplinary measures.

“Finally, any information we would have provided, and the Wells investigative team did ask us to go through Tom’s phone on our own and provide them with information if we chose to go that route.  But as you might surmise if we would have chosen to go that route, any information we would have given them, they probably would have had skepticism about anyway.”

Regardless of whether the NFL presumed guilt or not, cooperation is mandatory.  Failure to cooperate constitutes conduct detrimental to the league. And if Brady were indeed innocent (as Yee reiterated), why not do everything possible to prove it?

Also, it’s misleading for Yee to rely on the lack of subpoena power. The NFL has absolute employment power over all players. Whatever it requests as part of its investigation, the NFL gets. If the NFL doesn’t get it, a separate basis for discipline arises.

The “dangerous precedent” to which Yee refers already has been set on countless occasions, when players facing discipline traveled to Manhattan to meet with the Commissioner despite the fact that the Commissioner lacks the subpoena power to force them to show up.

Lastly, the idea that Brady didn’t provide the requested information because the NFL “would have had skepticism anyway” is laughable. It doesn’t matter how the NFL reacts to it; Brady has an absolute duty as a player in the NFL — and the recipient of millions of dollars per year to be a player in the NFL — to cooperate. He failed to cooperate. And no amount of flimsy excuses from his agent is going to change that.

The reality remains that Brady opted to defy the league and guarantee additional discipline over providing the requested information. Which invites fair speculation over what exactly he is hiding on that phone.

263 responses to “Don Yee explains Brady’s refusal to provide texts and email

  1. Did anyone else notice the Wells Report states the NFL gives the Patriots balls at 16psi?

    Why would the NFL use illegal balls? Why would it be suspicious to have a deflator if the NFL consistently gives you illegal equipment?

  2. Listen to the interview that he did on NPR’s All Things Considered today.

    He actually comes out and says the NFL front office is full of haters that want Brady and the Patriots to fail.

    Seriously. He does. Go listen.

  3. First off, I think Brady is guilty. This part of the story is a non-issue. What texts would be on Brady’s phone that wouldn’t be on the other guys phones? Texting doesn’t work that way. If the ball boy was texting Tom those texts would have also been on the ball boys phone. Right?

  4. Yee is absolutely correct. Look no further than what the league did with the ball boy’s personal text messages to his mother that were included in the report for no other reason than to embarrass the guy.

  5. I wouldn’t give my cell phone to anyone else either, I’d rather have someone read my diary. Nobody should ever be turning over cell phones, if deflated footballs is the precedent set that could easily bleed into other non sporting areas, no thanks.

  6. He failed to cooperate bc the NFL HQ is runs by morons who cant be trusted, who hire other equally devious people to produce desired end results, all the while thinking they somehow protect the integrity of the game.

    Still laughing that the game official cited as very detailed and attentive somehow forgot to bring the balls out for second half.

  7. His smug arrogance and disregard for rules as an NFL employee will cause everyone to smirk whenever his name is mentioned among the greatest players in NFL history. This now renders questionable the legitimacy of AT LEAST one of the Pats’ SBs.

  8. Florio – you have good legal insight. I don’t agree with all you opinions but I do appreciate your legal perspective and knowledge.

  9. So an employer has a right to review any and all information that an employee possesses outside the scope of his job? Really you actually believe an employer can request and get an employee to provide his personal phone records?

    Read the report not sure if he’s guilty or not, but it looked like both teams was playing with balls inflated below the league minimum , what does that mean I’m not sure, I was left having to assume that the balls checked prior to the game were inflated properly .

    If this was a civil trial good luck trying to get a judgement with the evidence they collected.

  10. Don Yee explains Brady’s refusal to provide texts and email = Guilty conscience…

  11. Using the “dangerous precedent” for not providing your phone/text/email to show you had nothing to do with the systematic deflation of footballs or at least show there was no smoking gun present, is lame. To bad he hung the two equipment employees out to dry and even denied knowing the name and responsibilities of the one specific person who did the deflating.

    The more that others defend or speak on his behalf, the deeper the ditch he has to try and crawl out of becomes.

  12. In all this mess……I have one question……what about the colts punishment for having three out of four balls under inflated??

  13. If Only the NFL Protected Humans as Well as It Protects Footballs!!

    If only it had always cared as much about domestic violence and concussions as it does about protecting the integrity of its balls. Freaking hypocrites.

  14. Is it just me or is Tom Brady looking more and more like a washed up version of Kevin Bacon on the Following?

  15. All of this nonstop news over deflated footballs in the Colts game when the colts got ran all over and lost by 42….I can’t wait for the season to start. Tired of the lynch mob

  16. Suspend him already so we can stop hearing about this. Goodell will suspend, he will appeal, blah blah blah. Start the process asap so we can get it over with already. It changes nothing, they will still be super bowl chanps whether there is a foot note on their wikipage or not.

  17. Florio, if your boss at NBC requested you hand over your personal cellphone just because a coworker that doesn’t like you accused you of something, would you do it or tell your boss to fly a kite and get a job at another network? I don’t know about you, but there are things on my cellphone I don’t feel comfortable letting my boss see no matter the reason.

  18. The only people defending Brady are people directly affiliated with Patriots organization, fans, his agent, and his dad (which made me literally laugh out loud at that one).

    You don’t see an unbiased source coming to his aid because it’s clear as day: he’s wrong and he’s a cheater.

  19. The last paragraph says it all…DEFY the league..that is just what the Pats have done for many many years because they get away with it every time. If the “league” does not come down very hard on him and the Pats what kind of precident is that setting????
    Face of the NFL or not..he cheated, got caught (again) so he should face the punishment. If this was some back up or not so popular QB he would be suspended and fined already. Many other players and coaches have been suspended for far less then actually cheating the game and cheating the league. Make a statement with this crybaby and suspend him for atleast 6 games!! What the Saints did with the bounty gate was wrong but it sure wasn’t “cheating” and they got slammed pretty hard. Grow a sack Roger and do the right thing !!

  20. The best advice I’ve ever heard, is that when you’re in a hole that you dug yourself into, is to stop DIGGING!

    Yet the digging continues, by Brady and by his Agent. The reality is, is that if he truly were innocent as he has claimed, that he had NO KNOWLEDGE of anyone deflating balls – a position he’s made public HIMSELF that he preferred balls that were underinflated – then he should be cooperating FULLY, without hesitation and without fomenting the perception that he’s hiding something. The ONLY people who withhold evidence, who stonewall investigations or deny access to investigators, are 100% of the time, hiding something.

    We now know, for a FACT, that the balls were deflated by Patriots Staff. Are we to assume they did this on their own? This is what TB wants us to believe. That these “rogue” equipment attendants determined on their own, without instruction from ANYONE, that deflated balls were to Brady’s liking, by chance. We know there were autographed items given to said staff. Given TB’s public desire for lesser inflated balls, that is motive. Autographed items given to the proven violators of the rules provides them motivation to break the rules.

    The picture has been painted. Only those who willingly choose to ignore the big picture, can continue to deny what is glaringly and plainly clear to the unbiased and factually observant mind. Add to this, a past history of rules violations, and it becomes even more clear.

    Denial is not a river in Egypt Pats fans.

  21. I hope this story doesn’t drag on with you Florio as long as the Redskins name change has. Obvious bias is obvious.

  22. Not defending Brady, but no way I’d let someone go through my phone. They can say it would be confidential but I bet some how, some way, his personal information gets leaked for the media vultures to have a hay day with. The NFL says says the Wonderlic is confidential but every year the test results come out.

    Br*dy is guilty but he was screwed either way of whether or not to give up his phone and it’s information.

  23. This is the stupidest controversy. And I’m a Buccaneer fan so I have no dog in this fight.

    I’m glad the minicamps are starting so this will go away. Honestly, I get it, there are rules, but this didn’t affect one darn thing on the field.

  24. You’re no Montana Tom! You never were. And yes. Thank YOU cause now every time I look at a NFL site for the next 4 months I have to look at you and this story.

  25. Exactly what he is hiding on his phone is his own business. Are you saying that the hospital that employs me has the absolute right to compel me to turn my cell phone over to them because they are curious about its contents? This is not a criminal investigation. Get a grip.

  26. I don’t give Florio many compliments, but wow. Good job seeing through the BS. That law degree comes in handy sometimes.

  27. Heard enough. He knew. Should have just said that he likes the ball soft but didn’t at anytime suspect the balls were below league standards., that would have been a slap on the wrist.

    Now know for a certainty he lied. Likely Belicheat and others too. Suspend Brady for a year, Belicheat for 8 games,m, Kraft for 8 games. Fine the organization the maximum (2 million?). Fire all “likely involved” employees. Done.

  28. What harm could possibly come from the public getting access to your text messages?

    Regards,
    Brett Lorenzo Favre

  29. Cut the crap Yee. He’s busted. You’re making it so much worse. You’re turning apathy into full on raging anger.

  30. The real truth here is if you want to clear your name to one of the biggest scandals in sports you hand over your cell phone and emails.

    Tom shady didn’t and he also didn’t want to have anything to do with the investigation. Say what you want but this alone makes him guilty. Your obviously hiding something. Sorry tainted tom your a liar and cheater and always will be. Tainted rings.

  31. Blah blah blah blah. More probably Brady is guilty because he didn’t provide text messages. Huh? Who are you people

  32. 1 year suspension. Anything less is a disgrace. The NFL created this monster by sweeping Spygate under the rug. Now it’s time to right that wrong and this one at the same time. 1 year.

  33. Gotta ban him for cheating and obstructing which is in nfl policy for players.

    What, no Pats homers left on PFT this week?

    Love it.

  34. 6 Super Bowls GOAT. No matter what you haters think. You all wish he was your QB. Jelousy will get you nowhere in life.

  35. Here’s the thing that boggles my mind:

    The maximum penalty for tampering with game balls, which Brady cleared caused to occur, is a fine of $25,000. All he had to do to avoid this entire soap opera was step up and say “Yeah, I had the balls deflated. So, where do I send the check?” That would have been the end of it. Instead, he made a mountain out of a molehill by lying about it, and now he’s facing an almost certain suspension because he handled the situation like a total bonehead…

  36. lol at the pats fans who are too lazy to read the Wells Report. The Colts footballs (they tested 4) were properly inflated on one of the two gauges they used to test the balls. On BOTH gauges EVERY SINGLE PATRIOT ball was below.

    They NFL gave you the benefit of the doubt and you failed, then you lied and didn’t fully cooperate.

    1 year for Brady, 4 games for Bill (ignorance was no excuse for Sean Payton), and Make Kraft apologize to the other owners.

    It’s not like this was the first time the Pats cheated and i am not even talking about spygate. Early in the Wells Report they sited improper handling of balls in a different game.(practice balls made it into a rainy game in 2004 and the pats blamed the ball boys lol).

    Serial cheating and lying is the Patriot way

  37. Never mind that when the NFL a has actuall attempted to impose additional discipline due to noncompliance, they lose at their ow arbitration or in US District Court.

    So again, Florio: Where does the CBA say that a player must submit completely to the demands of an investigation. Put your degree to wor for once.

  38. This has gotten way out of control. What right does the NFL have as an employer to take possession of an employee’s(Tom Brady) personal electronic device? If he violated league rules and standards then just punish him. It seems that it has already been determined that he is guilty and they didn’t need his phone anyway.

  39. The Patriots cheat, that’s been confirmed. We now know Brady was involved in cheating. Now that we’ve established we have a cheat on a team that encourages cheating, is it too much of a stretch to wonder what other cheating Brady documented in his text messages?

  40. A lot of people seem to be missing the obvious. Tom was NOT asked to just hand over his cell phone. The NFL asked Tom & his lawyer to look through the cell phone and then hand over anything of relevance. They declined. This isn’t some huge invasion. The NFL wasn’t trying to snoop through everything. The NFL was going to let TOM HIMSELF look through his own records and turn things over.

    There isn’t a good reason to decline THAT request.

  41. Brady further tarnished the Pats reputation–hard as that is to do, it’s already pretty tarnished–all to win a game they ended up winning by a landslide.

    There’s an old saying: never commit a felony to cover up a misdemeanor.

    But obfuscating and refusing to cooperate, he’s turned a minor infraction into an ugly * on yet another “championship.”

    No one will ever take this team truly serious in any historic context…and they have no one to blame but TOM BRADY.

  42. the way the league leaks like a sieve , i don’t blame brady for not turning out his personally information to these monkeys .

  43. Please, this is gettig old. I hear the term “Preparing the Balls” used by teams. This leads me to beleive that everyone does something. Why won’t the league just handle the balls? 2 games max, I can’t see this being worse than PED’s. A first PED violation results in no suspension, a second get you 4 games. Bad offficiating has a bigger impact on games than a soft football.

  44. Here’s a question for all you Patriot/Tom Brady haters. If an under inflated football is such an advantage, why did Andrew Luck have his footballs inflated to 13 pounds and not the legal allowable low limit? To make it extra extra hard to beat the Patriots?

  45. Brady’s contact is collectively bargained between the NFL and the nflpa.

    Let’s not forget Brady was one of ten players to file a class action suit against the NFL during the lockout. You don’t think godell remembers that? You don’t think that was on his mind when he was figuring out what he wanted in the report he paid for?

  46. Booo hooo on the personal text and embarrassment :: if you aren’t in the middle of an investigation then you have nothing to worry about

  47. I’m actually offended by how Yee responded tonight. I’m just a regular fan, so my opinion doesn’t count among the billionaires and power structure within the NFL. But if they asked me, I’d have to say that Brady deserves a 1 year ban. Belicheck deserves a lifetime ban for presiding over an extended culture of cheating. And I’d force Kraft to sell the franchise, because, as he has demonstrated during his ownership, integrity of the game means nothing.

  48. “Proving innocence is essentially proving a negative.”
    ?????????
    Only to someone guilty of doing something wrong or illegal.
    But then,one only has to look at Brady’s face in January to know he was doing something wrong or illegal.

  49. I found a part of the report quite interesting about the balls being at 16 psi for the jets game… How is that possible if his guys are deflating them? Sounds to me the refs over inflated the balls when they checked them….was a faulty gauge provided to the refs by the Jets? Brady still played with it over inflated & won but wasn’t happy about it…. Where is the accountability for the refs on the overinflated balls… After all that’s illegal as well!!
    Think of ALL the games that have been played & how many times the refs touch the balls….I find it extreemly odd that THEY can’t tell a ball is a tiny bit out of regulation so how is it that the QB is suppose to know especially if he likes them on the soft side of the spectrum??!! The Ball that was 16 psi would be easy to tell for a QB that likes them soft yet he still played the game with it….
    Maybe after that game Brady told his guys to have a needle to get them down to 12.5 psi where he likes them while they are prepped for inspection & nothing more…
    I do believe EVERY QB, like Brady, has a preference to how they like the ball that goes far beyond the psi in it like scruffing it up & getting the slippery grip of a new ball to feel better to hold onto…Manning lobbied with Brady for that exact same thing….this report has many gray areas in it…. I really believe the NFL jacked this investigation up about as bad as it could be…..I for one am really looking forward to hearing what Brady has to say when he speaks…
    Also, one last thing, they said 12 balls could be deflated in 1 mi 40 secs so how come they couldn’t gage 24 balls in 15 minutes & only checked 4 Colts balls due to running out of time…that sounds odd to me as well especially since they knew what they planned to do at halftime in the first place, how is that not raven factored in??

  50. Don’t mess with the integrity of the game, Goodell has come down hard for people that just MAKE the league look bad such as Greg Hardy, Justin Blackmon, and Josh Gordon.

    What Brady and his “friends” he bribed have done regardless of how big or small you feel it is. Has happened numerous times. This is not a holding flag or something that comes up on a drive. This is something he did to try to give himself an advantage over the course 50plus plays each game, and tinkering with the ON FIELD product.

    He deserves an 8 game suspension, especially after teams were warned via memo after the Car. Minn game. but apparently Brady feels he is “above the law”

  51. Brady should get a one year suspension, so should Bill Belichick, for “lack on institutional control”. The suspension of Brady should be reduced to eight games IF he now provides ALL of his communications during the time period to the NFL, without his attorney having a chance to review it ahead of time, AND if he admits to his involvement in the conspiracy.

    Anything less is a complete travesty.

  52. Another Don by the name of Shula says to roll up the Wells Report and stick it where the sun don’t shine Yee. Shula thinks the Patriots are all full of BS.

  53. Brady’s agent is as smart as a mushroom if he expects people to believe his nonsense.

  54. oddte says:
    May 7, 2015 11:39 PM
    First off, I think Brady is guilty. This part of the story is a non-issue. What texts would be on Brady’s phone that wouldn’t be on the other guys phones? Texting doesn’t work that way. If the ball boy was texting Tom those texts would have also been on the ball boys phone. Right?

    46 9

    They did get those texts from the ball boy. I am wondering if there were texts that could have implicated BB on TB’s phone. I am not that concerned with deflated footballs but am concerned with how it seems TB went about getting them deflated and if BB knew as well, we watched them both lie about it to our faces. I think they both should get a year even if BB didn’t know anything because we all know ignorance is not an excuse.

  55. I am not a Brady or a Pats fan and I happen to think there is enough evidence in the Wells report to implicate “the Pats” and Brady of deliberately circumventing the rules and of lying; however, Yee has a good point. what exactly would a request for Brady’s email and texts look like? “Give me access to ALL the texts on your phone and e-mails on your computer? Don’t worry, we’ll ignore any we deem irrelevant to our investigation?” That is a huge invasion of privacy, and goes beyond “cooperation with the investigation.” They aren’t asking to look at his company phone or computer, where he has no expectation of privacy. i’m now even questioning how they got those texts from the Two other employees.

  56. Publicly give Brady a choice: a two game suspension and the Pats 2014 season, including the SB, vacated or at minimum a two year ban for Brady and permanent exclusion to the Hall of Fame. Think he’ll take that bullet for the team? Force Goodell’s puppet master Kraft to either publicly admit his team cheated or lose the first and second round picks for the next decade. Think he’d humble himself publicly or give in to his ago and cripple the team? Give these guys impossible choices and let them show their real faces. Will that take one for the team or are they really that arrogant and self-centered?

    Why? Cause that’d be fun to watch. It’d be endless entertainment watching Kraft and the Patriots cultists squirm wondering if their hero (lol) will save his name and career by throwing them under the bus like he did to the guy he called The Deflator. For that matter, squirming as they wonder whether Kraft cares more about them than his ego. You couldn’t plan out greater entertainment. Have them choose in prime-time on one of the networks (not you ESPN because you suck and don’t deserve nice things.) Let Goodell pick, does he do right by the owners buy taking the millions in ad money and making an example of those who’d cheat to win or will he prove once and for all that’s he’s just as dirty by putting doing favors for friends above doing what’s best for the NFL.

    Let’s get sadistic with it.

  57. I got alot of respect for the pats and TB. but, this total denial is really trying my faith. there is a big fat stinking liar involved in this and when the hammer comes down i hope its very very hard.

  58. from Alice in Wonderland:

    Queen of Hearts: [stomps on reading glasses] Now look what you’ve done! You clumsy club! Off with his head!
    Club: [as he’s dragged off] N- Nononono! No!
    King of Hearts: Bring him back… Tomorrow she’ll’ve forgotten she killed him.

    Me: off with his head…

  59. Brady will never get into football HOF…just like ARod and Bonds won’t get in Baseball HOF. Not given the present selection process and the need to get 80%

  60. There are so many leaps taken in the report that it seems obvious Wells had his mind made up before the investigation. Let’s recap the facts of the report as it relates to Brady:

    1 – Brady was upset that balls were inflated by officials over the legal limit.

    2 – Brady wanted to ensure that balls were not over the limit but were at the low end of the permitted range.

    3 – Brady gave autographed memorabilia to the person who spent hours upon hours preparing the balls the way he liked them.

    Here are just a few things unanswered by the report:

    1 – did Brady give autographed memorabilia to other Pats staff members?

    2 – was there ever any indication that Brady preferred footballs below the legal limit?

    3 – if this was a repeated occurrence as the Colts claim, how did the Pats manage to do this when all of the referees said that the ball management aspects were a complete aberration from normal protocol (and the game it arose from was in Indy, not NE)?

    Overall the texts read as hostile towards Brady if anything so it seems a far stretch to assume Brady’s complicity unless that’s what you want to infer. I do think something improper went on but it seems far more likely that McNally was trying to ensure the balls weren’t over inflated than the hypothesis that he deflated balls to wildly varying PSIs.

  61. Funny how everybody wants to fight Brady’s battle (Dad, agent, attorney, etc.) except Brady.

    Come on Tammi, it’s time to stand up and act like a man!

  62. Taking away the discussion of the guilt or innocence of Tom Brady, I see no reason why he should have to turn over his personal cell phone or emails from his personal accounts.

    If the cell phone had been provided by the Patriots or the email being used was a company email, I would agree he would have to turn it over. That is company property and would be subject to a search at any time.

    But after all the stuff that leaked out between the AFC Championship game and the Super Bowl, I would not trust the discretion of anyone associated with the NFL headquarters.

  63. Let me make sure I have this right.

    Both the Pats and the Colts had under inflated balls for the AFCCG. The Pats had to produce 11 but the Colts only had to produce 4.

    The investigation team interviewed numerous people at the Patriot facility, talked to some friends of Patriot employees, and requested the cellphones of not only the equipment guys – but the franchise multi-millionaire jet setting QB.

    Nowhere in this report does it say the same level of investigation into the Colts deflated balls took place. Probably because it didn’t. Did Andrew Luck and his ball handlers cough up their cellphones?

    The media, the Colts, Wells, and the NFL want us to believe this isn’t a witch hunt?

    Okayyyyyyyyyy

  64. In his place of business Tom elected to break the rules. Breaking the rules , lets say stealing in a place of employment is grounds for termination if your like most of us. At times an employer will state if your caught, did you do this? If one comes clean they may get a second chance with perhaps a 90 day probation. If that employee lies and states thier innocent and then are proven otherwise , termination. It’s not the act but the lie of the act which is most troublesome here. Bill Clinton was impeached because he lied , NOT because he was fooling around on his wife in the oval office. Tom is and always will be considered a cheat by most people and his statement today (which he considered a joke) was a JOKE!

  65. Newsflash. NFL didn’t ask Brady to turn over his phone, merely provide certain data that is on it.

    “Finally, any information we would have provided, and the Wells investigative team did ask us to go through Tom’s phone on our own and provide them with information if we chose to go that route.”
    Yee

  66. Another point….
    The the term deflator could be the term the 2 guys jokingly gave themselves in regards to taking normally inflated balls that are NEW & how they come out of the box down to the 12.5 Psi that Brady likes & expected to have his guys set them at for the refs to check & approve in addition to scuffing them up with sand paper or whatever the guys use to get them more tacky as opposed to being so slick like new balls ALWAYS are… I really wonder strongly about the context of how the texts may have been interpreted & used in the report as to how they may truly meant to sound as a couple of employees just razzing each other ……
    It’s also my understanding Brady has been known for years to be very gracious & generous to staffers & stadium workers that make minimal wages & give tips & gifts (like autographed balls/jerseys/or Uggs) as it’s fairly common protocol of long established players as “thank-you’s” for there patronage & services out of respect & because he knows they work hard & it’s just the act of a quality person whom has the ability to pay it forward & yes, I’m sure cash is even given as a bonus or tip from time to time( he’s only a multi-millionaire)…. I mean he gives all his teammates Uggs & takes them to dinner. & has them over his house & buys the O-linemen gifts for protecting him so well….so I really struggle with the text messages between the guys.. Just sayin’

  67. Thumb: Yeah, I noticed. It’s an indication of how low the so-called “journalism” profession has sunk that it has not, or that it at least fails to grasp the significance of that fact. Mostly, I suspect, this is what one inevitably gets when one’s employer is in bed with other powerful interests. They “tailor” their coverage to suit the demands of their employers. Might as well be a mob lawyer.

  68. No Patriots fan, but this hardly seems like a capital offense. How is this different, really, than John Madden soaking the field to slow a team that was faster than his down? Don’t think Madden’s legacy is burdened by that.

  69. Steelbreeze, that’s exactly right. For instance, only fools carry theirs through a border checkpoint. Buy one at the other end, use a drop box to communicate it to those who need the new number. When you’re done, dispose of it; if it’s clean of compromising information, use a commercial wiping program. Otherwise, take a hammer to it.

  70. Tom Brady could basically bomb an orphanage and Pats fans would fanatically defend him. “I’m sure Tommy had a good reason. Stop hating on him! Four rings!!”

  71. Dear Mr Yee,

    You are doing the job that Tom Brady pays you to do, just like John Jastremski and Jim McNally.

    That is all.

  72. Sean Payton had an email account that only his assistant checked. We see how well turning over emails and generally cooperating turned out for SP.

    By the way, will Bill B. Get suspended a year because he “Shoukd have known” like Sean Payton did?

    The precedent was set with the trumped up “bountygate” which had loads of bogus and exaggerated evidence. Remember, they had the “video” of players talking on field and suspended the wrong player? Silly stuff like that. I can’t blame Brady for not cooperating…just think of what happens when you do!

  73. Proving innocence is essentially proving a negative, if you proclaim innocence. And so that’s a very difficult situation to put yourself in.

    It’s even tougher when you’re already guilty and trying to cover it up…

  74. Since everyone wants to take the Pats Super Bowls, we should probably take away Jerry Rice’s awards too. Oh and probably add Rodgers MVP and super bowl trophy. Cause he said on tape how he likes his footballs. I’m a giants fan and I hate the it’s, but this story is ridiculous. Every team cheats or has cheated at some point. I can almost promise that every team has someone juicing on their team. I don’t know about you but I would rather play with a softer ball than some one juicing.

  75. Mike, you wrote:
    The “dangerous precedent” to which Yee refers already has been sent [“set”?] on countless occasions, when players facing discipline traveled to Manhattan to meet with the Commissioner

    Meeting with investigators (or the Commish) was not the precedent Yee was talking about. It was just the turning over of the cell phone records and texts. You said as much earlier in your story. Brady met with the investigators in person for hours, answering their questions. Not clamming up. Why didn’t you mention that in your article?

    The investigators had all of the relevant texts from Brady via the cell phones of the two equipment guys. Between that and the hours of Brady’s in-person testimony, what more could the NFL discover from TB’s phone data?

  76. The Commissioner is a Joke, and Troy Vincent is a laughable clown, it just proves the NFL is a CIRCUS.

  77. Tuck Rule, Spygate, Deflategate……how many more scandals can one team be involved with for over decade and not be determined in a bad light like this team ???

    If the Saints can lose a whole season without a coach and turmoil WHY CAN’T THIS TEAM ???

    No wonder this team gets bad publicity and Brady can say all he wants but it shouldn’t deter the NFL from coming down HARD on this team starting with the owner, coach, and QB

    It’s up to you now Troy Vincent, do what’s right for the (ahem) the integrity of this league and sport

  78. What a fall from grace for Tom Brady. There is just no other way sugar coat this. This will be part of his legacy now and that is a shame.

  79. Tom threw those two ordinary employees that did his dirty deeds under the bus.

    A rat, a cheater, and a complete fraud.

    This will be his legacy. Going out like a little biatch.

  80. He’s not in any trouble. The Patriots get only slap on the wrist fines while anyone else would be suspended for year.

  81. this league drags stuff out far to long. Ban him for a year and lets move on.

  82. One question…. Who pays for the phone bill? Since Verizon is a huge sponsor of the NFL, does Tom receive an NFL employee phone? If so, technically that phone, that detailed bill, all belong to the NFL. So they can pull it if they please.

  83. hlna55 says:
    May 7, 2015 11:59 PM
    You’re no Montana Tom! You never were. And yes. Thank YOU cause now every time I look at a NFL site for the next 4 months I have to look at you and this story.

    We know, he’s BETTER!

  84. Yee, Mr. Faux outrage that the league didn’t inform the Pat’s they were in his words “running a sting operation and didn’t inform the Pat’s or his client.

    Hey Yee, did the Pat’s or your client inform the Colts they were using deflated footballs?

    What a lame defense. Facts have been revealed Brady knew, and after getting caught Brady lied. Why did Brady lie? So as not to risk being suspended for what? The SB 2 weeks after the offense. Brady in no way wanted to risk being suspended for the SB, so Brady went before all the cameras, before the world, and he lied saying he had zero knowledge of anything.

    So, what’s it say now NFL that you have a premier QB in the league that knowingly cheated in the AFC Championship game, and when caught lied about it and then, instead of being penalized was rewarded to the SB after he knowingly cheated to get there? Those are the facts.

    Tainted championship much? Now cue the offensive NE fan base to come to Brady’s defense with more Yee mumbo jumbo in 3-2-1…

  85. Stay tuned for TapeGate:

    Sidney Crosby put way too much tape on his blade which is why he has all this time been the top point scorer in the NHL as well.

    Seriously, this has gone beyond absurd to a point where as a football fan I’m becoming embarrassed.

    As a Pats fan, I’m obviously hoping for the best, and whatever happens, happens. Pats/Brady/Belichick haters are enjoying this which is obviously understanding. Why wouldn’t you love to see this stuff? But any true general football fan knows that Brady is one of the best all-time to play this game.

    And to my point, Goddell really is to blame for all of this without reasonable doubt. This guy has made this into a tabloid that I feel like I would see if I looked on the front page of Us Weekly. Any true commish would have nipped this in the rear a very, very long time ago. This is going to be a long, long, long summer.

  86. As Edward Snowdon said in Citizen Four, “I would never leave an electronic device in a room by itself.” Now take that into context, he’s talking about an empty room, much less giving it to someone to go through. It’s called privacy, and sense this isn’t a crime, he’s not forced to do anything. Not a Pats fan, but o would never give my phone to anyone to go through, because it’s MY phone. And to think he’s guilty just because he refused to cooperate in breaking his rights is ludicrous

  87. steelbreeze676 says:
    May 7, 2015 11:43 PM
    I wouldn’t give my cell phone to anyone else either, I’d rather have someone read my diary. Nobody should ever be turning over cell phones, if deflated footballs is the precedent set that could easily bleed into other non sporting areas, no thanks.
    *********************
    Corporate security can legally demand that he turn over that cell phone.
    I’ve seen it done before.

  88. “was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities”

    Despite a flawed and biased investigation and report that took four months, Brady is not found to have done anything other than be “generally aware” of “inappropriate activities”.

    He was not found to break or violate any league rule.

  89. It’s true, Wells could get the texts from the ball boys (who he didn’t know?), but maybe there were other texts to other people higher up in the organization.

  90. Tom Brady is the Hillary Clinton of the NFL. He’s entitled, rules apply to everyone but him, arrogant, pathological liar.

  91. At what point in time do the other owners of the league grow a pair, stand up and tell Kraft that the Patriots’ under his ownership are severely damaging the league? That if he doesn’t clean up the team’s reputation, that they want him to sell the team?

  92. Sure suspend him

    Two things should then happen

    CBS gets a rebate on what they pay the NFL as ratings for their nationally televised games plummet

    And

    Brady sued the NFL for defamation of character, in court we will see how the NFL will prove to a jury their evidence shows Brady was involved.

    Do it, it will be great.

  93. Doesn’t matter. Garapolo is still the best QB in the division and there is no way they lose to the Steekers or Bills the first2 games even if Brady is out

  94. I dont blame Brady for not giving the NFL his phone. The content of the messages is a different story pertaining to this issue.

    Personally i dont think reducing the pressure on the ball made a difference in Bradys performance. See 2nd Half v Colts and Super Bowl for factual evidence. That said, it did violate a dumb rule. If it doesnt affect performance, why is the rule even in place?

    Also, this investigations language is a joke, more than probably, generally knew is wishy washy and far from definitive proof.

    Lastly, if there is a punishment, and of course Goodell will most likely screw it up as usual. If you are doling out suspensions for things that have nothing to do with the actual game a 10 game suspension, then the penalty must be more severe than 10 games.

    Goodell will screw it up. That will be a fact

  95. Regardless of whether the NFL presumed guilt or not, cooperation is mandatory. Failure to cooperate constitutes conduct detrimental to the league. And if Brady were indeed innocent (as Yee reiterated), why not do everything possible to prove it?
    ============

    This sounds like an official press release from the 1980’s released by the government of the Soviet Union.

  96. Florio, if your boss at NBC requested you hand over your personal cellphone
    *****

    Is this just a random hypothetical? Because that’s not what the investigators did

  97. It’s very easy for us nobodies to say we’d hand over our phones, but we’re not Tom Brady. Cooperation may be mandatory, but handing over that amount of personal and private information when you’re an international celebrity is an entirely different thing. It’s arrogant and intrusive of Wells to make such a big deal out of it.

    Especially…and this is a key point that we should all remember…especially considering the number of (all anti-Patriot) leaks that were coming out of the NFL offices from day one.

    Why in the world would Brady trust those buffoons with his private information?

    If Wells wants to get all pouty about TB not wanting to acquiesce to his every command and ding him for it in the report, how about explaining why only 4 of the Colts’ balls were tested at halftime, and 3 of 4 were below league standards as well, but they will receive no punishment?

  98. hlna55 says:
    May 7, 2015 11:59 PM
    You’re no Montana Tom! You never were. And yes. Thank YOU cause now every time I look at a NFL site for the next 4 months I have to look at you and this story.
    _

    Exactly why the league should have contacted the Patriots first and told them of the Colts accusations. This is bad for everyone, league included. Should have been handled internally.

  99. Brady is the best that has ever played. The carving up of the supposedly great Seahawks D in the 4th quarter of the SB was legendary.

    U hate us cuz u ain’t us!

    Kiss the rings suckers!!!

  100. “Without really getting into my communications with my client — I have to observe attorney-client privilege”
    **********************
    Dang Yee, quite a convoluted explanation for leaking what you think helps your case, but conceals or insulates your client from the same scrutiny leveled against all players involved in employment disciplinary actions.

    Maybe you should stop helping sir. Everybody can see that Tom was defiant and continues to thumb his nose at the NFL and most of the sane world.

  101. All of this mess for a rule violation that comes with a $25k fine. If Brady or the Patriots get anything more then it is clear the NFL and Goodell’s cronnies in the league office have an anti-Patriots agenda.

  102. The league already had the texts from Brady to the equipment guys. My thinking is they didn’t give up Brady’s phone because they didn’t want to disclose the texts to Brady to Kraft and Belichick.

  103. Brady is guilty either way. If he turns over his phone then he exposes the Pats to all of there cheating ways. If he doesn’t then they only expose him to Deflategate. It doesn’t make even make sense how handing Brady’s phone over could prove innocence.

  104. — you have to understand Tom is also a member of the union, the Commissioner’s office actually does not have any subpoena power. If a prominent player were to provide all of their private communications absent a subpoena, that sets a dangerous precedent for all players facing disciplinary measures.

    ———————–

    That’s pretty funny. They can’t make us cooperate so we won’t but we’re innocent. We can’t show you we’re innocent because it would set a bad precedent.

    Despite what some readers believe, the league did not ask for him to hand over his phone. The league asked that his lawyer hand over all relevant texts and emails.

    That was refused. As long as the patriots fans who blindly support him are allowed to have a shred of doubt, they will refuse to believe. That is what this is all about.

    The lawyer’s statement was full of backhanded statements aimed at the league but nothing in the way of a real defense.

    Also, if your employer believes that you have pertinent information on our cell phone regarding an internal investigation, they do have the right to ask for the relevant information on it or to terminate you with cause for not cooperating with the investigation. You also have the right to quit.

  105. Suspension for a year, suspension for 6 games I read these comments and just laugh, you people are delusional haters. In the rule books it is a $25k fine, every team does it, but it’s the Patriots so it get’s completely blow out of proportion and people lose their minds. For all of you people on here with mediocore franchises with over paid QB’s and coaches that can’t bring the best out of the BEST players you would take the Belichik/Brady combination in a minute and so wouldn’t your owners.

  106. If I am Tom Brady, I would never hand my phone over to anyone willingly. In today’s overly-sensitive culture I’d surmise that even the golden boy has many things on that phone that could get him in trouble with the court of public opinion. It only takes one innocent “hahaha” reply to a friends off-colored joke to be forever deemed a racist or bigot.

  107. The NFL shouldn’t go through anyone’s phone unless it’s an emergency life situation. This is sad that we’re losing one of our biggest stars, but he shouldn’t have cheated. He wanted an unfair advantage. It’s just as much a character issue as it is a competitive issue. Maybe even more.

  108. Greatest qb ever does what he wants when he wants.

    Do you have any idea how hard it is to dominate and win this 4th Super Bowl playing against a stacked deck?

    We are lucky the refs were so shocked on the Butler play that they forgot to throw a flag.

    This shady league anti-Pats bias became quite obvious starting in the 06 AFCCG. You know, the one where a penalty that didn’t exist was called on the Pats.

    Kiss the rings and keep on crying you little girls.

  109. mtrhead269 says:
    May 7, 2015 11:45 PM
    So an employer has a right to review any and all information that an employee possesses outside the scope of his job? Really you actually believe an employer can request and get an employee to provide his personal phone records?

    ————————————-

    First, the information requested is not out of the scope of his job. It is directly related to his job.

    Second, yes, the employer may request the information. It is up to the employee whether to provide it or not. If the employee refuses the employer is free to look at that refusal in a negative light and proceed accordingly.

  110. The more this frame job is analyzed the worse the league looks. Making demands of individuals to which anyone would decline, leaking false info without retracting, allowing the championship game to be used as a personal sting operation, all show the need for a complete overhaul of the leadership. The incompetence of this group of insiders will continue to cause trouble in a time when social media magnifies every move they make.

  111. He needs to take his lumps and then he and Belichick should concentrate on winning their first LEGITIMATE Super Bowl.

  112. If you didnt do anything wrong- then there is no worry. Period. If my g/f wants to go thru my phone, she can b/c i have NOTHING to hide. AND the investigator said Tom Brady’s counsel can oversee every aspect of the txts and emails to make sure anything outside of deflate talk was not taken. Maybe tommy has txt’s to bill, or ppl outside of the two ball boys. If it could incriminate other ppl, then yea, hide it. But no innocent person hides information, there is no two ways around that.

  113. Lastly, the idea that Brady didn’t provide the requested information because the NFL “would have had skepticism anyway” is laughable.

    —-

    I don’t see why it’s laughable. Have you read the report? They went in with a certain conclusion already in their heads. Anything to alter that conclusion would have been deemed “not scientifically significant”…

  114. this all probably started with the tuck rule play when tommie boy lost the ball because he presumably couldn’t grip it tight enough at normal league pressures — afterall, tommie boy was a 6th round draft flyer that lucked into the situation he is in with a great coach and gm surrounding him with great players — one of whom got hurt and created tommie boys opportunity — he is no better than an average qb if he is on ANY other team — he has to over compensate somehow so he works the rules to the edge of the line everywhere he can and sometimes he “generally” cross’s it and now he “generally” got caught — should have fessed up right from the start, but why would he tarnish his own legacy by admitting guilt and complicity — after all, HE IS TOM BRADY, “the greatest quarterback ever”, married to a billionaire supermodel, rules don’t apply to people like me, “I’M SPECIAL” !!! — now it is fun and enjoyable to watch him squirm — give him max suspension and asterisk all his career stats — as they say … a cheater never cheats “just once” and a liar never lies “just once”

  115. Pride goeth before the fall. This is the beginning of the end for Tom Terrific.

  116. Is this guy an attorney?

    WOW

    He sounds like an idiot.

    Like Brady, he should just shut up.

    Anyone with half a brain and an iota of objectivity knows Brady and the Patriots are serial cheaters. They laughed off Goodell’s pathetic ‘punishment’ for Spygate and have just continued arrogantly doing so.

    And make no mistake, this starts with Cognac Kraft. He could stop it and hasn’t.

    The Patriots as an organization have decided that the benefits of continued and pervasive cheating far outweigh the slap on the wrist their lap dog commissioner dare hand out.

  117. Guilty or not, nobody posting on this site would be happy to hand over their personal cell phone to their employer targeting them in an investigation of wrongdoing. I have nothing to hide but there is no way I would ever do that. We are talking a personal cell here, not one provided by the company.

  118. Brady*, just come clean. You’re gonna end up like Clemens, Bonds, Rose,Braun,etc. You’re gonna take down others by having them lie for you. It must be exhausting for you. The truth shall set you free, although your legacy is still forever tainted.

    *Denotes Cheater

  119. No one has mentioned the Patriots fumbling stats in year’s past compared to last season. We have our answer!

  120. Troy will suspend him 4 games, on appeal to Roger it will be reduced to 2 games.

    Push away all the other trash — the deflated balls had no impact on the outcome of the game.

    Tom knew about the deflation, tried to cover it up, got caught.

  121. “Team Brady” is still delusional enough to think they can “win” and somehow prove Tom Brady’s “innocence” but everyone outside of “Team Brady” knows that Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. is GUILTY AS SIN.

    Own your mistakes Thomas.

    #Accountability #Truth #ProtectTheShield
    #BradyKnew #Deflategate

  122. All Tom had to do was come out and say that he prefers to have the balls a bit less inflated. That’s all he had to do. In MLB’s steroids scandal, when Pettite and many others just admitted they used it, we said, “okay”, and moved on. This only carries on because Tom, Belichick, and Bob Kraft insist that this is much ado about nothing. Like Palmeiro pointing his finger at Congress or like Sammy Sosa suddenly forgetting how to speak english, we the public don’t care what you do as long as you admit it and move on.

    Most of us understand the rationale for having the balls a bit less inflated and would have no problem with it. It’s the waking up every morning and seeing that Belichick is giving a lecture on atmospheric conditions or that Bob Kraft is “outraged”. You cheated. Whether it’s a small amount of cheating or a large amount, doesn’t matter. You admit you prefer the balls one way and we all move on to watch the next thing takes distracts us from our miserable lives.

  123. Yee and Brady are playing us NFL fans for fools and we are not fools they are the fools. Brady cheated to gain a competitive advantage by having footballs deflated and when caught and confronted he lied and failed to cooperate with the NFL investigation. His lawyer can talk around in circles until he is blue in the face but it doesn’t change the facts that Brady cheated and lied and continues to lie I might add. He can come out and tell the truth anytime and the beginning of the end this story will be at hand. The ball is in Brady’s hands!

  124. Yee, ye would best be advised to take the same advice ye give thou client and not speak and make thyself look any worse than ye already do.

  125. I’ll readily admit, I’m not a fan of the pasties…but Mike, you were spot on with this article… Brady and/or his agent could have avoided (per their account of his innocence) any a) further discipline and b) cleared (again, potentially) his name in this case…

    There is still one thing that overshadows all of Brady’s proclaims of innocence and that is that any ex-QB that has come out so far (and quite a few have) and any fan who has followed the game knows that NO ONE touches the does anything to the footballs selected for the game after the QB has selected them….without prior knowledge and consent of that QB…

    Brady was well aware that someone was getting those balls to where and the way he wanted them prior to that game (since that is the only focus of the report, but it likely has been going on for….forever)… Sorry, Tom Terrific, you’ve been caught in a lie…

  126. As to punishment…I suspect Rodger the Dodger will slap him on the wrist and beg forgiveness from his mentor and likely sole supporter in the NFL, Robert (I run the NFL) Kraft…

  127. The NFL is a billion-dollar organization.. why don’t they just provide the balls instead of relying upon the teams? If everyone gets a ball fresh out of the package, nobody can complain. I thought ‘weathering’ the footballs isn’t allowed anymore, so why let the team choose the balls they play with?

  128. refswin says:
    May 7, 2015 11:50 PM
    Florio, if your boss at NBC requested you hand over your personal cellphone just because a coworker that doesn’t like you accused you of something
    ——–
    That is not anywhere near what happened in this case, now is it? And yes, Brady is compelled to comply with an internal investigation. We all are compelled to comply with internal disciplinary investigations for our employment. And guess what happens if we decide to assert our legal rights, like Brady did, and not cooperate? We get fired. Your legal “rights” do not protect you from employer discipline.

  129. “Page 228 of the Wells report – “In sum, the data did not provide a basis for us to determine with absolute certainty whether there was or was not tampering as the analysis of such data ultimately is dependent upon assumptions and information that is not certain.””

    Go ahead, haters, convict Brady on a ‘possible’ or a ‘probable’ or a ‘maybe’, and pray that your sorry asses never winds up in front of a judge who will convict you of a crime on a ‘probable’ or a ‘possible’ or a ‘maybe’.

  130. Nothing says innocent quite like having your lawyer speak for you and him invoking attorney client privilege

    Reminds me of listening to A-Rod’s attorney, Joe Tapioca or something, you know the guy A-Rod stiffed for half a mil

  131. First off Im a steelers fan. Brady, to me, greatest quarterback ever. If I was him and married to one of the most beautiful women in the world I wouldnt have turned it over either. You dont know what kind of pictures are on there of his wife. Its no ones business.

    Also, texting works one way only. You text or receive texts. The other person does the same so if they had the other guys phone what are they going to find on Bradys phone that they wont find on the other phone.

    I do agree that he and his attorney should have found a way to get them the texts without giving them access to the whole phone.

    Cant suspend him though. The report says more likely probable, but cant prove for sure. So, cant suspend him for that. If you want to suspend him for not complying I guess you could do that but it is a slippery slope.

  132. For the people that wouldn’t let the league go through your phone, I ask why not? If you are being accused of something and you didn’t do anything, wouldn’t you want to prove your innocence?

    The NFL has a policy that you have to comply with investigations. Brady didn’t, plain and simple. He also lied to the NFL. Why lie? Why not try and prove your innocence?

    Sorry, but this happened whether people want to believe it or not.

  133. Slow Joe,

    Deflating footballs prevents fumbling. There is a reason why NE fumbles less than any other team since the rules changes (look the stats up). Stats show cold-weather teams that play outside fumble more, except NE for some reason.

  134. I`m not a Brady fan or hater so i don`t really care what happens to him but to say he`s guilty because he wouldn`t turn over his cell phone is mind boggling.
    His phone is his PERSONAL property.With all the leaks that have come from the NFL he has every reason not to trust them with his personal information or comments.(or naked selfies from wife)
    That report was a joke.If they suspend Brady they will get their a$$ kicked in court again.

  135. All of the haters and their “integrity of the game” and “cheating” concerns make me laugh. This is about bringing down Brady and the Patriots. Nothing more or less. It looks like the Colts and the league are succeeding based on a bunch of idiotic text messages and the court of public opinion.

    Give me a break.

  136. I’ll say it again: the innocent do not refuse to cooperate in proving their innocence.

    4 games for the act
    8-12 games for refusing to cooperate

  137. I’m new to this, so please go easy-
    but what is it that Brady is guilty off?
    Not telling the whole truth?
    Being “Almost Honest” – “saying just enough?”

    Who on here tells the “Whole Truth?”
    Don’t we as human beings usually just say as much as we feel we need to say – nothing more?

    Maybe that’s just me?

    It’s my opinion, but my guess is it went down something like this – that after the Jets game when the balls were overinflated (16psi)
    That Brady basically said to these two guys to make sure my balls (LOL) are at 12.5 psi.

    Maybe these two guys went a little extreme?

    It is also my opinion that the majority of their texts back and forth to each other are humorous and “ball busting” (pun intended)

  138. Unless you commit a serious crime, you shouldn’t turn your phone in. That’s very private. Nobody’s business what you text etc…

  139. Everyone keeps saying he shouldn’t have to turn in his cell phone. Which is fine they didn’t ask for his phone they asked for a transcript of his texts or emails pertinent to the investigation only and only what got through his lawyers. The only reason not to hand that over is because it is very damaging to his side of the story.

  140. ejmat2 says:
    May 8, 2015 8:46 AM
    For the people that wouldn’t let the league go through your phone, I ask why not? If you are being accused of something and you didn’t do anything, wouldn’t you want to prove your innocence?
    ==========

    I would think it would have something to with my privacy rights.

    What kind of lemming turns his phone over to whoever asks for it?

  141. The Pats and Brady have some horrible lawyers. Basic playbook for representing someone: find out what happened, be truthful, frame the issue, and control the investigation.

  142. Here is a simple rule for all electronic communications that everyone should follow. “Don’t say anything on the phone or send any type of message that you wouldn’t shout in public in front of the entire world.”

  143. This reminds of Mark McGuire and his initial refusal to admit he juiced. He got caught. Everyone knew he did it anyway, but he still would not confess to it. Brady will learn soon enough that guilt in the court of public opinion doesn’t go away just because you never own up to it. For a guy who is portrayed as a great leader and cool under pressure, he sure is acting like a panicked, spineless coward.

  144. Problem is the NFL agreed to a compromise position of having Tom’s lawyer go through the text message process with the NFL to limit the scope of the disclosure to only those text messages pertaining to the Patriot employees. Tom, of course, decline that invitation.

    Combine that decline with some common sense and you immediately smell cover up. As Richard Nixon proved years ago, some times the cover up is 10X worse than the crime.

    I might be in the minority on this but I think Tom Brady should be given no punishment for the deflated balls

    AND

    a 16 game suspension for the cover up.

  145. The texts between Brady and the locker room attendants WOULD be available on the attendants’ phones. However, the texts that Brady likely sent to Kraft and Belichick would only be on those three phones. THAT’s why he wouldn’t turn the phone over. Brady and Belichick both need to be suspended for a year. The precedent was set with Bountygate and the NFL has no choice. Ignorance is no excuse!

  146. Same reason that Hillary destroyed her email server: both do not want the public to know what they wrote because it would prove they are lying.

    Sorry, but being a Pats fan does not mean I lose all common sense. Give Brady a 4 game suspension and punish the team by taking away two homes games after next season.

  147. This is no different than refusing a breathalyzer. There was probable cause which created this search in the first place. The care wreaked of booze Tom. Blow until you hear a click.

  148. For a guy who is portrayed as a great leader and cool under pressure, he sure is acting like a panicked, spineless coward.

    Read a little history on the guy like demanding a $100,000 car to attend a charity event.

    He is a spineless coward and a punk.

    And now there’s no denying the entire success of the Kraft Patriots was built on serial cheating.

    100 years from now there will be stories questioning what, if anything, they could have won fairly.

    LOL

  149. An alternate Universe:

    Brady’s Agent and Attorneys: “At your request, we have reviewed all of our client’s electronic communications that pertain to the footballs in question and here are the relevant messages.

    NFL/Wells: “Thank you very much.”

    Wells Report on May 6, 2015: “At our request Brady’s representatives did turn over e-mail and other electronic communication regarding these footballs to us. However, since we did not see all of the messages to determine their relevance, he or his representatives may not have turned over all of the relevant messages.”

    Back to reality: Brady was in a no win situation and choose not to turn these communications over. I would not either, given the spin in certain sections of the report, I agree with his choice. The text messages from the two other suspects is enough to convince me Brady knew what was happening. Let’s move on.

  150. I hope you’ll have an updated post on a few issues-

    ” The NFL has absolute employment power over all players. Whatever it requests as part of its investigation, the NFL gets. If the NFL doesn’t get it, a separate basis for discipline arises.”

    The NFL is not the employer. The New England Patriots are the employer. The NFL does not have absolute employment power over anyone.

    In addition, the ability of the NFL to discipline employees of teams within the league is constrained by relevant portions of the CBA. As far as I know, the NFL has never requested nor received all of the player’s text messages in a periphery investigation. Perhaps the Favre investigation would shed some light. While the CBA, IIRC from your previous posts, certainly has expansive provisions regarding player conduct and discipline for the Commissioner, I’m not sure what provisions it has regarding investigations such as this.

    I would like to see you do some analysis of prior issues. In my experience, no unions would normally allow employers to conduct fishing expeditions through an employee’s texts and phone calls.

  151. Brady, with his non compliance of the Commisioners request has turned this affair into something very serious for himself.what now is the more important issue,a few less psi of air in a football or an employees refusal to cooperate with the CEO and President of his company,the NFL. If he is as innocent as he and his lawyer proclaim then why is he stonewalling the investigation of wrong doing and making matters a whole lot worse for himself. this will surely assure a lengthy suspension is in his future,not for deflating footballs but for impeding an NFL investigation,no way he can beat that charge.

  152. Guilty, innocent, it doesnt matter. If they were found innocent 80% of the people here would have said cover up cuz Kraft and Goodell are besties. But, we also know, that innocent means the NFL completley screwed the pooch, and that wasnt going to happen. The next time the NFL admits a mistake will be the first time.

    With all that being said, regardless of what is in the report, who cooperated, who didnt, who probably maybe sort of knew about something that someone sort of probably made might have done at some point in their life… The NFL screwed this up royally. The same NFL that was praised in the report as being so thorough, etc. I am a Patriots fan, but no one wins in this, because the report came back as completely inconclusive. Basically Wells was instructed to find guilt, and he investigated deep enough that he could use the proper terminology so that the Pats couldnt get off, either way. And that sucks. If the Pats did something, I want to know they did it, definitively! If they didnt, we should know that definitevely as well. I dont want interpretations of data and probablys… But anyways, here is how the “very thorough” NFL blew this:

    They got tipped off about air pressure before the game. They sent NFL office officials to watch the game officials measure the balls pre game. And not one of those geniuses thought to themsleves, “gee, maybe we should mark every ball with a number, P1-P24 for the Patriots, and C1-C12 for the Colts. Then measure each ball, document the measurements, and play the game”. Then, at halftime, come back into the game officials locker room, and remeasure every single ball again, and document the air pressures again. Then use a 1 to 1 comparison of every single game ball. No investigation even needed at that point. They can see the pressures of all 36 balls right there. They can do the math. It rules out environmental factors, and makes it pretty obvious if shenanigans were being played. If all 36 footballs saw a similar deflation, case closed. If only the Patriots balls saw deflation, case closed.

    The NFL completely stepped on their own d*cks by not doing the simplest of documentation possible. I dont care if that wasnt the normal procedure. That should have been their procedure this time if they really wanted to catch them. All any of us need is the pregame, halftime, and post game inflation measurements to compare. And the truth will be OBVIOUS

    With this being said, even if you hate the Patriots, do you really trust that these clowns really did an investigation that wasnt completely biased against the Patriots. It was as much “Make sure the NFL comes out clean” as it was “Nail the Pats”. Think about it, for 4 months we have been waiting for the report to disclose the details of the NFL office staff that was stealing footballs and seling them on Ebay. There was a delay in the game while they tried to track down one of those balls that was stolen from the game ball group. And no mention of that??? Seriously??? The dude was fired, and it doesnt get any mention at all in the report??? It is a shame if the Patriots cheated, and they would deserve a serious sanction against them, sadly, the NFL didnt deliver. And the Patriots really should get off with what the rule book states, $25K fine for each game ball, and close the book on this. If the officials had documented the air pressures, the NFL (if the Pats were cheating) would have had all they needed to absolutely hammer them, give the death penalty as some have desired. Unfortunately, like I said, the NFL stepped on their own d*ck, AGAIN, and biffed the entire operation from start to finish. But the purposeful avoidance of Ted Wells from pointing out all of the NFL’s procedural failures, as well as point out that the NFL has some employees with serious integrity issues, makes the entire report hard to swallow. If you cant call a spade a spade, how can I trust your analysis and conclusion about the rest. And that is a huge disservice to all the fans that want to know, guilty, or innocent? And in this case, its “sort of maybe”

  153. This is like someone sampling grapes in the store being accused of stealing and getting apprehended by people in riot gear. Soooooo stupid.

  154. Patriots nation in full spin mode… Gotta love it… The emperor (or in this case the spoiled brat) has no clothes…

    He could have easily provided a transcript of his texting and emails with any personal information blacked out. Who are you kidding… I’m looking at you Yee and you Tommy boy…

    I hope he’s not suspended for the 1st Jets game against them because I want to see our D have a career day at detroying his ass…

  155. 75% of the Colts balls were found to be illegal too. But they stopped at four – because they ran out of time. Oh really???? Thinking that in the history of the NFL no ball from a cold weather game would have been found to be legal. Nice going NFL.

  156. If my cell was a company phone my boss (company) has a right to take it and read whatever is on it.

    There is no way I am ever giving my boss (company) my personal cell phone.

  157. With every day Brady is in defiance of the commissioners investigation the more Patriot fans nationwide worry because like the rest of NFL fans they realize it means he wont be on the field for any number of games this fall,maybe the entire season depending on how pissed off the Commish feels at the time of sentencing. in NY the Jets are celebrating their unexpected new chance at an AFC East Title.

  158. if both belichick and brady don’t go payton should sue nfl until he ownes it.

  159. Translation: “There is something really damning in those texts so we are stone-walling”.

    Terms like “dangerous precedent” are lawyer-talk for “we know we’re guilty and are using scary words to try and hide it”. I’m sure Nixon’s lawyers used “dangerous precedent” quite a bit during the Watergate hearings.

  160. “Guilty, innocent, it doesnt matter”
    very well written and all true but the charge of impeding an investigation by refusing to cooperate is all on Brady,not the NFL and he will suffer the consequences for his actions.

  161. If you want to keep any shred of privacy, never, ever give up your cell phone, especially to the clowns who run the NFL.

  162. When is the investigation into the ref during the Jets game that over inflated the ball to 16 PSI in order to cheat for the Jets?

  163. Here is what most of you are not getting….rules, the NFL has rules…you all dont have to like them…just like holding, pass interference etc. rules of the game. He broke the rules, you dont get to decide which rules are more important. And some of you state the Patriots are his employer…wrong the NFL is, and when you are part of the NFL, you abide by the employers rules. When it comes to discipline with employers, if your employer asks for your phone due to texts having to do with the workplace…you hand it over…or yes you get fired, they have that right. This is not a court of law. Refusing to cooperate is just one more issue that will cost him…no one player not even Brady is bigger than the game…it will go on with or with out him…he needs to get over himself

  164. And for those who keep calling the NFL, a bunch of clowns…and for the players especially….if you dont like it…quite watching and reading about it, and for the players, go get a regular 9-5 job…you wont be missed.

  165. Average pressure of patriots footballs measured at halftime: 11.3 psi.

    Expected pressure for a ball inflated to 12.5 psi at 71 degrees and moved to 48 degrees: 11.3 psi.

    Why should Brady have to hand over all his private info to an inquisitor?

  166. masterflyguy says:
    “..This is really getting old – enough already!
    Sincerely
    The Rest of the NFL…”

    On second thought, carry on.
    This is just beginning to get good, and we’re thoroughly enjoying every minute.
    Anything to see these smug SOB’s get taken down a notch or two.
    Seeing the same from their fans is just a a bonus.

    The Rest of the NFL

  167. Just like all of you, sans subpoena, Tom has every right to deny his employer access to his personal phone records.

    And the NFL, just like all of your employers, have every right to take that as an admission of guilt.

    Said employers also have every right to fire/suspend based upon that assumed admission.

    This is not a felony court case, there’s no point in arguing about what “probable” means.

  168. SO what your saying is that the Patriots balls were all affected by this cold weather deflation….but the Colts balls were not…..

  169. I’ve paid my dues
    Time after time.
    I’ve done my sentence
    But committed no crime.
    And bad mistakes ‒
    I’ve made a few.
    I’ve had my share of sand kicked in my face
    But I’ve come through.

    (And I need just go on and on, and on, and on)

    We are the champions, my friends,
    And we’ll keep on fighting ’til the end.
    We are the champions.
    We are the champions.
    No time for losers
    ‘Cause we are the champions……….. of the world.

  170. “..And if Brady were indeed innocent (as Yee reiterated), why not do everything possible to prove it?…”

    I must say, that as much as I despise Brady and the Patriots, I don’t agree with this point.

    The mindset in this country is gradually shifting away from “innocent until proven guilty” to “you have to prove your innocence.”
    Look how many times you hear people say “if you’ve got nothing to hide, then give them what they want.”

    BS. Last I looked this is still America.

  171. You know, I think Brady is an outstanding QB and that the Pats are the model franchise of this era. But its the arrogance I can’t appreciate. Here’s a guy who cheated—and let’s face it, the texts prove it—who still pushes that arrogance. Most of us cheat at work, we pay the price. This guy wants to give you that smart alec smile.
    Unless you’re a Pats fan, how can you not hope he gets his comeuppance?

  172. And very honestly, at this point Brady is in more trouble for not cooperating with investigation than he was with the balls, he chose to take his chances….and that will in all probability not work well for him. Had he owned up to it, and apologized, this would be done….he would have been fined, warned, and maybe missed 1 game….not anymore…he loses big time now

  173. purplepackerhater says:
    May 8, 2015 10:24 AM

    Just like all of you, sans subpoena, Tom has every right to deny his employer access to his personal phone records.

    And the NFL, just like all of your employers, have every right to take that as an admission of guilt.

    Said employers also have every right to fire/suspend based upon that assumed admission.

    This is not a felony court case, there’s no point in arguing about what “probable” means.

    ————

    I’m a Patriots fan, and I agree. However, that is all it is: an ASSUMED guilt.

    The question is, how far is the NFL willing to go on this, and how far are the players/players association willing to fight back.

  174. If Beast Mode has to talk to reporters or keep getting punished if he doesn’t then Brady has to comply with NFL investigations or suffer punishments until he does.

  175. When is everyone going to wake up and realize that Goodell makes up these scandals to keep the NFL in the news. This one is easy, since everyone hates the Patriots. It was so easy for him to drum up this false outrage. Goodell is a master puppeteer.

    Any other team, this is a complete nonissue. Aaron Rodgers laughed and joked about overinflating footballs. The Vikings and the Panthers were caught on TV heating up footballs. Jerry Rice used stickum… etc. Does anyone truly think that a slightly underinflated football is going to turn Trent Dilfer into Joe Montana?

    While of course the issues with Ray Rice and AP are bad, they should not have been the huge year long issues. Goodell should have just given both a suspension within the limits of the CBA(4-6 games) and be done with it.

    Bountygate was also a joke… Greg Williams coached his players to hit opposing team members where they are hurt? Really…? common sense.

  176. I’ll take the Redskins superbowl during the strike season over these tainted Patriots Superbowls any day of the week. Nobody outside New England will ever historically look back at this team as a dynasty

  177. I’d be drilling Belicheck immediately with the year suspension and taking a NE draft pick. He should have known exactly what happened that day instead of giving us science experiments and making excuses for Brady. Total ignorance.

    If any of these guys made an effort to provide the truth I’d be looking forward to watching them try to defend the title.

  178. Are we still talking about this? Goodell’s office hired Wells to make the case the Pats were guilty, not to find “the truth”.

    If this had been the Falcons, Vikings or Browns (all penalized by the league this past year) would we even be having this discussion?

    If you hate Brady, fine. But at least have some intellectual honesty with the content and agenda of the Wells report.

  179. honeybadger14 says:
    May 8, 2015 10:35 AM

    I’d be drilling Belicheck immediately with the year suspension and taking a NE draft pick.

    ————-

    I guess it’s too bad for you that you don’t get to make the call on this

  180. Assumed Guilt…really….he stated he didnt know either of the names of the staff members who did the deflating…yet we have texts between them, he gave them signed balls, shirts, free shoes…..yet he didnt know them the one had been with the Patriots for over 30 years. Every QB in the league will tell you…no one messes with balls, unless the QB asks for it…those are his balls. He would not cooperate with NFL…this is not assumed guilt…by his actions, he is stating to everyone I am guilty.

  181. Guilty or not, nobody posting on this site would be happy to hand over their personal cell phone to their employer targeting them in an investigation of wrongdoing. I have nothing to hide but there is no way I would ever do that. We are talking a personal cell here, not one provided by the company.
    ========================
    Just to make clear they didn’t actually ask for Tom’s phone:
    “Wells investigative team did ask us to go through Tom’s phone on our own and provide them with information if we chose to go that route.”

  182. Geesh, ever notice how Brady ended every comment of his interview last night with his highly nervous laugh? Totally Creepsville! My five year old couldnt get to sleep last night crying “Dad, The Cheater is going to get me!”

  183. People continue to say, “well I wouldn’t give up my cell phone.” You need help. Fact is, if you have a great job in America with a good company and our under investigation for a crime against the company, they will ask you for your cell phone. Yes, you don’t have to give it to them but you will be immediately escorted out the building. If it’s a criminal investigation of course the police could subpoena the records. If you did nothing wrong and want to keep your job, you will give up your phone. It’s ridiculous to say you wouldn’t. In corporate America Brady would be out looking for another job.

  184. So now at rookie symposium, the NFLPA will be advising best practice of maintaining a 7-11 tracfone that can be discarded once an NFL investigation has begun.

  185. Losing respect fast. Right about now, this is what we know: T.B. (Terry Bradshaw) and Joe Montana were 4-time Super Bowl-winning QBs with High Character. Tom Brady* (* – questionable fair play)

  186. “And if Brady were indeed innocent (as Yee reiterated), why not do everything possible to prove it?”

    Not all defendants take the stand when there is a case against them in a court of law. That’s a BS argument above.

  187. Every year… Goodell finds some scandal and pulls on the stings of false outrage. Goodell is the puppet master and you are the puppets.

    Deflate-gate
    Domestic violence-gate
    Bully-gate (Incognito got screwed by someone who pretended to be his friend.)
    NFL Lockout-gate
    Bounty-gate

  188. Would you give your employer access to your personal text messages and emails? I wouldnt either. Period. Not even some family. Get outtta here

  189. The first thing Don Yee should do is stop talking.

    He said on NPR yesterday that he basically believes that Brady and the Patriots were framed by the Wells report because of jealousy and envy because the Patriots win all the time.

    Seriously?

    Tom Brady needs to tell his agent to shut up. There’s no way that he can say anything to improve Brady’s image right now, so he should be smart enough to keep quiet.

  190. May 7, 2015 11:50 PM
    Florio, if your boss at NBC requested you hand over your personal cellphone just because a coworker that doesn’t like you accused you of something
    ——–
    That is not anywhere near what happened in this case, now is it? And yes, Brady is compelled to comply with an internal investigation. We all are compelled to comply with internal disciplinary investigations for our employment. And guess what happens if we decide to assert our legal rights, like Brady did, and not cooperate? We get fired. Your legal “rights” do not protect you from employer discipline.

    There’s a flaw in your statement above. Brady’s employer is not the NFL it is Robert Kraft. The NFL has no power except that which is delegated to it by the owners and the owners definitely don’t want to do this kind of dirty wortk themselves, so they delegated it. Unfortunately as we see by many examples they have delegated it to a person who is both incompetent and arguably corrupt.
    Secondly, Tom Brady is a member of the Players Union and has rights under that membership. One of those rights is to be afforded due process, and progressive discipline. We ‘ve already seen the NFL blow that one with the Ray Rice case and this story is far from over if Brady chooses to go that route.

  191. Every year… Goodell finds some scandal and pulls on the stings of false outrage. Goodell is the puppet master and you are the puppets.
    =========================
    The only ‘false outrage’ was Bounty-gate… all others are valid gates lol

  192. efoor….Its not at all a BS..you seem to keep confusing this with a court of law, and that he is a defendant. Thats not what this is….He is in trouble with his employer, and as such an investigation took place, as such the emloyer, the NFL, as the right to “request information from him” he chose to say no Im going to give you what you want. Therefore, the NFL gets to do what they deem necessary for punishment to that employee…again this is not a court of law. He dos not have to do anything that they want, and they cant make him….but they can punish him for that, and they are well within there right to do so.

  193. Again…you are incorrect, the NFL is the employer, without the NFL, not one player has a job. The teams are part of the NFL, and to be an NFL team you need to abide by certain rules within the NFL…..and regardless of who the employer is….he is still breaking rules, and not cooperating with the investigation…if the Patriots tell the NFL …tough we are nor complying they will be fined and penalized also

  194. @Pats fans – one thing your missing in your defense of Brady. The non-hater football fan that comprises the majority of us was hoping that he’d be exonerated! We don’t want the prospect of cheating hanging over the game anymore than you want to defend tainted trophies.

  195. Hi all I have been reading the blog for a while and have never responded to any messages until now…First I don’t want to address guilt or innocence of any one but want everyone to think about this…two gauges were used in measuring the PSI at half time. The difference in the measurements between these gauges varied from +.45 psi to -.45 PSI. That’s a span of .9 PSI. Please see Table 1 of the Wells report page 3 of the Introduction and Background.
    Second, the Wells reports also states that at a temperature of 70 degrees with an initial PSI of 12.5 and the game temperature of 48 degrees the ball pressure will drop to 1.37 PSI. Please see Table 10 of the Wells report page 3 of the Introduction and Background. Using the lowest PSI on either gauge the Patriots balls measured as follows: 11.5, 10.85, 11.15, 10.7, 11.1, 11.6, 11.85, 11.1, 10.95, 10.5, and 10.9. The greatest decrease is 2.0Psi which can be explained by the gauges difference .90 plus the Ideal Gas Law difference of 1.37 PSI. Third I want to point out that Wells has an agenda. His agenda is to support his employers’ view point. To say he is biased is an understatement. Just look at the way he starts the report by stating “the four Colts balls tested each measured within the 12.5 to 13.5 psi range permitted under the Playing Rules on at least one of the gauges used for the tests”. Another way of saying this is that 3 of the 4 Colts balls that were tested were below the allowed range on one gauges used. This made up controversy is either to just to keep the NFL on the news so that the public is talking about it or is to go after the Patriots organization due to the unprecedented record they have had these past 14 years. Please I encourage everyone to read the Wells report.

  196. I understand the expectation of privacy for one’s cell phone, but if the company I work for asks for the phone that they provided to me, I hand it over.

  197. Basically, the argument is:

    “If Tom is innocent, then why refuse to allow the investigators to go through his phone?”

    I think we’re missing something here, that Yee addressed in a way. Brady was essentially in a position where he had to prove innocence. How would going through his phone help with that? The only way it would be helpful is if there is a text specifically asking the ballboys something akin to “Guys, just be careful to leave the balls at 12.5 and not one bit below that because it’s illegal, remember.”

    Let’s be honest, even if that was his intention, it’s highly unlikely that he (or anyone in a relatable situation, for that matter) would send a text like that. So, even assuming that he’s 100% innocent, it’s unlikely that his phone would have some kind of communication that would make that crystal clear.

    So basically, either they find the same texts as in Jastremski and McNully’s phone, in which case it would leave Brady in exactly the same situation he is right now, or they find further incriminating evidence against him.

    What I’m saying is that even if he’s innocent, that doesn’t necessarily mean that his phone contained the ideal text or communication to prove it, so why allow the investigators to go through it when he has nothing to gain? And if he’s guilty, then handing his phone down when he’s already being treated as such would be tying a rope around his own neck.

  198. Brady is guilty as sin but I wouldn’t hand over my personal cell phone either.

    The only reason the ballboys did hand their phones over was because they had to because those phones were issued to them by the team.

  199. Lets see, Between my wife and myself we are worth over a billion dollars. Our faces are everywhere. We all watched as the internet and world went nuts over the “Fapping”… yeah I’m not giving up my phone to anyone.

  200. Anything to see these smug SOB’s get taken down a notch or two.

    Exactly what this whole thing is about. No one cares about psi when its the vikings or panthers but everyone cares now because perennial winners make enemies of the fans of teams that have to endure their wrath

  201. The only ‘false outrage’ was Bounty-gate… all others are valid gates lol

    Players actively seeking to injure and put at risk the careers of fellow nfl players is false outrage?

    Who are you people?

  202. This isn’t a court of law where you can claim the 5th.Brady is guilty and he knows if the texts came out it would prove it.

  203. Mcknally, the dude who deflated supposedly, only works for patriots. The officials locker room attendant who carries the balls to the field is employed by the home team. Therefore tom has never played a game outside gilette stadium that could have had a deflated ball. How much of an impact could a deflated ball make when in fact Bradys home vs away stats are the following:

    More completions on the road, nearly identical completion percentage, more yards on the road, more touchdowns on the road, more yards per attempt on the road, and more yards per game on the road.

    If tom deflated balls then it actually hurt him.

  204. This isn’t a court of law where you can claim the 5th.Brady is guilty and he knows if the texts came out it would prove it.
    ===
    It’s not a court but there are still laws that govern this action. Specifically, there is the NFL Constitution and the 2011 CBA. Having looked through them, I believe it is more likely than not that the NFL cannot compel a player to provide private records.

  205. Gphandel you are wrong. Brady didnt negotiate his contract with the NFL. He didnt meet with Godell to discuss terms. That was done with Robert Kraft. Why???? Because he is employed by the Pats. Robert Kraft signs his paychecks. Its like this. I am a truck driver. I am employed by the company whose name is on the side of my door. Not the DOT aho controls all the rules and regs for trucking.

    Also, people stop mentioning the tuck rule as cheating. The refs made the call not the Patroits.

    For those of you who want Brady suspended I assume you are going ro ask the NFL to remove Jerry Rice from the Hall of Fame for stickum, or Gary Zimmerman for using cooking spray on his jersey. They cheated too, where is the outrage????

    Simply put the only reason you all want Brady suspended is because your team aint good enough to beat the Pats, and I am a Steelers fan. We get them week one without Bell. It would be a huge advantage for us, but I want Brady to play because then all you crybabies cant come on here and say only reason Steelers won is because no Brady.

  206. 1.The league can ban Brady straight out for not giving his information over-(conduct detrimental to the league)
    2. They can also ban Stephen Gostkowski as he refused also.
    The investigation didn’t press on that though because the main issue wasn’t the kicking balls.
    3.I know and EVERYONE knows why Brady didn’t give his details up..a small part can be read off of the two equipment guys of his texts. Fact is…if you don’t believe there are texts to other people be it his lawyer,Kraft,BB or other people…you have got to be very,very,very naive.
    4. He deserves a suspension…anyone who says he doesn’t is either biased, or not in total knowledge of it…as i pointed out in 1.. Brady can be punished for something he readily admitted and there is no getting out of that!

  207. I know he’s a lawyer, and therefore bound to do his best for his client, but his “explanation” is a garbled mess.

    I don’t know how Goodell can conclude anything other than Brady’s refusal was a deliberate attempt to obstruct the investigation, and infer that what those texts would have shown would have hung Brady out to dry.

    That’s the stupidity of this whole deal–the obstruction of the investigation is worse than the violation which led to it.

  208. Mike Florio,

    I condemn you to spend eternity in the lake of unquenchable fire because you’re a special kind of stupid. The NFL DOES NOT employ Tom Brady, he is an employee of the New England Patriots football club. Tom works under a contract negotiated with the NFL much like the Teamsters (at least in the post-Hoffa days) negotiate contracts with entire groups of employers. Other examples are unions formed to protect workers in retail establishments, hospitals, teaching, law enforcement, etc…. While the contract between the NFL and the National Football League Players Association may indeed have terms regarding the putative cooperation you reference that does NOT make Tom Brady an employee of the NFL, you are thinking of yourself and the World’s Stupidest Human Being – Roger Goodell (after all, God does have a sense of humor), among others.

    Perhaps, and only perhaps, if you apologize for your ignorant statements, I will consider reversing my eternal judgment but, for now, as one of my all time fave wannabes said (and BTW, I don’t ever plagiarize because, HELLO, I made you all even those of you who insist on making me look bad) YOU are a sinner in the hands of an angry God, and let’s be very real hear – YOU and your cronies who actually work for the NFL have made me one very, VERY angry God. Better check yourself because you’ve wrecked yourself! Oh, and the rest of you who have decided to stop using your brains so that you can pretend you actually read and understand the omnipresent non sequiturs in The Wells Distort, you’re looking at some real hard time in purgatory which I’ve decided to bring back just for you. Remember, I told you all to love me and pops with ALL of your heart, all of your soul AND ALL OF YOUR MIND and that doesn’t mean to let the damn thing atrophy, got it?

  209. The value of Don Yee would have maximum last January. He could have acted the part of best friend by telling Tommy Brady, “The Cheater”, “…admit it. Take the hit. They’ll fine you the $25k in the rule book and the whole thing will blow over”. But noooooooooooooooooooooo!

    What the Pats and their fans don’t realize is that the mere appearance of impropriety soils the game, questions the integrity. That Brady tried to laugh it off on WEEI the Monday following the game and Kraft sermonizing in Glendale, demanding an apology (when did that ever work out well?), they pushed the Commisioner into the corner.

    See ya, Tommy-Boy!

  210. “Regardless of whether the NFL presumed guilt or not, cooperation is mandatory.”

    Please provide a link to prove this assertion. Your simply saying it doesn’t make it so.

    Then please explain how being voluntarily available and meeting with investigators for SIX HOURS doesn’t count as “cooperating?”

    Or does one have to prostrate himself before Goodell’s every demand in order to satisfy the alleged “cooperation is mandatory” dictate?

    And explain at what point does a demand for cooperation become unreasonable, even harassment?

  211. Interesting concepts for sure. I will be fascinated to see a civil trial if it gets that far. In real law a person is innocent until proven guilty and the burden of proof is on the plaintiff. Brady has the right NOT to testify against himself on the grounds it could incriminate him and a right to personal privacy. While the NFL is proclaiming “absolute” authority it would have to have specific written requirements in a signed contract with Brady to legally demand a personal cell phone, as this goes against the constitution of the country. What will be most interesting is to see if Brady will care to perhaps perjure himself under oath by continuing to deny involvement–with all the evidence against him. I don’t really see a winner on either side if this goes to court and I’m betting there will be a pretrial settlement. I also think if Brady did order the deflation he should confess, apologize and lobby for reinstatement of the others he dragged down with him.

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