What a great idea: NFL looking for someone to find stuff in cell phones

You think you can get a peek at Tom Brady’s cell phone? If so, the NFL wants to talk to you.

According to Christian Red of the New York Daily News, the league has placed an ad looking for a director of investigations.

After the debacle that was the Ray Rice investigation and the subsequent shame, the league has taken steps to be taken seriously in terms of internal investigations, or at least more seriously than just waiting for TMZ to post the videotape.

The job posting for a “Director of Digital Forensic Investigations” sounds like something that might have come in handy while they were shoveling money Ted Wells’ way during the #DeflateGate investigation.

The job posting says the individual: “is responsible for a wide variety of duties in the Security Department, including but not limited to: conducting or coordinating, supervising and managing detailed and complex investigations involving alleged impropriety or criminal conduct by League and Club personnel, conducting or coordinating, supervising and managing detailed and complex investigations of alleged impropriety or criminal conduct in which League or Club personnel are victims, background investigations for League and select Club personnel, liaison and support for other League and Club departments such as Compliance, Internal Audit and Legal. This role will have an emphasis on properly investigating and handling evidence related to social media, computers, telephones and mobile devices.”

Yeah, they definitely could have used one of those about six months ago (even if it meant booting the Director of Excessive Capitalization out of his Corner Office).

48 responses to “What a great idea: NFL looking for someone to find stuff in cell phones

  1. They should just hire any guy’s girlfriend. She’s great at digging through guy’s phones.

  2. This is ridiculous. No investigator was needed in the Ray Rice case, they are just continuing to pretend like they didn’t know the tape existed.

  3. I’m not an investigator, but even I was able to dig up dirt on Tom Brady’s social media account.

    @TomBrady

    Special shout out to my boys Jastremski & McNally. Without them, I wouldn’t have won another Super Bowl. #BroHug

  4. Good, maybe this guy can get a peek at Mike Kensil’s email and text records with Grigson. #SmokingGun

    —————–
    And I bet you think that Goodell went on a witch hunt against his well documented buddy Robert Kraft, just for the fun of it, right?

  5. “Digital forensics” – just a fancy way of saying “sticking their finger in the air to see which way the wind is blowing.”

  6. If Brady had NOTHING to hide he should have let them look at his phone.
    —————–

    Especially when they didn’t even demand the phone, but printouts of any communcations between him and the deflator stooges vetted by Brady’s lawyer.

    Makes it hard to say that you didn’t want to just give up that info because it was an invasion of privacy into all of his personal life.

  7. So, almost half a year after the investigation started, the NFL decides that they should probably hire someone who knows how to investigate?

    I’m liking Tom Brady’s odds more and more.

  8. Especially when they didn’t even demand the phone, but printouts of any communcations between him and the deflator stooges vetted by Brady’s lawyer.

    Makes it hard to say that you didn’t want to just give up that info because it was an invasion of privacy into all of his personal life.

    My god do any of you people know how cell phones work? They had “the deflator stooges'” cell phones already. If Brady had texted them (which he did text jj) then they would already have these communications. (Which they did and, surprise, nothing there worth mentioning)

    Do these people live on Earth?

  9. Perhaps this is a prelude to Goodell throwing Ted Wells – or at least Exponent – under the bus

    Not that I believe Ted Wells or Exponent is THAT incompetent that they don’t realize that tires lose PSI during cold weather. Their marching orders was to ignore any evidence that didn’t support a “guilty” finding and for $5 million they did exactly that.

    But while Goodell’s gamble that MOST fans are gullible and jealous enough to suspend logic to find the Patriots guilty, not ALL members of the media are that stupid (thank you Mike Florio for actually showing some independent thought!)

    So even though Goodell likely ordered a “guilty” finding, his wisest move to keep his job now is to throw Wells/Exponent under the bus for failing to factor in the Laws of Physics, rescind all fines and penalties, and move forward

    Goodell may be in too deep now, but Goodell’s primary concern isn’t protecting the integrity of the game (if it was he wouldn’t be framing innocent teams and players) – it’s protecting Roger Goodell’s job. And to do that, he’s going to need Wells or Exponent to fall on their sword for him.

  10. fumblenuts says: If Brady had NOTHING to hide he should have let them look at his phone.
    =================================

    He DID have nothing to hide according to the lead official and the Laws of Physics – no deflation actually occurred

    Which means that Goodell thinks he can have ANYONE’S personal cell phone or access to their email ANY TIME with NO REASON

    I mean, seriously, I know you guys are all insanely jealous that the Patriots and Brady have been dominant for 15 years, but don’t you think that Roger Goodell should have to, you know, actually show that the footballs WERE ACTUALY DEFLATED before requiring ALL PLAYERS to give up their CIVIL RIGHTS TO PRIVACY?

    Even if Brady wanted to give up his phone, it was clear to his attorney and the NFLPA that Goodell was dead set on delivering a “guilty” verdict whether or not deflation occurred

    You might hate the Patriots for their success, but Goodell is out of control and it’s just a matter of time before he decides to frame a different player or different team – and that could be your team next

  11. ariani1985 says: Jun 29, 2015 3:20 PM

    If Brady had NOTHING to hide he should have let them look at his phone.
    —————–

    Especially when they didn’t even demand the phone, but printouts of any communcations between him and the deflator stooges vetted by Brady’s lawyer.

    Makes it hard to say that you didn’t want to just give up that info because it was an invasion of privacy into all of his personal life.

    ————————————

    You’re joking right? You believe they asked for printed hard copies…ha.

  12. You’re joking right? You believe they asked for printed hard copies…ha.
    ————-

    No I’m not joking. If you could read, you would know that is exactly what was requested.

    “And I want to be crystal clear: I told Mr. Brady and his agents, I was willing not to take possession of the phone. I said, ‘I don’t want to see any private information.’ I said, ‘You keep the phone. You, the agent, Mr. Yee, you keep the phone, you give me the documents that are responsive to this investigation, and I will take your word that you have given me what’s responsive. And they still refused.” It’s unclear why Wells would have trusted Brady and his agent not to filter out incriminating messages or why the Patriots quarterback wouldn’t selectively submit emails and texts in printouts.”

  13. As this relates to Brady’s cell phone. He would be incredibly stupid to turn it over to Goodell. Why? Because the NFL security dept is full of leaks. And do you really think Brady would be dumb enough to text his goons to do what he wants? Doubt it as Tom Brady is a smart man.

    What the NFL should have gone after is the 2 guys EBay account and see what they received from Brady and if that sight was used to sell the items. eBay is just one of several outlets they could have used. Follow the trail of what was given to them allegedly .

  14. lambeauheap says:Jun 29, 2015 3:40 PM

    My god do any of you people know how cell phones work? They had “the deflator stooges’” cell phones already. If Brady had texted them (which he did text jj) then they would already have these communications. (Which they did and, surprise, nothing there worth mentioning)
    ——McDaniels

    ——————————————————
    Investigators may have only received McNally’s phone messages. This would be the reason behind correspondence with Brady to JJ is currently unreported. Also, have twidde de’s & twiddle dumb’s phone’s wouldn’t reflect how high the knowledge and involvement went. Brady’s phone could implicate Belicheat, Adams, Kraft, McDaniels, others)

  15. “And I bet you think that Goodell went on a witch hunt against his well documented buddy Robert Kraft, just for the fun of it, right?”

    One of the biggest myths of the Pats haters is that Goodell loves Kraft.

    Goodell is an ex NY Jets employee that loathes Kraft and the Patriots. If he was really Kraft’s buddy there would have been no spygate and no delfategate.

  16. I have an odd feeling this guy will report to NFL Director of Football (Sting) Operations Mike Kensil

  17. The NFL has been very busy and wants to make sure that when they FRAME someone they can make it stick.

    Current NFL Investigative Procedure:

    .) Coercion through Unchecked Rogue Authority that undermines our Foundations of Justice & Due Process
    2.) GUILTY until Proven Innocent
    3.) Arbitrary & SEVERE Punishment without sufficient evidence or substantiated discovery of facts. “More Likely than Not”
    4.) Severe Punishment is then used as Pressure for you to admit guilt for a more lenient sentence.
    5.) Framing & Slandering of innocent Party using the Media as you Jury
    6.) Rejecting of Scientific Evidence that does not agree with the Pre-Determined Prosecutorial Product.
    7.) Now seeking ways to have more then enough social & private media info to substantiate & FABRICATE all of the above.

  18. What is next – A million dollar award from the NFL for the missing info against Brady.

  19. Arbitrary & SEVERE Punishment without sufficient evidence or substantiated discovery of facts. “More Likely than Not”
    —————————–

    Aaron Hernandez is currently serving life in prison because it was determined that it was more likely than not that he killed Odin Lloyd. The “more likely than not” is used often in the legal system the same as the term “guilty beyond a reasonable doubt”

  20. This is dangerous territory the NFL is heading towards. Basically they are saying what’s yours is mine because our money payed for it. People better wake up is my job asked to see my personal phone or emails I would tell them to go pound sand. You have a right to privacy

  21. Wrong again with the Hernandez situation.

    There was overwhelming circumstantial evidence against Hernandez.

    There was NO SCIENTIFIC FACTUAL Evidence that proved A.H. was not guilty.

    With Brady the Evidence of his INNOCENSE is overwhelming.

    The ‘More Likely than Not’ is an erroneous opinion of Well$ who was PAID $5 million for that assumption without evidence.

    #1.) The true guilty verdict against Brady does not exist.
    #2.) ‘NOT EVEN CLOSE’

  22. ariani1985 says:
    Jun 29, 2015 4:34 PM

    Aaron Hernandez is currently serving life in prison because it was determined that it was more likely than not that he killed Odin Lloyd. The “more likely than not” is used often in the legal system the same as the term “guilty beyond a reasonable doubt”

    ————-

    WRONG!!

    even though it was circumstantial evidence, it was evidence that implicated Hernandez beyond reasonable doubt. meaning, there was no reason the circumstantial evidence implicated Hernandez.

    That’s nowhere close to “more probable than not that Brady was generally aware that two other guys more probable than not deflated footballs that were more likely tested with the gauge that was not the gauge used according to Walt Anderson’s best recollection”, all based on assumptions that the Wells report indicates cannot be proven.

  23. ariani1985 says:
    Jun 29, 2015 4:12 PM

    You’re joking right? You believe they asked for printed hard copies…ha.
    ————-

    No I’m not joking. If you could read, you would know that is exactly what was requested.

    “And I want to be crystal clear: I told Mr. Brady and his agents, I was willing not to take possession of the phone. I said, ‘I don’t want to see any private information.’ I said, ‘You keep the phone. You, the agent, Mr. Yee, you keep the phone, you give me the documents that are responsive to this investigation, and I will take your word that you have given me what’s responsive. And they still refused.” It’s unclear why Wells would have trusted Brady and his agent not to filter out incriminating messages or why the Patriots quarterback wouldn’t selectively submit emails and texts in printouts.”
    —————————————————–
    Wells knew two things. One, the science proved no deflating. Two, to hammer Brady on anything he would have to request phone records from Brady knowing full well Brady and the union would never allow that precedent to be set. Then Wells and Goodell claim non-compliance during the appeal process and Tommy gets his comeuppance for suing the league earlier and for telling Goodell and the league to stick his phone.
    My guess is this is in regards to the eventual court case and the absolute prospect that league officials will be called to provide their cell phones and the league needs experts too scrub out all incriminating evidence of the set-up/sting that occurred.

  24. Waiting for the next story on this topic from Florio and whether the NFL has legal grounds to take a cell phone from a player, or go to the carrier, and request data. I would think you need to be in a law enforcement capacity.

    C’mon Florio don’t leave us hanging!

  25. Is the NSA listening to all of this?

    Has Goodell reached out to the NSA?

    Where is Snowden when you need him?

  26. “The job posting for a “Director of Digital Forensic Investigations” sounds like something that might have come in handy while they were shoveling money Ted Wells’ way during the #DeflateGate investigation.”

    Right. Is this from the same person who criticized the NFL for taking so long to get the report completed?

    The NFL has not previously had to think about looking at cell phone messages to be able to do investigations, so of course they are only now tying to assess the need for such a permanent position. It’s just astonishing how writers love to get snarky about this stuff without considering the context. I bet they would not like having a spouse who loves to second guess everything they do, after the fact.

  27. I was really surprised there wasn’t a leak from the league after Brady’s appeal that said he didn’t turn it over in the appeal. I’d have to say he did and it did not incriminate him so the league was silent about it

  28. I said before that the group anonymous could do it.
    Heck they might be already working on it knowing them.

  29. truthdispensary says:
    Jun 29, 2015 4:19 PM
    lambeauheap says:Jun 29, 2015 3:40 PM

    My god do any of you people know how cell phones work? They had “the deflator stooges’” cell phones already. If Brady had texted them (which he did text jj) then they would already have these communications. (Which they did and, surprise, nothing there worth mentioning)
    ——McDaniels

    ——————————————————
    Investigators may have only received McNally’s phone messages. This would be the reason behind correspondence with Brady to JJ is currently unreported. Also, have twidde de’s & twiddle dumb’s phone’s wouldn’t reflect how high the knowledge and involvement went. Brady’s phone could implicate Belicheat, Adams, Kraft, McDaniels, others)
    ————————————————–
    You are absolutely correct!!! However, with that being said, not a soul seems to consider that these other texts & emails could involve Belicheat or others!! There is no doubt in my mind that all or some of the persons you mentioned, were not at least aware of what was going on. BB has his pulse on everything involving that team. I truly do not think Kraft knew, else he would not have made such a fool of himself, publicly, demanding an apology 🙂

  30. getyourownname says:
    Jun 29, 2015 5:04 PM

    “The job posting for a “Director of Digital Forensic Investigations” sounds like something that might have come in handy while they were shoveling money Ted Wells’ way during the #DeflateGate investigation.”

    Right. Is this from the same person who criticized the NFL for taking so long to get the report completed?

    The NFL has not previously had to think about looking at cell phone messages to be able to do investigations, so of course they are only now tying to assess the need for such a permanent position. It’s just astonishing how writers love to get snarky about this stuff without considering the context. I bet they would not like having a spouse who loves to second guess everything they do, after the fact.
    —————————————————–
    Well let’s see. The same guy who criticized about the NFL taking too long? Ummmm, no, no it’s not. That would be Mike Florio. This was posted by the new guy Darin Gantt.
    Then there’s this–“The NFL has not previously had to think about looking at cell phone messages to be able to do investigations, so of course they are only now tying to assess the need for such a permanent position” So what about Brett Favre being fined waaaaaay back in 2010 for not turning over his phone. I suppose to you 5 years seems like a reasonable time for the NFL to catch up with the rest of the world. Seems snarky best describes your post and the fact you got the actual facts wrong should answer the question why your spouse second guesses you.

  31. There was overwhelming circumstantial evidence against Hernandez.

    There was NO SCIENTIFIC FACTUAL Evidence that proved A.H. was not guilty.

    With Brady the Evidence of his INNOCENSE is overwhelming.
    ————————-

    There was no scientific factual evidence that proved Brady isn’t guilty. And way more proving that he knew what was going on and even took care of them with fringe benefits for doing so. No jury would ever believe they were referring to weight loss. That was laughable.

    And if you want to try to play with the big boys….you should probably learn how to spell “innocence”.

  32. Telephone conversations can be taken over cell phones, land lines and you can even have conversations over the computer. Anybody who ever played a computer game on the computer or console knows you can talk to people all over the world. Then there is Skype and other video sites.

    You say hand over the cell phone. Do you also want the NFL to have the ability to unplug your land line and have access to your messaging system, ask you to turn over your desktop and/or laptop, unplug your game console and hand it over. If you do, then NSA probably has a job waiting for you.

  33. The position is only useful if the devises are handed over for analysis. And, the only reason a person would hand them over is if they are innocent. The opposite is also true…they wouldnt only if they are guilty (Brady).

  34. Hell no is my boss or employer getting my PERSONAL cell phone. Or laptop. And I have nothing to hide, other than some off color jokes and the occasional browsing of Scoreland.

    The NFL should dip into the billion dollar profit margin and provide the employees with cell phones then. They can confiscate them at will.

  35. So, almost half a year after the investigation started, the NFL decides that they should probably hire someone who knows how to investigate?

    No, it sounds like they would rather have a guy on the payroll regularly rather than pay several million a pop to find out how the Pats cheated this time.

  36. RegisHawk says:
    Jun 30, 2015 7:43 AM

    So, almost half a year after the investigation started, the NFL decides that they should probably hire someone who knows how to investigate?

    No, it sounds like they would rather have a guy on the payroll regularly rather than pay several million a pop to find out how the Pats cheated this time.

    WWAAAAAHHHHHH WWWAAAAHHHHHHH

    28-24. all day everyday with the most scrutinized footballs in history! Back to NFL mediocrity for your Seagulls

  37. And BTW, if Brady is as innocent as Patriot fans believe, he gives up the phone immediately so he can prove his innocence. Only reason he doesn’t is he is hiding something. Simple as that.

  38. “drmtesta says:
    Jun 30, 2015 11:38 AM
    And BTW, if Brady is as innocent as Patriot fans believe, he gives up the phone immediately so he can prove his innocence. Only reason he doesn’t is he is hiding something. Simple as that.”
    Yeah, Goodell gave up his cellphone in the Ray Rice video stuff, right? Right?

  39. Busted and suspended…back to mediocrity when you P*tr**ts* can’t cheat to win.

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