Judge asks for settlement talks in Brady case before August 12

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On Friday, the NFL and NFLPA requested an expedited schedule for the resolution of the case involving Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s suspension with the goal of having the matter wrapped up by September 4.

Judge Richard Berman has offered a reply that suggests he’s amenable to that timeline. Berman told the two sides Friday, via the Associated Press, that the has scheduled conferences for August 12 and August 19 involving the “principles” on both sides. That would include both Brady and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who upheld Brady’s suspension after an appeal.

Berman also requested that the two sides “engage in comprehensive, good-faith settlement discussions prior to the conference on August 12.” Brady and the NFLPA said this week that they made a settlement offer to the NFL that was not countered by the league and there were several reports about settlement talks in the case before Goodell offered his decision.

Berman’s response suggests there’s a good chance of resolving the lengthy affair before the start of the season and that could mean Brady is on the field against the Steelers to start the season.

92 responses to “Judge asks for settlement talks in Brady case before August 12

  1. After Brady settles or wins this case and is playing week 1, he should sue the NFL for defamation, and then after he settles or wins millions from the NFL, play for the veteran minimum so the Patriots can spend more on supporting players.

  2. A good settlement mean both sides believe they got screwed…or as I like to put it if anyone leaves happy, then someone got screwed.

  3. NFL is in full “ride it out” mode. They’ve dug themselves a hole this deep, no use turning back now, right?

    I mean, they have no proof, no evidence beyond circumstantial grasping-at-straw level, not to mention, there’s no obvious motive or competitive advantage for Brady.

    But, at this point, hey, why not keep trying to distract the public with the latest shiny objects?

    #FireGoodell
    #DisbarWells

  4. Not sure what sort of settlement would put Brady on the field for week 1. It would require an adverse ruling from the judge or complete capitulation by the league, which doesn’t seem remotely possible.

    Brady’s suspension might be reduced to two games or even one with an admission of guilt, but there seems no possibility of that either.

  5. I love breaking down “competetive advantages”!
    Like when Jim Harbaugh was baffeled into uncomprehension all while Joe Flacco threw up a 2nd down duck.
    Or the “competetive advantage” of drubbing 45 pts (not .45psi) in an AFCCG.
    I am so proud The 4X Superbowl Champion NE Patriots are not the only ones who believe in the “competetive advantage”
    #discuss

  6. As it should be. And then, Brady’s gonna smoke ’em. And I mean all 19 opponents he faces.

  7. The judge said to come to a compromise so I would think it would be a 2 game suspension … No way Brady gets totally off and he goes down in the history books as a cheater

  8. “…and that could mean Brady is on the field against the Steelers to start the season.”

    It also means that he might not be back until Week 3. Or 6.

  9. Oh sure, it makes sense that the NFL would go after the Patriots because Brady is a marketable star and Boston is a big market, so yes, let’s deliberately go in and screw the Patriots, just because. Only a fool would believe that.

  10. Just heard it could be more than 4 games..
    Stick it to the weasel NFL Ba ha ha ha!

  11. The odds are better of the Jags winning the Super Bowl this year than of Brady playing in week 1.

  12. NFL has no evidence because Brady destroyed it all and they Fired the Ball boys so they legally can’t say anything other than that he’s clean

  13. I like how this story ends with “that could mean Brady is on the field against the Steelers to start the season.”

    That sounds like a very ‘optimistic’ slant, when the majority of people familiar with the CBA give Brady very slim odds of reversal.

  14. I, for one, do not want a settlement. I want the legal system to look at all the evidence – or lack thereof – and come to a ruling. If there’s a settlement there will always be questions lingering.

  15. Doing this to the single greatest player in NFL history is a complete embarrassment for the league. For what purpose? So Goodell can look tough? It’s already established he has no credibility. Tom Brady has handled this whole debacle with class and dignity. I wouldn’t have taken a baseless smear campaign with nearly the same amount of restraint.

  16. Bill Belichick: The greatest modern day NFL Football Coach

    Tom Brady: The greatest Modern Day NFL Quarterback.

    The NE Patriots: THE greatest all modern day NFL Franchise

    Suck it haters

  17. Up until last week I believed that the NFL league office and Goodell are just like many people on this board. They saw the texts, made their judgement and disregarded any other evidence however compelling it was. Is there one person in the league office with an engineering or scientific degree or background? Answer is no. They are all comminications and MBAs. Lawyers and ex-players. They hear the science arguments and just roll their eyes….

    I believed all that until the slimy defamation of Brady by saying we will not reduce sentence because he destroyed his phone. A phone Wells personally said he never wanted or asked for. For some reason, the NFL wants to destroy Brady. Doesn’t make any sense.

  18. If anyone thinks Brady will miss a game, think again. This was widen from the beginning. Goodell takes one for the team. He fines the owner again and docks a 1st round pick. He will then suspend Brady and show a tough guy image and then let the court system let Brady back against the Steelers. Brady wins, Goodell wins and does not look like Kraft ‘ s puppet.

  19. dickshotdogs says:
    Jul 31, 2015 6:16 PM
    As it should be. And then, Brady’s gonna smoke ’em. And I mean all 19 opponents he faces.
    ——————-

    So long as the Pat’s big brother (see NYG) don’t give him a swirly at the end of the season.

  20. Patriots are cheaters. They have been and will be as long as Belichick is coaching. History backs me on this. Please please prove me wrong but before you do tell me why again the Patriots have been docked two 1st round picks in the last decade? And don’t tell me it’s a witch hunt be a use the Patriots have played the least amount of teams coming off bye weeks since Goodell became commish. Also Goodell lives in Patriots backyard. So please explain why. Go ahead.

  21. Why do all of these articles written by PFT regarding DeflateGate seem to always suggest Brady won’t be suspended? Brady cheated, lied, continues to lie, got 2 guys fired to protect himself, destroyed evidence & refused to cooperate with investigators. All this while another guy (Ray Farmer) admitted his guilt, cooperated fully, complied completely & received a 4 game suspension. Please, please, please, please tell us ALL why Brady deserves to be given another chance to even play again, let alone play again this year??? Brady embodies the worst of the worst in sports.

  22. I highly doubt Brady would ever accept a deal where he has to admit his guilt and why should he? Nothing happened. I’ve been defending him for months and I wouldn’t be a very happy fan if he suddenly admits guilt, not after I’ve been defending him for months. The Wells report actually stated that Brady was cooperative so I don’t think he should even accept a fine for being uncooperative but I could live with that if he did. I think the NFL should admit their mistake, fire Kensil for the false leak about the psi readings, and apologize to the Pats for not correcting that information asap. At least I can dream.

  23. Is it true that the Jets were caught screwing with kicking balls and only a equipment guy was punished? The kicker had no general awareness? I heard that this case was cited in the NFLPAs brief, true?

  24. This is what is confusing to me, if Brady admits guilt, then his suspension is justified and deserves his 4 games. How can the NFL lower his game when it is consistent with the PED violaters?

  25. .
    So, Goodell, Wells, Vincent, Kensil, Pash, Gardi, Blandino, Harbaugh, Pagano, Grigson, Mortenson, Kravitz, and I’m hearing, Stephen A Smith walk away scot free? They have to answer no questions, give no account?

    That seems fair.
    .

  26. fanofpft says:
    Jul 31, 2015 6:18 PM

    Just heard it could be more than 4 games..
    Stick it to the weasel NFL Ba ha ha ha!

    Nvm it was a Sheldon Richardson radio teaser. And wishful thinking. He should have gotten more games.

  27. Goodell is not worthy of trust. An agreement with him is like an agreement with a scorpion – the best you can hope is that he just stings someone else for a while.

  28. A league office employee lied about the footballs to start this drama. If anything, that employee needs to be fired and an apology should be issued to Brady and the Pats. Having to apologize and admit wrongdoing would be punishment enough for the league.

  29. Why are we still talking about this? There was a guy they called…The Deflator! No really…and they are trying to say he was called that cause he was trying to lose weight. Yes, this is really happening. It’s not a TV show.

  30. limakey
    He is not going to admit guilt because he is not guilty.
    Go back to sleep.

  31. Bill Belichick: The slimiest head coach to ever dis-grace a football field. CONFIRMED CHEATER AND LIAR.

    Tom Brady: The whiniest, weakest QB to ever cheat his way to the top. TAINTED.

    The New England Patriots: The worst franchise in the NFL.

    Suck it cheaters.

  32. Judge: Mr. Goodell, what was the pressure of the Patriots footballs at the start of the AFCCG?

    Roger:

    Judge: Suspension of Tom Brady revoked.

  33. This is so funny. King Roger has been ordered to see the REAL BOSS!!

    The NFL cannot escape the 19 January, 2015 OFFICIAL LETTER sent to Mr. Kraft from the senior vice president of NFL operations (David Gardi) that informed the Patriots that an investigation will be conducted.

    WOULD YOU PROVIDE YOUR CELL PHONE TO FOLKS THAT ARE NOT TRUTHFUL (19 Jan. letter)???

    1. FACT: On page two, the letter states the following: … “each of the Colts’ game balls that was inspected met the requirements set forth.”

    Accordingly, that statement turns out to be totally not true. Page 8, of the Wells report confirms that 3 of the 4 Colts’ footballs were in fact deflated.

    2. FACT/QUESTION: Who directed, at halftime, to STOP testing the Colts’ remaining 8 footballs at half-time (only four balls tested, 3 found deflated)?

    3. FACT: Brady’s telephone records were produced at the hearing which showed the time and date of every text and phone call and the identity of Patriots personnel and anyone else involved in those texts and phone calls. King Roger stated it wasn’t practical to review all of those texts and phone calls.

    4. FACT: Ideal Gas Law (IGL) cannot be disputed.

    5. FACT: The NFL did not record pre-game PSI levels.

    6. FACT: The NFL had no procedures/protocol to determine PSI levels, UNTIL RECENTLY.

    7. When is the last time you heard the media or public discuss the 19 Jan. 2015 letter???

    8. FACT: This is America! The Missouri Supreme Court ruled in May, 2015 against Goodell: ….“the terms of the contract designating the NFL commissioner, an employee of the team owners, as the sole arbitrator with unfettered discretion to establish the rules for arbitration are unconscionable and, therefore, unenforceable”.

    9. COMMENT: As stated — Wells never asked for Tom Brady’s cellphone, and didn’t require it. “Keep the phone,” Wells told Brady and his agent. He insisted that his investigation was thorough without it. “I don’t think it undermines in any way the conclusions of the report,” he said. Those were his exact words. So were these, after interrogating Brady for more than five hours: “Totally cooperative,” Wells said of Brady’s testimony. You see the same pattern here. Brady’s phone was unimportant — until it was important, because Goodell needed it to be, to rescue his prestige.

  34. Where is the missing air?

    Without missing air, there is no cheating.

    The guage the ref says he used shows no deflation. 3 balls come in under the predicted pressure by the Wells report. the variance is 0.12, 0.32, and 0.42 psi. This is on average less than the variance between the 2 gauges the ref carried.

    The NFL had no procedures for air pressure before 4 days ago. How can they justify all this consternation and finger pointing, the leaks of lies to the media, and the inaction to correct the “mis-information” (lies) that were intended to damage the reputation and brand of Brady and the Patriots.

  35. For anyone who wants a ‘Heads Up’ – you can read: Tom Pelissero, USA TODAY Sports 12:26 p.m. EDT July 30, 2015

    How ironic that Goodell is accusing Patriots of Unfair Advantage via PSI, when he committed Slander & Defamation, Theft by Deception, Coercion and many more Un-ethical & illegal activities at the consent of some jealous/hateful Owners.

  36. “engage in comprehensive, good-faith settlement discussions prior to the conference on August 12.” Brady and the NFLPA said this week that they made a settlement offer to the NFL that was not countered by the league”

    Ok, so to best honor the “comprehensive, good-faith” effort, the NFL should counter the Brady / NFLPA offer by suggesting 0 games for not cooperating if he admits to guilt & ONLY a year suspension for the actual cheating.

  37. Here is Brady’s settlement offer. No suspension. period.

    To throw the league a bone he cops to what he can’t deny. He did not give up his phone or the texts on it. Even though afterwards he provided the phone numbers so the NFL could contact the receivers of them to ask them to reveal what was on their phones.

    LOLZ!!! As if!!

    Brady pays a 100,000 dollar fine and puts an end to all this garbage.

    Goodell resigns finally!!!

    Hallehluiah!!

  38. Anyone that thinks Brady will be on the field in week one is a fool. The League is entrenched in this thing. They can come down to a two game suspension in settlement, but that’s it. Settlement means both sides give up something. Brady needs to take some lashes if a settlement is going to happen. And Brady is also entrenched in that he doesn’t want to admit any guilt. So he wants complete reversal and that won’t happen. I’m betting on seeing Brady in week 3.

  39. Here is what they deserve…..

    Brady………..
    – No suspension
    – No fine

    Patriots team:
    – Fine for Jastremski’s detour to the mens room (against the NFL written rules) $25 or 50K

    – Return $1M
    – Return draft picks.

    WHY???

    Remember

    1 The Wells report has been widely discredited. No one really believes it was objective. That means nothing was proven. That said – Wells is on record saying Brady’s phone would not have changed the outcome of the findings.

    2 NFL got the 5 phones from Patriot employees they requested – including Belichicks and the ball boys….

    3 The NFLPA would not allow precedent be set by giving up Brady’s (union member) being handed over. He didnt have to give it to them. Period. Can you punish someone for following the CBA?

    4 The initially the NFL requested and Brady agreed to provide the names/numbers and dates of the texts he had rec/sent – but in the end, THE NFL REFUSED THE OFFER. Why not take the data and double check that the ball boys and belechick didn’t delete anything…..?? Easy right? (Florio says NFL didnt need the data because they already thought they had a case – the addition details wouldn’t change anything.)

  40. bradjamesbroncositaly says:
    Jul 31, 2015 6:17 PM

    Oh sure, it makes sense that the NFL would go after the Patriots because Brady is a marketable star and Boston is a big market, so yes, let’s deliberately go in and screw the Patriots, just because. Only a fool would believe that.
    ——–
    Parity.. something that has been missing for 1.5 decades in the afc.. also, league office being 90% x jet employees doesnt hurt.

  41. What concerns me at this point is that given the information that is out there in regards to the Mort report, Mike Kensil, and the Jeff Pash emails some NFL fans still don’t believe that the league was out to get the Patriots.

  42. sbaltimore says:
    Jul 31, 2015 6:37 PM

    Bill Belichick: The slimiest head coach to ever dis-grace a football field. CONFIRMED CHEATER AND LIAR.

    Tom Brady: The whiniest, weakest QB to ever cheat his way to the top. TAINTED.

    The New England Patriots: The worst franchise in the NFL.

    Suck it cheaters.

    ******************************************

    Coming from a fan of the team punished more for rampant PED use than any other.

    And oh yeah

    Ray Rice and

    oh yeah

    Ray Lewis

    2 upstanding fine young men.

    Go away!!

  43. What are all the Pat fans going to say when Brady takes it down to two and admits he interfered with the investigation. He won’t admit he told those team employees to do it but he will admit he interfered. “Oh the great Tom Baby took one for the team”

  44. .
    So, Goodell, Wells, Vincent, Kensil, Pash, Gardi, Blandino, Harbaugh, Pagano, Grigson, Mortenson, Kravitz, and I’m hearing, Stephen A Smith walk away scot free? They have to answer no questions, give no account?

    That seems fair.
    .

    Ah suck it up buttercup. Pull up your Huggins and persevere….life is unfair, but cheating really isn’t cool.

  45. Nothing changes the 19 January, 2015 OFFICIAL LETTER sent to Mr. Kraft from the senior vice president of NFL operations (David Gardi) that informed the Patriots that an investigation will be conducted.

    1. FACT: On page two, the letter states the following: … “each of the Colts’ game balls that was inspected met the requirements set forth.”

    That statement turns out to be totally not true. Page 8, of the Wells report confirms that 3 of the 4 Colts’ footballs were in fact deflated.

    2. FACT/QUESTION: Who directed, at halftime, to STOP testing the Colts’ remaining 8 footballs at half-time (only four balls tested, 3 found deflated)? ….. Strangely, all Patriots’ footballs were tested at halftime.

    WOULD YOU PROVIDE YOUR CELL PHONE TO FOLKS THAT ARE NOT TRUTHFUL (19 Jan. letter)???

  46. bradjamesbroncositaly says:
    Jul 31, 2015 6:17 PM

    Oh sure, it makes sense that the NFL would go after the Patriots because Brady is a marketable star and Boston is a big market, so yes, let’s deliberately go in and screw the Patriots, just because. Only a fool would believe that.
    ——–
    Parity.. something that has been missing for 1.5 decades in the afc.. also, league office being 90% x jet employees doesnt hurt.

    RIDICULOUS- the pats have won 4- not 14. And nobody in the front office making $$$$ cares about the previous rival at their old job.

  47. For goodness sake get this over. It’s ridiculous, and we all know Tom Brady is guilty, so get over it and finish with it. It’s boring now, the practice season has started, and he needs to miss the 4 games and suffer it. Does he think he is above the law??? It’s sickening just listening to it everyday now.
    No one outside the Patriots could care less about him, because that organization has a problem with their “cheating”.

  48. Brady, and his band of sniffling girls, trying to deflect attention away from the fact that they violated their contracts, by bringing up every conceivable excuse imagineable. This is the 4th cheating investigation, and they caught you with you pants down. And for desert, Brady admits to destroying evidence, which is obviously their intent to hide facts.
    Stick a folks in them, because their already done!!!!

    The NE Cheaters and Tom Terrific are going down in flames.

  49. You have to wonder what was on the phone. Brandy is not dumb and I believe him that there was nothing about deflate gate on the phone. What was on the phone, messages from someone inside the Colts with playbook info? Texting gamblers? Sexting someone he shouldn’t? And, of course, he wouldn’t be the first Pat with a murder to worry about. All I’m saying is he destroyed the phone because there was something a lot worst on it.

  50. This judge is corrupt. He doesnt want to be forced to rule against the NFL because they bribed him already.

    Settlement my behind. You think these scumbags in the NFL League office are going to admit they made this whole thing up?

    Please Judge. You are as clueless as Goodell

  51. Pretty simple.. Admit what everyone outside of NE knows you did and get the suspension reduced. Else go to court and have the suspension stand. #HOWBOUTTHEMAPPLES

  52. Limakey is obviously a Goodell Shill, just like:

    Vincent
    Gardi
    Kensil
    Kravitz
    Irsay
    Bisciotti
    Mara

    #weallknowyou’renotasstupidasyourinanepostsmakeyouseem

  53. Robert Kraft knew all of this and sold out his Hall of Fame quarterback. That is ridiculously sad. Kraft supported Goodell and accepted the team punishment further accepting collective guilt. He’s an unloyal fool. Tom Brady should never feel the same about Robert Kraft. NEVER!!!!

  54. PanchoHerreraFanClub says:
    Jul 31, 2015 7:46 PM
    You have to wonder what was on the phone. Brandy is not dumb and I believe him that there was nothing about deflate gate on the phone. What was on the phone, messages from someone inside the Colts with playbook info? Texting gamblers? Sexting someone he shouldn’t? And, of course, he wouldn’t be the first Pat with a murder to worry about. All I’m saying is he destroyed the phone because there was something a lot worst on it.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    He destroys just about all of his old phones and he didn’t destroy it until he was done with Wells.

  55. For those upset at the judge…

    It’s pretty clear he’s admonishing the NFL here, because they’re the ones talking to the press all month (ESPN and Peter King have been spouting NFL talking points for the last 3 days nonstop, which are highly prejudicial to Tom Brady). Brady and Kessler have actually been pretty quiet other than to defend themselves against the NFL’s very pejorative claims.

    And the settlement order is standard (and also arguably pro-Brady, since it’s pretty obvious Brady is not going to admit guilt, which is the main thing the NFL wants).

    If the NFLPA’s allegations are well founded, I think this case is going to be a slam dunk for Brady. Yes, courts are deferential to arbitration awards, but that “deferential standard” is being taken out of context here. There’s no question that under either the Federal Arbitration Act (which governs here) or case law, that the arbitrator must be impartial, must not engage in misconduct, and must consider all of the evidence. Blatant violations of those standards will generally be overturned.

    Yes, it’s rare that you see arbitration decisions overturned. But it’s even rarer that you see an arbitration proceeding as horribly run and obviously conflicted as this kangaroo court that Goodell presided over.

  56. Rootpain, Brady will not play game 1. There will be no settlement unless Brady makes an admission of guilt. And it will be an admission of knowing the balls were deflated. His failure to cooperate option was destroyed when he destroyed his phone. So if he does an admission of guilt, I bet every Pat fan will say he is lying and just said it so he could get a reduction.

  57. ChrisCicc says:
    Jul 31, 2015 6:07 PM
    After Brady settles or wins this case and is playing week 1, he should sue the NFL for defamation, and then after he settles or wins millions from the NFL, play for the veteran minimum so the Patriots can spend more on supporting players.
    =================================
    It is almost impossible for public figures to win defamation suits. Brady would have to prove malice. Goodall really has no malice. I believe he wanted a distraction from his horrible year by going after the biggest name in the business.

  58. “greatest team” my foot. NE only won a SB in 10 years after Seattle “gifted” NE the SB on a platter from the 1 yard line. You NE types just have a very tough time being honest and telling it like it is.

  59. Prior to this incident Kraft was Rodgers biggest supporter and stood by him while he went after other players/teams. Now, just the tables are turn, are we to believe that Goodell is out to get the Pat’s? It doesn’t make since if that was the case since all the favorable rulings that Goodell has done for the Pats.

    Allows Brady to petition the league to change the way footballs are handled.

    Destroyed the Spygate Tapes

    Tuck Rule

    Change the DB rules of contact

    Now, that he has no other choice because of the systematic cheating taking, we as football fans should feel bad for N..

    Please, Brady could have shown his texts to wells and it would have been over. But because he was guilty he DESTROYED the evidence and has hidden behind his Lawyer and NFLPA since day one.

  60. “Doing this to the single greatest player in NFL history is a complete embarrassment for the league. ”

    When did Jim Brown get involved with this case?

  61. All the Pats fans who are predicting total exoneration for Tom Brady are the same ones who predicted Goodell would cave on the appeal.
    /snicker

  62. “Berman’s response suggests there’s a good chance of resolving the lengthy affair before the start of the season and that could mean Brady is on the field against the Steelers to start the season”

    Steeler fans dreading this outcome….getting sacked in their opening game of the season. Getting Tbowed is one thing; getting hammered by the man is another!

  63. Bill Belichick: The greatest modern day NFL Football Coach (he may be in the discussion, unless you stipulate that those in the discussion can’t be certified cheaters, in other words, only men of honor can be considered, you know, people who have the guts and integrity to play by the rules)
    Tom Brady: The greatest Modern Day NFL Quarterback. (in the discussion, unless your definition of ‘modern day’ goes back more than a decade, or excludes the spoiled, the whiny and the cheating)
    The NE Patriots: THE greatest all modern day NFL Franchise (much farther back in line then you’d ever imagine, no matter how viciously you batter the caps lock)

    And you, “infectorman,” are utterly unrelated in any meaningful way to any of the above; their accomplishments have zero to do with you, and cannot replace the void of meaning in your life, and your 3rd-grade comment embarrasses the entire fanbase. You’re like the NASCAR fan of the NFL.

  64. Remember the texts they actually have…

    1st series of txt.
    McNally: You working
    Jastremski: Yup
    McNally: Nice dude….jimmy needs some kicks….lets make a deal…..come on help the deflator
    [No response]
    McNally: Chill buddy im just fu-kin with you ….im not going to espn……..yet

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    They Said What? Read 6 Text Message Conversations in the Deflategate Report
    Noah Rayman @noahrayman
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    during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.
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    Tom Brady of the New England Patriots reacts against the Seattle Seahawks during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on Feb. 1, 2015
    NFL investigation finds the Patriots likely deflated footballs

    A report released by the NFL on Wednesday found that the New England Patriots had likely deflated game balls for the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts on Jan. 18. Investigators not only zeroed in on two employees suspected of purposefully deflating footballs below regulation levels—John Jastremski, a team equipment assistant, and locker room attendant Jim McNally—but that star quarterback Tom Brady was probably “at least generally aware.”

    The 243-page report draws from an array of sources, including interviews and surveillance camera footage, but the text messages exchanged between Jastremski and McNally provide a colorful (and at times expletive-filled) lens into what has become known as Deflategate.

    The investigators say it’s still not clear when the duo may have begun collaborating, but the report provides one message that dates from May 9, 2014, in the offseason before the team’s run to a Super Bowl victory last season, in which McNally appears to refer to himself as the “deflator”:

    McNally: You working
    Jastremski: Yup
    McNally: Nice dude….jimmy needs some kicks….lets make a deal…..come on help the deflator
    [No response]
    McNally: Chill buddy im just fu-kin with you ….im not going to espn……..yet
    McNally never commented on why he appeared to label himself the “deflator,” because investigators obtained the texts after they had interviewed him, and counsel for the Patriots refused an unconditional follow-up interview.

    On Oct. 17, the day after a Thursday night game against the New York Jets, during which Brady had complained about the level the balls were inflated, McNally texted Jastremski. During the exchange, he appears to threaten to inflate the ball. (NFL rules dictate that balls are inflated to between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch):

    McNally: Tom sucks…im going make that next ball a fu-kin balloon
    Jastremski: Talked to him last night. He actually brought you up and said you must have a lot of stress trying to get them done…
    Jastremski: I told him it was. He was right though…
    Jastremski: I checked some of the balls this morn… The refs fu-ked us…a few of then were at almost 16
    Jastremski: They didnt recheck then after they put air in them
    McNally: Fu-k tom …16 is nothing…wait till next sunday
    Jastremski: Omg! Spaz

    Jastremski: Can’t wait to give you your needle this week 🙂
    McNally: Fu-k tom….make sure the pump is attached to the needle…..fu-kin watermelons coming
    Jastremski: So angry
    McNally: The only thing deflating sun..is his passing rating

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    SPORTS NFL
    They Said What? Read 6 Text Message Conversations in the Deflategate Report
    Noah Rayman @noahrayman
    May 6, 2015 SHARE
    during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.
    Christian Petersen—Getty Images
    Tom Brady of the New England Patriots reacts against the Seattle Seahawks during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on Feb. 1, 2015
    NFL investigation finds the Patriots likely deflated footballs

    A report released by the NFL on Wednesday found that the New England Patriots had likely deflated game balls for the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts on Jan. 18. Investigators not only zeroed in on two employees suspected of purposefully deflating footballs below regulation levels—John Jastremski, a team equipment assistant, and locker room attendant Jim McNally—but that star quarterback Tom Brady was probably “at least generally aware.”

    The 243-page report draws from an array of sources, including interviews and surveillance camera footage, but the text messages exchanged between Jastremski and McNally provide a colorful (and at times expletive-filled) lens into what has become known as Deflategate.

    The investigators say it’s still not clear when the duo may have begun collaborating, but the report provides one message that dates from May 9, 2014, in the offseason before the team’s run to a Super Bowl victory last season, in which McNally appears to refer to himself as the “deflator”:

    McNally: You working
    Jastremski: Yup
    McNally: Nice dude….jimmy needs some kicks….lets make a deal…..come on help the deflator
    [No response]
    McNally: Chill buddy im just fu-kin with you ….im not going to espn……..yet
    McNally never commented on why he appeared to label himself the “deflator,” because investigators obtained the texts after they had interviewed him, and counsel for the Patriots refused an unconditional follow-up interview.

    On Oct. 17, the day after a Thursday night game against the New York Jets, during which Brady had complained about the level the balls were inflated, McNally texted Jastremski. During the exchange, he appears to threaten to inflate the ball. (NFL rules dictate that balls are inflated to between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch):

    McNally: Tom sucks…im going make that next ball a fu-kin balloon
    Jastremski: Talked to him last night. He actually brought you up and said you must have a lot of stress trying to get them done…
    Jastremski: I told him it was. He was right though…
    Jastremski: I checked some of the balls this morn… The refs fu-ked us…a few of then were at almost 16
    Jastremski: They didnt recheck then after they put air in them
    McNally: Fu-k tom …16 is nothing…wait till next sunday
    Jastremski: Omg! Spaz
    The text conversation continued over the next few days. On Oct. 23, McNally joked about “deflating”:

    Jastremski: Can’t wait to give you your needle this week 🙂
    McNally: Fu-k tom….make sure the pump is attached to the needle…..fu-kin watermelons coming
    Jastremski: So angry
    McNally: The only thing deflating sun..is his passing rating
    Both McNally and Jastremski told investigators that the “deflating” joke was not a threat that the game balls for the upcoming match against the Bears would not be deflated. According to the report, “They offered no reasonable alternate explanation for the statement that the ‘only thing deflating’ on Sunday would be Brady’s passing rating.”

    In one exchange on Oct. 24, McNally appears to ask for shoes as payment for his services, apparently threatening to otherwise inflate the ball like a larger Rugby ball. McNally told investigators that “rugby sunday” was in fact a reference to over-inflated balls:

    Jastremski: I have a big needle for u this week
    McNally: Better be surrounded by cash and newkicks….or its a rugby sunday
    McNally: Fu-k tom
    Jastremski: Maybe u will have some nice size 11s in ur locker
    McNally: Tom must really be working your balls hard this week

    Jastremski: Size 11?
    Jastremski: 2 or 3X?
    McNally: Tom must really be on you
    McNally: 11 0r 11 half……2x unless its tight fitting
    Jastremski: Nah. Hasn’t even mentioned it, figured u should get something since he gives u nothing

    McNally: Remember to put a couple sweet pig skins ready for tom to sign
    Jastremski: U got it kid…big autograph day for you
    McNally: Nice throw some kicks in and make it real special
    Jastremski: It ur lucky. 11?
    McNally: 11 or 11 and half kid

    Okay pats fans explain the texts the nfl actually have seen… Oh btw this is the same franchise that has cheated, and have been convicted on multiple occasions.

    Okay waiting… Geez open your eyes people.

  65. basically, the commissioner just wants Tom to play, but needs someone else to make that decision…. pass the buck, so to speak. from the guy that makes the big bucks

  66. Pretty good. The partys ask the judge to expedite the case and the judge throws it right back at them without even a status hearing – and he gives them over two weeks. At this rate Brady will retire before it ever goes to court. .

  67. Settlements for what? It’s a minute too late for that, and the Pats just went all in

  68. Patriots fans are like dirtbag ambulance chasing lawyers in their defense of their own rotten team.

    Though they know deep down they are totally wrong the legal system gives them a loophole to believe that if they can get away with it in the court system they truly they must be innocent.

    Because as we all know there’s no flaws in the legal system

  69. Dear Chowder-heads, please try to get this through your halibut-clogged brain cells:

    If 3 men are arrested trying to rob a bank, and are charged with attempted bank robbery, they don’t try to claim that there was no crime since no money was found missing!

    The NFL uncovered a systematic scheme to cheat the game.

    The PSI numbers don’t matter at this point, and the wonderful but meaningless new phrase you’ve discovered (Ideal Gas Law), might as well apply to your favorite Uncle two hours after Thanksgiving Dinner.

    Add to this the fact that Pats are repeat offenders, and arrogant to the point of nausea when confronted with these questions, and it actually appears to most NFL fans that they’ve gotten off easy so far.

    Not everyone who disagrees with you is a jealous Pats-hater. I think the Pats have been an awesome football team for many years and that Brady is an all-time great QB.

    But the Pats M/O has been to push every rule to the breaking point, and sometimes past that point, as in this situation.

    That being said, I feel that the NFL releasing false numbers way back when this first started was wrong wrong wrong.
    And it has yet to be addressed.

    Finally, the fact that the “Deflator” and McNally have apparently been gagged by Someone, to me is the most glaring missing piece of key evidence in this entire case.

  70. Why is anyone reading anything into this,other than what it is ? This judge wants it settled,period.Doesn’t mean it’s good for either side.No judge likes getting involved in labor disputes.

  71. In remembrance of how the redskins and cowboys got royally screwed by the league and division rival owner Mara, I hope the NFL falls down hard on this one

    We’re coming for you Mara….we are bringing torches…

  72. bradjamesbroncositaly says:
    Jul 31, 2015 6:17 PM
    Oh sure, it makes sense that the NFL would go after the Patriots because Brady is a marketable star and Boston is a big market, so yes, let’s deliberately go in and screw the Patriots, just because. Only a fool would believe that.
    ……………………
    Long Live The *!

  73. TB thinks hes a god and doesnt want to admit anything so the Pats, these jerks are going to continue to support cheating until hell freezes over

    I’m sure my comment will be deleted unfairly … again… even though I havent used profanity… I deserve to be heard.

  74. Brady is going to cave?

    He will sue for defamation?

    What if Roger has the silver bullet on Brady and the Pats?

    You know what something from 2008 tells me he just might

    Just bought out Orville Redenbacher 🙂

  75. “Please, please, please, please tell us ALL why Brady deserves to be given another chance to even play again, let alone play again this year???”

    —————————-

    Let me spell it out for you: NO deflation occurred, and it was a sting operation conducted by a team the Patriots routinely pound. Thats why.

    Also, even if true, it’s an EQUIPMENT VIOLATION. 25 grand is the fine.

    Hey, dislike Brady all you want because he’s great and not your quarterback, but calm down and let reality and perspective back into your life.

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