Tom Brady files appeal of four-game suspension via the NFLPA

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Ever since the NFL handed down a four-game suspension for Tom Brady on Monday, we’ve been waiting for official word of an appeal from the Patriots quarterback.

It came on Thursday afternoon. The NFLPA released a statement confirming that Brady is appealing the suspension and included a call for the league to have a third-party arbitrator hear the appeal rather than by NFL Commissoner Roger Goodell or someone appointed by Goodell.

“Given the NFL’s history of inconsistency and arbitrary decisions in disciplinary matters, it is only fair that a neutral arbitrator hear this appeal,” the statement reads. “If Ted Wells and the NFL believe, as their public comments stated, that the evidence in their report is ‘direct’ and ‘inculpatory,’ then they should be confident enough to present their case before someone who is truly independent.”

Brady has lined up attorney Jeffrey Kessler to be part of his legal team for the appeal, which must be heard within 10 days.

178 responses to “Tom Brady files appeal of four-game suspension via the NFLPA

  1. The Cheats of New England
    Just some good ol’ boys
    Never meanin’ no harm.
    Beats all you never saw
    Been in trouble with the law
    Since the day they was born

  2. BIG marches next week! Be there or be ONE OF THEM! Free Brady! End the war on winning!

  3. 1. Did Brady have the balls deflated after inspection by the refs? Yes. Because he wanted the balls as close to 12.5 psi as possible, and he knew from past experience (i.e. the Jets game) that the refs were lackadaisical when it came to inspecting and inflating/deflating the balls to regulation pressure.
    2. Was Brady intentionally trying to cheat by playing with balls below the 12.5 psi threshold? No. See #1 above.
    3. Did Brady violate the letter of law? Yes. Because the balls are not supposed to be touched by anyone once the refs inspect them.
    4. Did Brady panic somewhat after the NFL official told the Patriots at halftime “You’re in big f***ing trouble”? Probably. Brady knew he violated the rule about not doing anything to the balls once the refs inspect them, even though they weren’t deflated to an illegal level, and he had to be concerned about the NFL suddenly taking the issue so seriously when they had never done so previously.
    5. Did Brady lie to the public and Ted Wells? Yes and No. He lied about not tampering with the footballs, but he was being truthful about not playing with under-inflated balls.
    6. Did Brady gain an unfair advantage by bringing the balls down to the low end of the legal range? No. They were still inflated to a legal level, even after he had them illegally adjusted. The psi readings at halftime confirm this, once the Ideal Gas Law and discrepancies between the gauges are taken into consideration.
    7. What do the text messages and phone calls between Brady and McNally/Jastremski probably reveal? A concerned Brady making sure that the balls were inflated to the low end of the legal range, but not below it.
    8. Is the NFL as much to blame here as the Patriots? Yes. Both the NFL and the Patriots are surpassingly arrogant, and this conflict is the result of both of them butting heads; however, the NFL started what can only be fairly described as a witch hunt, and thus carries the preponderance of the blame.
    9. What should the penalty be? A $25,000 fine of Brady for tampering with the balls. Period. No fine to the Patriots. No suspension of Brady. No loss of draft picks.
    10. Why shouldn’t Brady be suspended for not fully cooperating with the investigation? Because, under Roger Goodell, the culture at 345 Park Ave has devolved into a PR-driven cesspool of social engineering and political correctness which practically screams “We can’t be trusted to do the right thing!”

  4. I’m surprised that Tom didn’t employ his usual tactic of screaming profanities on the sidelines until they change the rules for him.

  5. Patriots lies, lies, lies cannot hide from these FACTS:

    Pats fumbling data:
    2000-2006: one fumble every 42 touches
    2007-2014: one fumble every 74 touches

    So the 2000-06 teams that won 3 SBs were a routinely AVERAGE fumbling team, despite ol’ coach Belicheat coaching them up with “muddy, wet” balls in practice as he quickly and strangely explained when Deflategate first broke in January. During the period Jim McNally was their locker room attendant (AKA “the deflator”), 2007-2014, the Pats fumbling rate drops to an amazingly low rate. The statistical chance of that happening was shown to be 1 in 5,842!

    Pats have been cheating for years. And now they’ve been caught.

  6. a few questions i’d like to know about.

    Did the refs check the pressure before the game?
    i know they sign off, but were the balls tracked and documented or just pass an eye test

    Did the Colts balls get checked post game as well?

    Whats the protocal for testing any game balls for all teams post-game?

    unless they can prove each of those steps, then they have no case in court.

  7. I get the NFLPA defending it’s players, but they should have some level of standards especially when the player inquestion cheated and put the integrity of the game into question.

  8. If you are a fan of football you have to understand how absolutely terrible and incomplete the Wells Report was as submitted. The findings seem to be an opinion based on loose disconnected suppositions that may or may not be easily explained.

    IMHO, the appeal will be successful because of the report. The basis for the findings is so arbitrary and the punishment so severe….it doesn’t make much sense.

  9. citizenstrange says:
    May 14, 2015 4:00 PM

    The Cheats of New England
    Just some good ol’ boys
    Never meanin’ no harm.
    Beats all you never saw
    Been in trouble with the law
    Since the day they was born
    ********************************

    Even as a die-hard Patriots fan this made me laugh out loud. Well done, sir.

  10. My bet Brady never takes this to court since Kraft saw fit to come out with so many refutable claims today. On the other hand, who could resist getting the Deflator on the witness stand. Check his bank records….

    In 2005 Kraft gave Putin one of his SB rings. Kraft said of Putin he’s omeone he “admired.” Yeah, shocked me too….after reading that I’m not surprised about anything Kraft says or does.

  11. I wonder whether the working guys (Jastremski and McNally) will get union help given they got fired by the Pats over this, or if the union only works with high profile multi millionaire clients griping about 4 game checks.

    hmmm.

  12. Yes! Don’t take Ted Well’s Report as gospel. Both sides have spoken now. Let an actual independent 3rd party decide if the penalty was fair. That’s it.

  13. That ‘history of arbitrary punishment’ (or none at all) has previously worked nicely in the Pats favor.

    But NOW they are crying foul.

    Talk about arbitrary.

  14. As he should. I hope this is beginning of the end for Goodell. Worst commissioner ever.

  15. It is quite the scene watching a high profile, super rich republican politician in waiting go to the union for help getting back the $1..7 million he will lose in game checks.

    Tough putting that genie back in the bottle. LOL

  16. Lady Brady is a cheatin’ creep. Hope he knows what “full disclosure” means. Hope this goes to court and the NFL subpoena’s they phone he’s hiding. He knows it makes him GUILTY!!!

  17. If Goodell is the arbitrator a defamation lawsuit is coming.

    If not, this witch hunt ends.

    Either way Pats win

    The Pats will rip your hearts out of your cheats on or off the field.

    That’s what champs do

  18. Funny how before they were held accountable for their actions the Patriots were in love with the NFL and their punishments around the league. Kraft had the commish on speed dial and they would grab fro yo together.

  19. I had my concerns about the Wells report until I read the Patriots rebuttal. I now think the Patriots should be expelled from the league and a new franchise awarded to LA.

  20. Even if the suspension goes to 2 games or less, Brady and the Patriots will have made themselves to look so pathetic that it will be incredible. Of course, they didn’t claim that the devil made them do it.

  21. Now starting for the World Champion New England Patriots vs Pittsburgh Steelers: Tom Brady. WINNING! Cry me a river.

  22. I have no problem with Brady and the Pats getting a lighter penalty for tampering with the balls

    but

    I think not handing over his text messages and impeding the investigation is worth 4 games.

    I think the Patriots blocking a second interview with the Ball Boy and Wells is worth a 4th round pick.

    And I think that the fact that the patriots are repeat offendors (even though not major) is worth a 1st round pick and a $1,000,000 fine.

  23. “Given the NFL’s history of inconsistency and arbitrary decisions in disciplinary matters, it is only fair that a neutral arbitrator hear this appeal,” the statement reads. “If Ted Wells and the NFL believe, as their public comments stated, that the evidence in their report is ‘direct’ and ‘inculpatory,’ then they should be confident enough to present their case before someone who is truly independent.”

    Who, honestly, can argue with this point. If everyone feels it’s so “obvious” that the Patriots are cheaters, then let the thing play out openly and honestly.

    Basically, put up or shut up.

  24. Ok now the audio recording can be released by TMZ that has Brady talking to McNally about the footballs needing to be closer to 11 psi.

  25. Do you think the arbitrator really won’t ask for the electronic communications that he refused to provide in the initial investigation. If he continues to refuse and obstructs the arbitrators investigation, I don’t see how anything changes.

    And they don’t want this to go to court. If it does, the electronic communication that Brady seems to want to hide so badly, will be subpoenaed and forced to be put on display.

  26. Patriots lies, lies, lies cannot hide from these FACTS:

    Pats fumbling data:
    2000-2006: one fumble every 42 touches
    2007-2014: one fumble every 74 touches

    So the 2000-06 teams that won 3 SBs were a routinely AVERAGE fumbling team, despite ol’ coach Belicheat coaching them up with “muddy, wet” balls in practice as he quickly and strangely explained when Deflategate first broke in January. During the period Jim McNally was their locker room attendant (AKA “the deflator”), 2007-2014, the Pats fumbling rate drops to an amazingly low rate. The statistical chance of that happening was shown to be 1 in 5,842!

    Pats have been cheating for years. And now they’ve been caught.
    ———————————————————-
    This has been debunked 100 times. Hey guy on the internet said the pats fumble less! Except he was looking at all the wrong numbers…as pffocus and others have pointed out. But like fox news it whoever says what first that sticks as truth for some bizarre reason.

    New England running backs have the fewest fumbles per 100 rushes (about 0.6) of any NFL team going back to 2007, but the difference between New England and the rest of the league isn’t as extreme as previous suggested—its about 1.5 to 2 fumbles per season. And this puts a point on the whole indictment of these posts: There are some broad and relatively minor observations to be made, if you’re conspiratorially-minded enough to make the effort, they just don’t have the statistical muscle that you’d expect given how widely they’ve traveled.
    New England finished with the third-lowest fumble rate on receptions, looking at all regular season plays between 2007 and 2014. Interestingly enough, the Ravens, post the lowest per-reception fumble rate.

    You know what the Pats have done since 07? From 2007-2014 the Patriots were 100-28 in the regular season for a winning percentage of 78.1%. That must be statistically significant for something.

  27. qball59 says:
    May 14, 2015 4:00 PM

    This post nailed it!!! Hats off qball59…you posted what I’ve always thought happened. Ultimately much ado about nothing….the NFL office deserves its share of the blame for the lack of game ball oversight and the subsequent media/hating fan fueled debacle. How about a 25K fine instead?…Not even sure that this could be imposed due to the NFL’s aforementioned lack of oversight and a citable league history of uneven punishment for this type of infraction.

  28. Good for you, Tom. Shred them like you shredded the “legion of boom” and other assorted pretenders last year.

    “We’re on to Wells.”

    Go Pats!

  29. #1 your dumb
    #2 why were the ball boys txting about deflating at the very beginning of the year?
    #3 this isnt the NFL’s fault- they checked the football and trusted the patriots to not alter them after that.

  30. Another day of talking about footballs with 12.5 PSI instead of 13.5 PSI is another day they aren’t talking about the Chargers or the Rams or the Raiders are moving to Los Angeles or Carson or Inglewood, or how either the Rams and Chargers or Chargers and Raiders or Rams and Raiders are going to share a stadium.

    And for that I thank you.

  31. Can someone please explain why 3 out 4 of the Colts balls were under the limit?
    Why did they only test 4 of the Colts and all New England’s?

  32. The NFL will eventually be sued for defamation. And lose.

    Their story is the pats had the balls deflated roughly .3 PSI. And this is from using the wrong guage, the one the refs said they didn’t use.

    .3 PSI is 1% of the volume of a football.

    1%.

    Sound likely? Sound “more probable than not”? Sounds ludicrous.

    Goddell could lose the NFL hundreds of millions.

  33. It might work for Brady during arbitration, if he stomps his feet, shuts his eyes, and holds his breath until he turns blue.

    “It wasn’t my fault, BB made me do it. WAAAAHHHH”.

  34. I want to be a fly on the wall in the owners meeting.
    This is/going really hurt all football. Do other teams cheat? Sure they do. BUT the big difference here is the Pats got caught.

  35. I got a laugh out of this excerpt from the NFLPA’s statement issued on Brady’s behalf in his appeal: “Given the NFL’s history of inconsistency and arbitrary decisions in disciplinary matters…” Right. Because future HOF quarterbacks have really suffered disproportionately compared to, say, defensive lineman.

    It’s also humorous to me that a multi-millionaire has the protection of a union in the 21st century. Meanwhile, he probably has lower-than-minimum-wage laborers working off the books on his mansion. Oh well.

  36. Just keep spinning it Pat’s fans, you will eventually convince yourself the term ‘deflator’ was in relation to his weight and that Tom was just calling them repeatedly to “support” them. Solid guy that he is.

    Now if the NFL demands back all of Kraft’s rings from their superbowl *wins*, does Kraft have to ask Putin to give back the one he gave him?

  37. COULDN’T MAN UP AND TAKE HIS PUNISHMENT, HE’S COWARD JUST LIKE I THOUGHT HE WAS!

  38. People with the “fumbling data” need to pump the brakes a bit. Have you ever thought about what type of team the Patriots were pre- and post- Randy Moss (2007)

    Before Moss they were more of a run based offense. This means more hits on a RB.

    With and Post Moss, they were a spread offense that will pass first and run to keep you honest. Less rushes mean less hits on the RB, which tends to lead to less fumbles.

    But then again, don’t let facts interfere with your ongoing Pats bashing.

  39. Why isn’t the NFLPA standing up for all the Players that Tom Brady has cheated against?

    Seems a little misguided to have the back of the Cheater and not the Cheatees.

  40. “hell he can’t throw a properly inflated football anyway.”

    And your evidence of this is the second half of the Colts game and the Super Bowl right?

    So yes, let’s test this theory. PLEASE!

  41. Only way he gets out of this is for Kraft to pay off the equipment guys,and he has more than enough money to do just that !! Hope the NFL can get their bank records,otherwise they will pay their way out of this.And you Pat’s fans wonder why other teams fans don’t like the Pat’s.Classless organization from Kraft on down !!

  42. Here is a questions Pats fans: IF your fumble ratio skyrockets to like it was in 06 and before that and Tom’s play declines in cold weather games now that the balls will be thoroughly checked- what will be your excuse then? WIll it be a coincidence????

  43. Can pretty boy Tom just let the investigator hear the voicemails and text messages on hi phone that have to do with the case that Brady is so protective of?

  44. billymutt says:
    May 14, 2015 4:20 PM
    Good for you, Tom. Shred them like you shredded the “legion of boom” and other assorted pretenders last year.

    “We’re on to Wells.”

    Go Pats!
    ——
    Would that be the badly injured LOB that did NOT cheat to get to the SB? And you’re bragging about that like it was an accomplishment you’re proud of?

    Only a Pat’s fan…

  45. Here is a simple 2-step plan for Brady to resurrect his image.

    Step 1: Admit to cheating

    Step 2: Stop cheating

    Seriously, it’s that simple. American loves a redemption story. They will forgive him. No one wants them to vacate titles, or to keep him out of the Hall. They just want honesty and justice.

    #tellthewholetruth

  46. “I got a laugh out of this excerpt from the NFLPA’s statement issued on Brady’s behalf in his appeal: “Given the NFL’s history of inconsistency and arbitrary decisions in disciplinary matters…” Right. Because future HOF quarterbacks have really suffered disproportionately compared to, say, defensive lineman.”

    So Ray Rice’s punishment and Greg Hardy’s and AP’s were all consistent and on the level.

    Just say it. You hate Brady, you hate the Pats. Let it out man all that hate will eat you up.

  47. I make a living at conflict resolution. The common business practice is for both sides to chose an arbitrator and for the two arbitrators to agree on a third and independent arbitrator.

    It is a simple solution to this conflict.

  48. p0lishthund3r says:
    May 14, 2015 4:26 PM
    People with the “fumbling data” need to pump the brakes a bit. Have you ever thought about what type of team the Patriots were pre- and post- Randy Moss (2007)

    Before Moss they were more of a run based offense. This means more hits on a RB.

    With and Post Moss, they were a spread offense that will pass first and run to keep you honest. Less rushes mean less hits on the RB, which tends to lead to less fumbles.

    But then again, don’t let facts interfere with your ongoing Pats bashing.
    —–
    So you’re a man of “facts” are you? Okay, what do you say to the “fact” that the Pat’s went 18-1 for the first time ever right after in 2007 Brady urged the NFL to grant permission for teams to prep their own balls….yeah, a bit discomforting for your defense theory isn’t it when the facts don’t side with what you’re trying to sell.

  49. If I am not mistaken, the Pat’s have not filed an appeal yet and have until five PM. Wouldn’t it be interesting if they cough up the $1 million and two draft picks, after firing the two equipment guys.

    What does that imply about Brady’s appeal? Is his pitch, it happened but I didn’t know? “People at Gillette are always messin’ with my stuff, it makes me so mad” sniffled Tom Brady at the appeal meeting.

    LOL

  50. skawh says:
    May 14, 2015 4:33 PM

    p0lishthund3r says:
    May 14, 2015 4:26 PM
    People with the “fumbling data” need to pump the brakes a bit. Have you ever thought about what type of team the Patriots were pre- and post- Randy Moss (2007)

    Before Moss they were more of a run based offense. This means more hits on a RB.

    With and Post Moss, they were a spread offense that will pass first and run to keep you honest. Less rushes mean less hits on the RB, which tends to lead to less fumbles.

    But then again, don’t let facts interfere with your ongoing Pats bashing.
    —–
    So you’re a man of “facts” are you? Okay, what do you say to the “fact” that the Pat’s went 18-1 for the first time ever right after in 2007 Brady urged the NFL to grant permission for teams to prep their own balls….yeah, a bit discomforting for your defense theory isn’t it when the facts don’t side with what you’re trying to sell.

    —-
    For the record, it was Manning AND Brady that lead that charge. Fact of the matter is, that 2007 team was quite possibly the best team in NFL history. FACT.

  51. “You punk Roger! You can’t touch me, you’re not man enough. You scared coward, you not man enough to win this appeal. You can’t last two minutes in my world punk. Look at ya scared now. Scared of the real men, Kraft and Kessler,” Brady told Roger.

  52. Brady and Kraft have the right to defend themselves – whether Pats haters like it or not. Regarding your favorite * sign here are the facts:

    *1 – Proven Patriots never taped Rams
    *2 – No claimed cheating when they beat Panthers
    *3 – No claimed cheating when they beat Eagles
    *4 – Deflategate in AFC championship – had nothing to do with that game or Super Bowl.

    4 time Super Bowl Champions! No asterisk on any of them. Suck it haters!

  53. I think some of my favourite comments include the fumble statistics as proof.

    This after hearing from friends and seeing on boards complaints about Brady hitting the ground when faced with an unchecked pass rush to live another day (you know when other QB’s force a play and fumble). How about the stories about the quick release you know like in the Super Bowl when the Seahawks rarely got close because the ball was out right away.

    Oh well, it will be interesting to see what happens this coming season especially if the fumble (and turtle) rate remains the same.

  54. Brady rolled the dice and must now live with the results. He could’ve come clean from the beginning. Man up, admit it, and move on.

  55. When I heard that Ted Wells tried to interview McNally after finding his texts calling himself “the deflator,” and Kraft said NO, and didn’t even tell McNally about the interview, I knew this was big, and bigger than Tom Brady. Please go to court. Then the investigation can go a lot bigger.

  56. 31 other teams and all their fans (over 95% of NFL fans) hoping their team’s chances improve with Tom Brady suspended for 4 games. The greatest QB of all time is clearly innocent but the sting was on because he was too successful. It was an obvious setup orchestrated by the NFL.
    Patriot Nation – let us pray to God for truth and justice. This is an organized smear campaign to tarnish TB12.
    Goodell will pay for this – he has to go!

  57. qball59 says: May 14, 2015 4:00 PM


    Good post and that is my take on what happened as well. It really is a gray area in the rulebook.

    That 16 PSI thing still bugs me. If you’re going to stop QB’s from manipulating the football after inspection then it’s way too easy for an “insider” to abuse it and rig a game. So WHY were those footballs 16 PSI? Why didn’t Wells explore this?

    Did someone try to help the Jets out in that game? Can’t rule it out…. I’m looking forward to this being heard in a courtroom and going down the rabbit hole that Wells couldn’t or wouldn’t go.

  58. “I make a living at conflict resolution. The common business practice is for both sides to chose an arbitrator and for the two arbitrators to agree on a third and independent arbitrator.

    It is a simple solution to this conflict.”

    How does anyone vote down such a common and fair conflict resolution? People who oppose it usually are not seeking a just resolution.

  59. Would that be the badly injured LOB that did NOT cheat to get to the SB? And you’re bragging about that like it was an accomplishment you’re proud of?

    Only a Pat’s fan…

    Seachicken excuses. That “badly injured LOB” shouldn’t have been on so many roids the year before and maybe they wouldn’t have gotten hurt. Still would have lost to the GOAT though.

    Most PED suspensions for any SB team? SEACHICKENS

    Only a 2012 hawk fan

    squawks delusional

  60. Brady will be under center for all 16 regular season games.

    He will NOT be part of the program honoring all past Super Bowl MVPs at halftime. (He’ll be in the locker room preparing to lead the Patriots to a win in Super Bowl 50.)

    Brady will accept the Super Bowl 50 MVP award from the Commissioner. While this is going on, Roger Goodell will be watching from a Buffalo Wild Wings in New Jersey.

  61. This will eventually get to the courts, where the entire punishment will be thrown out.

    – Brady plays every game next season.

    – The Patriots are awarded their draft picks back.

    – They will not end up paying the $1 mil. fine

  62. Lol. If they start digging around Brady could end up with a year. Put those clubhouse attendants on the stand under oath and they’ll sing like birds.

  63. Well it’s after 5, and I haven’t seen anything about an appeal by the Patriots organization.

    Leaving Tom hanging out there on his own.

    Bet Brady is feelin the love.

  64. I’m not a Pats or Brady hater, nor am I jealous of the Patriots or any team. I don’t hang my hat on the accomplishments of other men. Just wanted to make that clear.

    You Pats fans are very confident that this will be overturned and somehow will result in a new commissioner eventually. I would like to point out that before the original punishment was handed out you all were very confident that there would be no punishment. Just be careful, don’t set yourselves up for possible disappointment too much.

  65. Being a Packer fan and not knowing the Patriots organization like the New England folks do I think its fairly obvious to anyone who has been watching the NFL at all is that they clearly have a vendetta against the Patriots organization. I know Brady cheated but so does every other organization in the NFL. whether its tampering, football weight or whatever. They just choose to punish the Patriots because they cannot stand their success. Hypocrites. Wish you luck Brady but I suspect this house wins this one because the house hates your team.

  66. yeah Tom, use the system and legalese to try to beat the system and cheat, lie, brutalize and steal like everyone else

    anyone with brains will never support TB for the HOF… he used the sytem and he’s doing it right now in front of everyone

  67. I hope all the evidence from the wells report comes out and Brady gets suspended for the year BB gets at least 6 months and the team loses more draft picks

  68. Please tell me you all cannot be that naïve to think that Goodell went rogue and dropped the hammer without the other owners knowing, approving and probably encouraging.

  69. lambeauheap,
    Before you start throwing PEDs around that glass house you might want to check where the Pats rank on that list…. right up at the top next to the seaducks. Just another example of the rampant cheating that goes on in New England.

    #CultureofCheating

    #fumblesrupagain

  70. Its the new NFL, everybody appeals, what would you expect? He will get it reduced. Its part of the process. No biggie. Hes getting slammed everywhere by folks not qualified to hold his jock so what else is new?

  71. Greatest QB this generation–why? Greatest franchise ever.-why—–Why not cooperate. Legacy will always be in question as will the Patriots and its ties to cheating. Why

  72. The whole fumble rate stuff is garbage.

    No coach preaches ball security more than Bill Belichick. They preach it and drill the hell out of players about it in practice.

    Also, if you fumble in New England, you don’t play, period even if your the most talented. (i.e. Stevan Ridley)

    Also consider Brady isn’t an idiot, when he knows he’s toast he concedes the sack, he doesn’t run around to desperately extend broken plays (i.e. Roethlisberger). A ton of fumbles come on QB scrambles.

  73. Not a Pats fan but I believe he shouldn’t be suspended and I think this will be thrown out

  74. tavisteelersfan says:
    May 14, 2015 5:12 PM

    Well it’s after 5, and I haven’t seen anything about an appeal by the Patriots organization.

    Leaving Tom hanging out there on his own.

    Bet Brady is feelin the love.
    ———————————————————-
    The Pats do not have the same time deadlines as Brady. They have at least a few weeks to decide a course of action.

  75. skawh says:
    May 14, 2015 4:29 PM

    billymutt says:
    May 14, 2015 4:20 PM
    Good for you, Tom. Shred them like you shredded the “legion of boom” and other assorted pretenders last year.

    “We’re on to Wells.”

    Go Pats!
    ——
    Would that be the badly injured LOB that did NOT cheat to get to the SB? And you’re bragging about that like it was an accomplishment you’re proud of?

    Only a Pat’s fan…
    ===================

    LOL. Still hurts almost 4 months later, I see. “Badly injured” indeed.

  76. Obviously anything less than throwing the suspension out completely means Brady is labeled a liar and cheater.

    Four games / two games / one game. Doesn’t matter. If he didn’t do anything wrong then it should be no games. And the Patriots shouldn’t be fined. Or lose draft choices.

    But if it’s even one game – it’s the league opener. And instead of talking about the greatness of Tom Brady and the Patriots, the talk will be about the cheating and lying.

    Tom Brady, one of the greatest QBs of all times – but…

    The New England Patriots, one of the greatest franchises of all times, but…

    THAT is an asterisk. And it will always be there.

  77. BREAKING:

    The NE Deflatriots have hired attorney Jackie Chiles

    “If the gauge doesn’t fit, you must acquit”

  78. The Pats stats speak for them selves= running plays are less than 20% of combined plays thus this results in less fumbles! Do the math!!

  79. Still waiting for the explanation.

    How did the Pats’ fumbling drop from 1 every 44 plays 2003-2006 (pre rule change), to 1 every 74.5 plays (2007 – 2014 (post rule change)?

    Fumbles dropped by almost half in one off season.

    It’s called deflated balls.

    It’s called another case of Pats cheating.

  80. brokenrope:

    You do know that WRs, TE’s and the qb himself also fumble the ball, try again.

  81. The Patriots fumble less because they are better than your team, and are coached by the best in the business.

    The Patriots win a lot because they are better than your team, and are coached by the best in the business.

    The Patriots are routinely attacked and unfairly scrutinized on debatable minutiae (where your team is not), because nobody cares about what your team did, or is doing.

    …you’ve still never seen an asterisk and you never will. The Patriots won the Super Bowl. Your incessant crying is awarded no points, and may God have mercy on your souls.

  82. higheriqthanyou says:
    May 14, 2015 5:57 PM
    Still waiting for the explanation.

    How did the Pats’ fumbling drop from 1 every 44 plays 2003-2006 (pre rule change), to 1 every 74.5 plays (2007 – 2014 (post rule change)?

    Fumbles dropped by almost half in one off season.

    It’s called deflated balls.

    It’s called another case of Pats cheating.

    No numb nut, its called having a different game plan…less dependence on the running game and a more pass happy offense that year.

  83. tavisteelersfan says:
    May 14, 2015 4:08 PM
    I wonder whether the working guys (Jastremski and McNally) will get union help given they got fired by the Pats over this, or if the union only works with high profile multi millionaire clients griping about 4 game checks.

    hmmm.

    _______________________________________

    Team employees are not members of the NFLPA, so no the union will not be helping them.

  84. The Patriots fumble less because they cheat

    The Patriots win a lot because they’re good, and are helped by cheating.

    The Patriots are routinely attacked for cheating

    There are no asterisks in football, what’s done is done. Just fess up and stop cheating so we can move on.

  85. Hopefully comes up with a better story at his appeal that the pile of steaming doo doo the Patriots threw against the wall to see if anything would stick.

    That is about as embarrassing as it gets as an NFL team. Unless of course you were busted for cheating TWICE in the last 7 years.

  86. IkeClanton

    Well they certainly are not better then the Giants. Need proof look at their record against us since the true greatest tom in the nfl(coughlin) took over our team. Kind of scary how much we own you. Now if only we cheated to get to the super bowl every year like new England…

  87. phinatic29 says:
    May 14, 2015 3:59 PM
    let him play ….. hell he can’t throw a properly inflated football anyway.

    ——————————–

    Super Bowl 49 balls were inflated to spec, hey… who won that game again? Who? Heheheheheheh….

    This blog is hilarious!!! The way the writers amateurishly attempt to manipulate it’s readers and the way the readers are led around by the nose is very entertaining!!!!

    And that Florio guy, when people get sick of him (and they will) has an excellent future as a J.C. Penney Men’s Dept. mannequin. Hahaha what a CREEP.

  88. dickshotdogs says:
    May 14, 2015 11:39 AM
    Ladies and gentlemen, your Super Bowl XLIX Champions, The New England Patriots.

    More like Ladies and Gentlemen, your cheating, conniving and tainted super bowl deceiving FRAUDS, the swindling bamboozling patriots.

  89. No matter what happens with the appeal, there will be no vindication for Brady. His best move would’ve been to apologize and take his punishment. Everyone knows he’s guilty. That’s not even debatable at this point.

    Now if some high priced lawyer gets him off on a technicality, in the eyes of America he’ll be as innocent as O.J. Noting gained but further soiling his reputation.

  90. gmpunk75 May 14, 2015, 3:15 PM CDT

    Look at all the bitter jealous trolls commenting HAHA Brady and the Pats will trump this, and you’ll whine about that to
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    the only ones whining are the patriots and their fans move on to the next lame excuse to make them look even dumber than what they are

  91. The majesty of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady will continue this year, culminating with another stunning win in SB 50.

    I will be here all season to remind you sheep of their domination and to document the upcoming unprecedented season.

    Stay tuned.

    Thus endeth the lesson.

  92. Hope Brady is happy now that he got two blue collar guys fired let’s see if he’s willing to take care of them it’s always the working man getting the shaft just like that creep W,Rumsfeld,Wolfsvuts they send young Americans to die in an illegal war yet only a private(manning) goes to jail only in America

  93. Well they certainly are not better then the Giants. Need proof look at their record against us since the true greatest tom in the nfl(coughlin) took over our team. Kind of scary how much we own you. Now if only we cheated to get to the super bowl every year like new England…

    —-

    That’s funny–everyone who watches the NFL forgot you were viable because your team hasn’t made the playoffs in years. No one thinks Tom Coughlin is the greatest coach–please. You can’t win unless you’re invited to the dance. The Patriots are in the midst of a generational run that’s been unsurpassed–1 PSI doesn’t change that a lick, and you know it. They’ve missed the playoffs once in 15 years, and that’s when a Brady-less Matt Cassel-led team still was able to win 11 games.

    I’m sorry, but that’s the reality. Your boy Eli takes off too many years to be considered great, too. (although he did step up when he had the chance–I’ll concede that.)

    I’ll take the 7 Super Bowl and 10 AFC Championship appearances in the last 20 years any day.

  94. This is just step one, of a ruthless and unrelenting counter attack. The NFL / Wells had their moment of offense. Now Brady / Patriots will have their offensive opportunity. Goodell and Wells better have their big boy pants on. This is going to get ugly, immediately

  95. A Brady fan here. You have to suspend him at least 2 games for not being honest. I interview people weekly for integrity issues.
    He is being dishonest in his interview when asked on camera.

    I would give him 4 games.

  96. Phunny Phinatic 29 seems the 6 qtrs after sting operation in Colts game that he threw for 56 points including the greatest 4th qtr comeback in SB history!!

  97. Tommy Tuck rule and the snow job are at it again!!!!!

    If you can’t bedazzle them with brilliance, than baffle them with BS. In other words, their innocence is just a smoke screen to hide their cheating, which has become part of their culture. So they see no harm in winning anyway they can.

  98. According to Exponent a well versed person can deflate the balls in 100 minute. The culprit and expert guy McNally according to Wells report is not involved in the inflating, deflating, and preparation of footballs. So the # 1 suspect in the crime of the century is a part time, pardon the word, gofer. When asked the so-called culprit if something unusual happened when he journeyed towards the field he said nothing. Nothing unusual happened. But wells report said but you went to the restroom. The then would be culprit probably thought that his going to the restroom is not unusual. He does it several times a day just like Wells. Brady wants his football deflated because in 2006 he worked to changed the football rule. That’s proof. Other than Brady many QB agreed with him and Peyton. The rule is for the team to use their own footballs instead of the home teams ball. For Brady it’s not about psi it’s about the feel of the ball, as Brady said like an old baseball glove. Etc etc etc… Enjoy your fun days losers. Ted Well has you Grubered. Brady will have the last laugh.

  99. rob471773 says:
    May 14, 2015 5:26 PM

    The whole fumble rate stuff is garbage.

    No coach preaches ball security more than Bill Belichick. They preach it and drill the hell out of players about it in practice.

    Also, if you fumble in New England, you don’t play, period even if your the most talented. (i.e. Stevan Ridley)

    Also consider Brady isn’t an idiot, when he knows he’s toast he concedes the sack, he doesn’t run around to desperately extend broken plays (i.e. Roethlisberger). A ton of fumbles come on QB scrambles.

    Now that makes sense.

    You must be Mr. Gronkowski.

    So what you’re explaining, is that during the years from 2003-2006, with that same Belichick as coach and that same Brady as QB, they didn’t preach ball security and Brady was a virtual Micheal Vick.

    But then in the offseason, after the 2006 season, Belichick suddenly stumbled upon the revolutionary thought that “fewer fumbles are better than more fumbles”.

    It must have really shook up the place.

    That season he decreed that fumbles shall be cut by 50%, and so it was. Not starting a process to gradually cut them, mind you.

    Immediately and entirely at once.

    Starting the next year, 2007, fumbles dropped from 1/44 possessions in the years 2003-2006 to 1/74.5 possessions in the years 2007-2014.

    In fact in 2003-2006 (you know, when Belichick still thought fumbling was kind of exciting and hadn’t figured out it may be detrimental) the Pats were never in the top 10 in the NFL (with #1 being fewest fumbles). And in 2006 were actually #22.

    Starting in 2007 they were in the top 5 every year with 2007 being #1.

    Or, of course, maybe the year they began handling their own balls, 2007, they began deflating them.

    But that’s not as likely as the Pats’ explanations.

  100. You scorned fans of other teams sound panicked …. Could it be you ALL KNOW the Wells report is biased & garbage??
    This is just getting going kiddies….
    After Brady wins arbitration, Kraft & Brady will then go after the League for defamation of character & win that as well!!!

  101. Some of this NE Cheaters reasoning is terrible, and defies logic. If you get caught in the act of cheating by having 11 out of 12 under inflated footballs, how can everyone not know anything about it? (maybe the bad fairy did it.)
    What a coincidence, the other teams balls were all within regulation, which must have been the work of the good fairy.!!!! Or, maybe we have a conspiracy.
    But the cheaters comeback is, if you don’t have video of what happened, how can you say we cheated. DAA!!!!!!
    Nothing more than a BS smoke screen.

  102. Its a shame Tom Shady won’t be able to open up the season against the Steelers for cheating and lying. I was looking forward to spoiling his opening day homecoming.

  103. Patriots passed 3.5 times more per game from 2007-2014 vs 2003-2006.

    So less than one additional pass per quarter according to Pats fans immediately cut fumbles by almost half.

    Check the fumbles.

    Patriots are cheaters

  104. Anyone else think Belicheat is ticked that they basically said he had no idea it was going on? Especially when Belicheat has made it quite clear to everybody that the buck stops with him. I bet he wants on that stand so he can let everyone know “He ordered the code red….for the footballs!”

  105. What a soap opera. Perhaps Brady can buy his way out. I doubt the rule was intended for him.

  106. I want 1 of you morons that supports the NFL in its decision to give me 1 fact that Brady ordered the balls to be deflated below the legal limit.

    Name 1 fact in which he is guilt that is clear hard evidence.

    Crickets. Thats what i thought

  107. Wait…..These arguments just reinforce the amount of stupidity I read on this site. I know people will be homers and have their teams back. No problem.

    Now let’s move into reality. The Pats have already been caught cheating. Period point blank. Numerous former players have said they knew the Pats played outside the rules. Now we have this flat ball nonsense. Only a complete idiot could read text messages from the guy WHO HANDLED the balls and called himself the DEFLATOR and act like that means nothing. He took the balls in the bathroom. Guess his two balls weren’t enough to take a leak with so he needed 11 more balls for full relief.

    If your stupid enough to believe Brady didn’t know anything you will be the reason it won’t be long before the humane society starts neutering people.

    49ers FOR LIFE!!!!!!!!

  108. Lmao. Crook Goodell has decided he will hear the appeal.

    Real independent the guy that ordered the guilty investigation gets to decide punishment.

    But the investigation was independent right scumbag?

    Kraft needs to go Hernandez on Goodell

  109. Kimg Goodell thinks that bogus poll that 76 percent of fans support his decision makes him justified in hearing the appeal.

    Time to delete the NFL off my to do list.

    This organization is as corrupt as any organization in the world.

  110. Got a question for ya….
    Does that football in Brady’s hands above look like it’s soft?
    Yeah, I didn’t think so either…

  111. I really don’t care either way but I was bored so I read the report and if I had hired this firm, I would not pay the bill. There are very important facts that are buried on later pages and not brought forth in the executive summary. You can see the stant in the wording against the Pats instead of stating fact. A few key things…

    1. 3 of 4 of the colts balls were below 12.5 at halftime according to one gauge. The reports stated that there was no time to test the others. With 3 of 4 testing lower, they should have tested all.

    2. They make tilted statements saying the pats balls fell x% based on the lowest reading of the two gauges while the x% change was based on the higher number.

    3. If the Refs did not have time to quickly test balls during a 15 minute (or whatever) halftime, how the hell could th doofus ballboy take 1PSI out of 12 balls in a bag in a little over a minute. Getting them in and out of the bag would take a minute alone. It’s impressive if he actually pulled it off.

    4. The texts were rediculous as you don’t know the context, if they were in succession. I’d love to see the Pats sue the NFL so the truth can be told either way.

    5. In my opinion, if Brady did actually do this, the level of egregiousness is about a “2” on a scale of 1 to 10. The integrity of the game comment is BS. So what if a QB wants a ball is minute amount softer. It’s like a pitcher scuffing up a ball. You gotta be Cindy with your tools. If he did do this, it was certainly for comfort, not to cheat. The NFL should widen the limit each way by .5

    6. Oh and I love how they have no PSI readings before the game but just a general statement that the balls were between X and Y, yet they are stating this as fact and using non documented numbers as hard numbers. This theory needs to be tossed.

    I admit that the Pats response to “deflator” is comical. Even if it’s 100% true, I still would not have mentioned that.

  112. We’ll finally get both sides of this mess…I honestly think we’ll see Brady get zero games, and a $25K fine, per league rules. We need something else for the news cycle to feed on.

  113. We’ll finally get both sides of this mess…I honestly think we’ll see Brady get zero games, and a $25K fine, per league rules. We need something else for the news cycle to feed on.

  114. If its O.K. for Tom to break the rules of football will it be O.K. for honest defensive ends to hit him after the whistle?

  115. Tom Brady is a great QB but his skills at being a man have a lot to be desired. When you do something wrong just admit to it and take your punishment I could at least respect that but when you continue to lie and deny it just looks like your being a cry baby. Even if he wins his appeal and never misses any games he will lose something that is more important and that is his credibility.

  116. Why did they fire the equipment guys? Like they took the initiative to do this on their own? Obviously they were told to do this and they were following orders. How dare you Mr Kraft!!

    Now you want to fight this?

    Hire those guys back and take care of them. I don’t give a rat’s about a spoiled prima-donna QB. Every parent should get those jerseys away from their kids. replace them with Bruschi’s!!

  117. If the Pats discovered that the game balls were over inflated why did they take it upon themselves to deflate the balls to a lower and “legal ” psi instead of pointing it out to the refs and having them deflate the balls themselves? That fact alone proves that the Pats CHEATED! Once the refs hand the game balls over the Pats they had NO right whatsoever to tamper with them. At least to those that have any common sense.

  118. wickdawg7 says:
    May 14, 2015 4:17 PM
    Do you think the arbitrator really won’t ask for the electronic communications that he refused to provide in the initial investigation. If he continues to refuse and obstructs the arbitrators investigation, I don’t see how anything changes.

    And they don’t want this to go to court. If it does, the electronic communication that Brady seems to want to hide so badly, will be subpoenaed and forced to be put on display.

    ———-

    What about any communication between the NFL and Wells basically instructing Wells to “find the defendant guilty as charged.”

    Why do you think Brady is the only one with something to hide?

  119. skawh says:
    May 14, 2015 4:29 PM
    billymutt says:
    May 14, 2015 4:20 PM
    Good for you, Tom. Shred them like you shredded the “legion of boom” and other assorted pretenders last year.

    “We’re on to Wells.”

    Go Pats!
    ——
    Would that be the badly injured LOB that did NOT cheat to get to the SB? And you’re bragging about that like it was an accomplishment you’re proud of?

    Only a Pat’s fan…
    _______________________________________
    Would that be the multiple players suspended PED using LOB–not cheating??? Glass houses and stones…but LOVE your excuse of badly injured…and follow it up with something laughable.

  120. Be sure to point out which member of the LOB was using PEDs…or just admit that you don’t know what you’re talking about but you’re not letting that stop you from shoveling whatever bs you think will distract from the fact that your boy cheated.

  121. Hey j huber remember the 12th ball (the one that was found to be legal) was for the kicker.

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