Owner lobbying undermines Goodell’s independence in Brady appeal

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Yes, the NFL Players Association agreed since the very first Collective Bargaining Agreement that the Commissioner will have final say over punishment imposed on players for infractions against the integrity of the game. But the Commissioner still must be independent and unbiased in exercising his authority over the process.

If the Commissioner is being pressured by one or more owners to resolve the case a certain way, his ability to be independent and unbiased becomes undermined. As PFT recently reported, multiple influential owners have been trying to influence Roger Goodell’s decision in the Tom Brady appeal. Via Tom Curran of CSNNE.com, ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio has attached two specific (and predictable) names to this effort.

“I know who they are and I’m gonna name ‘em right now,” Paolantonio told the Mighty 1090 in San Diego on Friday. “Jim Irsay of the Colts. Steve Bisciotti of the Ravens and others in the AFC who believe the Patriots have gotten away with murder for years and have not been publicly punished properly.”

If a truly independent party were handling Brady’s appeal, any effort by an owner to lobby the arbitrator (one way or the other) would be highly irregular — and it would result in the arbitrator informing the parties immediately of an inappropriate attempt to influence the outcome of the independent decision.

Earlier this year, the Missouri Supreme Court found that the Commissioner can’t be independent in arbitration cases involving legal claims filed against individual teams because he works for the people who own those teams. That same dynamic applies in Brady’s case.

Goodell works for the owners, and some of the owners reportedly are trying to influence him. Which should make the extent to which Irsay, Bisciotti, or any other owners have lobbied Goodell to reach a certain decision in the Brady appeal a central issue in the looming litigation challenging the ultimate outcome of Brady’s appeal.

Although the NFLPA has agreed to allow Goodell to resolve these appeals, the union and the players are entitled to a truly independent decision. If one or more owners aren’t letting Goodell make a truly independent decision, the decision becomes vulnerable to being scuttled by a a truly independent person who wears black not as a fashion statement.

84 responses to “Owner lobbying undermines Goodell’s independence in Brady appeal

  1. Shocked, just shocked if Brady misses any time. He will be fined $100,000, no games….

  2. Well what we have all assumed the entire time has just been confirmed thanks to this. This is a witch hunt, from start to finish. The Ravens and Colts were pissed at Brady for telling Harbaugh to read the rule book, and are now the driving forces behind the NFL’s decision making process.

    The only question left to answer is whether Goodell completely exonerates Brady or Brady goes to court and completely exonerates himself. There isn’t really another way out.

  3. Are you trying to say Kraft hasn’t tried to influence him? Are you saying Brady and his reps haven’t tried to influence him?

    Everyone involved is an influence.

  4. As if other owners weren’t lobbying Goodell with Bountygate, with Ray Rice, with AP, etc. Stop indulging Patriot fans’ fever dreams that anything Goodell does now is designed to “get” the Pats or somehow the first time it’s happened.

  5. Goodell doesn’t punish Belichick so I guess ignorance is an excuse. Goodell allows Patriots to finish their cheating season so they can continue to super bowl without punishment when caught red handed. So why do Patriot fans hate their #1 fan?

  6. Goodell isn’t independent, he works for the owners and the NFLPA knew that when agreeing to let him hear the Appeals, so I don’t see how that argument flies.

  7. Another reason why Brady should accept no punishment and only full exoneration for deflating footballs. Goodell could not have messed up any worse.

    Hopefully Deflategate becomes Roger’s Last Stand.

  8. And this further proves why Robert Kraft was naive and a fool for not challenging the sanctions against the Patriots for the good of the 32. Hey Bob, these are your so-called partners. Take a good look at them.

    These idiots can’t get out of their own way. Jeffrey Kessler is probably wants to take the NFL to court over this now. It’s not bad enough that the Ravens and Colts owners get beaten by Brady on the field. They want to lose in court as well.

  9. No surprise on who those two owners are that are whining. They should worry about their own programs with irsay and his drug use and buscotti and the way he handled the ray rice isuue. A couple of low lifes.

  10. I know everyone outside of New England hates the Pats, and thinks they are cheaters. But even if they are guilty of deflating balls, this has been a classic case of a witch hunt.

    And if GODell is listening to Irsay, he should be fired on the spot!
    What a bunch of whiners! I used to have a grudging respect for the Ravens, but not now. The Colts? I feel bad for their fans to have a drug addled, lucky sperm club owner.

  11. The players and union didn’t negotiate for a truly independent arbitrator. They accepted the commissioner, for whatever reason. A court should take that into account too. This constant shilling for Brady and the Pats (looking at you Florio and King) is getting old.

  12. Just one more thing for the NFLPA to cite in their suit on Brady’s behalf.

    Goodell = Vince McMahon, but without the integrity.

  13. It makes sense. Fake scandal to try and take down the Patriots in deflategate. And Now COLLUSION between those same owners and the commissioner who is supposed to be independent!? What a mess you have made NFL

  14. The Missouri case is all Brady needs to beat Goodell in court.

    In the opinion the justices said it was unconscienable that Goodell is judge jury and executioner and can’t possibly be independant because he works for the owners.

    zero games for brady one way or the other.

    Goodell loses again!!

  15. This whole thing sounds like an attempt to taint whatever decision comes down on appeal.

    “If the Commissioner is being pressured by one or more owners to resolve the case a certain way, his ability to be independent and unbiased becomes undermined. ”

    It’s a given that no decision is made in a vacuum, which means every decision is influenced in one way or anther by outside factors. Since human beings are a social animal and are prone to communicate with each other, we can be sure that “deciders” are consulted by others all the time.

    To expect Goodell to not communicate with owners is a bit naive. There’s no way to regulate it, nor is there anyway to keep Mr. Kraft from attempting to influence a truly independent outcome. It works both ways.

  16. The solution is for Exponent, the testing firm in the Wells Report, to admit to making errors in their calculations and assumptions which changes their conclusion to read that the deflation in the Patriots footballs more likely than not was dur to natural conditions.

    Not only is it more accurate to say it was more likely that natural conditions caused the deflation, Goodell gets coverage for his rear end, not that I care.

  17. Time to exonerate or at the very least and is what I would do if I falsely accused Brady and was now a trapped rate is to let it go to an independent arbiter!

  18. Resign Goodell. Your merely a puppet of the Billionaire Boys a club. You can not possibly be an independent arbitrator when the people who pay you millions are trying to influence your decision. The Colts and Ravens should be hit with massive monetary and punitive damages.
    The fans of the NFL who pay huge amounts of hard earned money to support these clowns deserve better.

  19. Right on target Florio. How can so many be so stupid? For a long time I supported Goodell….now I feel he must go. The length of time for his decisions to come is excruciating. And he never does the right thing. He can’t be independent. His office is corrupt. The end of a good thing.

  20. The NFL is a private enterprise. It’s not the government, or even a quasi-government entity. As such, as long as it’s practices regarding employee discipline aren’t discriminatory, the owners can essentially do what they want. And nothing about Brady’s case is remotely discriminatory.

    Perhaps, in a perfect world, the NFL would operate more consistently with the proposals made here. But we don’t live in Utopia. Indeed, there isn’t a major, entirely private business in this country that has a discipline process comparable to what is consistently advocated by PFT for the NFL. Including NBC itself. Which certainly raises the question of why not.

    It’s one thing to present an argument on a subject matter familiar to the audience. Like football. In doing with a specialized subject matter such as employment law, however, fairness requires context be given for the argument. Lest the audience be led to believe there is precedent for the argument when one, in fact, does not exist.

  21. When November comes, and every ball used in games played in cold weather falls under 12 PSI, even the flat earth society will have to come to grips with the fact that Mother Nature, not Tom Brady deflated the footballs in the AFC Championship game.

    The simple fact is that a group of jealous owners bullied a weak commissioner into suspending the best player in the league & taking away the Pat’s first round draft pick, simply because they were sick of losing.

    Let that sink in for a minute. Then explain to me how the NFL is any different than the WWE. Consider the reality that the next time your team wins a Championship, everyone will know that the title was assisted by the league enforcing harsh & unfair penalties on the best team in the league.

    The red headed stepchild is letting the inmates run the asylum. If he lets them continue to do so, it won’t be long before the public loses interest in the NFL & Mark Cuban becomes a prophet.

  22. Anyone thinking the PA and Brady will accept a settlement now is daft. Just more grounds to appeal on, where they had grounds enough for the court to hear it before.

  23. russrpm says:
    Jul 26, 2015 7:22 AM
    The players and union didn’t negotiate for a truly independent arbitrator. They accepted the commissioner, for whatever reason. A court should take that into account too. This constant shilling for Brady and the Pats (looking at you Florio and King) is getting old.
    ————————————————

    That’s not how it happened the PA asked for an independent arbitrator, and Goodell said no it will be me

  24. .
    Irsay was arrested, driving under the influence through a population center going 10 mph in a 40 mph zone. In his possession were 11 different prescriptions ( which may or may not been prescribed by the Colts team physicians) . He was a threat to every man, woman and child in the area.

    Roger Goodell banned him from his owners box for 6 games.

    Now, Irsay is demanding a higher penalty for Brady based on the drivel contained in the Wells Report.

    Goodell : “Driving under the influence of alcohol and 11 different prescriptions is okay, supporting Tom Brady is not.”
    .
    .

  25. If anyone tampered with a jury during a trial, with the intent to change how they vote one way or the other, the judge would call a mistrial. You can not have a fair judgement when at least two owners are telling the Commissioner how to vote. These two owners should be fined 500 thousand for this attempt to sway justice.

  26. And now you have the real reason behind all this BS. They can’t beat em on the field so trump up something, ANYTHING, to get them off the field. Irsay is a drug addled fool and should be banned from the league. These other owners should be fined for collusion and each lose a first round pick.

    Sal Pal left out the other 3 owners, time to fill in the blanks. Rooney, Johnson and whatever poor schmuck owns either the Dolphins or Bills.

  27. russrpm says:
    Jul 26, 2015 7:22 AM
    The players and union didn’t negotiate for a truly independent arbitrator. They accepted the commissioner, for whatever reason.

    …………………………………………………………..

    Precisely why the the NFLPA wants this to go to court.

    We are talking labor law here.

    Goodell cannot punish then review the punishments validity.

    The NFLPA in this high profile case is seeking to invalidate the CBA rule which allows it.

    In simpler terms you cannot preside as judge over a case when you are the one being tried.

    It would be smart for the league to settle this without court because after this case Goodell will be powerless. Or at very least will punish and ALWAYS appoint a truly independent arbitrator to handle appeals.

    My opinion. Go all the way Brady and strip Goddell of his God complex.

  28. You guys need to take it easy on Goodell. If the great Ted Williams in his best season only hit .406. How can you honestly expect a loser like Roger Goodell to get it right 4 out of 10 times?

    It is the NFLs fault. They are ONLY paying Goodell $44 million annually. Which is more than any athlete’s salary in any US sport. That works out to $846,153 a week and I am sure Roger is earning every penny as he spends weeks if not months poring over the exhausting list of options in the Brady case:
    4 games
    3 games
    2 games
    1 game
    0 games.

    Cut the guy some slack, it is not as if he can flip a 5 sided coin to come to a decision.

  29. ennerut2000 says:
    Jul 26, 2015 9:43 AM

    In simpler terms you cannot preside as judge over a case when you are the one being tried.

    888888888888888888888888888888888888

    to clarify this statement. A big part of the appeal was that Goodell broke the CBA rules by appointing Vincent to hand down the punishment…by going far beyond what the CBA allows for certain infractions and because he was a central witness in the case. So Goodell was actually on trial so to speak and he gets to rule that he did nothing wrong afterwards. lol

    Why not let brady decide for himself if he’s guilty or not Roger Dodger. It’s the same scenario.

    Goodell is going down in flames.

  30. Commissioner Goodell, if he wants to be a leader, could make lemonade out of this lemon. He could do something the NFL should have done long ago — establish sane procedures for allowing counterarguments in disciplinary cases BEFORE the Commissioner issues a punishment. He could set those in place going forward and cite that, in this case, his view of both facts and appropriate penalities changed after hearing Brady’s and the teams responses to the Wells Report.

    In this case, Goodell originally took just five days to let his underling issue an unprecedently severe set of team and Brady punishments following a ridiculous outside report. He must not even have read that report, let alone thought about it with care. If he had said at that point, I want to consider the Patriots response and Brady’s response to the Wells Report before we issue a punishment, he might have avoided getting into the mess he is in now. Maybe not, but it did not take long for the science to blow up — it soon became clear that the AFC championship balls probably were not tampered with at all. Had Goodell known that, he could have avoided such extreme penalties, which he now needs to back down from if he wants to stay out of court.

    If the NFL commissioner wants to retain conduct rulings, he needs to set up the same kinds of procedures for workplace arbitration that other major institutions use. They do not proceed without at least a response to preliminary findings from parties at risk for sanctions.

  31. My posts have been deleted twice. I must have touched a nerve. I named the other teams in the list of influential AFC owners who are trying to keep Brady of the field.

  32. Brady and the NFLPA will will suite and first request will be all correspondence between Goodell and all owners talking about Patriots and Brady.

    That will show its impossible for Goodell to be independent and Brady misses no games.

    What is sad is Kraft accepted this BS penalty for the good of his owners and they are still out to get him. He let his fans down by not suing NFL over his billionaire groups interests and they still hate him

  33. Yet another thing that Kessler will use in court, they already had more than enough.
    Paragraph 4 sums up why Brady doesn’t get any games.
    Fans and most media who know little to nothing about the story other than what they want to believe, will be outraged.

    The league should do more than issue a 1 paragraph ruling this week.
    They should do what they demand of Brady.
    Tell us the truth, and start from the beginning.
    Why did you stick with the 10.5 story unless your end game was to hurt the team no matter what you had to do to get there?
    But we all know that Roger and the office leakers will never ever do this.

  34. My post seems to be missing too…what is in my post to object to?

    >>>>>>>>>>>

    ‘….but the Commissioner still must be independent and unbiased in exercising his authority over the process.’

    Well, throw that out the window. Of course, he has to be and in no way has anything that’s been done been independent or unbiased.

    If you believe that the Colts and the Ravens have not been involved from day one with influencing the entire situation, then you really have to be trying hard to see reality the way you want to see it. And that’s just two of the teams we’re now hearing about.

    Paolantonio: ‘….Steve Bisciotti and OTHERS in the AFC’.

    I would be shocked if the same couldn’t be said for the NY Giants/Jets. All Patriot rivals.

    ‘[Colts], [Ravens]….and others in the AFC who believe the Patriots have gotten away with murder for years’

    You see — there you have it in a nutshell. This is not about deflating a ball, this is about all the petty complaints of teams who are tired of losing to the Patriots. IF there had been something ILLEGAL that the Patriots had been doing over the years, they would have been punished for it.

    For crying out loud, some of the NFL fans are still complaining about the TUCK RULE – that happened 14 years ago and was completely just an official ruling on the field that the NFL front office backed up. They’re complaining about ‘BAD CALLS’. The Patriots didn’t make the calls, complain to the NFL officials.

    Every team in every season gets calls that go their way and calls that don’t. No one notices when the Patriots get calls against them, and they get just as many as everyone else. Why isn’t it noticed? Because you don’t hear the Patriots complaining about it or bringing up a call on the field 14 years after the fact.

    So – if NFL fans can’t figure out what is going on behind the scenes against the Patriots, then maybe it’s because they just don’t want to. In any case, if this gets to court, the NFL hasn’t got a leg to stand on.

  35. Lawyers and scientists ALOT Smarter than the imbecile haters posting here have shredded the Wells report in the New York times and Washington Post. This whole toxic mess was perpetrated by two jealous rich brat owners who leaned on the totally unqualified Troy Vincent to hurt the Patriots and Brady.
    Goodell does not want to see a court room which is why the ridiculous stalling.

  36. the owner of the Ravens should just shut the hell up.
    Did the Pats try to get ray lewis banned when he was associated with murder?? Hell he went and built a statue of a man associated with murder and who paid money to victims families to make it go away.
    and this is the guy who is trying to say the Pats never get punished….
    Steve, not that you care but you are more slippery than owl stuff, you should shut your pie hole and worry about your city and your team instead of what is going on in the land of Bob Kraft.

  37. Wasn’t it already evident when the owners persuaded Kraft to step down? And they should all have this stand on something so onerous.

  38. Sal Palantonio is reporting that Roger Goodell had decided on a method to determine the response to the Brady appeal.

    Roger Goodell rolled a single die.
    1 = 1 game
    2 = 2 games
    3 = 3 games
    4 = 4 games
    5 = 0 games
    6 = re-roll

    The problem is that it came up as a five. Exponent tested the die and after rolling the die 12 times, 5 came up 3 times. Clearly indicating tampering and not due to conditions or any random factor.

    In addition Ted Wells checked the text messages from 9 months ago from the assistant manager of the gift shop and found out that in a text to a friend, the assistant manager referred to herself as “The Worlds Best Craps Shooter” after a hot streak at craps in Vegas AND that Brady must of known about it. CHEATER!!

  39. folkcrusader says:
    Jul 26, 2015 4:40 AM
    Are you trying to say Kraft hasn’t tried to influence him? Are you saying Brady and his reps haven’t tried to influence him?

    Everyone involved is an influence.
    —————–
    Exactly why it makes no sense the he didn’t remove himself from the entire process.

  40. I believe that in all of the cases he has lost in court, it was because he cannot be independent because he is employed by the owners. There is a conflict of interest there that no one can hide from. Not even Roger Dodger.

  41. Well, it is Brady and Kraft that are trying to defend themselves. It is different than having other owners that are not involved trying to influence the outcome.

  42. Irsay and Bisciotti got Roger into this mess in the first place! The Commish is backed into a corner he does not want to be in:

    Pretty much everybody outside the NFL agrees that the Wells “Report” was nothing but an exercise in prosecutorial reach, but Roger has to make it look like the League still has some integrity on the topic, and relieving Brady of the unwarranted penalty for doing what appears to be nothing against the rules weakens that appearance.

    If Sal Paolantonio’s words were accurate, and the other owners feel that the Patriots have been “getting away with murder for years and have not been publicly punished properly”, then let them come out publicly to charge the Patriots with something! After all, the only things the Patriots have done are a minor infraction regarding video cameras and an allegation of tampering with game balls which has never been demonstrated – yet the franchise has received two of the three harshest penalties in the history of the NFL!

    It’s not easy to feel sorry for a man whose every action raises the ire of such huge numbers of the fans who fund the entire enterprise, but in this case, Roger is wading in a river of poop.

    And Robert Kraft should never have backed down from the fight against his “partners”, who are now showing their true colors.

  43. PATS and brady are guilty and know they will lose in court. Thats the only reason they have put an offer on the table. I’m sure Kraft “lobbied” as well. Since this post is in disagreement with the author I’m sure it will be deleted. Read it while you can!

  44. With the news of the settlement offer, which was ignored by the NFL, it’s clear that the tide has shifted against brady, and that the litigation threat is a bluff.

  45. Of course certain owners are influencing Goodell. This just proves that he is not impartial or independant. He will lose all his punishment authority in court and then with a new CBA,

  46. Brady’s offer of the settlement is a normal thing in cases where there is arbitration in order to avoid court. No one wants to go to court and you gotta try to do something to avoid court.

    But if it goes, I put my money on Brady and the Union

  47. .
    @helmutcat

    ” With the news of the settlement offer, which was ignored by the NFL…… ”

    Do you have a link to support this” news of a settlement offer “? I didn’t think so.

    Did you hear that 11 /12 game balls were more than 2 lbs under game weight? It was on the NFL Network website and broadcast over the air for 64 days?
    .

  48. helmetcatch says:

    “With the news of the settlement offer, which was ignored by the NFL, it’s clear that the tide has shifted against Brady, and that the litigation threat is a bluff.”

    Unless it was the NFL that leaked the settlement offer. If you think the tide is against TB, you aren’t paying attention. The NFL has ZERO case if this goes to court and they’re stalling and leaking to try and wear TB down. They don’t know him very well…

  49. I know who they are and I’m gonna name ‘em right now,” Paolantonio told the Mighty 1090 in San Diego on Friday. “Jim Irsay of the Colts. Steve Bisciotti of the Ravens and others in the AFC who believe the Patriots have gotten away with murder for years and have not been publicly punished properly.”
    ===========

    How unfair, other owners are getting tired of serial cheating and Goodell following Kraft around holding his out turned pocket.

  50. These owners are sore losers,,…. They have to justify why they can’t beat the Patriots on the field, so like losers they make excuses that the Patriots cheat. Now Irsay and the others want to take out the Patriots by removing Brady and their draft picks to take them out, so they can get past the Patriots.

    To me this is cheating and bad sportsmanship.

  51. Every single decision Roger Godell makes is wrong. Why on earth didn’t he just let an independent panel decide what the punishment should have been if any. One would have to think he thought it would go to court anyways to an independent judge but I don’t think he really has the mental capacity to think that far in advance.

  52. “To me this is cheating and bad sportsmanship.”

    But deflating footballs and filming other teams’ practices is good sportsmanship? The irony is Brady didn’t have to cheat!

  53. I bet the owners of the colts and Ravens influenced him to hear the appeal rather than let someone independent hear it. it is cuz they knew they would would lose.

  54. The owners voicing their opinion says nothing about Goodell’s independence. Its a club of 32 and they have a right to share their opinion. Put simply, the league is tired of the Patriots consistently breaking rules. . .yes, cheating.

  55. There is no clear cut proof balls were deflated.

    The Pats took responsibility paid for Spygate and moved on. My other teams make mistakes and move on. That was a long time ago.

    This stuff is brought up because sore losers have to find some excuse for losing to the Patriots so often

  56. Not shocking that “influential” owners want suspension to remain. I mean come on, after the way Pats skated time and time again.
    I heard Ed Werder had news about ball tampering investigation with Pats that would go back 7 plus seasons at Gillette Stadium. Anyone hear of this? Wouldn’t surprise me on two fronts :
    1) That Goodell would spend $ millions more on it ……and
    2) That Ernie Adams/ BBelichik had this going on…..

  57. Everyone knows the Pats have been cheating for years. The embarrassment of Spygate was vanquished by the NFL destroying the tapes. In the end it really doesn’t matter because except for the Pats fans, EVERYONE knows the Pats are cheaters. Legacy is, was and will remain tarnished.

  58. rascalmanny says:
    Jul 26, 2015 6:37 AM
    I still want sworn testimony from the fired equipment guys. I wish other owners would sue to get that information.

    What fired equipment guys?

    Did the Colts fire their equipment guys who deflated footballs for Andrew Luck, at his and Pagano’s direction, in the AFCCG?

    Do you have a link about the Colts firing their cheating equipment guys?

  59. Yes, it is a travesty to think that the guy who works for the owners would be influenced by the owners. What is the world coming to?

  60. It is absurd is as close as it gets to describe your so-called explanation. Your legal background dictates you do not twist and bend what are the very clear facts. Your statements do, however, generate a lot of responses, your real goal.

  61. drmtesta says:
    Jul 26, 2015 1:50 PM
    The owners voicing their opinion says nothing about Goodell’s independence. Its a club of 32 and they have a right to share their opinion. Put simply, the league is tired of the Patriots consistently breaking rules. . .yes, cheating.

    No you are wrong, the owners are tired of losing to the Patriots all the time. They are sore losers, they can’t beat them on the field, so they and loser fans like you use the excuse that they are cheating.
    That has not worked, so now they are trying to get the best quarterback off the field and take away their draft picks to try to beat them.

  62. You don’t get it, many at the Commissioners office worked for the Jets. All the people coming after the Patriots have an interest in taking them down.

  63. I wonder if Brady’s camp will be rescinding its settlement offer in light of this information hitting the streets. Why pay even a fine? The NFL has no case. It has violated the due process of the CBA. Goodell’s best course of action here is to rescind punishment and then get on his knees and beg Brady not to take him to civil court where all of the dirty underbelly of the NFL stands to be exposed. Anybody who thinks that they can find more incriminating information on the phone of Tom Brady than on the phones of Mike Kensil, Troy Vincent, Ted Wells, Bisciotti and Irsay, and all the other parties subject to discovery in a defamation suit are utter fools.

  64. It does undermine that whole independence that was talked about for months. If the NFL wants this to be considered independent the other 31 teams owners shouldn’t try to influence the idiot who I hope is gone by the end of next season.

  65. Florio, despite my earlier criticisms about the delay in your response, it is well reasoned and professional response. Well done, sir.

  66. Brady and Kessler will destroy Goodell Vincent and Kensil in court. The Swiss cheese Wells report, repeatedly leaking false info, biased agenda, defamation, slander, evidence Brady did anything illegal.
    Kessler is licking his chops.

  67. Who cares what some owner says or does? I’m sure Art Rooney was jumping up and down for Brady’s head. And why not? His team is scheduled to get their clocks clean week 1. LOL.

  68. Troy Vincent who was part of the sting operation handed out the penalty. The team(s) which initiated the accusation without a smidgen of proof now demand the NFL to uphold the harsh penalty. The ex-Jets officials who hate the Patriots and the sore loser teams went after the Patriots. This could ugly fast if Brady takes this to court. If during discovery the NFL asks For Brady’s phone he could also ask for all the phone records of all those NFL officials and other NFL coaches which started this fiasco plus the ESPN hacks masquerading as journalists. It will be long and expensive for all concerned. Brady already testified under oath. Goodell and his minions are now weighing the risks to them. Also Brady’s team already initiated a gesture for compromise. Tactic or not this will also be good for Brady if Goodell persists on clinging to that penalty at the behest of the bitter owners.— Kessler will torch Goodell.

  69. Although the NFLPA has agreed to allow Goodell to resolve these appeals, the union and the players are entitled to a truly independent decision.

    First half of statement overrides second half. The NFL PA and players are entitled to what they agreed to – no more or less. You don’t get to add riders to an agreement made 4 years ago just because you don’t like it now.

  70. Goodell himself admitted that HE is not the one deciding the case as an independent arbitrator

    He’s quoted as say “WE are trying to be thorough” and “WE are trying to be open” (even though there is NOTHING open about this process)

    WHO IS WE?

    That’s like a judge being required to decide a case – but wanting to run it by his friends and family and other NFL owners before he reaches a decision on a case

    Goodell has created a cluster F of epic proportions on a deflated football scandal – in which they KNEW on the FIRST DAY that the footballs actually weren’t deflated

    Tagliabue NEVER would have let this horse out of the barn – Goodell is just the opposite – actually leaking FALSE PSI information via ESPN to fan the flames of a fabricated conspiracy

    Bring back Tags

  71. RegisHawk says:First half of statement overrides second half. The NFL PA and players are entitled to what they agreed to – no more or less. You don’t get to add riders to an agreement made 4 years ago just because you don’t like it now.
    ==============================

    You’re in for a rude awakening if you think that’s how a court would rule.

    The CBA does not give Goodell the right to fabricate facts and fabricate a scandal where none exists

    And it specifically does not say “The Owners” get to decide or influence cases – as Goodell admits when he uses the pronoun “We” to describe what “He” is supposed to be doing (not that we should be shocked – but Goodell is stupid enough to admit this apparently!)

    Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that Goodell has also paid Wells $45 million over the last 2 years.

    Does anyone actually think that Wells is going to issue anything unfavorable towards his cash cow?

    Wells said he would investigate the NFL itself, including the source of the leaks – all of which turned out to be outright lies

    But in the end, he never did.

    #GoodellGate could very well bring down the NFL – mainly because so many fans and owners will do ANYTHING to get Brady off the field since they can’t beat him on it

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