Bill Belichick on Brady suspension: It’s already been addressed

AP

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision to uphold Tom Brady’s four-game suspension has led to angry statements in response from Brady, his agent, the NFLPA and Patriots owner Robert Kraft, but coach Bill Belichick didn’t offer any additional thoughts during his training camp press conference on Wednesday morning.

Belichick opened the presser by referencing the other statements and saying that there’s “nothing really to talk about there” from his perspective. That didn’t stop questions from being asked, however, and Belichick showed he hasn’t lost his knack for sticking with the same answer.

“Q: Is there something flawed about the system here in the organization that you keep ending up in these cheating controversies? Can you explain why?

BB: It’s already been addressed.

Q: Could you elaborate a little?

BB: No.

Q: Why not?

BB: Because it’s already been addressed.

Q: Well, people have a lot of questions – the public, fans.

BB: You heard what Robert just said. It’s already been addressed. Maybe you ought to go back and look at your notes.

Q: I want your opinion.

BB: It’s already been addressed.”

Questions about conversations with Brady, the challenges of preparing the team when they might not have Brady for the first four games of the season and why the team suspended Jim McNally and John Jastremski were waved away just as easily with Belichick repeating that the team is focused only on the 2015 season. No one who’s familiar with the Patriots coach would have expected anything too different from Belichick and we wouldn’t expect anything to change from the coach even as fireworks continue to be lobbed back and forth by everyone else involved.

141 responses to “Bill Belichick on Brady suspension: It’s already been addressed

  1. maybe Brady had other embarrassing info on his phone that he didn’t want anyone to see. maybe he’s having an affair, maybe he called his coach a moron, maybe he has texts to his hair implant surgeon; who knows? maybe the stuff on his phone is so embarrassing he didn’t want it public, would you, would anyone?. maybe it has nothing to do with a fricking deflated football.

  2. Every Patriot fan that hates Goodell remember two things:

    Ignorance is an excuse for Belichick even though I guarantee he knew about it and would had been caught cheating twice now. And being caught cheating twice would had opened a new can of worms.

    He let the Patriots finish a super bowl season instead of addressing it right away ans punishing them during that season.

  3. When your a known cheater its just something you don’t like to talk about. I respect that.

  4. Im no Pats fan, and Brady is guilty as hell.

    That said, I say well done Hoodie.

    He never talks to the media, anyways. What makes you think he’s gonna start now? Beast Mode got all his advice from Hoodie on how to deal with the media. Love it.

  5. This organization will never be mentioned with the dynasties of the Packers of the 1960s, Steelers of the 1970s, 49ers of the 1980s, and Cowboys of the early 1990s because of a repeated pattern to violate league rules despite chance after chance.

    I have lost a tremendous amount of respect I had for Brady and Kraft. We know what Belicheat is about already. But Brady* just an *

  6. crindal3000 says:
    Jul 29, 2015 11:54 AM
    maybe Brady had other embarrassing info on his phone that he didn’t want anyone to see. maybe he’s having an affair, maybe he called his coach a moron, maybe he has texts to his hair implant surgeon; who knows? maybe the stuff on his phone is so embarrassing he didn’t want it public, would you, would anyone?. maybe it has nothing to do with a fricking deflated football.

    ====

    Then why wouldn’t Brady turn over texts vetted by his agent either?

  7. Whether they did it or not, and I honestly don’t think we have enough information to say one way or the other, due process should matter. Imagine being accused of stealing pens from the office supply room and your employer subsequently asks for a search warrant to your home. This was a fishing expedition.

  8. Ah, alas Belichick emerges from his off season hibernation. Kraft has already come out to keep the media off the coach’s trail, who is involved, up to this eyebrows.

    There is noway Belichick didn’t know what was going on and that cell phone data proves he did. Hence, nobody’s going to court other than for show. See how serious we are? We’ll waste even more of the NFLPA’s money to prove it.

    Let it go is the smart thing to do, because the “I shot the sheriff, but I did not shoot the deputy” defense, is not working. It’s so weak on all levels.

  9. LOL, good for him. At the end of the day, it’s a small price to pay for winning 4 Super Bowls. I’ll take a little abuse every now and then in the offseason to hand out my own abuse Spetember thru January on the field. The show goes on baby……..let the games begin.

  10. “Questions about conversations with Brady, the challenges of preparing the team when they might not have Brady for the first four games of the season ”

    —————————————————————

    Might not? No, they WILL not have Brady. It’s over. time to move on.

  11. I really hope Brady plays in the opening game in Week One. As the SB MVP, he needs to be suited up and on the field for the opening game against the Steelers. This is a big game for football fans and everyone will be watching. I hope the suspension is stayed long enough for him to play in this one game at least. If he has to serve his suspension after that, well, I guess you have to follow the law.

  12. maybe Brady had other embarrassing info on his phone that he didn’t want anyone to see. maybe he’s having an affair, maybe he called his coach a moron, maybe he has texts to his hair implant surgeon; who knows? maybe the stuff on his phone is so embarrassing he didn’t want it public, would you, would anyone?. maybe it has nothing to do with a fricking deflated football.
    —————————————————–
    In the initial search Wells only wanted INFORMATION RELEVANT TO THE CASE, he was not concern about any other stuff. Wells only asked for the transcripts, not the actual phone.

  13. “Q: Could you elaborate a little?

    BB: No.

    Q: Why not?

    BB: Because it’s already been addressed.”

    Lmao… I really, really want to have a beer with this guy some time.

  14. Cheating 99 ways every Sunday is his fault. Not Brady’s or Kraft’s. He says the least. They cheat on offense, defense, and special teams. He says the least. He puts everyone out else out there that followed his lead to answer questions for him for him like a slimy rat.

  15. You gotta love Belichick. He’s a football coach and his job is to coach the Patriots. For goodness sakes! Find something else to write about. The season is just around the corner. Aren’t these people football writers?

  16. Way to go, Patriots. Keep howling at the moon. We all know that Planet Patriot orbits in an alternate universe.

    Time to give it up, people. Your quarterback destroyed his cellphone on the day he was called to explain Deflategate. What more do you need?

    Shula was right Belicheat****

  17. “Then why wouldn’t Brady turn over texts vetted by his agent either?”

    Cause he is smart enough to know that it would have made ZERO difference

  18. You have to love Bill. And I gained a lot of respect for Mr. Kraft for his statement today. Also love the trolls who helped make this the most entertaining football offseason in history by supplying a daily supply of tears with every new development. Keep those ‘*’ coming. Each one is so sweet and delicious. We’re on to the courts. #BRADYvsGOODELL

  19. There are few things I enjoy more than Belichick’s handling of the media. Stay tight-lipped, you don’t owe them anything.

    What’s most hilarious to me is that I saw on ESPN that one of the anchors said “this is a team that has been caught taping other teams’ practices.” UHHHH, no they weren’t, dummy. That was proven false and retracted by the newspaper that reported it. And furthermore, he’s apparently invented other phantom accusations in addition to the one about the Rams. It’s that kind of irresponsibility that contributes to the ignorance of NFL fans. The biggest sports news outlet is spewing misinformation and presenting it as fact. What a joke. Sometimes I don’t even blame you guys for not knowing what the hell yours talking about…

  20. What love-sick BB fans don’t understand is that he is extremely pissed at Brady. He will serve the suspension and if Jimmy plays well lose his job the way he got it. That or he was in on it.

  21. .
    There’s nothing he could add that would change anything. Most of the issues are beyond the purview of the head football coach. What’s to gain by adding fuel to the fire at this point?

    Silence can be an effective strategy.
    .

  22. Belichick has distanced himself from deflategate from the beginning because he knows that if he is associated with any act of cheating involving the patriots, he could be banned from the NFL. This language was in the spygate punishment when it was handed down.

    Patriot fans, ask yourself this, does the League have anything on Belichick that they haven’t devulged surrounding deflategate? They knew about brady destroying his cell phone and it didn’t get out until yesterday.

    The point being, the patriots organization and brady would be wise to take the belichick lead, and accept it, admit the obvious wrong doing and move on, rather than antagonizing the League office, because no one know’s what they may actually know and what they may know could take down everyone.

  23. Belicheat was on the phone Brady destroyed.

    Research when Belicheat “reportedly” first spoke to Brady about Deflategate according to the Wells report. It’s a good laugh and another lie from the Patriots.

  24. I mis- interpreted the rules. Say it again, I mis-interpreted the rules. Its OK to cheat, as long as you cheat your way to the top! 1

    1.Cartman, South Park Studios

  25. Well I don’t know if my comment ban has been lifted but I’ll give it a shot. Bill is the coach, he’s not the PR guy, he’s not involved in any way with what transpired or didn’t transpire. He doesn’t answer any question not directly related to general awareness of the team, he’s certainly earned that right. Besides everyone and their mom has offered opinions on this, go quote one of them, Bill has work to do. Have you seen our secondary, he has a lot of work to do.

  26. crindal3000 says:
    Jul 29, 2015 11:54 AM
    maybe Brady had other embarrassing info on his phone that he didn’t want anyone to see. maybe he’s having an affair, maybe he called his coach a moron, maybe he has texts to his hair implant surgeon; who knows? maybe the stuff on his phone is so embarrassing he didn’t want it public, would you, would anyone?. maybe it has nothing to do with a fricking deflated football.
    ———
    It would have to be pretty criminal to destroy your legacy in the process.

  27. deadlevelbest says:Jul 29, 2015 11:58 AM

    crindal3000 says:
    Jul 29, 2015 11:54 AM
    maybe Brady had other embarrassing info on his phone that he didn’t want anyone to see. maybe he’s having an affair, maybe he called his coach a moron, maybe he has texts to his hair implant surgeon; who knows? maybe the stuff on his phone is so embarrassing he didn’t want it public, would you, would anyone?. maybe it has nothing to do with a fricking deflated football.

    ====

    Then why wouldn’t Brady turn over texts vetted by his agent either?

    —-

    Except the part where he did? And offered to help the NFL track down other phones that he texted to get the messages from them?

    Oh, right, for the 5 million dollar report, that was “too much effort”.

    lulz. Try reading more than the TMZSPN headline.

  28. restoreintegritytonfl says: Belicheat was on the phone Brady destroyed.
    ===========================

    Ummm – you ARE aware that Belichick gave his phone to Goodell. All non-NFLPA employees did. NFL employees know they are subject to Goodell’s whim.

    Do a little research before your next snarky statement, ok? Any of the texts or messages Brady sent to Belichick are in Goodell’s posession

    Now, for Roger Goodell to assert that NFLPA members need to give him their personal cell phones – this is a HUGE NEW POWERGRAB by Goodell.

    It means the NFLPA members of all teams have no privacy – nor does anyone who messages them. And Goodell doesn’t even have to show that a rule was violated.

    He can go fishing anytime, anywhere with any player – and suspend them for 1/4th a season without ever showing any proof of anything

    THIS is what your snarky comments are supporting in the NFL – and it WILL come back to haunt your team if the NFLPA loses it’s battle in the REAL court – not just the court of public opinion where many fans STILL cite the “11 of 12 footballs down 2PSI” as fact

    Don’t be as gullible as Goodell HOPES you are

  29. I love this man.

    by the way, Who is Pat McNally? is he/she related to Jim McNally? Where does he/she come into the picture to get suspended?

  30. Roger: Ted, heres $5mil, now go down into that rabbit hole and find me a smoking gun.

    Ted: You got it boss.

    Roger: You’re back!

    Ted: Yup! And guess what I found…!

    Roger: What! What! L’ me see! L’ me see!

    Ted: I got you….The word DEFLATOR!

    Roger: Ya! Ya! What else? What else?

    Ted: I got you… A “destroyed” cell phone.

    Roger: Ya! Ya! What else?

    Ted: Ummmmm….That’s it.

    Roger: Hey Pash! We got a lot of PR work to do.

  31. Coach’s job is to keep his team focused. So, his “comment” is perfectly understandable. Can’t blame him.

    But I bet he’s not thrilled that Tommy boy has put him in this situation.

  32. jhein23 says:
    Jul 29, 2015 11:53 AM

    What a scum, loser organization. Be proud Patriots fans.

    ——————

    Scum is your opinion but loser is just plain wrong! All they do is win!!!

  33. The other teams still fear the Patriots without Brady at quarterback because of this man.

    Every player will have Brady’s back this year, whether he is playing or not playing.

    I would love to see Goodell handing the Super Bowl 50 Lombardi to Kraft and the MVP to Brady. It would be the greatest moment in sports history.

  34. rahavort says:
    Jul 29, 2015 11:56 AM
    Here come the trolls crawling out from their holes hahahah. Love it
    ——–
    No you don’t. It forces you to deal with truth and reality.

  35. if a court rules that the employer/employee relationship (NFL/NFL Player) allows the employer access to the employee’s phone, we’re all in trouble, as far as privacy goes.

    I wonder what Eric Snowden and his supporters think about this.

  36. Bill Belichick is the man. He shuts down the media like no other. He isn’t doing it because he wants attention for shutting them down (see Marshawn Lynch), he’s doing it because he literally despites them.

    He’s also the greatest coach of all time.

    Signed,
    a Dolphins fan

  37. tigerlilac says:
    Jul 29, 2015 12:24 PM

    I would love to see Goodell handing the Super Bowl 50 Lombardi to Kraft and the MVP to Brady. It would be the greatest moment in sports history.

    ———-

    truer words have never been spoken

  38. Ball boy: cheat and make up funny stories.
    Tom Brady: cheat and lie.
    Bill Belicheat: cheat and say nothing.
    Robert Graft: cheat and whine.

    This organization is rotten, through and through. It’s amazing the loathsome Robert Graft continually gets a media pass as if he were some sweet old man.

  39. “Then why wouldn’t Brady turn over texts vetted by his agent either?”

    Keep up; he TRIED TO during the appeal (he gave them a spreadsheet of all communications and was willing to participate in getting copies of them from his provider), but the NFL thought it would be too hard, so they said thanks but no thanks.

    It’s almost as if they wanted the WHOLE PHONE from the beginning, and merely used the “not cooperating” as a strong arm technique to get him to willingly do what the CBA allows him to refuse to.

    Oh wait, that’s EXACTLY what it was. I mean, as everyone here knows, they already had McNally’s and Jastresmski’s phones, and after Kraft’s press conference today we know that they already had Bellichick’s texts as well… so what else were they looking for on Brady’s phone? If they already had all that information from those 3 phones, why did they NEED Brady’s so bad… seeing how we all know that both phones contain the information from a two-way conversation?

    Who else would be in on this conspiracy? They had 3 of the 4 phones potentially involved in this conspiracy, and the 3 of them ALONG with Brady’s spreadsheet should have been more than enough for them to cross reference all the communications. They didn’t even want to do THAT though…

  40. citizenstrange says:
    Jul 29, 2015 12:18 PM

    Belicheat wants to distance himself from this stink as much as possible.

    —————–

    He’s doing the same thing he always does. Focusing on football and what ever he needs to accomplish today.

    The questions are so dumb, why would anyone answer them. The Patriots said they didn’t cheat… Belichick still doesn’t think Spygate was cheating. As he said, they were filming in front of a stadium full of people in plain view. I don’t think anyone will convince him that was cheating.

    He can only say 2 things to those questions… We didn’t cheat and repeat everything he’s already said before, which no one would believe. Or he can just say, on to training camp, like he did.

  41. ***Imagine being accused of stealing pens from the office supply room and your employer subsequently asks for a search warrant to your home. This was a fishing expedition.****
    ——————————

    Not the same in the least. Billions of dollars are at stake in the NFL. Television, jobs, gambling…the list goes on an on for the leagues impact. Should he he have had to turn over his phone? Not in a regular job setting….BUT this is not a regular job. He’s privileged to be part of a league that makes its employees millionaires on the basis of athleticism, and being a public figure. The team equipment people gave up their phones and led to the discovery of messages regarding the issue…so naturally the league would then make it an strict point to get Brady’s phone. He hindered the investigation, and was rightfully suspended. Destroying the phone on the day of his first interview was the straw the broke the camels back and legitimately held up the suspension. Good luck in court buddy, federal judges have a long track record of not overturning arbitrator decisions.

  42. **In the initial search Wells only wanted INFORMATION RELEVANT TO THE CASE, he was not concern about any other stuff. Wells only asked for the transcripts, not the actual phone.***

    thats what he was given (the numbers of every single one) but the league was too lazy to look them up. Classic. How some of you continue to support this league is absurd to me.

  43. Thanks Bill, the more we talk about it, the less likely it is to go away, at least from the public eye. Exchanges like these are why I love him.

  44. Whether they did it or not, and I honestly don’t think we have enough information to say one way or the other, due process should matter. Imagine being accused of stealing pens from the office supply room and your employer subsequently asks for a search warrant to your home. This was a fishing expedition.

    __________________________________________

    Were the pens deflated?

  45. How can you feel like your team has won a legit sb after all this mess? Tainted Tom has tarnished the team he works for. Imagine how the rest of the NFL players view him.

  46. Just listened to Kraft’s whiny monologue. Soooooooo….other players get their punishment reduced, so Tom should too. In other words, other players get away with it, so should Tom

  47. Apparently the moron haters here cannot conceive of the fact, that despite the complete lack of evidence that Brady did anything ILLEGAL about the balls , that he might actually be innocent. No wonder Obola got elected twice.

  48. I’m sure the Patriots will be just as distracted this season as they were the season after the Spygate penalties.

    How did that work out for the Patriot’s first 18 opponents?

  49. terripet says:
    Jul 29, 2015 12:16 PM

    This is why the patriots are the most hated team in sports

    —————————————-

    And as a fan of the Patriots, I don’t care what you think of my favorite team. I don’t care what you think about my favorite team’s coach, owner, or QB. My favorite team is SuperBowl Champs. My favorite teams QB was SB-MVP. They’re awesome! Your favorite team sucks. Bummer.

  50. steelcurtainn says:
    Jul 29, 2015 12:44 PM
    How can you feel like your team has won a legit sb after all this mess? Tainted Tom has tarnished the team he works for. Imagine how the rest of the NFL players view him.

    —————————-

    Same way you do, Steel-roids.

  51. My favorite part about Bill’s “press conferences” is the way he is so matter of fact. The press could have asked the same things a hundred times and they would have gotten the same answer. Through good times and controversy, he is always the same. I watch him after every game and try to figure out if they won or lost the game from what he says. A lot of times, I don’t even know…

    “Do your job” And his job is to not tell you anything. Write about THAT.

  52. steelcurtainn says:
    Jul 29, 2015 12:44 PM

    How can you feel like your team has won a legit sb after all this mess?

    ________________

    Gosh, I don’t know.

    Maybe it has something to do with the first three Superbowl wins happening before the rule they were accused of violating was implemented?

    Or maybe it has something to do with the Patriots beating the Seahawks with regulation footballs?

    Feels pretty legit to me. But just to be certain, I backed up my feelings by checking the official NFL records. And sure enough, not a single asterisk next to any of those four Superbowl wins.

  53. According to the Wells report, “certain” patriot personnel turned over their phones. The report states:

    “Renaissance Associates collected from counsel for the Patriots the Patriotsprovided mobile phones used by John Jastremski, Brenden Murphy, Zach Struck, Dave Schoenfeld and Berj
    Najarian.”

    Notice how Belicheat’s name is not on the list?

    Belicheat was on the phone Brady destroyed.

  54. “federal judges have a long track record of not overturning arbitrator decisions.”

    Most arbitrator decisions aren’t produced by someone as deeply involved, biased and conflicted as Roger Goodell in this case…

  55. sallust99 says:

    “This organization will never be mentioned with the dynasties of the Packers of the 1960s, Steelers of the 1970s, Raiders of the 70s/80s, 49ers of the 1980s, and Cowboys of the early 1990s because of a repeated pattern to violate league rules despite chance after chance.”
    ————————————————————

    100% agree. This is what the public and casual, non-Cheatriot will EVER remember about the Belicheat, Shady Brady, Corrupt Kraft Era of the Patsies…

    1*
    2*
    3*
    4*…

    “Fourr-ehh-vahhh! Fourrr-ehh-evahhh!”

    (in my Squints as if he had that awful, ear bleeding Boston accent impersonation)

  56. exoneratedbyscience says:
    Jul 29, 2015 11:55 AM

    Thank God Brady destroyed his phone so they couldn’t find anything to implicate Belichick. We can win those games without Brady, but we are hopeless without our coach!
    ______________

    Dumb comment. Belichick handed over his phone. See Kraft’s statement.

  57. restoreintegritytonfl says:
    Jul 29, 2015 12:54 PM

    According to the Wells report, “certain” patriot personnel turned over their phones. The report states:

    “Renaissance Associates collected from counsel for the Patriots the Patriotsprovided mobile phones used by John Jastremski, Brenden Murphy, Zach Struck, Dave Schoenfeld and Berj
    Najarian.”

    Notice how Belicheat’s name is not on the list?

    Belicheat was on the phone Brady destroyed.
    _________________

    According to the owner of the Patriots, Belichicks phone was given over to the Wells investigation along with every other non-union Pats employee. Any other dumb comments?

  58. Same media trolls that tried to get him to bench Brady last season after a single road loss where all the Patriots receivers and defenders were falling on the ground due to suspiciously slippery turf. I wonder how many other teams had that problem at Arrowhead, anyway.

  59. From Graft:

    “And we had already provided the league with every cellphone of every non-NFLPA that they requested, including head coach Bill Belichick.”

    In patriot legal lingo, this means the NFL did not actually request Belichicks phone, just that the patriots turned over phone for all the non-NFLPA (potentially including Belichick) that was requested.

    The Wells report makes it clear that Pats turned over cell phones from certain personnel. They list 5 underlings. Belichick is not on the list.

    The reality is the NFL never wanted any evidence to come out of this investigation. Belichick was given a pass because there was no immediate link from him to the ball boy. The linkage was broken when Brady destroyed his phone.

  60. ““Belicheat”
    -Don Shula”

    You do know that the original huge cheating scandal in the NFL was the Fins tampering to steal coach Shula from Baltimore, and that Baltimore was awarded the Fins first round pick as a result don’t you ?

    No ? Educate yourself about your own team. Everything the Fins did under Shula was tainted by your own standards.

    Oh, those standards only apply to the Pats but not your own team ? That’s called a double standard by the way, and invalidates you and for that matter what Shulacheat have to say.

  61. I’m not a fan of the Patriots but I really think Brady deserves to play the opening game against the Steelers. He’s the Superbowl MVP and he should be there with his team. And he should start. Yes, he should definitely play the whole game. Hopefully, the suspension will be stayed by the court long enough for him to at least play that first game. If the suspension is upheld, well, you can’t fight the Supreme Court. Fingers crossed.

  62. Lets look at these facts objectively:

    Here’s a quote from Robert Krafts statement today: “And we had already provided the league with every cellphone of every non-NFLPA that they requested, including head coach Bill Belichick.”

    Here’s a quote from Tom Brady’s statement on his Facebook page this morning: “As a member of a union, I was under no obligation to set a new precedent going forward, nor was I made aware at any time during Mr. Wells investigation, that failing to subject my cell phone to investigation would result in ANY discipline.”

    If we take into account already accepted facts such as the fact that the investigation team already had in their possession both McNally’s and Jastremski’s phones, or that the science in the Wells report was erroneous at best (and deliberately misleading at worst), we get a clearer picture; that the league is just trying to cover their butts:

    -Prior to the AFC championship, the league had “protocols” in place for the handling of official game balls, but they were lax and were basically left up to the lead official’s discretion on how stringently to follow them.
    -Near immediately after the game, the “11 of 12 under 2PSI” report is released, and public perception is pretty consistent: this is damning evidence and something is likely going on (i.e., where there’s smoke there’s fire).
    -Due to this, an infraction that was previously met with a warning or a fine, is suddenly the biggest news story in the nation.
    -At this point, there is no turning back for the league, as it is the biggest scandal since bountygate, and it follows the worst summer/fall the NFL has probably ever experienced PR wise.
    -Therefore, the league outsources the heavy lifting to their buddy Ted Wells, who, looking to keep these NFL investigation contracts coming in, examines the case with a built-in bias of a presumption of guilt on Brady’s part. Why you ask? Because the other option is to ADMIT THAT THEY SCREWED UP, and that they need to make amends to their official game ball handling protocols.
    -As the investigation progresses, it becomes apparent that there is no hard evidence of any wrongdoing (i.e. intentional deflation for the purpose of an unfair competitive advantage), so they may need to change their investigative approach.
    -At this point, it becomes apparent that, due to the lack of proper protocols, the lack of ANY kind of evidence to prove intentional deflation, the publics’ calls for blood, and the $5mil Wells report, there is no turning back now; in order to avoid admitting any fault on their part, the league digs a trench and decides to stubbornly hold out in it.
    -So we get to the “lack of cooperation” issue at the culmination of the release of the Wells Report; as it became apparent that they could not issue a punishment based on the “science” in the Wells Report alone, but also that anything short of a suspension for Brady would be met with incredible backlash, and after reviewing the report and concluding that a punishment levied against Brady due to an alleged conspiracy would not be sufficient enough to validate the aforementioned punishment, the league decided to issue the punishment based on the grounds of a “lack of cooperation”.
    -This can be concluded based on just a couple of things: the fact that the investigation team possessed 3 of the 4 phones that would logically be tightly linked to the conspiracy; the fact that, with 75% of the phones that theoretically contain damning evidence, the investigation team should have had MORE than enough to cross reference and determine guilt; and the fact that, upon Brady’s refusal to provide access to his phone, NO ONE mentioned the fact that doing so would lead to any punishment, which is why Brady then tried to assist them in procuring the texts at the appeal. If it was such a big issue during the investigation period, someone would have told Brady that not providing access would lead to punishment.

  63. “I’m not a fan of the Patriots but I really think Brady deserves to play the opening game against the Steelers.”

    Maybe he shouldn’t have tampered with the balls. And maybe he shouldn’t have destroyed his cellphone.

  64. NOW I KNOW WHY THE RAIDERS…..HAVE BEEN SO LOWSY FOR ALL THESE YEARS……..THE OLD RAIDERS……ARE THE PATRIOTS….

  65. As a fan of justice and fair football, I hope Brady appeals and gets to play the start of the season while the court proceedings distract his play. The Patriots go 1-5 by the time the ruling is made: Suspension upheld and the NFLPA pays all court fees.
    During the 4 game suspension, Jennifer Garrapolo goes 4-0, bringing the team to a 4-5 as Shady gets back under center and proceeds to go 3-4 from there on out. At 7-9 the Patriots don’t make the playoffs and have QB controversy on hand.

    PFT has a record number of clicks.

  66. Damn, if Brady is guilty than he shouldve just admitted to doing it in the first place. Seriously its clear no players in the NFL care about this because their QB’S all have ball preferences like Rodgers admitting to over inflate balls. Had Brady just admitted to doing it it wouldve been a simple fine and we could all move on from this stupid story. Everyone knows deflated or inflated balls the colts had no chance of winning that game, but hell even then patriot haters would continue to call Brady and the organization cheaters, but if just about any other QB did it no one would care. Im done with this story.

  67. deadlevelbest says:
    Jul 29, 2015 12:05 PM
    kapy01 says:
    Jul 29, 2015 12:03 PM
    Love Bill and will always get my support.

    Support cheaters, whatever the cost. The PATRIOT WAY(tm)

    lol you guys hate him because he won’t capitulate to the media like you sorry coaches do.

  68. Scum cheating *** organization. And you wonder why they hired Hernandez. Now you know! Scum QB with zero class. Money don’t give you class. He should have been forced to sit 16 games. Scum!

  69. Only when the press asks him questions about the opponent does he not shut up. He’ll guffaw over the team they are playing against. Funny how that is.

  70. Culture of cheating.

    The fish rots from the head down.

    I guess that explains that smell coming from Baltimore……and it’s not the aquarium! The pot calling the kettle black.

  71. tajuara says:
    Jul 29, 2015 12:05 PM
    maybe Brady had other embarrassing info on his phone that he didn’t want anyone to see. maybe he’s having an affair, maybe he called his coach a moron, maybe he has texts to his hair implant surgeon; who knows? maybe the stuff on his phone is so embarrassing he didn’t want it public, would you, would anyone?. maybe it has nothing to do with a fricking deflated football.
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    In the initial search Wells only wanted INFORMATION RELEVANT TO THE CASE, he was not concern about any other stuff. Wells only asked for the transcripts, not the actual phone.
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    And what if, let’s say for grins (play along with me now…), there was no “INFORMATION RELEVANT TO THE CASE”. Then, what does he provide?? That is a position that many will never believe, and many would fall on the sword to defend. This entire deflate-gate travesty is ludicrous.

    We all should think about, what is the issue that is making us so crazy? Personal opinions have been formed, and nothing will change them. Florio had discussed the Court of Public Opinion and he is spot on. People get so emotional that they will never consider the possibility of another reality.

    Whatever!!

  72. Brady cheated, and why wouldnt he cheat, since his coach and owner have shown that they have no problem with cheating in their organization.

    And from the comments and articles here, the Patriot fans are OK with cheating also…

  73. I am no Pats fan but credit where credit is due — NOBODY can circle the wagons and close out outside distractions like Belichick can. Even if Brady sits, I put the over/under on the number of Patriots wins in the first four games at three.

  74. There is a multiple championship team in the NFL with the greatest modern football mind at their helm. They have had the best quarterback in the league over that span as well. They are the current champions and have legitimately competed for a title every year for the past generation. They can be perceived as arrogant or indifferent to those that get in their way.

    Those are the facts, and they are not in dispute.

  75. Wow..Just like when the Refs let the Patriots cheat with a slight of the hand formation and Brady said…Maybe they should read the rule book. Does this sound familiar..Maybe you should refer back to your notes. Arrogance starts at the top. They should have suspended Bellichek as well. How can they suspend Sean Peyton, but not Bellichek? Different Rules for Patriots breeds contempt and arrogance.

  76. Good for Belichick. Whatever he says is just going to be misinterpreted anyway. It is certainly not going to satisfy anybody’s interest. And quite frankly, the questions would in part disclose some of his proprietary preparation procedures. Those are on a need to know basis and we don’t need to know.
    Anyway, Brady will be under center opening night and Goodell will not be the commissioner handing him the 2015 Superbowl MVP trophy. All as it should be.

  77. Not the same in the least. Billions of dollars are at stake in the NFL. Television, jobs, gambling…the list goes on an on for the leagues impact. Should he he have had to turn over his phone? Not in a regular job setting….BUT this is not a regular job. He’s privileged to be part of a league that makes its employees millionaires on the basis of athleticism, and being a public figure. The team equipment people gave up their phones and led to the discovery of messages regarding the issue…so naturally the league would then make it an strict point to get Brady’s phone. He hindered the investigation, and was rightfully suspended. Destroying the phone on the day of his first interview was the straw the broke the camels back and legitimately held up the suspension. Good luck in court buddy, federal judges have a long track record of not overturning arbitrator decisions.
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    The team equipment people aren’t part of the players union, different set of rules. The amount of money at stake has nothing to do with whether or not a person is entitled to due process.

    Riddle me this, if his phone is supposedly so damning, what messages would be on it that wouldn’t also BE ON THE BALL BOY’S PHONE? That how SMS works, both parties have a copy of the messages. So if they already examined the ball boy’s phone and came up empty, why should Tom set a horrible precedent for due process?

  78. The NFL protects the Patriots. Bill Belichick doesn’t get fined or reprimanded for the way he speaks to the media, but they fine Marshawn Lynch.

  79. Riddle me this, if his phone is supposedly so damning, what messages would be on it that wouldn’t also BE ON THE BALL BOY’S PHONE?
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    The ones that were DELETED AND UNRETRIEVABLE on JJ/JM’s phones as stated in the wells report.

  80. NE Clam (up) chowda head. This is probably the best thing a guilty party can do

    On to the next cheating tactic

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