Paolantonio says owners aren’t pressuring Goodell

AP

A Friday appearance by ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio on the Mighty 1090 in San Diego, coupled with prior reports suggesting that NFL owners are lobbying Commissioner Roger Goodell regarding appeal of the four-game suspension imposed on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, sparked Sunday’s statement from Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti that he’s not pressuring Goodell.

On Monday, Paolantonio appeared on 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore to explain the situation in further detail. And, as some may characterize the remarks, to backpedal like Darrell Green in his prime.

“He hasn’t put any pressure on Roger Goodell,” Paolantonio said of Bisciotti. “And he hasn’t talked about DeflateGate at all, publicly or privately from what I was told. . . . Reports up in New England were that I said that owners were pressuring Goodell. . . . I never said that owners were pressuring Goodell. But what I said about Steve Bisciotti, I shouldn’t have even said that. Because it’s pretty clear when he read his statement, that it sounds like he doesn’t care what the Commissioner does. He just wants the Commissioner to act. . . .

“I think I was wrong to say what I said, because clearly it sounds like Steve Bisciotti doesn’t care. And what I was able to find out pretty clearly is that the owners are not pressuring Roger Goodell, at all. So I never would have reported that. And the other thing too is that it was not a report. It was just me talking on a radio station. It was my opinion, and it was speculation.”

Here’s what Paolantonio initially said on the Mighty 1090: “If they do vacate the suspension and exonerate Brady, then of course you’re totally undermining [executive V.P. of football operations] Troy Vincent . . . and you’re undermining the authority of the very Commissioner making the ruling, since he was the one that signed off on the initial four-game suspension in the first place. Not only that, you’re angering some of the hard core owners out there, And I know who they are, and I’m gonna name them right now. Jim Irsay of the Colts, Steve Bisciotti of the Ravens and others in the AFC who believe that the Patriots have gotten away with murder for years and have not been publicly punished properly.”

Paolantonio didn’t say that Bisciotti, Irsay, or anyone else was “pressuring” Goodell. Instead, Paolantonio said that Bisciotti and Irsay (and others) would be angered by a reduction. Some in the media apparently took the prior report that a small group of owners are pushing Goodell to uphold the suspension and the opinion/speculation/whatever from Paolantonio that Irsay and Bisciotti would be angered by a reduction as the parts of a two-piece puzzle.

And that would have been the easiest way for Paolantonio to explain the reaction to his comments from Friday.

Still, regardless of whether their potential anger with the outcome ever became affirmative pressure on Goodell, it’s possible that some owners would be angry with a reduction, but that those owners aren’t overtly pressuring Goodell.

It’s also possible that Bisciotti chose the term “pressure” in his Sunday statement not as a pun (although it was a good one) but in recognition of the possibility that he and other owners have merely communicated their views on the subject to the league office, without applying any “pressure” to the Commissioner.

Does anyone really think owners haven’t been lobbying the league office on this issue? One of the clearest points to emerge from the murky morass known as #DeflateGate is that teams piss and moan to 345 Park Avenue about so many issues that the league has gotten numb to the complaints. Otherwise, the league would have done a much better job checking the Patriots footballs only one day after the Colts complained about suspicions of underinflation. (At a minimum, referee Walt Anderson would have put two and two together when the balls went missing before the game, for the first time in his career.)

Likewise, does anyone think other owners were placated by the punishment imposed on the Patriots, and that they’ll all simply shrug if the Commissioner reduces or eliminates the Brady suspension? If that were the case, the suspension surely would have been reduced or eliminated by now.

With or without pressure, lobbying, or influence, the Commissioner understands the various pros and cons of his options. And that’s perhaps one of the reasons why he has yet to select one.

68 responses to “Paolantonio says owners aren’t pressuring Goodell

  1. I believe Tom Curran. I heard what you said. What are you the next Mortenson? He still hasn’t corrected the tweet of 11 of 12 ball 2 psi under.
    ESPN is slipping and sliding, you guys really are affraid of Goodell aren’t you?

  2. Owners pressuring Goodell? How about Goodell pressuring media members? SalPal had to moonwalk this one back or he’d get the Simmons/Olberman treatment. Maybe explains why Mort has been in hiding since his “report”.

  3. Sal Paolantonio also went on Boston’s WEEI on Saturday afternoon and repeated what he said on the San Diego station. So I guess he is now double back-pedaling.

    He was also rather curt to Rob Bradford, the WEEI co-host.

  4. Just as i said 4hrs ago, Sal is redacting his statements on Bisciotti.

    Bisciotti never did, nor will he have anything to do with this dumpster fire called Deflategate.

    NE fans can trash him all they want. Their owner is the biggest hypocrite in the league. Hangs out with Floyd the woman beater Mayweather in his suite, invites Goodell to personal trips/meetings, ignored scouts advice NOT to draft Hernandez and put his arms around a mass murderer.

    A real class act.

  5. I’m not 100% sure this new version meshes with all of Sal’s statements. He appeared on WEEI in Boston on Saturday and pretty clearly said Bisciotti was pressuring Goodell. It wasn’t reports up in New England, it was Sal himself on the radio up in Boston.

  6. Anyone else ready for this to end? I’m so sick of “sources” and speculation. I want football

    This high school type drama was nowhere near as bad before Goodell. It’s ruining the fun of watching football.

  7. As a Patriots fan, I want Goodell to stick with the four games because that will trigger the court case and Brady will win that case. At this point, too much blood has been spilled for a compromise. It didn’t have to be that way, but the owners and Goodell deserve each other. That includes Robert Kraft.

  8. Sorry clipper522 but Sal Paolantonio was on WEEI Saturday and said the same thing about Biscotti pressuring Goodell

  9. “Reports up in New England were that I said that owners were pressuring Goodell. . . . I never said that owners were pressuring Goodell. ”

    All you need to know. And what I had stated when this was first here. Pathetics are the lowest of the low and will stoop to any level to make it look otherwise. A little lie always grows.

  10. This is a fine mess you have got us into Goddell, said the owners who are losing credibility every day. Shootings, beatings, DUI’s, public announcements for orgys and good ole drunken behavor are nothing compared to a report with no evidence that there was not enough air in a football. Leaks tainted with false information against the best team and the best player are an every day event. Roger could run Amtrak after this job.

  11. Why isn’t tom brady declaring his innocence? Because he’s guilty. I can’t wait for cheat boy to show up for camp & finally have to face the media & answer questions about deflategate. Goodell is owning brady.

  12. Just retire cheater Brady you don’t need this hassle!!! retire with Gisele to Brazil or where ever then soon BB will quit & the by GOD patsies, the darlings of the NFL will suck just like the 70’s 80’s & early 90’s!!!

  13. The media is creating a circus out of this instead of reporting the news. Bottom line is nobody wants to get cheated and the Patriots were caught red handed. Again. If all those owners got together for a poker game, do you think they’d allow Robert Kraft to deal from the bottom of the deck, get caught doing it, and then hand their wallets over to him and watch him walk away with all their money? These billionaires didn’t get rich from allowing someone to steal from them, and they’re not about to start now.

  14. As a Pats fan, I hope Brady takes this to the bitter end with Goodell and the League. If that means Brady risking missing late season or playoff games, so be it. I’ll be okay with whatever the result ends up being.

    At some point you just have to put an end to the ridiculousness. The NFL has no interest in being fair. If Brady wants fairness, he’s going to have to take it to court.

  15. On what issue don’t the owners try to influence Goodell? This one is just getting more attention. They have owners’ meetings for a reason: to discuss how their league–which, you know, they own–is being operated.

    The results of those meetings turn into directives for the commissioner. And it’s a rare day indeed when all 32 owners agree on something. They most certainly are frequently–if not constantly–communicating with Goodell about all aspects of league management. Just like any other business.

  16. We all know reporters from ESPN never lie. I’m sure Sal is just giving us another version of the truth.

    Or, the lawyers got a hold of him and said, “a fine mess you’ve gotten us into Sal” (best Oliver Hardy impersonation….)

  17. The process for checking inflation was flawed…so is this whole stinking mess. The other owners are pissed that New England has one four Super Bowls this century, they don’t trust Belicheck, they don’t like Brady and they want blood.

    However, Brady can and should force this matter into Federal court, where he is likely to walk away without repercussion.

    And Roger Goodell will be grateful to see that happen.

  18. fanofpft says:
    Jul 27, 2015 4:51 PM
    “Reports up in New England were that I said that owners were pressuring Goodell. . . . I never said that owners were pressuring Goodell. ”

    ——————-

    Really dude? You can spin it anyway you want but the truth is Sal the Pal said it in San Diego and in Boston.
    Nice try.

  19. Tom Curran of Comcastsports New England wrote “The following week, former Ravens front-office man and current Colts GM Ryan Grigson forwarded a letter from his equipment man to the NFL offices. The letter accused the Patriots of deflating footballs.”

    Ryan Grigson has never been employed by the Ravens.

  20. Much like Goodell I think Paolantonio can certainly be trusted. All I know is you should never say anything bad about the NFL or your comment will disappear from the comments section. Unless it is an asterix or what some deem to be a clever spelling of Patriots or Belicheck.

  21. Enough!! Let Brady play already. Pats have got me on their side. End this, Free Brady now!

  22. Reminds me of the movie Fletch, when Chevy Chase is at the doctor’s office singing Moon River. Guess who plays the doctor in this scenario

    (Hint: Sal is Chevy and Roger is the doctor).

  23. Mike, what angers the owners is that the Patriots have beaten up on their division and done well enough in the rest of their games to get a playoff bye more often than not. Given how hard the Patriots are to beat at home, if they go into the playoffs with a #1 or #2 seed it is tough to keep them from making it to the super bowl.

    How do you stop the Patriots? You suspend Brady. Taking away their draft picks and changing the rules just hasn’t cut it, has it?

    Someone got to Paoloantonio. ESPN has sat on the lies it ran with back in January without correction but they marched Sal out for an act of contrition as soon as one owner, Bisciotti, denied lobbying Goodell.

    Pathetic.

  24. Chris says:
    Jul 27, 2015 4:24 PM
    Owners pressuring Goodell? How about Goodell pressuring media members? SalPal had to moonwalk this one back or he’d get the Simmons/Olberman treatment. Maybe explains why Mort has been in hiding since his “report”.
    _______________________

    True dat. ESPN is owned by the NFL. They fired their most popular writer, Bill Simmons for criticizing the commissioner – same with schizoid Olberman. By the way, Mort is a spokesman for the NFL, not a reporter.

  25. Sal needs a raise. The seed is planted and it will flourish. No amount of backpedaling from Sal will help Irsay and Bisciotti erase the fact that they just drank water from the same deep well that has caused Tom Brady all this grief. Not to mention, Irsay got a piece of his own stank from ESPN after allowing this mess to be conjured under his top. Say, didn’t the Baltimore Colts conspiratorally suggest to the Indianapolis Colts that something was going on with footballs? I would ask Bisciotti and Irsay how it feels to be lied about in national print but that’s Robert Kraft’s fork to hold(they wouldn’t see my question anyway). Yes, give Sal a raise for pedaling that bit of dirt from San Diego allll the way to Boston.

  26. Sal and Mort otherwise known as Larry and curly of the three stooges. They will report whatever they want whenever they want without any repercussions. When they do decide to explain it away they think that people don’t know how to read or remember what they said. Both should be fired.

  27. I’d be a lot happier if I knew that this was a fair and balanced investigation and that the punishment (if any) will be based on proof of a crime committed.

    And not a punishment handed out to a possibly innocent man and NFL team for the purpose of keeping the Patriots detractors and spiteful owners content.

  28. voiceofreason01 says:
    Jul 27, 2015 4:55 PM

    Why isn’t tom brady declaring his innocence? Because he’s guilty.
    ————————————————————-
    The fact that you said something that dumb and go by voiceofreason was the funniest thing i seen all day.
    BTW-Brady isn`t saying anything because he`s going to court and that is what smart people do in his situation.And when camp starts he`s still not going to comment because at this point he doesn`t have to.
    Goodell has screwed this up so bad he`s had a month with all his lawyers trying to find away to write the denial that will stand up in court and they can`t find it.

  29. League office employee to Sal:
    That general bit of [true] info was not meant for you to go and name names.
    Please walk that back and we can continue the relationship.

    League employee to Mortensen:
    That less than true info was meant for you to make it go viral.
    Don’t even think about walking back that story.
    Mort: Hadn’t even crossed my mind.

    Maybe it didn’t happen exactly like that.
    But it is uncanny how stories that cast the NFL processes
    in a poor light find a way of being…adjusted rather quickly.

  30. Sal shouldn’t have said that, his assumptions could be true but you can’t say things like that off of a hunch. The NE media is pretty awful, they do everything from twisting words to telling downright lies. I don’t like the idea of trying to smear everyone to make yourself seem clean. Its unprofessional and unethical. Pats fans and the NE media need to stop these games, they are doing a lot of damage to their reputation.

  31. lennylyles says:
    Jul 27, 2015 5:21 PM

    Tom Curran of Comcastsports New England wrote “The following week, former Ravens front-office man and current Colts GM Ryan Grigson forwarded a letter from his equipment man to the NFL offices. The letter accused the Patriots of deflating footballs.”

    Ryan Grigson has never been employed by the Ravens.

    +++++++++++++++++++

    It was the Eagles.

    Another team butt-hurt by the Pats.

    Same stuff, different bucket.

  32. the fact that many teams have done what that Pats have done re: cheating and many of them went unpunished is suspicious . Now the Pats are clobbered I am sorry but by appearances if nothing else I think the other owners are pressuring their puppet

  33. Yes the Patriots have cheated and were caught and dealt with here is a list of their cheats in correlation with other teams
    Formation gate was not against the rules til the Pats did it. The Vikings did it and no one whined
    Deflategate (if it even happened) 2015 who else has one or more? The Jets in 1992 nothing done to them. The Ravens have one in 2002 nothing done to them. The Bengals 1994-1999. Nothing done to them. The Texans have one in 2006 nothing done to them. The Colts 2015 nothing done to them. In fact the Jags have claimed they saw a equp manager with a needle one the sidelines during their game. The Eagles have one in 2004 nothing was done to them. Da Bears have one in 2005 nothing was done to them. The Packers have inflate gate 2008-2014 nothing done to them. The Saints have two 2000-2001.
    The Cardinals have one in 2003 nothing done to either team.
    Yes I am aware the main issue though was TB’s being uncooperative. He was suspended the Kicker also was that way and nothing was done to him. The Chargers in 2012 were caught dring FB’s and their equip mgr was caught being evasive yet they were only fined 20K and the league moved on.

    Now re” Spygate yes the Pats were caught by the Jets and dealt with in 2007. Ironically the Jets were caught by the Pats a year earlier and given a slap on the wrist the Pats were fined.
    Who; else has spygates? The Dolphins with Don Shula were known for it. ALL teams were doing it until 2006 that is when the league cracked down. The Jets did it again 2011 yet they weren’t punished. The only team to be punished for deflategate and spygate have been the Patriots. But they are the only team that cheat if you ask the haters. Ladies gentleman and all you haters which are neither this is what happens when you research. I feel like it is not illegal til the Pats do it then OhMy God say the other owners we MUST make it illegal,

  34. Can Goodell make the dumb decision already. I don’t care what happen at this point or what it is being compared to, Just make the decision so everyone can move on from this dumb thing and let the season starr already

  35. Brady had already put an offer on the table of accepting a fine. NOW we hear they are negotiating. So where do you pats fans think it’s going? Obviously something worse than a fine. It’s clear goodell is not going to reduce the suspension to zero, but they are negotiating, so brady may accept a reduced suspension. It is the next logical progression. What will you pats fans say then?

  36. I like Sal, but he gets played like a fiddle by his sources.

    He’s a cool interview when he comes on my local sports tall station.

  37. Let’s see if 7 is a charm:

    So Sal…

    Were you lying then…or are you lying now?

  38. As ESPN fires everyone who dares to speak the truth about Goodell and the NFL, why should we believe anything that comes out of anyone’s mouth at the 4 letter network?

    It’s like the Pravda of sports reporting. All the news that Roger’s mouthpieces want you to read / hear.

    Ludicrous……

  39. I guess freedom of the press is not allowed on ESPN. I have canceled my insider subscription, not visited their website or watch any MLB since their lies on deflategate starting with Mortensen. I heard Salpal’s comments being replayed and then I heard him live on WEEI and in both instances he clearly stated owners were pressuring Goodell and named Biscotti and Irsay. To think otherwise is just your hatred taking over your mindset instead of objective analysis.

  40. The NFL used to be about MEN. Now its about RATS! Parcells knew Bill Walsh was disabling radio communications at the beginning of playoff games in the 80’s because the niners scripted their plays and didn’t need it. Parcells also knew other teams were doing the same thing so his defense couldn’t communicate with his coaches. He didn’t rat anyone out instead he found a way to win the game.

  41. @ clipper522 – I’m a Patriots fan and I don’t like that Kraft hangs out with Mayweather either. And I can’t help but feel his devotion to his wife certainly didn’t show in how quickly he started showing up with a new, very young girlfriend.

    Whether there is something wrong with him socializing with Goodell, I guess I’d want to know if Goodell doesn’t socialize with many of the other owners. I don’t like any of it. If he is representing owners in a professional capacity that involves discipline of players on these owners’ teams, then no, there really shouldn’t be a personal, social relationship with them. Not if you want anyone to believe you have the ability to be impartial, fair and independent.

    As far as Hernandez goes – come on – be fair. How was anyone supposed to predict that a successful player making millions of dollars was going to end up murdering someone? The Patriots are a very high discipline team. They often have the mindset that they can take a problem player from another team and get him to shape up and he becomes a steady team player. So this doesn’t surprise me that they ignored what the scouts said. They’ve done it many times before and it never worked out like that. It could have happened to any team.

    And I’m not trashing Bisciotti. I know nothing about him. He’s not an owner whose being investigated like some owners, and not dealing with a drug addiction like some. But at the same time, why would anyone expect the Patriots or their fans to just accept his denial at face value and not need more evidence that confirms that is true?

    After Deflategate and everything that Goodell has screwed up, I have no trust in the NFL or ANY of the owners at this point.

  42. harbaugh has his job because Belichick called Bichotti and recommended the crybaby for the job.

    And classless crybaby repays Belichick with a whiny post-game press conference insinuating the Pats cheated with their formations, then starts deflategate with a phone call or two to the Colts. Then he doesn’t have the balls to man up about it.

    If its not true crybaby harbaugh, lets see your phone records.

    See what I did there?

  43. I love me some PFT! But PFT please help Free Brady. Ive come around, and like my trailer park, the Pats are safe and trustworthy. free Braaaaady

  44. iamkillerfin says:
    Jul 27, 2015 5:02 PM
    Just retire cheater Brady you don’t need this hassle!!! retire with Gisele to Brazil or where ever then soon BB will quit & the by GOD patsies, the darlings of the NFL will suck just like the 70’s 80’s & early 90’s!!!

    ———————–
    Jealousy is for losers.

  45. Where is your thinking ? Who owns your mind ?
    Does Goodell & the News Media have your brain in their hands molding it like putty to conform to their Perception of Reality?

    If You cry CHEATER, then YES – They Own You.

    The ONLY way to save the NFL is to exterminate the RATS.

  46. Goodell won’t reduce suspension because he’s figuring the courts will do it for him. At least then he can stand by the original punishment. He can then say he stood firm.
    As far as Curran goes, he writes what the Pats tell him to write. Period.

  47. Wow, Pats fans have really created their own moral universe at this point. You are furious about what you believe are unsubstantiated claims against your QB, but are hell bent on believing unsubstantiated claims that this is somehow the Ravens’ owner’s fault? Except those claims aren’t even unsubstantiated, they’ve been specifically retracted by the reporter, but- nah, we’re going to stick with the first thing he said.

  48. jchipwoodd says:
    Jul 27, 2015 5:25 PM
    Enough!! Let Brady play already. Pats have got me on their side. End this, Free Brady now!

    ————-

    Hell just froze over

  49. paulrevereshorse1775 says:
    Jul 27, 2015 5:07 PM
    As a Pats fan, I hope Brady takes this to the bitter end with Goodell and the League. If that means Brady risking missing late season or playoff games, so be it. I’ll be okay with whatever the result ends up being.

    At some point you just have to put an end to the ridiculousness. The NFL has no interest in being fair. If Brady wants fairness, he’s going to have to take it to court.
    ————————————————

    Still, you have to wonder what the Deflator was threatening to go to ESPN with. And he was threatening to, as the Patriots themselves said.

    Hey what happened, you really ran away after that was pointed out on the other thread?

  50. Brady is simply waiting for his day in court.
    Goodell knows if that happens the Nfl gets shredded and he and the con man Vincent get fired but the rich owners who instigated this 5 million dollar farce will be fine.
    The Wells report itself said it was UNCERTAIN THAT illegal TAMPERING even occurred! !!!! How do you assess the biggest penalty in history based on such rubbish?

  51. What did Sal think would happen by tossing those 2 names out? ESPN says Irsay has not been in contact at all with Goodell for several months since the deflategate report broke out originally. Sal is stirring stuff up for no reason

  52. Typical Florio the Raven Hater..

    Headlines:
    Biscotti pressure Goodell according to Paolantino.

    Paolantino reports owners not pressuring Goodell.

    In other words…
    Bad guy Biscotti gets the blame, but ALL the owners are vindicated.

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