Since we’re all bored while we wait for today’s #DeflateGate appeal hearing to wrap up, it seems like as good a time as any for firing shots.
After league spokesman Greg Aiello refuted ESPN reporter Adam Scheffer’s report that Tom Brady had a four-hour limit in today’s hearing, Schefter broke out the big gun, or at least a smoking one.
Schefter tweeted out a photo of the memo from NFL attorney Gregg Levy to NFLPA attorney Jeffrey Kessler, which lays out the ground rules for today’s meeting.
The letter says commissioner Roger Goodell planned to open the meeting at 9:30 a.m. and conclude it by 5:30 p.m., and spelled out the schedule.
“Because the player has the burden, he will present first and have the large majority of the allotted time; up to four hours (including any opening statement) which he may allocate between his affirmative case and rebuttal as he sees fit.”
So while the league may contend it’s not as much of a hard deadline, it’s a pretty explicit suggestion.
We’ll now stand back and see if Aiello removes his glove and smacks Schefter with it, challenging him to a duel.