Brady will use Kessler for appeal of suspension

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady should have used the NFL Players Association in connection with the Ted Wells report. Brady didn’t. But he apparently won’t make the same mistake twice.

Per Adam Schefter of ESPN (via Phil Perry of CSN New England), Brady has added Jeffrey Kessler to the legal team that will handle the appeal. And Brady would be wise to let Kessler handle the whole thing, with agent/lawyer Don Yee taking a seat and watching.

It still would have been better for Brady to seek — and to implement — Kessler’s advice from the get go. Kessler would have nudged Brady in directions that would have established a better foundation for success on appeal or in court.

Kessler also may have been able to cajole Brady into accepting the league’s offer to allow Brady’s legal team to lift from his phone and email account any messages that may be relevant to the investigation, without supervision or involvement of the NFL.

Indeed, it’s possible that Yee simply wasn’t able to talk sense into Brady. Kessler, fully able to see how refusal to fully cooperate may have undermined Brady’s interests, may have been far more persuasive — and ultimately far more effective.

180 responses to “Brady will use Kessler for appeal of suspension

  1. Roger Goodell [to Ted Wells]: Consider yourself in Contempt!
    Ted Wells: Tom Brady, did you order the balls bled?
    Goodell: You don’t have to answer that question!
    Brady: I’ll answer the question!
    [to Goodell]
    Brady: You want answers?
    Wells: I think I’m entitled to…
    Brady: You want answers?
    Wells: I want the truth!
    Brady: You can’t handle the truth!
    [pauses]
    Brady: Son, we play in a game that has balls, and those balls have to be fired by men with arms. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Mike Florio? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Indianapolis, and you curse the Patriots. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Indy’s loss, while tragic, probably saved ratings. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves ratings. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me throwing balls, you need me throwing balls. We use words like power, team, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the financial windfall that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a football, and connect on a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to.
    Wells: Did you order the balls bled?
    Brady: I did the job I…
    Wells: Did you order the balls bled?!
    Brady: YOU’RE G##DAMN RIGHT I DID!!!

  2. Have any of Roger Goodell’s punishment decisions been upheld upon appeal?

    You know, the ones in which he didn’t turn into a joke by hearing the appeal himself.

  3. You are jealous. Each and every one of you are jealous. The championship winning Patriots are better than your team will ever be. Tom Brady is better than you’ll ever be.

  4. PATS FUMBLING DATA: THE TRUTH
    There are some remarkably ignorant people here (e.g., RestoreintegritytotheNFL; higheriqthanyou; logicalvoices) who keep claming the fumble data support the contention that the Pats have been using underflated footballs for years, based on a 2006 rule change that Brady advocated. This is based upon total ignorance, coupled with an intellectually-lazy habit whereby they don’t check the data. Let me share that information now.
    First, it was Brady AND Peyton who lobbied the NFL in 2006 to allow teams to bring in the footballs roughed up to the liking of the QB. Secondly, it had noting to do with the PSI in footballs, but as just mentioned it was about bring in the footballs roughed up. In short, it had nothing to do with allowing the Pats to use underinfalted footballs. Third, and most importantly, for it highlights just how dumb these folks are, the rule applied to ALL teams,. Accordingly, ALL team benefited from this and the rule change helped no team alone, but helped them all. Now let’s look at the fumbling data for the last three years.
    In 2012 the Pats 14 times
    the Giants 13 times
    the Ravens 14 times.
    In 2013 the Pats 24 times
    the Ravens 15 times
    the Steelers 16 times.
    In 2014 the Pats 13 times
    the Ravens 16 times
    the Broncos 16 times
    the Steelers 16 times.
    Why are the Pats better at not fumbling (when they do fumble less, which is certainly not always)? There are two reasons. Brady is widely mocked for going down too easily when the rush comes, but that’s exactly why he fumbles so much less. When he sees the other team coming in too fast, he wraps up the ball and just goes down. What others ignorantly decry as crumbling like a girl, is actually an act which protects the ball above all else. The second reason is that BB HATES fumblers and the person who fumbles will play the price. Look at Ridley, the Pats best runner. He fumbled and was benched and then the Pats got Blount (who almost never fumbles) and Ridley rarely ever saw the field again and today he is a Jet. So hey higheriqthanyou, how’s that enormous IQ of yours working out for you? lol

  5. We didn’t cheat. We just win like we always do and everyone runs off WAHH WAHH! and rationalizes their inferiority with “cheating”. We are the best franchise the world will ever know. DEAL WITH IT!

  6. you’re all jealous of our shiny trophies.. the asterisks exist only as figments of your small minds’ imaginations

  7. Didn’t Kessler represent the Players in a CBA issue in the Brady, Manning etc. v. the NFL a few years back?

    I’m going to guess that Kessler will disagree with Goodell’s notion that complete access to anyone’s complete cellphone and email record is deemed an “unreasonable” lack of cooperation.

    Why doesn’t Wells release his complete email and cellphone records so that we can see exactly what he Goodell, Mike Kensil and others were saying to each other throughout this sham investigation

    If he has nothing to hide, why wouldn’t he share that with Kessler at the very least.

  8. Jeff Kessler back in town? Just when Goodell thought he could stop handing over his lunch money.

  9. Kraft gave Goodell the opening to settle this thing peacefully last week, and Goodell decided he wanted to go to war. Well, you got what you wanted Roger, except that you’re going to war with Tom Brady. Whether it’s a football field, a courtroom or a combat zone, I wouldn’t bet against Tom Brady, under any circumstances. Bring it on Commissioner, you chose to go up against the Greatest of All Time. I suggest you start packing.

  10. Don Yee has been kind of a mess the last few days. Not saying he’s a bad lawyer or advocate, but the current situation needs someone more experienced in this new ground the commissioner has opened up.

  11. Easy solution that an innocent team would propose:

    Suspend Brady for every game, practice and any sort of team contact until he furnishes all of the requested information and Jim McNally is interviewed face-to-face, with all previously established penalties (draft picks, monetary fines, etc.) intact until the evidence exonerates him; or, in the more likely case, confirms the original penalty of a 4 game suspension.

    In the likely case that the evidence incriminates him and confirms his awareness and potential direct involvement in deflating balls below the legal limit, all previously established penalties (4 game suspension, etc.) should be applied and that would be the end of the matter, unless of course Brady/New England wait beyond the 4th week of the season to furnish the information/McNally.

    If the evidence from Brady exonerates him, Brady and the Patriots should clearly be due a massive public apology, no penalties, and financial restitution of some sort. Additionally, in this implausible outcome, Ted Wells should no longer be able to partake in work of any kind with the league. Finally, in collaboration with the players union and ownership, there should be some sort of effort to establish a more objective, check-and-balance manner of handling such situations in the future so to ensure that conflicts of interest don’t arise. And maybe even a new commissioner!?!

    But of course, when you’re guilty, nothing that makes sense like this ever gets proposed.

  12. themikegun says:
    May 12, 2015 9:13 PM
    More probable than not Tom Brady will be under center on opening night…and the NEW commissioner will be in attendance.

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    No way he will be under center. It will get dropped to 2 games. Can’t have the Pat fans without their security binky ,I mean tommy

  13. “Kessler also may have been able to cajole Brady into accepting the league’s offer to allow Brady’s legal team to lift from his phone and email account any messages that may be relevant to the investigation, without supervision or involvement of the NFL.”

    That’s the equivalent of allowing Aaron Hernandez’s legal team to select which frames of surveillance footage to submit as evidence. (rolleyes)

  14. Thumbs up if you now wish the Seahawks would have won the SB so we didn’t have to listen to these arrogant Pats fans who are in to much denial to see the truth.

  15. If the NFL cared about the integrity of the game, why did it allow the Colts to play with under-inflated balls in the second half of the AFCCG per the Wells report while the Patriots played with balls within the NFL limits (except for one ball the NFL over inflated)?

    Why did the NFL stop testing the Colts balls at halftime after four balls and leave seven untested (they said they ran out of time but they also said a ball boy can deflate 11 balls in only 1 minute and 40 seconds)?

    Why weren’t the officials concerned about the integrity of the game based on the Colts balls being recorded as under-inflated?

    The NFL knowing put Colts balls in play in the second half that should have suspected were under-inflated based on their own tests.

  16. Yeah, this fan of the team with 6 rings is jealous of Brady and the Patriots. I know, if u keep thinking that, maybe it’ll eventually come true.

  17. You got to love the pats for being stupid about this mess. You got to love it. Bill

  18. Four games.
    Two draft picks.
    One million bucks.

    It ain’t gonna change.

    Suck it, Brady.

  19. For all of you Patriot Haters out there, please check out this website so you can see how your team fares when it comes to the Integrity of the Game!

    YourTeamCheats.com

    Of particular note is when the Colts TANKED the season in 2011 or the so called “Suck For Luck” campaign.

  20. Has the media coverage of this fiasco been fair and balanced? I think not. Fans of 31 teams and their media masters think that Roger Goodell is ” just dreamy”
    .

  21. Kessler is the one that Belichick used when he sued the NFL and the Jets in 2000. I like how the wall is shaping up. Defend the wall Kessler! Free Brady!

  22. citizenstrange says:
    May 12, 2015 9:36 PM
    He’s the lawyer that made the Kessler Run in less than twelve parsecs. He’s fast enough for you old man.

    ••••••••••••••••••••••••••

    Strange, that’s the funniest thing I’ve seen on this site in six months. Still laughing. Well done, dude.

  23. Brady is a Cheater and now a proven Liar! Deal with it new England—-he is all yours. THE great thing is that you are the only FANBASE loves ppl like that. YHE WEASEL NATION

  24. I don’t like Yee either. The quotes I read from him don’t seem to be helping. Reminds me a little of the quotes from Peterson’s agent. Kind of tone deaf and overly belligerent.

  25. Like Mr. J. Rice said, it’s all about leveling the playing field. Since the Colts don’t know how to use their first round pick the NFL has taken away the Patriots first round pick.

  26. Mark Cuban was the one whom aroused the suspicion of the Colts. I have reason to believe that is more probable than not my theory with no conclusive evidence is true.

  27. More probable than not that Kessler points out all the absurd reasoning behind Wells’ conclusions that don’t sync with the available data, but rely on a ref saying that Patriots footballs were EXACTLY 12.5 Psi and Colts footballs EXACTLY 13 psi before the game . But then Wells ignores Anderson saying that he used the Wilson gauge because it didn’t fit the conclusion they had already determined. And since when have refs been precise about the pregame psi settings? Never, that’s when. Good luck, NFL.

    And still waiting for Wells to speak of Gardi, Kensil and others with an agenda who couldn’t even pull off the STING operation without completely bumbling the whole operation.
    Independent investigation? Yeah right!!
    Couldn’t even bring himself to criticize the league in the slightest way, even with all the stupid from those New York guys.

  28. The real deal on fumbles……

    according to Sharp:

    “The league average from 2010 to 2014 was 50 plays per fumble. For indoor teams, the average was 55 plays per fumble. For outdoor teams, excluding the Patriots, the average was 46 plays per fumble. The Patriots averaged 73 plays per fumble, almost 60 percent more than outdoor teams and almost 50 percent more than the league average the past five years.”

    Maybe the Patriots just target players who are particularly good at holding onto the ball? It’s easy to think that during the offseason and in the draft room, Belichick and friends are scouting players who have a knack for not fumbling.

    However, Michael Salfino of the Wall Street Journal looked at Patriots players who, since 2010, have logged significant minutes on other teams to compare fumbles rates. His findings:

    “Additionally, according to Stats, LLC, the six players who have played extensively for the Patriots and other teams in this span all fumbled far less frequently wearing the New England uniform. Including recovered fumbles, Danny Amendola, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Danny Woodhead, Wes Welker, Brandon LaFell and LeGarrette Blount have lost the ball eight times in 1,482 touches for the Patriots since 2010, or once every 185.3 times. For their other teams, they fumbled 22 times in 1,701 touches (once every 77.3).”

    So it can’t be merely personnel, right? For example, Green-Ellis didn’t fumble once in 501 touches for the Patriots since 2010. However, during his next two years with the Cincinnati Bengals he fumbled five times in 524 touches.

    Likewise, Amendola hasn’t fumbled once in 82 touches with the Patriots, yet had three fumbles in 162 touches with Ram since 2010. During the same time, Woodhead saw his plays-per-fumble decrease from 171 with the Patriots to just 86 with the Chargers. Blount fumbled every 51.8 plays with the Buccaneers and Steelers, but only every 73 plays with New England.

    Yet while Welker only lost the ball every 166 touches with the Patriots, he is still yet to fumble (in 122 touches so far) with the Broncos. And LaFell has actually seen his plays-per-fumble decrease to 76 with the Patriots, from 86.5 with the Panthers.

    While it isn’t universal for every individual player, Salfino’s larger finding still stands: in the past five years, players fumble significantly less on the Patriots than they do when playing for other teams. Since his initial report, Sharp wrote a supplemental post showing that from 2007-2014, individual Patriots players with more than 300 touches fumbled once every 107 touches, versus every 67 touches when playing for other teams.

    So it isn’t strictly personnel. Could it be the coaching?

    Despite Stevan Ridley earning a reputation for being fumble-prone, the stats don’t seem to show that he fumbles at a rate particularly higher than league averages. In fact, since 2010, only one team in the league had a better rate: The Atlanta Falcons, who play in a dome, fumbled only once every 80 plays. Besides the Patriots, no other team in the league broke 70 and no other outdoor team had a better rate than 55. Compared to the average fumble rate for the 31 other teams in the league, per touch Ridley actually has a better chance of holding on.

    That hasn’t, however, stopped him from being benched—multiple times—for fumbling. Perhaps Belichick has particularly high standards for his players. And we know turnovers are a statistic that Belichick has focused on in the past. It’s not very realistic that it is something he regularly drills in practice and emphasizes, even if it means benching his running back.

    Does this apparent strictness from the coach explain the Patriots’ collective tight grip on the football? Perhaps Belichick has just groomed his team into a statistical anomaly when it comes to fumble rate?

    Or perhaps something else has been in the works. As Sharp speculates, maybe they’ve invented a “revolutionary in-house way to protect the ball” or they design plays that don’t put players in the position to fumble. Or maybe it’s the ball.

    The Patriots have held the best plays per fumble rate since 2007. Sharp also points out this is the first year the Patriots started outperforming in wet weather games. After going 0-2 in 2006, New England has gone an unprecedented 14-1 in Tom Brady wet weather home games (compared to 51-9 in dry weather home games). According to ProFootballReference.com, from 2001 to 2006, Brady averaged 9.8 fumbles per season. From 2007 to 2014, his fumbles per season decreased to 5.3.

    Interestingly, one other thing changed the season prior to 2007: the rules. In 2006, Brady and Peyton Manning successfully lobbied the league to allow road team offenses to bring their own balls, breaking from the rule in which the home team provided all 24 balls. You may have heard of this rule change recently in the news again.

    Ultimately, the anomaly of the Patriots’ superior fumble avoidance doesn’t prove anything, besides a distinct advantage on their opponents. But whether it’s coaching, play design or PSI, it’s certainly no coincidence.

  29. A team (Colts) that was playing with under-inflated balls (per the Wells Report) charged a team (Patriots) beating them with playing with under-inflated balls.

    In response, the NFL tested all 11 of one team’s balls and only four of the others and then allowed the team that complained to play with under-inflated balls in the second half. Despite the NFL’s attempt to favor the Colts, the Patriots outscored them 28 to 0 in the second half.

    The NFL and the Colts leaked to the media that the Patriots were being investigated for playing with under-inflated balls.

    You can’t make this stuff up.

  30. Here’s some truth for ya:

    The entire Wells Report is based on an assumption that all of the Colts balls measured at 13.0 and all the Patriots balls measured at 12.5 before the game despite referee Walt Anderson conceding some variation (p. 52). Wells admits that the NFL referees did not bother to document the pregame measurements despite the Colts tipping off the NFL to their suspicions and the NFL warning the referees to watch for ball pressure. And despite the halftime measurements showing considerable fluctuations (p. 8) from ball to ball and considerable fluctuations in measurements of the same ball from referee to referee, the report insists on using neat, consistent pregame measurements of 13.0 for each Colts ball and 12.5 for each Patriots ball. Wells accepts the uniform 13.0/12.5 measurements in part because of “the level of confidence [referee Walt] Anderson expressed in his recollection” that the balls came in around those levels.

    #7 After Relying on Walt Anderson’s ‘Best Recollection,’ Wells Disregards It

    Here’s where things get interesting. According (pp. 51-52) to Anderson’s “best recollection,” he used the gauge with a Wilson logo and “the long, crooked needle,” calibrated by Wells’s scientists as finding lower pressure readings, to gauge balls before the game. This is important because if the ref used this gauge that Wells’s scientific consultants measured as taking consistently lower readings, then this would force Wells to rely on this particular gauge for halftime readings. Relying on this gauge clears eight of eleven Pats balls. But in this instance, Wells decided to dismiss Anderson’s “best recollection” and maintain that Anderson used the other gauge before the game. That certainly helps his case but it’s difficult to think of anything that helps one come to that conclusion. His scientists—going against the testimony of a referee entering his twentieth season in the NFL—claim (p. 116) that “Walt Anderson most likely used the Non-Logo Gauge to inspect the game balls prior to the game.” Why? As Mike Florio, who outlines this scandalous aspect of the report, writes: “That’s how investigations that start with a predetermined outcome and work backward unfold.”

  31. sasattack says:
    May 12, 2015 9:39 PM
    Yeah, this fan of the team with 6 rings is jealous of Brady and the Patriots. I know, if u keep thinking that, maybe it’ll eventually come true.

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    Six? Sure if you count the ones from when dinosaurs still roamed the earth.

  32. Man everyones out to get those giselle nude selfies huh… yeah I wouldnt turn my phone over the leak machine the nfl is either, everything on it would be all over reddit and tmz in under an hour.

  33. The way I see it is if Pats fans need to defend all 4 of their teams championships then the chances are these championship are not legit. We are not talking about 1 of the 4 but all four. Sad, but I rather have Zero super bowl than a single tainted one. All of the Patriots supporters on this site may try to hide behind some blind arrogance but they know, they are not supporting true champs. They have, through no fault of their own, been supporting an organisation full of frauds!

  34. Remember when the Pats dominated that supposedly great Seahawks D in the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl?? He gutted them like a fish and slapped them around like a rag doll. He carved the heart out of that pathetic team and hung a pair of 7s on the board in the blink of an eye. That was awesome.

    Champs, again, we are, and you aren’t. Haha

  35. Didn’t the Pats go 10-6 the year Brady was out for the ACL. Yes, the Pats are just that good. What other team could do that.

  36. Liar liar your pants are on fire!…..cheater cheater pumpkin eater!…….sorry patriots fans “cheaters never prosper”

  37. Do the Patriots pay for Tom Brady’s cell phone? If the answer is no, then there is no way he has to let anyone look at it. The NFL does not have the best track record with private information. If you want to live in reality, Brady does not walk the same halls as everyone else. He deals with not only other multi millionaires but billionaires,whom he has personal relationships with beyond a board room. Nobody has a right to access anyone’s private life unless a crime has been committed.

    This isn’t even about Tom.Brady anymore, what kind of league is this becoming that the league office thinks it can behave in such a malicious way with zero consequences. Those in the commissioners office are drunk with power and greed. That office needs to be flushed out. Fans can dislike other teams in a friendly sporting competition, but those in charge at the league offices are actually destroying the future of the league. Goodell is doing what he was hired to do, make the owners even more rich, but the owners need to see that he actually thinks he is the king. The owners are going to be the ones held responsible for Roger and his staff destroying the future of the NFL

  38. Please appeal it Brady.

    Considering how your team has mismanaged every step you could of possibly made, I’m looking forward to Wells finding more and implicating you further.

    And for the record no fan of the 31 other teams hate because we aren’t you, we despise you because you have no grasp of reality, a superiority complex for following a team that cheats, and an arrogance only trumped by your ignorance to everything football related.

    You’re the Kanye west of the NFL after anyone other than Beyoncé wins anything.

  39. This is tiring. This is all about trying to bring the Patriots down to the level of the 31 other teams. Talk about integrity and competitive adavantage, the league suspends the Pats Quarterback for 4 games and a number 1 and 4 pick. You think it’s enough for NY Jets, Buffalo Bills and Miami to win the division? Everyone hates the Pats because they win. You haters should direct all your anger at your teams ownership and ask them to be more like the Pats.

  40. Deflate gate is just so stupid.
    A whole team wins playoffs and superbowls.
    I’m thinking about McCoy’s cleats in the snow bowl (were they legal?). I’m an Eagles fan and I wish we had a smart coach and QB (don’t know yet, maybe we had a smart QB)

  41. Simply put – let an independent arbitrator make the ruling. Well is running scared -begging the NFL to support him.

    Remember, other have heated the balls without repercussions…how is this different?

    Won’t stand up.

  42. 1. I am still wondering why the NFL rule book says the penalty is 25k but they can drop this punishment on Brady.

    2. I am also wondering why Favre got a 50k fine for refusing to turn over his cellphone but Brady got a four game suspension. Oh, and the NFLPA Labor contract says the NFL has no right to a player’s electronic media.

    3. I am wondering why Wells disregarded Walt Anderson saying he had used the one pressure gauge and provided the information based on him using the second one that regularly registered .5 PSI under the one Walt claimed he used.

    4. And if the psi in the ball is so important why are the refs using un calibrated $1.50 pressure gauges from Walmart and not recording their findings?

    5. So which ref gets suspended for four games, gets a million dollar fine for inflating the ball to 16 psi?

    6. And Ray Lewis gets a one game suspension for being charged with double homicide?!?!?!

  43. Let the lawyers, commissioner, owner, and administrators do what they do. Spend the millions so they can line their pockets, so the NFL has something to talk about until camp starts. But no matter what, there are four facts here that are really the bottom line.
    1. Tom Brady cheated. He established a system of deception. He used that system. He got caught.
    2. He deceived the league about it.
    3. Brady’s a great QB, but like Sammy Sosa, he’ll always have an asterisk by his name. Forever.
    4. The world knows Brady and the Pats are cheaters. This is just another chapter. Tom Brady and Pats fans just need to admit it.

  44. biggestsaintsfanever says:
    May 12, 2015 9:50 PM
    The real deal on fumbles……

    according to Sharp:

    __________________________________

    They didn’t win any SBs during this imagined era you refer to, and of course, last years’ AFC title game and SB are not in doubt as to who won the game. You guys can nibble around all you like, but the Pats 4 SBs are 100% intact, as are their 6 AFC title games. I’m a Rams fan but the real truth must be presented.

  45. #10. Ted Wells Judges 100 Seconds Enough Time to Deflate Balls But 13 Minutes Not Long Enough for Refs to Test Balls?

    If a Dutch teenager could solve a Rubik’s cube in less than six seconds, then it’s certainly possible that a beer distributor from New Hampshire could deflate a bag of unwieldy prolate spheroids in 100 seconds before the AFC Championship Game. Whether he did or not, we don’t know because the bathroom door shielded his activities. But the possibility, like the possibility the he merely took a leak himself, is not implausible, so this supposition by Wells, though entirely speculative, surely does not fall into the “outrageous” category. It’s when the investigator shifts the conversation to the Colts balls that he reveals a prejudice. Wells states (p. 70) that “it is estimated that the footballs were inside the [referee] locker room for approximately 13 minutes and 30 seconds” at halftime. But that (p. 7) “[o]nly four Colts balls were tested because the officials were running out of time before the start of the second half.” Get it? Wells finds 100 seconds ample time for one guy to deflate 12 footballs in a cramped bathroom but 810 seconds too brief a period for a room full of referees to gauge even half that number of Colts footballs.

  46. 9 Wells Report Labels Texts Undermining Case a ‘Joke,’ Texts Buttressing Case Dead Serious

    When the text messages of Patriots employees undermine Wells’s case, they joke. When the texts support Wells’s case, the texters display unmistakable earnestness. So, when ball handler Jim McNally threatens (pp. 5, 13, 77, 78) to overinflate pigskins to the size of a “rugby ball,” a “watermelon,” or a “balloon,” he clearly jests, according to Wells, as he does (pp. 15, 80) when he says, “The only thing deflating sun..is [Brady’s] passing rating.” But when he calls himself, in the same chain of texts, the “deflator,” he writes in all seriousness even if in a “joking tone,” according to Wells. In every instance, the language dismissed as “jokes” undermines the case and the language seized upon as serious, which appears as a reading-between-the-lines reach, suggests guilt. When the beleaguered ball handlers insist the texts represent kidding around, Wells (p. 80) states: “We do not view these explanations as plausible or consistent with common sense.” All kidding aside, the interpretation says more about the interpreters than the interpreted.

  47. varangia says:
    May 12, 2015 9:57 PM
    Didn’t the Pats go 10-6 the year Brady was out for the ACL. Yes, the Pats are just that good. What other team could do that.

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    It was 11-5 actually, but hey – who’s counting right?

  48. #4. Wells Report Misleadingly Says Pats Shielded Ball Handler from Follow-Up Interview

    “We believe the failure by the Patriots and its Counsel to produce [Jim] McNally for the requested follow-up interview violated the club’s obligations to cooperate with the investigation under the Policy on Integrity of the Game & Enforcement of League Rules and was inconsistent with public statements made by the Patriots pledging full cooperation with the investigation,” maintains the Wells Report. At best, the language (p. 20) proves misleading. It turns out, the Patriots made the employee in question, Jim McNally, available for three follow-up interviews. Only on the request for a fifth interrogation did the franchise say no more interviews for the game-day employee who lives 75 miles from Gillette Stadium. “I was offended by the comments made in the Wells Report in reference to not making an individual available for a follow-up interview,” Patriots owner Bob Kraft responded. “What the report fails to mention is that he had already been interviewed four times and we felt the fifth request for access was excessive for a part-time game day employee who has a full-time job with another employer.”

  49. uwisheuwereapatsfan2 says:
    May 12, 2015 9:57 PM
    Remember when the Pats dominated that supposedly great Seahawks D in the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl?
    – – – – – – – — – – – – – — – – – – –
    I just remember the seahawks going 78 yards in only 56 seconds with less than two minutes to go, and then Wilson making a boneheaded throw, instead of letting Beast Mode walk the ball in against a soft Patriot defense that gave up 162 yards on the ground.

  50. #2 Wells Cherry Picks Data

    The report’s assertions repeatedly conflict with its data on ball pressure. “Specifically, all but three of the Patriots footballs, as measured by both gauges, registered pressure levels lower than the range predicted by the Ideal Gas Law,” the report claims. This just isn’t true, which a chart presented by Wells (p. 8) plainly shows. Eight of the balls measured by referee Dyrol Prioleau showed readings at or above where Wells’s own scientists said balls inflated to 12.5 psi before the game would hit at halftime because of weather conditions. Wells states that “the Patriots balls should have measured between 11.52 and 11.32 psi at the end of the first half.” Ball 1 (11.80), Ball 3 (11.50), Ball 5 (11.45), Ball 6 (11.95), Ball 7 (12.30), Ball 8 (11.55), Ball 9 (11.35), and Ball 11 (11.35) all registered above 11.32 by Prioleau’s readings (Balls 1, 6, and 7 also did so by Blakeman’s). Put another way, three Pats balls came in above the range outlined by the scientists, three Pats balls came in below the range, and five came within the range. In response to these completely normal measurements, Wells opts to dismiss the findings of a field judge with eight years NFL experience just as he dismissed the recollection of a referee entering his twentieth season in the NFL.

  51. Smoke and mirrors, all. The Patriots are wailing about the methodology and the investigation and the harshness of the punishment, but the bottom line is Brady cheated…that isn’t disputable, and that’s what’s being punished.

  52. 1nationraidernation says: May 12, 2015 9:58 PM

    Liar liar your pants are on fire!…..cheater cheater pumpkin eater!…….sorry patriots fans “cheaters never prosper”


    So says a fan of a team whose slogan is “Cheating is encouraged”….

  53. The real deal on fumbles……

    according to Sharp:

    —————–

    Let me stop you right there. Sharp has already been debunked by multiple people. First of all he only uses fumbles lost not overall fumbles. When using overall fumbles the Pats are in line with everyone else. They just happen to be better at recovering their own fumbles.

  54. 🏆🏆Brady🏆🏆 says:
    May 12, 2015 9:16 PM
    We didn’t cheat. We just win like we always do and everyone runs off WAHH WAHH! and rationalizes their inferiority with “cheating”. We are the best franchise the world will ever know. DEAL WITH IT!

    *************

    That’s exactly what we will expect Patriots fans to chant. But, the reality is that 31/32 of this league’s fan base consider that your team cheated. To be clear, I don’t think the Patriots cheated in the Super Bowl. They played a great game and the 12s hope we meet again!

  55. buffalo75vette says:
    May 12, 2015 9:24 PM

    ————————————————–

    No way he will be under center. It will get dropped to 2 games. Can’t have the Pat fans without their security binky ,I mean tommy
    ___________

    Are you for real? He’s Tom Brady yeah so I dunno I guess he is our security binky. It’s not like he’s some small detail type of thing tho huh?? Wake up

  56. Brady your digging a deeper hole for yourself come clean and admit you cheated

    ———————————————————–

    It is the opposite, chances are he will be under center for opening night.

    The NFL law and order mantra is a joke outside of park avenue.

  57. I will say this. I think the discipline should be there but if things are to be overturned and it leads to Roger Goodell’s exit it would be well worth it.

  58. A guy gets drunk, drives, runs over a person. If that’s proven…fact is fact. It doesn’t matter what the victim was wearing, what kind of car was driven, and what brand of scotch the driver may have had. Brady cheated, got caught, didn’t cooperate. It doesn’t matter about needles, which other QBs rub up footballs, and whether Kraft thinks it’s too harsh. Fact is fact.

  59. Pretty hard to successfully appeal the punishment on a guy who has obviously, blatantly lied to the investigators, refused to cooperate even under the most generous circumstances, and obviously had very extensive knowledge and communication regarding the footballs being deflated.

    Kessler best advice to Brady should have been to take the punishment and be happy it wasn’t a heck of a lot worse.

  60. sasattack says:
    May 12, 2015 9:39 PM
    Yeah, this fan of the team with 6 rings is jealous of Brady and the Patriots. I know, if u keep thinking that, maybe it’ll eventually come true.

    ——–

    Did the first 4 come with syringes?

  61. 🏆🏆Brady🏆🏆 says:
    May 12, 2015 9:16 PM
    We didn’t cheat. We just win like we always do and everyone runs off WAHH WAHH! and rationalizes their inferiority with “cheating”. We are the best franchise the world will ever know. DEAL WITH IT!
    __________________________________

    Lol “we”? what position do you play for the *Patriots in your sad,sad little dreams, hoss?

  62. biggestsaintsfanever says:
    May 12, 2015 9:50 PM
    The real deal on fumbles……

    according to Sharp:

    “The league average from 2010 to 2014 was 50 plays per fumble. For indoor teams, the average was 55 plays per fumble. For outdoor teams, excluding the Patriots, the average was 46 plays per fumble. The Patriots averaged 73 plays per fumble, almost 60 percent more than outdoor teams and almost 50 percent more than the league average the past five years.”

    ——————————————————————

    If you are going to compare Patriots stats to league averages, there will be alot more stats then just fumbles that they will be better then most teams. There are multiple examples of players doing better with the Patriots and doing worse with other teams in a variety of categories.

  63. These morons have ZERO proof Brady deflated the footballs below minimum levels. Brady said he wanted them at 12.5 which is LEGAL.

    This clownshow led by drug dealer looking Wells ( he looks real trustworthy doesnt he?) And a proven repeated Liar Roger Goodell was a sham and set up from the get go. Goodells opening comment was a blatant lie about the investigation being independent. Executive NFL Vice President and attorney for the NFL Jeff Pash conducted the investigation as well. I dont think Goodell understands what the word independent means. When you are getting paid $5 million for the investigation, that takes away any independence of your investigation

    Gee how ironic, Brady returns to face the Colts. If that doesnt prove this was all a sham and set up like WWE, by Goodell.

    I hope Goodell and these corrupt owners go broke and this league evaporates. Its a total sham.

    Players need to start their own league with other billionaire investors that are not crooks like the current NFL commish and league office

  64. I’ll say every Patsterisks Super Bowl win = 75 Barroid Bonds home runs during baseball’s steroid era. They are now the same guy.

  65. Love all these Pats fans who are obviously compulsive about the fact they have been caught cheating. TWICE. Less evidence sent Aaron Hernandez to prison. But hey what are facts when you need your team to be winner so you will have self esteem.

  66. My theory:

    The Deflator’s job (at Brady’s request) was to deflate all footballs so Brady never again got a game football that was overinflated by the refs- like in one case an illegal 16 PSI. Even if it meant tampering with footballs after inspection. Brady wanted all his game balls to stay at 12.5 and the Deflator was to make sure that always was the case.

    Explains a lot actually. Explains the text messages talking about tampering with footballs, the fact there was absolutely no smoking gun in the report saying Brady ordered footballs to be below 12.5, the events of the AFC Championship game, and Brady’s awkward presser before the Super Bowl since technically… this is a violation of the rule and would get them in trouble with the league

    Would not surprise me if in the coming weeks we find out this is exactly the case.

  67. Remember when the Patriots were 18-0 and the Giants put an end to that season by winning Super Bowl 42?

    I am tired of Patriots fans crying. You won the super bowl by cheating to get there and then because Pete Carrol makes the dumbest play call ever.

    Name the only team in NFL history to pay a murderer? The New England Patriots. Paid Aaron Hernandez after he murdered two people in the summer of 2012.

  68. I would hope Kessler would ask for all these required specifications in respect to both the Colt and Patriots balls in question. My guess is they have no clue and it’s a virtual guarantee nobody checked. Rule 2 The Ball
    Section 1
    BALL DIMENSIONS
    The Ball must be a “Wilson,” hand selected, bearing the signature of the Commissioner of the League, Roger Goodell.
    The ball shall be made up of an inflated (12 1/2 to 13 1/2 pounds) urethane bladder enclosed in a pebble grained, leather case
    (natural tan color) without corrugations of any kind. It shall have the form of a prolate spheroid and the size and weight
    shall be: long axis, 11 to 11 1/4 inches; long circumference, 28 to 28 1/2 inches; short circumference, 21 to 21 1/4 inches;
    weight, 14 to 15 ounces.

  69. What the hell is wrong with Ted Wells? Both Tom Brady’s Dad AND his agent said he didn’t do it! Should be case closed.

  70. It’s little late for Brady to redeem his dignity. Don Yee has made a mockery of his brief involvement, proving he had neither the skill or knowledge to navigate this process.

    Kessler may be good, but his first job is triage. He has to repair what Yee broke, then worry about the specifics of the appeal. Then he will assess Brady’s position and tell him that he’s in no position to be smug or arrogant. You can bet that the kicking and screaming will stop immediately from the Brady camp.

    That, is a victory in itself. Now they can conduct themselves like adults, win or lose. Yee should be tested for drugs, and Brady should ask for a refund for Yee’s malpractice.

  71. This whole debacle with Brady will eventually lead to teams being allowed to regulate their game ball pressure to whatever they want, within reason. Andy Benoit with SI/MMQB has a very reasonable argument that I agree with.

  72. Let’s get back to football. I love the NFL, and I love the job Roger Goodell is doing. I don’t judge Goodell in a negative way because there area few knuckleheads that play football. Ray Rice punches his fiancé. Adrian Peterson abuses his 4 year old child. Tom Brady gets caught cheating. How in the world anyone can blame the commissioner for all this is beyond me. Obviously there are some “fans” that aren’t too bright, or aren’t doing well. The NFL has never been better. I pity the folks who are miserable. Life is great. Enjoy it!

  73. For your convenience qbarrell, we’ll only count the rings from the years your team was relevant(and cheating) if that makes you feel better.

  74. Typical rich kid. They use their money to buy justice. Just ask Lohan, Isray, or any number of rich folks who have avoided justice, by buying lawyer, who work like prostitutes, for who ever pays their fees. The latest scam is Affluenza, where a rich kid in Texas killed 4 people, paralyzed 2 more, in a DWI accident, and got off with rehab, which the state end up paying for.

  75. No spaz, I mean brazz, the syringes were being prepped for something else that’s been the hot topic of conversation these last couple of days. Even your pea brain can figure that out.

  76. sasattack says: May 12, 2015 10:38 PM

    No spaz, I mean brazz, the syringes were being prepped for something else that’s been the hot topic of conversation these last couple of days. Even your pea brain can figure that out.

    LOL. I must have hit a nerve!

    #truthhurts

  77. 1nationraidernation says:
    May 12, 2015 10:06 PM

    uwisheuwereapatsfan2 says:
    May 12, 2015 9:57 PM
    Remember when the Pats dominated that supposedly great Seahawks D in the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl?
    – – – – – – – — – – – – – — – – – – –
    I just remember the seahawks going 78 yards in only 56 seconds with less than two minutes to go, and then Wilson making a boneheaded throw, instead of letting Beast Mode walk the ball in against a soft Patriot defense that gave up 162 yards on the ground.
    ———————————————–
    I remember the final score 28-24. Pats win, Seahawks lose. Most teams who lose the SB are soon forgotten but the Seahawks will be remembered solely for blowing leads late and choking at the goal line. Still hurts doesn’t it? Get used to it cuzz the pain is permanent.

  78. If there are two things Mike Florio claims to know a lot about, it’s football and the law

    So when his assessment of Kessler as an attorney for Brady is that Kessler would have “cajoled” Brady into an UNREASONABLE breach into privacy, one has to question Florio’s crediblity as well

    Maybe Florio’s right – that Kessler is a well known peace maker between the NFL Players and Coaches (like Belichick when Kessler went up against Mike Kensil and the Jets) and the NFL front office

    But Personally I think that Kessler is probably a sign to Goodell that “this means war” from Brady (and likely Belichick and Kraft)

  79. objectivefootballfan says:
    May 12, 2015 9:18 PM

    Who says Kessler would have cajoled Brady into turning over personal cell phone text messages? You seem to be making this up out of thin air.

    ———————————————————-

    Well, you know it is more probable than not.

  80. bucsorbust says:
    May 12, 2015 10:11 PM
    but the bottom line is Brady cheated…that isn’t disputable
    ————————-
    “its more probable then not that someone possibly deflated balls, also it’s likey brady may have been generally aware of it”

    Yeah, theres no way to argue against that in court, indisputable!.. where do you lunatics crawl out from?

  81. So, if I have understood the roles of the two Patriots employees who have been suspended:

    John Jastremski, the equipment assistant. He was responsible for preparing the Patriots game day footballs to Brady’s liking.

    James “Bird” McNally, the attendant for the officials locker room, responsible for attending to the needs of the officials on game day. After the officials inspected the footballs, McNally would then be responsible for carrying them down to the field.

    If the above is correct, why would McNally be calling himself the “Deflator”, carrying on text conversations with Jastremski about inflating footballs & needles, if he had nothing to do with the preparation of the Patriots game day footballs?

  82. Can’t wait till Mr.Kraft steps up & takes it to Godell… What the heck else he got to do for fun??!!…. Sure can’t take that Billion with him when he goes… Might as well put some of it to good use!!!

  83. You hear how afraid Todd Wells is? He went on a press call shouting and screaming about the Pats, Brady, and Brady’s lawyer. All the signs of a man afraid of what a lawsuit will reveal!

  84. The damage is already done at this point. I am ready to move on and excited to see what we have in Jimmy G. We Patriots fans need to support this kid and wish him success instead of fighting losing battles.

  85. Based on what I’ve seen with past NFL investigations and subsequent leaks, I wouldn’t give the NFL or it’s investigation team my cell phone either.

  86. Explain how the pats were caught twice for cheating?

    So confused

    Spygate? do some research fella

  87. Actually comparing fumbles to other teams means nothing.

    Comparing Pats to themselves pre and post rule change is the relevant data.

    2003 -2006 pats fumbled 1 every 45 possessions. Each year was in the 1 every mid 40s range. That’s four consistent years of fumbles, not lost fumbles.

    Then the rule changed and magically Pats reduced fumbles to 1 every 74 possessions between 2007-2014. This includes 2013 when Brady played with a broken hand. Even that year was better (fewer fumbles) than any year between 2003-2006.

    The lowest level other than the broken hand year, between 2007-2014 was lower than 1 every 60 possessions.

    So magically, in the summer of the rule change, the brilliant Belichick must have discovered fumbling is bad and again, magically, virtually halved their fumble rate.

    Or, the Pats cheated by playing with deflated balls beginning in 2007 explaining the overnight, radical difference.

    Which is more likely?

  88. “Kessler also may have been able…”
    “…it’s possible that Yee …”
    “…may have been far more persuasive…”

    It’s also possible that you just like typing words to see how they look on the internet…

  89. One of the things I hate about all this is the ex patriots coming out especially the tarnished brigade swearing Brady didn’t cheat. The clown Heath Evans played for the Patriots for five minutes gives Brady the honest man of the year award. Pathetic. But you know I don’t blame them I blame the moronic tv people for asking such dumb questions what are they going to say. ” Yes we cheated our way to victory and we will give our rings back.

  90. I read about as much info as one can get online without seeing the entire report and I have one word to describe the NFL: SNAFU

    1. The ref had two gauges one of which didn’t register the correct air pressure and the ref can’t recall which one he used?
    2. The ref lost track of the balls -out of his site, and he did not replace them like he was suppose to with 12 other balls in his possession. They have two sets for each team.
    3. The NFL leaked that only the pats balls were un-derinflated greatly when in fact 10 balls of the 12 fell into the gas law deflation levels due to cold weather.
    4. The NFL interviewed the ball guy three times and got mad when he refused a fourth as compelling proof he was up to something?
    5. The league fines a guy two mill and four games yet has no proof he actually was involved but thinks he was.

    This is total bs. Its a witch hunt gone very wrong.

  91. the idea that all non-Patriots fans think Brady cheated and hate the Patriots is absurd. Plenty of fans from all around the league agree that this whole thing is blown way out of proportion. Equally absurd is the notion that all the Patriots’ success is due to “cheating”. The 2nd half against the Colts, the SB, and the 11-5 season without Brady should prove this to a person with an open mind. Do you people really think that a slightly deflated football is the secret of success in the NFL? More likely than not the secret is a combination of great coach, great QB, great organization. E.g. Cowboys, Packers, Steelers, 49ers during their heydays. What excuse will you use if the Patriots do it again this year?

  92. Wells interviews McNally.

    McNally’s text show he calls himself the deflator.

    Wells tries to interview McNally again to ask him about it. The PATRIOTS say NO and don’t even tell McNally about the request.

    Then KRAFT lies and says he refused because Wells has interviewed McNally 5 times. Total lie. He was only interviewed once or the Wells investigation. The other interviews were from NFL security.

    WHAT are they hiding?

    If the Patriots are so innocent, why not let McNally speak?

  93. Oh my please stop with the stupid fumbling data, its so inaccurate. First of all, you are using the wrong stat. The decrease wasn’t for fumbles it was for “fumbles lost.” Also known as what happens after a fumble. The Patriots have roughly the mean for “fumbles,” but the decrease in “fumbles lost” can’t be attributed to deflated footballs. Contrary to your beliefs, a deflated football isn’t like the magic ball from Space Jam, it doesn’t give you super powers. It’s easier to grip and secure, but it doesn’t magically bounce back to you after you fumble it. Recovering your own fumbles isn’t a result of air pressure in a football. Additionally, anyone who watches the Patriots knows if you fumble the football Belichick is planting you on the bench and your lucky if you get one carry over the next two weeks.

  94. Goodell knocks Brady out and Pats into AFC Wild Card slot.

    NFL announces today AFC Wild Card game will be Simulcast on ABC with ESPN. Kraft gets his team on two channels, and more than makes up for 1 million dollar fine.

    Garropolo gets his audition, and Pats trade him for a 1st and 4th rd pick to the Browns or Beangles or Jags next year. Goodell gets some parity for the league, and NE drafts another middle round back up next year.

    Anonymous owner pushes the notion that today Kraft and Goodells relationship is dead. No it’s what they want you to believe. They just made each other some cash.

  95. When Well’s was denied access to James McNally to a follow up interview to clarify text messages he sent declaring himself the “Deflator” by the executive management of the Patriots, one no longer needs to wonder.

    Only a matter of time before he either gets a really nice retirement bonus from Kraft or he sells his story…keep an eye on his tax records for the next few years…

  96. The reason they withheld the phone records is because it likely incriminates Brady. If they release the records, it will only prove his guilt. It they continue to withhold them and continue to obstruct the investigation, there will be nothing new and the suspension and fines will likely be upheld

  97. You Pat’s fans crack me up,you back cheaters 100% even though it has been proven over and over again.Then you say the NFL investigator is somehow shaking in his boots because he dares to speak out when his integrity is questioned.The NFL set out to get to the truth,not to bury it’s star player and team.If you think otherwise you are delusional.Brady is guilty of cheating and probably has been doing it for a long time and you fans celebrate the fact that he has helped to keep other teams out of the play offs by having the balls under inflated.Even if he somehow wiggles out of this,doesn’t change the fact that he is a cheater and plays for a team that are also cheaters – You must be so proud !!

  98. Continued arrogance to go along with repeated cheating. Here comes a better strategy of deception.

  99. Um, ok.
    The Ravens and Giants had fewer fumbles per reception over that time period.
    Maybe they should be investigated.
    Give it up. That sharp analysis data was proven to be flawed. The difference in the Patriots fumbles and the rest of the league is not nearly as great as he makes it out to be. The Patriots actually fumbled 3 times in the AFCCG against the Ravens, but recovered all of them. I guess they don’t count as fumbles to someone who likes to twist stats.

  100. jrs1972 says:
    May 12, 2015 11:01 PM

    Is this court? “more probable than not” means GUILTY in the NFL. Whether you like it or not. They changed that a few yrs ago so they dont need a smokking gunnn so ppl dont get off on technicalities. And “More probable than not” doesnt imply 51%, it could just as easily mean 99%. Is there video? No. Is there video of Aaron Hernandez pullin the trigggger? No. But Jury found that its “more probable than not” that he did is. If all the evidence points to ‘more probable than not’, then he is guilty. Let alone the fact that he refused to cooperate, and when patriots learned txts of the the ball boy referring to himself as the ‘deflator’ the patriots refused the league to speak to him again- they knew it would turn out bad.

  101. Mr, Yee is doing his job which is to strenuously defend his client. And what did he do9. He called it like it is. The Wells report is a biased piece of garbage unworthy of seeing the light of day let alone to support a penalty that is outrageous. And Wells? Noithing more than Roger’s shill. A mercenary that would say or do anything to remain in the well paid good graces of the NFL’s incompetent, immoral hiearchy.

  102. Kessler,..” Smooth as silk”…….have one for me and forget about any new revelations resulting in this colossal waste of money, as the end result will remain the same !Ole’ Roger will never make an about face now as it would involve far too much loss of face to reverse this decision !

  103. A cheater who is not contrite even after getting caught is a cheater who will never learn. The punishment needs to be increased until he does learn and asks for forgiveness.

  104. Tom Brady is estimated to be worth over $250 million and his wife is worth more. He has the cash in his backpocket to spend a ridiculous amount on the best attorneys on the planet to try to clear his good name. He also has the cash to buy influence. Does Goodell really want to tarnish the image of the greatest QB of all time?

  105. Brady is a cheat and a liar and, if he appeals, you can also add “idiot”. He should be thanking his lucky stars the punishment was so light. Four games? Really?

  106. If you wonder how Brady will testify in the appeal you can probably just go back and read last years stories on ARod’s hearing. First he’ll be sick the day he is to testify, then he’ll have some grandstanding event and shout his way out of the meeting about it being a witch hunt etc… etc…

    Never saw the remake of The Longest Yard but paraphrasing a great line from the original. “We’ve got rapists, murders, drug dealers here but throwing a football game, that’s just in-American”

    Tom, the NFL has rapists, murderers and drug dealers and that’s not good, but cheating at the game is just Un-American.
    Don’t lie if it gets to a real jury or it might be that the Mean Machine gets a new quarterback. Just ask Martha Stewart, she was head cheerleader

  107. Doesn’t matter of Brady brings back Johnny Cochran and the Supremes! He’s been exposed a s a cheater and liar, like his coach. Sorry Tommy!

  108. Tom reminds me of the stud in high school. It’s like this…..he nails the majority of the girls in school (NFL teams). Now, he even dates some of them, and even has other girls and their boyfriends(fans of teams we beat) complaining to other girls that Tommy cheats on his girlfriend’s. They can’t prove it, they just know he does!! Alas, the prom(Super Bowl) is here and Tommy has a date with the prettiest, prudest girl in school(Seahawks). I mean that thing is water tight. So all the boyfriends(fans) and ex girlfriend’s Tommy used to nail are jilted and jealous. You can’t have Tommy and he keeps taking all the chicks. So everyone clamours on about how if there is one he won’t get it’s this one, and then Tommy returns from prom with the Seahawks panties in pocket, and a smile.lol losers I LOVE being a Pats fan….Drive for Five….Let’s do this

  109. The longer this sticks around the longer Brady will be reinforcing the image of him as a cheater.
    ===
    And when a US District Court says that it’s more probable than not that nothing happened? Will that blur the image?

    And if Brady wins a tidy sum in a defamation lawsuit against the NFL? What impact will that have on his “image”?

  110. You Pat’s fans would have already hung any other team for doing this.Anyone with half a brain knows these two equipment guys did not do this on their own.You must be so proud of a QB that has denied,lied,and cheated.Just because there is not 100% proof doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.He ordered the equipment guys to do this and you know it – Now that’s real integrity !!

  111. smasonsmith says:
    May 13, 2015 1:33 PM
    The longer this sticks around the longer Brady will be reinforcing the image of him as a cheater.
    ===
    And when a US District Court says that it’s more probable than not that nothing happened? Will that blur the image?

    And if Brady wins a tidy sum in a defamation lawsuit against the NFL? What impact will that have on his “image”?

    ====

    You should read the NFL Rule Book.

    The designated wording in the NFL rule book that is the standard is “more probable than not”. Wells used that wording because that is the benchmark for decided if you cheated or not.

    The circumstantial evidence is so compelling, why even bother fighting it. He isn’t going to change the NFL Rule book.

    So why is Brady doing this?

    Because NE Patriot fans are so arrogant, he knows their standard for how they judge him is MUCH different.

  112. Brady is a BIGGER distraction than Tim Tebow.
    Brady is a distraction because he cheats and Tebow because he is a virgin.

    Maybe they should let Tebow throw deflated balls, so he can up his completion percentage and not fumble as much.

  113. sorosbolshevism says:
    May 12, 2015 9:09 PM
    Roger Goodell [to Ted Wells]: Consider yourself in Contempt!
    Ted Wells: Tom Brady, did you order the balls bled?
    Goodell: You don’t have to answer that question!
    Brady: I’ll answer the question!
    [to Goodell]
    Brady: You want answers?
    Wells: I think I’m entitled to…
    Brady: You want answers?
    Wells: I want the truth!
    Brady: You can’t handle the truth!
    [pauses]
    Brady: Son, we play in a game that has balls, and those balls have to be fired by men with arms. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Mike Florio? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Indianapolis, and you curse the Patriots. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Indy’s loss, while tragic, probably saved ratings. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves ratings. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me throwing balls, you need me throwing balls. We use words like power, team, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the financial windfall that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a football, and connect on a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to.
    Wells: Did you order the balls bled?
    Brady: I did the job I…
    Wells: Did you order the balls bled?!
    Brady: YOU’RE G##DAMN RIGHT I DID!!!
    ——-
    If there was ever a post worthy of a re-post…this is it. Great job! Classic Jack!

  114. trickticklerj says:
    May 13, 2015 11:36 AM
    Tom reminds me of the stud in high school. It’s like this…..he nails the majority of the girls in school (NFL teams). Now, he even dates some of them, and even has other girls and their boyfriends(fans of teams we beat) complaining to other girls that Tommy cheats on his girlfriend’s. They can’t prove it, they just know he does!! Alas, the prom(Super Bowl) is here and Tommy has a date with the prettiest, prudest girl in school(Seahawks). I mean that thing is water tight. So all the boyfriends(fans) and ex girlfriend’s Tommy used to nail are jilted and jealous. You can’t have Tommy and he keeps taking all the chicks. So everyone clamours on about how if there is one he won’t get it’s this one, and then Tommy returns from prom with the Seahawks panties in pocket, and a smile.lol losers I LOVE being a Pats fan….Drive for Five….Let’s do this
    ——–
    Observe how the typical overzealous Pat’s fan is all proud of himself for spending 2 days writing that…and he intentionally leaves out the part whereby the Pat’s cheated to get to the SB while their competition didn’t cheat. So typically Pat’s fan.

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