Don Yee: NFL ruling against Brady “has no legitimate basis”

AP

As expected, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will not simply take his four-game suspension without a fight.

Brady’s agent, Don Yee, indicated Monday in a statement to media outlets that the quarterback will appeal the NFL’s ban in connection with the investigation into alleged football deflation by New England.

“The discipline is ridiculous and has no legitimate basis,” Yee said, according to Fox Sports’ Mike Garafolo. “In my opinion, this outcome was pre-determined; there was no fairness in the Wells investigation whatsoever.

“There is no evidence that Tom directed footballs be set at pressures below the allowable limits. In fact, the evidence shows Tom clearly emphasized that footballs be set at pressures within the rules. Tom also cooperated with the investigation and answered every question presented to him.”

Upon announcing that Brady would fight the ban, Yee said the following: “(If) the hearing officer is completely independent and neutral, I am very confident the Wells Report will be exposed as an incredibly frail exercise in fact-finding and logic. The NFL has a well-documented history of making poor disciplinary decisions that often are overturned when truly independent and neutral judges or arbitrators preside, and a former federal judge has found the commissioner has abused his discretion in the past, so this outcome does not surprise me.”

In a letter to Brady regarding the league’s punishment, NFL executive V.P. Troy Vincent wrote the following:

“With respect to your particular involvement, the report established that there is substantial and credible evidence to conclude you were at least generally aware of the actions of the Patriots’ employees involved in the deflation of the footballs and that it was unlikely that their actions were done without your knowledge. Moreover, the report documents your failure to cooperate fully and candidly with the investigation, including by refusing to produce any relevant electronic evidence (emails, texts, etc.), despite being offered extraordinary safeguards by the investigators to protect unrelated personal information, and by providing testimony that the report concludes was not plausible and contradicted by other evidence.

“Your actions as set forth in the report clearly constitute conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the game of professional football.”

156 responses to “Don Yee: NFL ruling against Brady “has no legitimate basis”

  1. Oh Yee of little faith. Brady’s suspension will be reduced to 3 games.

  2. Hush Mr. Lee. You lost all credibility when you called it a sting operation, and your initial overall response to the Wells report had no legitimate basis… You never once defended why Brady should’ve been freed from all charges.

  3. It has to be reduced to at least three games. No way Goodell is going to stick CBS with Brady-less games for weeks 2, 3 and 4.

  4. If this goes to a truly independent arbiter, and I mean independent, a lot of this may go away.

    Settling in to watch Three Games to Glory IV.

    Go Patriots!

  5. Just take it and run.
    Just look how much worse it could be: you could have cheated and lost the games

  6. Does anyone find it disconcerting that Goodell is judge, jury, executioner? Oh, and by the way. Goodell will hear the appeal also.

    IfGoodell has the guts to let this go before arbitration, it will get tossed out. Mark my words

  7. Enjoy that parade folks. The entire league gives you zero respect on all 4 of your trophies. Cheats. Forever tainted. No hall of of fame for serial cheaters. Listing draft picks quickly again

  8. If the Patriots wanted to look like a standup organization they would punish Tom and the equipment personnel on their own on top of the leagues punishments.

  9. Translation:

    A) Brady cheated.
    B) Brady tried to get others to lie for him.
    C) Brady lied to investigators.
    D) Brady tried to stonewall the investigation.

  10. troy vincents letter was written by roger ,troy just signed it , or mouthed whatever you say roger , and goodell forged his name !
    i hope tom brady and robert kraft as ready as donald yee is for a fight .
    hopefully it will end with roger goodells removal as commissioner

  11. Apparently Don Yee just kind of says stuff. He certainly doesn’t seem to have taken the time to read the statement that accompanied the suspension.

    Tool.

  12. restoreintegritytonfl says:

    Patriots fumbling data:

    2000-06 one fumble every 42 touches
    2007-14 one fumble every 74 touches

    Pats have been cheating for years.
    ———————————————————-
    2007 – Brady lobbies the NFL to allow QBs to “prep” their own footballs. What a coincidence.

  13. I love how excited the haters are. I’m going to love it even more when most of this gets reduced or overturned. They’ll have a stroke.

    Plus this gives us a chance to see Jimmy G for a game or 2 and show everyone that Pats have the 2 best QB’s in the division.

  14. As a Patriots fan I know that the Patriots and Brady did nothing wrong because I am a Patriots fan and they are the best. You should trust my opinion.

  15. So if brady lied to belichick, any chance belichick trades or releases brady? We’ve seen in the past belichick has no loyalty to any players. All brady does is throw infinite dink & dunk balls. Any mediocre QB can do that.

  16. I am pretty much done with the NFL at this point. I am admittedly a life long Patriots fan and think the punishment is ridiculous, despite the fact that I think Brady is guilty and deserving of punishment, but at this point how can anyone take the league seriously?

    The NFL keeps referring to the Wells report as an independent investigation.

    “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” – Inigo Montoya

  17. What do Tom Brady and Richard Nixon have in common? They both cheated (Deflategate was unnecessary; after all, NE had blown out Indy earlier in Indianapolis. And Nixon had the 1972 election won without Watergate.) Brady should get the four-game suspension for stupidity.

  18. everything Yates said is right.
    those crooks even try to grease every dollar out of the penalty, oh gee they playing the Colts really?
    On an unrelated note just heard a joke on MASH
    “I always root for the underdog I’m a Browns fan.”

    what’s that 35 year’s ago lol.

  19. Yee seems a little upset that the legacy of his breadwinner client will forever be linked to cheating.

  20. Brady won’t need his high-tech bidet at least one time now that he has Vincent’s letter.

  21. No arbitration needed here. The rule about ball inflation is in the rulebook; this isn’t like physical abuse or other social problems

    Goodell just needs to apply the rules

  22. What if Brady didn’t actually do anything wrong. The report says there is a 49% chance of that.

    Even if it’s 25% that’s huge.

    I think the preponderance of evidence being the standard shouldn’t have been slipped into the rulebook. It’s pretty easy to ruins someone’s reputation that may have in fact done nothing wrong.

    Haters…. Just forget the fact that it’s Brady and imagine it is someone on the team you cheer for. The process is a shame.

  23. If Brady is so innocent then why didnt he give up his text messages and fully cooperate. Not buying into this. Maybe if they did not have a history of cheating I would consider but not happening

  24. a better haiku

    The Colts sting has worked
    Facts? We don’t need any facts
    Roger Goodell’s league

  25. While the league’s lawyers’ (yes, their lawyers) report insisted that the game referee was wrong with his best recollection of which gauge he used to set the initial PSI. And they ignored their own science exonerating the Patriots as if it didn’t even exist (it clearly does).
    And they allowed for no context as to deflating footballs from the factory set PSI, still legal at 12.5 PSI.
    And they act as if league employees never lie (they have repeatedly with false information information that hung Brady a long time ago. ) Leaks???? That’s what they do!
    Brady’s phone contact list would have been extracted and published. That’s what the league does!
    BUT… I’m still waiting for Brady to say something himself.
    Long overdue.
    His lack of usual fire in his aw shucks attitude about this doesn’t equate his usual outspoken self.
    Unless he is able to tell us something we don’t already see in the ridiculous report, he looks very guilty, regardless of the Wells report and all it’s biased stupidity.
    Time to speak up, Brady…or just admit you’re guilty of something.
    An innocent man doesn’t keep quiet when 99.5% of Americans say you’re a cheater.

  26. They cheated and Brady will get the suspension reduced to 2 games. If it takes this long to punish them, why do they overturn or reduce the games ? It will happen. 2 games for Brady.

  27. daytontriangles says:
    May 11, 2015 7:46 PM
    Yes! Fight it tooth and nail, Tom! Don’t give an inch!

    Calling it right now. Brady will remain in the NFL longer than Goodell will!

    —————————————————————————————————————————————-

    Well, that’s true whether Brady wins the appeal or not!

    #FireGoodell

  28. Also, I love how “failure to cooperate with the investigation” consists of them not granting a FIFTH interview with McNauly and Brady not handing over his personal cell phone. Brady answered all their questions and they got to interview McNauly FOUR times.

  29. Ignorance is no excuse? Didn’t Roger use that excuse himself in the Ray Rice case? He never saw the 2nd tape? (really!) – ignorance is no excuse.

    Also: Brett Favre refuses to turn over his cell phone during an NFL investigation = small fine

    The Vikings and Panthers heat the balls on TV changing the air pressure = a warning.

    This punishment seems a tad bit over the top.

  30. If Brady takes this to court and wins… it’s time for Goodell to resign.

    Not that it wasn’t that time already.

  31. The entire suspension will be overturned as well as the draft picks. I love how many non lawyers are on this site, that no nothing of the court system. With an independent Judge serious inquiry into the sting operation will unfold before your eyes. Griggson told the NFL office 6 days before the game about deflated footballs. The NFL office is not in compliance with it;\’s own rules. To notify the team before the game. griggson actually threw the NFL office along with Blandino head ref under the Bus. 19 years of officiating and this ref, made a mistake of not knowing which gauge he used. the one guage that was probably used makes it obvious that there was no tampering. NFL Scientist on page 112 said no proof of tampering. I love how all those that think Goodell is a lying scumbag are now believing his lies.

  32. raiddawgz says:
    May 11, 2015 8:00 PM
    If Brady is so innocent then why didnt he give up his text messages and fully cooperate. Not buying into this. Maybe if they did not have a history of cheating I would consider but not happening

    ____________________

    Would you give up your phone to the NFL Keystone Cops? Especially when the NFL already participated in one sting against you already?

    I think not….

  33. Yee should keep in mind that the suspension was also for Brady’s failure to cooperate in the DeflateGate investigation, which is considered conduct detrimental to the NFL and is not in dispute.

  34. Am I the only one who thinks that the whole ‘deflategate’ story is ridiculous? The final score was 45-7, the Colts got smashed end of story.

    The media, Goodell and lousy fans continue to ruin the NFL with nonsense like this.

    – A 9ers fan

  35. Those of us who have professional experience in these matters know what Yee said is accurate. The question is can the NFL block any fair appeal or arbitration.

  36. Absurd. Goodell wants to look strong, but he is exposing himself as weak. He allowed his office to run wild with this, out of all proportion to the offense (which is “deflating” balls which happen not to have been deflated, according to the data Wells himself collected). They generated as much media hysteria as they could, leaked information all over the place (much of it false), and set an absurdly draconian punishment after a week of inaction in order to placate the mob. Pathetic.

    As for the “integrity of the game,” spare me. This is a league that covered up concussion studies for decades. The life expectancy of an NFL player is something like 58. The league is rife with steroids, wife abusers, rapists and felons. Cheating of all kinds has gone on forever (will Atlanta lose a first rounder for pumping in crowd noise for two years?) But Tom Brady, who has been spotless for 16 years and the face of the league, must hang. In all honesty I don’t see how anyone but the most pathetic Patriot hater can agree with this.

  37. For people complaining that Goodell is judge, jury, and executioner, um, welcome to the real world? That’s how pretty much everyone’s employment situation is. The woman who served me my drink at Starbucks can be fired, or suspended without pay, with little to no reason, and without an appeals process. This is how employment works.

  38. While Brady continues to hide behind Yees dress….put on your big boy pants and speak for yourself. Both Patriot ballboys have been suspended indefinitely because of Toms’ action. I can only hope that one of them doesn’t want to be scapegoated by this idiot, and comes forward with the truth. The Patriots have lost a lot because of his actions and yet he continues to send Yee out. No way are they goinig to entertain an appeal unless he comes clean.

  39. At some point Brady the Person needs to take over for Brady the Brand and say he’s sorry. The story isn’t going to go away or end well for him until he does that.

    He’s stuck–done in by his own texts and actions. There’s no other explanation for giving those gifts or all the texts beyond that Brady wanted them to help him cheat. He’s not going to succeed playing the victim card with anybody but the diehard Pats fans.

  40. How can the NFL even consider commuting the punishments against either Brady or the Patriots until both comply with the requests made during the investigation (access to Brady’s phone and the two principal witnesses)?

    Still more interesting will be the question of what the Patriots do with McNally. If he’s fired, he’s certain to seek a book deal or otherwise go public. At that point, the entire organization is in big trouble. This punishment could conceivably be expanded.

  41. I think this is a small issue that was blown out of proportion but Tom Brady not being a honest human being and continue to lie is just awful. Not just for the fans, and the team but his kids now have a father who is a complete liar. If he had admitted he had them take some air out because of whatever reason he would have faced a fine.

  42. The important part is not the suspension, picks or fine it’s their history, legacy is forever ruined. Patriot fans will have this brought up for all eternity, they will try and defend it but they can’t it will fall on deaf ears it’s almost enough to drive you round the bend thinking about it. It’s crazy they are such a good team they didn’t have to do this. I am going to get slaughtered for this being a Dolphin fan but I am truly sorry for Patriot fans, it’s horrible what you have been going through and what you are going to have to put up with.

  43. I envy Brady’s lawyers. The appeal would be so much fun to write, I hope Wells gets disbarred.

  44. Don Yee: NFL ruling against Brady “has no legitimate basis”

    Hey Don, maybe because in the history of the NFL, nobody has been found guilty of deflating footballs before.

  45. Brett Favre obstructs an NFL investigation into his emails and gets a $50,000 fine.

    Tom Brady may (or may not) have obstructed an NFL investigation into his texts and gets destroyed.

    Bengals and Viking get caught on camera heating (tampering with ) the balls up. No fine, nothing. Just a please don’t do it again.

    Patriots/ Brady unproven to have done anything. Get the boom lowered on them.

    Now who has an agenda?

  46. restoreintegritytonfl says:
    May 11, 2015 7:49 PM
    Beautiful haiku:

    Tom cheats a lot
    Patriot fans crying
    Four tainted rings.

    ————————————————————–

    Haikus are 5-7-5, not 4-6-4.
    Nice try, though, you’re really giving your grasp of football a run for its money…

  47. whether he was party to the cheating or not…. he refused to give over key evidence… his fate was sealed when he decided to do that

    secondly, knowing how that was going to get looked at, he did it anyway, so there must have been some doozy evidence on that phone about this or some other type of cheating

    either way, he was up to no good to say the least

  48. Even the logical, realistic people who think Brady is guilty, don’t think this ruins his legacy. The penalty in the NFL rule book for this exact violation is 25K, so obviously the NFL didnt even think this was a big deal. We’re talking about .6 PSI in a football. Seriously get some perspective.

  49. Yee is 100% correct. The Wells Report is a joke.

    The next time I see a kicker push a K ball into the ground before kickoff, I’d better see him suspended for 4 games.

  50. If the under inflated balls enhanced bradys performance just one play, then the suspension of 4 is legit, the question of his knowledge of the act isnt open for discussion when you peruse the report

  51. Why is it before the superbowl everyone was saying how kraft and goodell where best buds and now he suspends him its like it was a setup to get brady….these news reporters just want to keep us reading who else is sick of the media feeding us abunch of crap

  52. Every fan on this board is a fan of a team that got their ass kicked by the patriots just because you losers think they cheated doesn’t make it so and they will be remembered as a dynasty eat it kiss the rings

  53. And the league allowed the AFC Championship to be played with “‘illegal” footballs. For the first half. And when, it all boils out, shows the footballs were not drastically under inflated, suspend Brady.

    No, not a sting at all. Ryan Grigson and John Kensil didn’t bias this. Not one bit. Riiiight.

  54. If Tommy boy is so innocent, why did the Pats suspend (fire) the equipment managers involved? if there was no foul play, wouldn’t/ shouldn’t they be fighting for all parties involved to be exonerated?

  55. “zeke2517 says:
    May 11, 2015 7:53 PM

    Apparently Don Yee just kind of says stuff. He certainly doesn’t seem to have taken the time to read the statement that accompanied the suspension.

    Tool.”

    =========

    Shoot, Roger and Well’s haven’t even read it, otherwise, it would’ve been thrown out before the public read it and Well’s just kind’a says stuff. Tool.

  56. NFL has to be fueling the fire on these stories and this drama. Taking a page out of WWE or MTV.

    Terrible all around and I bet this stretches out until the start of the season. Ugggh. If it was deflategate it would have been something else by the NFL.

    I guess this is what happens when you get a bunch of business hacks, I mean ex NFL players running a company.

    At least my Lions didn’t resign Suh. It just reduced our odds of being caught up into anything like this significantly.

  57. How can both under inflated balls and over inflated balls be considered an advantage? They’re exact opposites of each other. All it is, is a preference by the QB. It in no way affects the game, as the other team uses their own balls that are prepared the way their QB likes. This whole thing is ridiculous.

  58. If the NFL is so worried about integrity of the game, why doesn’t both teams use the same football? There is no reason why each team uses their own. No other team sport has it where each team uses their own ball that I can think of. The NFL should have assigned staff to take care of footballs during a game and take it out of the hands of the team personnel.

  59. Attorney Wood Yee sounds just like Brady an arrogant, dishonest, cheating SOB. Brady is tainted forever and I still say he did not have to cheat to get where he is today. He chose to cheat.

  60. “With respect to your particular involvement, the report established that there is substantial and credible evidence to conclude you were at least generally aware of the actions of the Patriots’ employees involved in the deflation of the footballs and that it was unlikely that their actions were done without your knowledge.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    This is an assumption, not a finding. It is also based on the opinion of the investigator who ignored evidence that did not fit his narrative. This statement is factual when applied to the league itself, not Brady. The league believed there might be ball tampering, set up an attempt to catch the act, noticed the balls were missing (against protocol) and then…did absolutely nothing to ensure the balls were within regulations for the AFCC game. The official is the one who should be suspended, NOT Brady. It is a shame when politics/PC become more important than truth when determining guilt/innocence or deciding appropriate punishment (if any). The NFL got this one horribly wrong. The evidence to support my assertion is plainly written in the Wells report. Goodell/Vincent chose to accept assumptions and opinions while disregarding actual evidence.

  61. Most lay people don’t know that legal procedures, especially contract law, is not about a search for the truth. It is a fight where restrictions in the contract usually benefit one party over the other. The NFL played the game of handing off the investigation to a “independent” third party that wasn’t really independent. Wells relied on “expert” reports that really just gave them the facts they wanted, the ones that put Brad and the Patriots in the worst light.

    Normally, in legal proceedings, the opposition would blow away the sham we see in the Wells Report with its own facts and experts. Brady didn’t have that right and under the CBA can only appeal to Goodell. Goodell will use the argument that his findings and discipline was reasonable because it relied on independent report and experts as well as precedent. That is all form over substance but that is he game they are trying to win.

  62. When people say the rings are tainted it’s funny.Tainted in their minds,the trophies are all polished up and were earned .Greatest team ever.Way to go Pats,lets get them again.Great to see so many new tough lineman on both sides of the ball and fast defensive ends added to the team.

  63. Troy don’t like the Patriots ever since he didn’t get the contract he wanted. this was against the Pats 10weeks before the championship game it was a sting and Vincent was behind it, and the puppet Goodell didn’t know what’s was going on , get rid of both.

  64. He may have answered every question presented to him, but he wasn’t under any oath to tell the truth, which then leads to why not allow the investigators check your emails or text messages. Not everything needs to be given to them, but he should’ve given them any messages with just the two balls, Mcnally and the other guy. By not doing so, they concluded he was hiding something. Its like that in the real world.

  65. Do you understand this. The ball boys who were doing Brady’s dirty work lose their jobs for the whole year and probably for life. And Brady, who is the mastermind behind all this gets a 4-game suspension which will probably be reduced.

  66. Don Yee is the same agent for Sean Payton so that should say something. He’s an expert at defending cheaters.

  67. Or … maybe Brady doesn’t HAVE the text messages/emails to give. I clean out my phone all the time. These messages were likely from January. Thats 5+ months ago. Maybe he doesn’t even HAVE that phone anymore.

  68. seahawkboymike says:
    May 11, 2015 7:51 PM
    Translation:

    A) Brady cheated.
    B) Brady tried to get others to lie for him.
    C) Brady lied to investigators.
    D) Brady tried to stonewall the investigation.

    __

    You forgot:
    E) Brady shredded the Seahawk defense (with legal balls) for 2 TDs in the fourth quarter leading the Patriots to a Super Bowl Victory!! Hahahhahhaha

  69. If under inflated footballs are easier to catch and throw and less likely to be fumbled, why would Aaron Rogers want his over inflated?

  70. This is all just a smoke screen to distract us all from the reality that Roger Goodell is TERRIBLE at his job.

    The league and Goodell himself have had a terrible year PR wise and this is just their attempt to cater to the masses who would like nothing more than to believe the Patriots cheated.

    The reality is that the league is responsible for this mess. They have never had consistent protocol in regards to football, weren’t even aware that football psi would fluctuate under different weather conditions, have no idea which pressure gauges get used or the accuracy of those gauges. This whole thing is nothing but an attempt of the NFL to cover up their own incompetence.

    The irony is that we’re seeing individuals who are absolutely horrible at their jobs targeting individuals who are arguably the very best at theirs. Jealousy, envy….Call it what you want. Brady is going to own this league in a few months.

  71. restoreintegritytonfl says:
    May 11, 2015 7:46 PM
    Patriots fumbling data:

    2000-06 one fumble every 42 touches
    2007-14 one fumble every 74 touches

    Pats have been cheating for years.

    __

    Please provide your source for these statistics. I’d love to see it. That is, assuming of course, you actually have a source and didn’t just make them up all on your own.

    By the way, did you do the same stats for the Colts? Maybe you should and report back to us on that.

  72. Whenever I attempt to offer a logical on point opinion using common sense and fact to completely debunk the nonsensical farce dubbed the Wells Report, it doesn’t get posted.

    So I will only offer the following to all of the self-loathing losers that want to tear down what Mr. Kraft and Coach Belichick have built on the humiliating defeats of opposing teams:

    It’s the Patriots against the world, and that’s just the way we like it.

  73. Be interested in how this is handled in the Brady house. You know he can’t tell Giselle he did it because it would eventually be yapped everywhere. So he told her he didn’t do it. She’s probably not stupid and with the findings and when the equipment guys come clean, he’ll be found even more guilty and also lying now to his wife. I think some of us know how this is going to play out!

  74. In 2006, before the rule changed, the Pats were #22 in fumbles (#1 being fewest)

    After the rule change, in 2007 Pats were #1.

    The four years of 2003 – 2006 the Pats were NEVER in the top 10 and in fact their best year was 12.

    In the years of 2007 through 2014 the Pats ALWAYS in the top 5 except one year and was #1 twice.

    I guess Bill and Tom just suddenly realized fumbles were bad and it had nothing to do with deflated balls.

    SERIAL CHEATERS AND NOW RECOGNIZED AS SUCH IN THE HISTORICAL CHRONICLES OF THE NFL.

    Congrats.

  75. Yee: You need to give your client some really good advice here,and that is to not appeal.It has already been stated by experts that the appeal panel will ask for Brady’s emails and texts.If he doesn’t provide them,they more than likely will not hear his appeal.I think Brady is a pretty smart guy,so I would let this stand unless he wants more and deeper problems.

  76. Who care. It wasn’t an advantage. Jerry Rice cheated. They all try to cheat as players, not teams. Sure the teams try to look the other way if they can, but it’s the players. Yeah, maybe here and there you have “team officials” involved, but it’s the players who get creative. The players of other teams need to speak up and say something if it’s that big a deal. Maybe the Patriots are bad “cheaters” and just get caught all the time. They can’t be the only team that inflates/deflates balls beyond the rule specifications right?

  77. Um, solid evidence wasn’t produced and discovered because Brady hid the evidence and didn’t cooperate with the investigation. As far as I’m concerned, any suspension stands just based on those facts alone.

  78. bleedgreen: You can’t erase texts,and even if you find a way,your provider still has them.He refused even with the offer to let his attorney go through them first.He definitely has something to hide and if he appeals they will see the light of day.

  79. PriorKnowledge says:
    May 11, 2015 8:54 PM

    Do you understand this. The ball boys who were doing Brady’s dirty work lose their jobs for the whole year and probably for life. And Brady, who is the mastermind behind all this gets a 4-game suspension which will probably be reduced.

    Don’t be ridiculous.

    They’ll be well taken care of. Pats aren’t going to allow them to be interviewed and tell the truth. They’ll give them a pile of money in exchange for a non-disclosure.

    The IRS should audit them.

  80. When the NFL ever have a suspension upheld in court?
    starcaps?
    bountygate?
    Ray Rice?
    adderall in the Hawks D backs?

    If they are. Going to hang on the claim that Brady violated the league by refusing to give complete access to the league of his personal cell phone records…..good luck with that .

    Goodell has been missing the mark on Discplime since Bountygate.

    He did manage to screw his biggest supporter and the networks for the opening game at the same time, I’m willing to sacrifice both to get rid of this clown .

    It’s obvious we he used to work of the Jets .

  81. All 4 games will be lifted & Brady will sue the Nfl & win WIN big time

  82. “Here is the full statement, that also re-emphasized the Kraft family’s support for Brady.

    “Despite our conviction that there was no tampering with footballs, it was our intention to accept any discipline levied by the league. Today’s punishment, however, far exceeded any reasonable expectation. It was based completely on circumstantial rather than hard or conclusive evidence.

    “We are humbled by the support the New England Patriots have received from our fans throughout the world. We recognize our fans’ concerns regarding the NFL’s penalties and share in their disappointment in how this one-sided investigation was handled, as well as the dismissal of the scientific evidence supported by the Ideal Gas Law in the final report.

    “Tom Brady has our unconditional support. Our belief in him has not wavered.”

    Go get ’em, Mr. Kraft! Go, Tom! Pats all the way!!!

  83. 1. Why didn’t Brady turn his cell phone over TO HIS OWN ATTORNEYS AS REQUESTED for appropriate screening?

    2. Why did Brady give McNally autographed “size 11 kicks”, precisely what he asked for in the texts to Jastremski?

    3. Why did Brady suddenly make NUMEROUS texts and calls to Jastremski immediately after the story first broke?

    Do these people think every one of us is completely stupid?

    Cheaters.

  84. I don’t know if the balls were deflated deliberately or not, and if Brady was involved or not. It seems like there is evidence that points in either direction. But please everyone stop with the sting operation argument. The last thing the NFL wants is for the face of the sport to be considered a cheater in any way shape or form. If you think the NFL set out in this investigation with a pre-determined outcome hoping to find Tom Brady guilty, then you are just not paying attention at all. NFL had nothing to gain by trying to “sting” the Patriots or Brady.

    The complaint was presented to the NFL by the Colts that, in essence, they thought the Pats were cheating. The league has no obligation to warn the Pats, the alleged cheaters, that there are suspicions of them cheating. That wouldn’t really be a good way to prevent cheating in the future if the team said to be cheating knew they would get warned anytime anyone was getting close to being on to their cheating ways so they could then stop and not get caught or face consequences. The NFL also wouldn’t be able to figure out if the allegations had any truth to them or not if they didn’t find out for themselves. Has it spun out of control since then? Sure. But if this was a sting operation, they would have made sure ahead of time that their T’s were crossed and I’s were dotted. We’re talking video footage, the refs being 100% sure which pump they were using, better label and documentation ahead of time, as well as having every single ball measured at halftime. They wouldn’t allow there to be any room for doubts or holes if they were trying and hoping to find the Pats guilty.

    At the same time, the media needs to stop with the moral outrage. This is equivalent to Michael Pindeda using pinetar and Sammy Sosa using a corked bat. 10 and 8 games respectively in a 162 game season. Give Brady 1 game after the appeal and let’s move on.

  85. if brady got 4 games then referee walt anderson should get 4 games as well. i dont see how u can suspend brady when the referee cant even remember what gauge he used to take the air pressure at the start of teh game

  86. In the years 2003-2006 the Pats fumbled once per every 44.3 plays.

    This was before they could deflate their balls.

    In the years from 2007-2014 after they could deflate their balls they fumbled once every 72.9 plays.

    This from NFL stats.com.

    CHEATERS.

  87. Don Yee, you’re simply now attempting to bilk your client, the cheater, out of millions in defense of legacy fees. Attorney’s, yeah, we know the drill.

  88. bleedgreen says:
    May 11, 2015 9:01 PM
    Or … maybe Brady doesn’t HAVE the text messages/emails to give. I clean out my phone all the time. These messages were likely from January. Thats 5+ months ago. Maybe he doesn’t even HAVE that phone anymore.
    ——
    The texts are a permanent record at your phone company carrier. Now, don’t you feel silly. Typical Boston fan base justification for cheating.

  89. “Don Yee: NFL ruling against Brady “has no legitimate basis”

    Neither was the punishment for Adrian Peterson, not that I condone what he did, but he was clear by a civilian court… my advice to Tom Brady… you got caught pretty boy so suckit-up and walk it off.

    Oh yeah, Mr. Kraft, WE DEMAND AN APOLOGY!

  90. tcstunner says:
    May 11, 2015 8:42 PM
    How can both under inflated balls and over inflated balls be considered an advantage? They’re exact opposites of each other. All it is, is a preference by the QB. It in no way affects the game, as the other team uses their own balls that are prepared the way their QB likes. This whole thing is ridiculous
    ______
    Deflated balls help with gripping the ball better. less chances of fumbling the ball. I think it’s no big deal but they need to play within the rules. They should fight the rule if its a big deal to them not make them up and complain when caught!

    Def

  91. The QB is a cheat and he finally got caught. He had been deflating balls for years guarantee it. The suspension doesn’t warrent the crime. He got off easy. End of story.

  92. @ raiddawgz… ” They should fight the rule if its a big deal to them not make them up and complain when caught!”

    Good luck with that… Brady was one of the high-profile QB’s that wanted this rule.

  93. raiddawgz says:
    May 11, 2015 8:00 PM
    If Brady is so innocent then why didnt he give up his text messages and fully cooperate. Not buying into this. Maybe if they did not have a history of cheating I would consider but not happening

    Can you blame him for not giving them his emails and cellphone? They can’t even keep the Wonderlic scores a secret. All his private life would have been on TMZ.

  94. I hate the Pats but can’t understand how ray rice gets an initial suspension of two games, but Brady gets four…guess deflating some balls is much worse than beating your fiancé.

  95. The Patriots have not only established themselves as the biggest cheaters and liars in modern sports history, but they’ve now become the biggest crybabies in the history of mankind! Waaaahhhh!!!!!

  96. Tom was laughing about this the day after it happened .. Bet he’s not laughing now
    ================================
    Yeah…..he’s a multi-multi-multi millionaire married to one of the most beautiful women on the planet…..who has more money than him…..and he’s got 4 super bowl trophies that are still in tact…….I’m sure he’s crushed.

  97. raiddawgz says:
    May 11, 2015 9:49 PM
    tcstunner says:
    May 11, 2015 8:42 PM
    How can both under inflated balls and over inflated balls be considered an advantage? They’re exact opposites of each other. All it is, is a preference by the QB. It in no way affects the game, as the other team uses their own balls that are prepared the way their QB likes. This whole thing is ridiculous
    ______
    Deflated balls help with gripping the ball better. less chances of fumbling the ball. I think it’s no big deal but they need to play within the rules. They should fight the rule if its a big deal to them not make them up and complain when caught!
    ————————-

    So why does Aaron Rodgers like his footballs over inflated then? He likes to make it harder to throw and easier to fumble? I don’t think so. Also Sports Science did a study and came to the conclusion that under inflated balls travel slower, therefore giving the defender more time to adjust.

  98. “What if Brady didn’t actually do anything wrong. The report says there is a 49% chance of that.”

    Yes he did, you delusional lemming. He obstructed the investigation. Pay attention.

  99. I need to e-mail an apology to that Joe Tapioca guy who was A-Fraud’s lawyer for thinking he was a tool. ClearYee tool has been redefined

  100. Too legit to quit. You will have plenty more work to do after Larry and Curly spill the beans Dr. Wu.

  101. Pats fans are idiots. The NFL does not have to do a damn thing. He should be grateful he is not banned for the year. I hope he appeals. BTW he has to give up his phone and data in an appeal. Guilty as hell. I am going to wipe crap on his HOF bust personally.

  102. I don’t really care for Favre but to compare this is ridiculous. He texted pics of his junk to an idiot chick that probably did want him. Brady’s stunt directly impacted a championship football game. Favre’s thing is between him and his wife.

  103. Honestly it doesn’t matter at this point. If the report exonerated Brady and the Patriots everyone who dislikes the Patriots would be screaming foul, just like the Pats fans are now. The NFL has what it wanted controversy/nations attention during the off season. How crazy is it that is getting more attention than the NBA and NHL’s playoffs!
    The one thing I’ll say if Brady doesn’t fight this then it’ll prove to me that he is guilty.

  104. “Your actions as set forth in the report clearly constitute conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the game of professional football.”

    This is exactly what I would say to Roger Goodell if I ever got the chance.

  105. If there is anything I learned from this cheating mess if I want to look guilty hire Don Yee – this guy says all the right things to make you look even guiltier than you looked before at a top dollar.

  106. Yee is 100% correct. This might turn into the moment when the NFL blew everything. Absolute joke of a league. Total joke.

  107. Welcome to the New NFL, where every year, there’s a new team scandal. It’s apparently good business.

    After watching Miami go through “nonsense gate” last year, getting crucified from every angle, all I can say is that it’s not so funny when it’s your team’s turn in the barrel.

  108. Tom also cooperated with the investigation and answered every question presented to him…

    Wells: Did you have any knowledge regarding the deflation of footballs in the AFC CG?

    Brady: I’m just here so I won’t get fined.

  109. Remember, neither Brady nor the patriots have control of balls on away games which are half of his games, why would he want different air in the balls 50% of the time? Btw, other teams probably over inflate his balls after the refs check them.

  110. Fins fan here but I agree with the pats fans that say Brady should sue the nfl/commish. He might have to give up his phone/text history, but it will be worth it to clear his name. Likewise, it would be great to get McNally and jj up on a stand and under oath. Then we can find out exactly what they’ve been doing and for how long. Please sue and let freedom ring.

  111. Yes! Keep fighting the ruling and lets get the ballboys comments and get them on national interviews. Then we will see what was going on. Guys with nothing to lose now that they have been indefinitely suspended.

    Lets look into the Pats incredible ability not to fumble, using under inflated footballs since 2007.

    The NFL wants this to go away. Imagine it comes out that Belichick and Brady came up with his advantage way back when.

  112. Trying to be fair, I understand that Patriots fans feel this is unbiased in the penalty.

    But then, I come to the realization that much of this is brought on by prior indiscretions. If there is no spygate, this is nothing near what it is.

    When your owner stands in front of microphones and takes such a hard line stance when in fact “his team” has received fines and loss of draft pics before, how can he act so incredulous?

    Oh, NFL’s collective bargaining agreement, agreed to by the players union that will represent Mr. Brady, agreed to Goddell be judge and jury. Seems to me Kraft was one of the biggest supporters of that structure. So I don’t want to hear one of you bltch about that. It is what Kraft wanted.

    Last, civil justice in America is decided on circumstantial preponderance of evidence everyday. Get over it.

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