Goodell calls Brady “a great young man”

AP

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he still respects Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, despite the four-game suspension Goodell handed down for Deflategate.

“Listen, he’s a great player and he’s a great young man,” Goodell told the Canton Repository. “We issued the decision just last week. We’re in the midst of litigation to . . . ensure that that’s enforced the way we ruled on that, after a long process that is established in our collective bargaining agreement. That’s something we’ll play through.”

So why has Goodell been trying so hard to keep this “great young man,” who is also one of the league’s best and most popular players, off the field for the first four games of the season? To Goodell, the answer is simple: Brady cheated the game.

“The integrity of the game is the most important thing,” Goodell said. “The integrity of the game is something we will always protect. The rules apply to everybody. That is my job in particular, to make sure everyone from our players to our coach, to our fans and our partners, that they all recognize we’re going to play by these sets of rules, and that’s part of our values and standards.”

Goodell sounds like he’s trying to walk a tightrope in suspending Brady without tarnishing one of the league’s brightest stars. That doesn’t appear likely. Goodell isn’t making anyone happy with his handling of Deflategate.

168 responses to “Goodell calls Brady “a great young man”

  1. Something tells me that Roger doesn’t understand the definition of the word “integrity” because no one has tarnished the integrity of the game more than him from this farce process to claiming to not seeing the Ray Rice video to Bountygate.

  2. We’ll we get that except every fan would agree you are the biggest problem in the NFL not any rule breaking. Brady could have done it and I’m a pats fan but I would bet serious money he didn’t and that goodell.

  3. Power, ego, money & control are the reason Goodell is going after Brady

    The NFL has embarrassed themselves

    Shame on all involved

  4. He may be a young man, but hes gonna be 5 weeks older into this season before being allowed to throw a fully inflated football.

  5. Goodell has permanently tarnished the shield with his incompetence over the last year or so, from Ray Rice to Framegate. And you can go back even further to his handling of Bountygate, which destroyed the Saints for a season. He is inconsistent and too swayed by media and owner opinions to ever be considered impartial. He needs to be replaced.

  6. I bet if anyone else had cheated the game the same way, they’d be banned for life but we have so many bandwagoneers here that it makes it look like a dumb idea.

    Brady texted staff & bribed them to help him cheat, those gifts weren’t accidental.

  7. …and yet Goodell discounted all of Brady’s testimony in the appeal, inferring Brady is a liar.

    Goodell is a phony and not fit to be the NFL commissionaire.

  8. Brady cheated and now he wants a slap on the wrist instead of a punch to the gut. No one should be above the game…..

  9. Brady deserved a full year suspension. Take your punishment, crybaby. Brady and his minions have no class at all. They have no rings either; only asterisks.

  10. “Goodell sounds like he’s trying to walk a tightrope in suspending Brady without tarnishing one of the league’s brightest stars.”
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    I think that’s a difficult position to try and defend–that just because somebody is a great player and a good guy that Goodell is somehow prohibited from punishing him. If he broke the rules–and the vast majority of football fans outside the New England states believe that he has–then he gets punished. Nobody is above it, even if he is a great player and a nice guy. Nobody is above it.

  11. Last I herd he was laughing about it at the HOF. Can’t polish that turd. Stay classy commissioner.

  12. Goodell is also saying that his “independent” investigation wasn’t “independent” after all and he’ll change the rules anytime it suits him.
    The NFLPA members should be horrified to know the league will lie, manufacture phony evidence, manipulate the media, ignore precedent, change the rules just so the NFL can maintain alpha dog status in the league/union relationship.
    The NFL lies
    Goodell lies
    Wells lies
    Vincent lies
    Colts lie
    Ravens lie
    Only Tom Brady asked to be sworn in under oath

  13. Goodell has accused Brady of lying under oath and bribing witnesses to remain silent. If that fits his definition of a “great young man”, he’s been hanging with a pretty sorry crowd.

    Goodell has completely lost it.

  14. “The rules apply to everybody. That is my job in particular, to make sure everyone from our players to our coach, to our fans and our partners, that they all recognize we’re going to play by these sets of rules, and that’s part of our values and standards.”

    Apparently the values and standards don’t apply to those that leak false information to the press, over-inflate a team’s footballs to 16 PSI, set up sting operations and then lie about their involvement, tamper with allegedly independent investigations or change on a whim the established fines and punishments outlined in the CBA.

  15. Integrity of the game? Roger Goodell is a proven LIAR he lied about Brady’s testimony, just like he lied about the Rice tape. This man has zero integrity.

    He also said that he has no plans to reduce Brady’s suspension. Ignoring the Judge’s order of toning down the rhetoric and insulting his request for a settlement. This guy is a incompetent lying weasel and he’s going to lose miserably in court.

  16. “…to make sure everyone from our players to our coach, to our fans and our partners, that they all recognize we’re going to play by these sets of rules, and that’s part of our values and standards.”
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    Play by the rules. That’s all well and good. You gotta have rules.

    But Rodger’s biggest problem is that he doesn’t seem to be able, as commissioner, to APPLY THE RULES IN A FAIR MANNER.

    Don’t allow your referees to be lax and spotty with ball protocol as they have been for years and then decide that you’re going to make one player to be the poster boy for it.

    (Especially since one of your higher ups is well known for his anti Belichick/Patriots bias.)

  17. As a Miami fan I am thrilled with Deflategate…He finally got caught Brady has been deflating Footballs ever since he lobbied that the players should pick the and handle the balls (WHY ?) and not the NFL…
    #Deflater

  18. Whether you hate the pats or love the pats… I’m pretty sure that we can all agree that the NFL botched this right from the start. They let this linger for far too long and while they dragged their feet with it… They’ve tarnished their golden child along the way. A stern warning to the team when they heard of this would’ve squashed it… But instead they tried to catch them in the act which is shameful and also took away the “integrity” of the AFC title game.

  19. Speaking as just one voice, I’ve had a number of issues with how Roger Goodell has handled various key issues facing the League — but I do appreciate that he’s willing to stick his neck out there for the overriding purpose of protecting the integrity of NFL competition.

    I’m sure I’ll be in the minority here and certainly no Patriot fan will agree — but I truly respect Goodell in this instance for laying it all on the line for the greater good of ensuring as level a playing field as possible.

    The Commish has taken some enormous risks to do that — and here’s one voice that respects him for standing up and doing what he believes is right.

  20. After all the blatant lies that the transcripts now show the NFL and Gooddell have made, I hope the next time he utters the word “integrity”, he chokes on it

    The man continues to claim he’s protecting the “integrity” of the game, after it’s obvious he has NONE himself.

  21. Brady is a cheater as is the organization.

    It’s not their first offense.

    Repeat offenders should be judged more harshly.

    The real crime is that Belicheat is allowed to skate when even any halfwit (which is a quarter halfwit north of Pats fans) would know he’s up to his eyeballs in this.

    Check the fumbles.

  22. I don’t think anyone holds Brady up as a ‘great young man’. He’s one of the top QB’s playing today, and is on one of the most successful teams in the past decade. Great man? Not much to bear that out, who knows. NFL sweats image so much.

  23. Although I believe Goodell should be fired, he’s making me happy on this (you said he’s making no one happy). The Deflatriots have gotten away w too many sketchy practices but they are going to take their medicine on this one. TOM BRADY & BELICHEAT, STOP CHEATING!!!

  24. “Goodell isn’t making anyone happy with his handling of Deflategate.”

    At least two of the people who pay his salary, Mr. Jones and Mr. Mara, disagree with that claim.

  25. What about the integrity within the offices of the NFL? Goodell and his cronies have done more damage to the integrity of the game than anything Brady did or didn’t do.

    Which team or player will ever trust these self-proclaimed “protectors of the shield” ever again? They allowed one of the greatest players of their sport to be forever tarnished… every player, coach or team is now fair game under this administration. They must be shown the door.

  26. pleasestopthesnow says:
    Aug 8, 2015 3:52 PM
    A person that has ZERO integrity cannot say he is protecting the Integrity of the game.
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    ZERO integrity would refer to all the Patriots fans who piled on the Rashard Mendenhall tall tale about Ben Roethlisberger, which has now been proven false. And then didn’t come back to the thread where it SAID the story was false and take back what they said.

    So Goodell isn’t the only one who could stand an upgrade in the integrity department.

  27. Goodell has a lot of class, “cheater”, “classless” and “fraud” come to mind when I think or shady brady and that joke of an organization. Couldn’t even be relevant in the NFL without cheating, they’ll be back in the basement sooner rather than later.

  28. This whole process has shown Goodell to be a sneaky, duplicitous liar….many times over. He’s a Clown with zero integrity.

  29. If you aren’t sure you have the best solution, then it may be worth taking time to formula SHOP.

    Think of any decision as a function of Subjective Happiness combined with Objective Profitability where the resulting calculation of the highest values are arguably high-ranking efficient outcomes.

    There are only 3 ways to boost a hypothetical choice’s score, improving one variable or the other, or finding more harmonious blends. The only thing left to do is determine which members of a given population set is the formula intended to benefit.

  30. Y’all don’t get it. Roger is the top lawyer for the business owners. The NFL is not a game, nor is there any integrity except return on investment. Players/coaches are simply interchangeable cogs in the machine, and some are simply better than others. Do not suggest for a minute, however, any NFL would not dumpy his entire roster if he were guaranteed the exact same performance for a fraction of the cost. Capitalism my friends.

  31. No one does more to destroy the integrity of the NFL than Roger Goodell. He sells tickets to a Super Bowl for seats that don’t exist. He follows no rules, making it up as he goes along. He lies about seeing the Rice video and lies about Brady’s testimony. He calls an investigation that is bought and paid for (and edited) by the NFL “independent.” He is a lying, devious, incompetent, piece of stuff. What makes it even worse — he calls out others for things he does routinely. He is the world’s biggest HYPOCRITE. Please owners get rid of this cancer on the NFL, so we can get back to football and stop this self-inflicted, never-ending drama.

  32. The rules apply to everybody exactly.
    Like that time the chargers were fined a million and lost a first round pick for placing illegal substances on balls and than destroying evidence.
    Or that other time Brett favre was suspended multiple games for not cooperating with a league investigation.
    Or when goodell himself cooperated with authorities by turning over all his electronics device info during the day rice investigation.

  33. Goodell has tainted my perspective on the NFL. The man has now lied multiple times just in relation to Tom Brady’s case. And, these weren’t little lies. They were huge, glaring lies with consequences and that are well documented and on the record. He isn’t fit to use the word “integrity” anymore, let alone discuss Brady’s qualities.

  34. This is Goodell’s attempt to bend the view. Yet again. He’s trying to say that this isn’t personal, he’s just trying to do his job.

    Problem is, Goodell is a proven liar. Tom Brady was ambushed and Goodell is in trouble. People from around the league and the country are seeing how corrupt Goodell and the NFL are now that the transcripts have come out. He can lie all he wants to…it’s too late.

  35. Integrity: the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.

    “for the video, we asked for anything that was pertinent, but we were never granted that opportunity.” – Roger Goodell

  36. He is so full of it.

    Why doesn’t he release all the NFL emails so we can all see how he has been doing his great young man thing in his texts and emails.

  37. Roger Goodell is the best commissioner in pro sports history. The NFL has reached unprecedented popularity under his guidance. Tom Brady is one of the greatest QBs of all time. I think, because he is married to the number one model in the world, he was motivated to be a little better than he actually was. He’s got a different circle of friends now, and he’s often not the most popular person in the room. That’s understandable. Barry Bonds was among the greatest of all time, and he was tired if watching guys on steroids hit 60 HRs, so decided he could hit 70 if he did what they were all doing. I’m not perfect, so I’m not judging these guys. I’ve been fortunate to be entertained by these great superstars. In Bonds’ case, everyone was doing it, and MLB encouraged it. I can’t say that for Brady though.

  38. loreleiluvsthepats says:
    Aug 8, 2015 4:20 PM
    This is Goodell’s attempt to bend the view. Yet again. He’s trying to say that this isn’t personal, he’s just trying to do his job.

    Problem is, Goodell is a proven liar. Tom Brady was ambushed and Goodell is in trouble. People from around the league and the country are seeing how corrupt Goodell and the NFL are now that the transcripts have come out. He can lie all he wants to…it’s too late.
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    Nice take. I agree.

  39. Yes…fire Goodell so the owners can bring in a commish whose soul intention is to increase profitability. He is the mouthpiece for the owners. He does what they say, but takes the fall.

    Nothing will change if everyone continues shelling out money and watching games each week while simultaneously complaining about their discontent with the league.

    #hypocrisy

  40. Let’s see Brady makes statements under oath. Goodell lies in Official League documents. He must be comparing Brady to himself.

    I hope sponsors recognize that Goodell has lost all credibility. I can’t stop watching games but I can record and stop watching commercials

    Also finding other alternatives to watching NFL Network and ESPN. Internet is great I check this site ever few hours hope they give you a show directly opposite their Prime time show.

  41. How can anyone be dumb enough to blame Goddell? He’s a puppet for 32 NFL owners, who are in the midst of their largest profits, and expansion. If you want to blame someone, blame the other 31 owners who aren’t going to let Brady, and the Patriots, off the hook this time.

  42. The NFL sting against NE failed the science test and now Goodell ambushes Brady with irrelevant “lack of cooperation” charges.
    Lets remember….the Colts DB is quoted as saying he never noticed anything unusual about the football he intercepted…yet the Colts equipment manager immediately inserts a needle and…viola……get the GM on the phone (he’s been waiting for the call). Vincent and Kensil immediately find themselves in the Refs locker room, oblivious to the Gas Laws. And next the Indy reporter has the scoop.
    Bang Bang. Operation Bust NE has been deployed. Tom Cruise has 1st dibs.

  43. I wonder what Goodell thought would happen. You cover for Kraft on the video taping scandal, destroy evidence and minimize offense (though actual players know better through deductive logic). Then, the illegal radio frequency used in Foxboro faded into the ether, when the NFL began investigating. You promote, and absolve, a team in the hopes the the NFL would have what every league wants: A dynasty. You don’t want to tarnish it, or minimize its legacy. Finally, when the chips are down with domestic violence, you turn tough on your old partner in crime. But, when you roll around with snakes, don’t think they won’t bite you when you stop feeding them.

    Goodell has spinelessly been complicit. He picks the most minor of offenses to make his move (since this doesn’t appear to give the same advantage of the others). Of course he gets the kitchen sink of legality thrown at him.

    Now, he’s in no mans land. Standing up for himself, while trying to keep the tarnish off the brand.

  44. Clearly…Goodell is not telling the truth.

    Because Tom Brady is NOT a great young man. He’s a cheater and a liar. He should have been banned for at least a year. But he’s so used to his false sense of entitlement that he whined and cried about the slap on the wrist he got. Too bad, Tommy Tantrum. You’re done. Outside of N.E. you are a pariah.

  45. Speak for yourself, I’m ecstatic about the way Goodell is actually showing a spine and sticking with Brady’s punishment for cheating. If anything, I’m dissatisfied with it being only 4 games.

  46. realitycheckbaby says:
    Aug 8, 2015 4:10 PM

    Check the fumbles.
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    They were. Bottom line it Patriots put themselves in position to where fumbles statistically occur the least amount of times. (Inside the 20, playing with the lead, kneeldowns…etc. )

    The reason they fumble so infrequently has been explained by statistics. (That’s a form of mathematics BTW.)

  47. curtj5 says:
    Aug 8, 2015 3:59 PM

    “He may be a young man, but hes gonna be 5 weeks older into this season before being allowed to throw a fully inflated football.”
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    You mean like like in the SuperBowl where he went 37 of 50, for 328 yards and 4 TDs?

  48. Goodell is obviously bias toward Brady. Any other commissioner would have banned him for life for bringing the NFL into such ridicule.

  49. redrew says:
    Aug 8, 2015 4:31 PM

    The NFL sting against NE failed the science test and now Goodell ambushes Brady with irrelevant “lack of cooperation” charges.
    Lets remember….the Colts DB is quoted as saying he never noticed anything unusual about the football he intercepted…yet the Colts equipment manager immediately inserts a needle and…viola……get the GM on the phone (he’s been waiting for the call). Vincent and Kensil immediately find themselves in the Refs locker room, oblivious to the Gas Laws. And next the Indy reporter has the scoop.
    Bang Bang. Operation Bust NE has been deployed. Tom Cruise has 1st dibs.
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    We need a strait jacket and 10cc of Thorazine over here.

  50. With one hand he makes a comment like that with the other He smears his reputation again and again…….He is walking a fine line here and KNOWS it….a defamation suit m wings….

  51. Ryan Braun is a great young man, so is Lance Armstrong but they’re CHEATERS just like Tom Shady.

    Just because you’re a “good guy” doesn’t mean you get diff the hook for cheating the NFL for the past 14 years.

  52. cwwgk says:
    Aug 8, 2015 4:11 PM

    “Goodell isn’t making anyone happy with his handling of Deflategate.”

    At least two of the people who pay his salary, Mr. Jones and Mr. Mara, disagree with that claim.
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    Come on, man.

    These owners aren’t going to speak out against Goodell, after what he did to Robert Kraft.

  53. And soon Goodell can talk about Brady as the “great young man who works in the league that fired me.”

    🙂

  54. mattwalshvideo says:
    Aug 8, 2015 5:09 PM

    Ryan Braun is a great young man, so is Lance Armstrong but they’re CHEATERS just like Tom Shady.

    Just because you’re a “good guy” doesn’t mean you get diff the hook for cheating the NFL for the past 14 years.
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    Aside from the false accusation of generally being aware of deflating footballs, name one instance when Tom Brady has cheated during his career.

  55. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says:
    Aug 8, 2015 4:57 PM

    Goodell is obviously bias toward Brady. Any other commissioner would have banned him for life for bringing the NFL into such ridicule.

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    The facts and the way this case has been handled is making Mark Cuban’s prediction that the NFL will be dead in 10 years possible.

    Take a look at the details of the Rice/Peterson/Saints/Concussions etc.. cases over the last few years and honestly tell us that Goodell has shown the type of leadership that would make you proud.

    Instead of being lauded by business leaders and pundits for steering his organization through turbulent issues….he continues to be attacked for his inability to engender confidence as the leader of the NFL.

    That is not the type of leadership this league needs of deserves.

  56. Brady is great, but not young. Goodall is a liar who really has no more on Brady than he does on anyone else on the Patriots. It’s a BS case. After the Super Bowl, a victory in court would be so sweet. I hope Brady makes an offer that the Judge Berman considers reasonable and when Roger the Liar won’t try to settle, he’ll lose in court.

  57. Appropriate punishment would’ve been:
    Ban bradycheat & billy cheat for life
    Vacate all trophies
    Move NE patriots franchise to Mexico
    Cheaters got off easy

  58. “They were supposed to be 13” – Jastremski text to his fiance following the October 14th Jets game.

    “You didn’t do anything wrong.” – Brady text to Jastremski sometime after the AFCCG.

    Add league officials who failed High School physics, the fuzzy math and the bad science and you get MisunderstandingGate turned into a Goodell SaveMyJobGate.

  59. floratiotime says:
    Aug 8, 2015 4:29 PM
    Man up Brady.

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    Brady did, read the transcript. Flipped the entire country to his side in 24 hours after 8 months of misinformation from the NFL. No wonder the NFL didnt want those files released.

    What about the SEALED Well report details???

    I think the one that needs to Man up is Goodell…..

    .

  60. Love to hear what Brady thinks of Goodell, but it will probably take a few years. Hopefully on the Super Bowl podium next February. At the end of the day, Goodell and his NFL minions foolishly painted themselves into a corner. He has to stick to his guns and go down in flames. All he has is ‘I’m going to give unprecedented punishment to the best player of(at least) his generation because I just don’t believe him. I don’t have anything close to proof, just inference and supposition’. That’s all he’s got.

  61. skoobyfl says:
    Aug 8, 2015 4:00 PM

    I bet if anyone else had cheated the game the same way, they’d be banned for life
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    You mean like the colts with 3 out of 4 balls also underinflated, Going to miss andrew luck =[

  62. Goodell should be given a raise for standing up to the cheaters Tom Brady and the Patriots. While Brady’s lawyers collect a thousand dollars an hour nitpicking on technicalities in defending a client who has more evidence against him than Ray Lewis, O. J., or Aaron Hernandez, Goodell has to deal with the slander and libel against him from Pats fans and the liberal media (especially Florio).

    The other 31 owners will remember Goodell’s bravery and reward him for it. Those in the media calling for his job have no clue; the chance of him losing his job over this incident is 0.0%

  63. No one has any doubt that Brady is a great man. We all doubt that Goodell has any integrity, lacks any common sense and is running an incompetent organization.

    Goodell’s statement just shows how corrupt Goodell is. News to Goodell, a great young man does not obstruct an investigation or cheat, two things that Goodell has accused him of based on Goodell’s distortion of the evidence and lying about what Brady testified to under oath.

    More proof that Goodell is corrupt. Someone just has to step up and fire him.

    Hope that Brady sues him (and any onwer encouraging Goodell on this) for defamation.

  64. are patriots fans that brain-washed that they think they would destroy their golden boy, their face of the league, a legendary player, without proper cause?

  65. There are three groups in this.

    1) Patriots fans. Feel they got screwed. Might actually have.

    2) Fans of the other 31 teams in the NFL. Whooping and hollering that Brady and the Patriots got nailed because it makes their chances look better. Identified by liberal use of the word “cheat”, “shady”, “tainted” and “muh asterisks” as often as can be.

    3) Fans of other teams that still have working brains and view this as really suspicious. From the (denied) setup from the Colts and Ravens to the appearance of the Patriot-hater Mike Kensil at the AFCC game, to the bungled affair from the instruments used to the referees involved to the NDAs and front office leaks and the whole nine yards. They probably realize that this could easily be their teams, if someone pulled enough strings. They realize the NFL’s stance on this is practically “We don’t need evidence, we don’t need guilt, we’re punishing you because we say we’re punishing you”.

    Well, except for Jets fans. They’re pretty good with the Kliq in charge, who are mostly ex-Jets themselves. They’ve gotten away with everything except murder. They’re probably wondering how the Ravens actually did, and regret not taking notes.

  66. So while it is true that Goodell did praise Brady in the article, he also went on about about the integrity of the game – there is a link to the article in the post. While discussing integrity Goodell did not mention Brady by name, but it is clear that Goodell is implying that Brady cheated and lacks integrity.

    Given that the judge has publicly ordered both sides to knock off the public banter this seems like Goodell is trying to thread the needle – badmouth Brady without actually saying anything directly about him. There is no denying that Goodell is good at PR.

    Wouldn’t it have been smarter for Goodell to simply say that given the court case and the judge’s orders that it would be best not to say anything, at least for the time being.

    Is this something that the judge will view as a defiant act by Goodell?

  67. themikegun says:
    Aug 8, 2015 4:43 PM

    The reason they fumble so infrequently has been explained by statistics. (That’s a form of mathematics BTW.)
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    I love how you Pats fans like to get all mathematical and scientific on us… then turn around and tell us the Deflator nickname really DOES refer to losing weight.

  68. I feel like by the time you are 38 or so, you’ve out grown the “young man” phase of your life.

  69. AFCCG, the Colts footballs were DEFLATED as well per the Well$ Report = 3 of 4 colts balls were under 12.5 psi.

    What happened to the “Rules apply to EVERYONE…” ???

    Goodell continues to ENFORCE his own Stupidity and STRENGTHEN Brady’s case against the NFL.

    Maybe this is what Ron Wolf meant when he told Goodell “Way to go with that Brady thing”

    Goodell = Unscrupulous Used Car Salesman

  70. offtopic111 says:
    Aug 8, 2015 5:34 PM

    So while it is true that Goodell did praise Brady in the article, he also went on about about the integrity of the game – there is a link to the article in the post. While discussing integrity Goodell did not mention Brady by name, but it is clear that Goodell is implying that Brady cheated and lacks integrity.

    Given that the judge has publicly ordered both sides to knock off the public banter this seems like Goodell is trying to thread the needle – badmouth Brady without actually saying anything directly about him. There is no denying that Goodell is good at PR.

    Wouldn’t it have been smarter for Goodell to simply say that given the court case and the judge’s orders that it would be best not to say anything, at least for the time being.

    Is this something that the judge will view as a defiant act by Goodell?
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    At this point, it will likely be just the icing on the cake.

  71. sbaltimore says:
    Aug 8, 2015 4:40 PM
    Clearly…Goodell is not telling the truth.

    Because Tom Brady is NOT a great young man. He’s a cheater and a liar. He should have been banned for at least a year. But he’s so used to his false sense of entitlement that he whined and cried about the slap on the wrist he got. Too bad, Tommy Tantrum. You’re done. Outside of N.E. you are a pariah.

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    The biggest whiners in the NFL are the Ravens coach and fans.
    I have lived in 5 NFL cities in the last 9 years and have NEVER experienced anything like it. Its embarrassing to go to work on Monday to hear how the refs were wrong or the other team cheated….

    In fact I replayed for my children the Harbaugh press conference after they lost the divisional game – the one where he blamed Belechick offensive alignment for the reason his team lost – as a lesson on what great leaders DO NOT do.

    If you blame your failures on others, be sure to give them the credit when you succeed…..

  72. ampatsisahypocrite says:
    Aug 8, 2015 5:44 PM

    I love how you Pats fans like to get all mathematical and scientific on us… then turn around and tell us the Deflator nickname really DOES refer to losing weight.
    ________________________________________

    We’re supposed to believe that 90 seconds in a bathroom was enough time to delfate the balls used by the Patriots…..who did it to the Colts’ balls?

    I think the term stupid in regards to weight loss, but it was used in the NFL previous to this whole mess. Unfortunately, searching for that now is extremely difficult with all the deflategate articles.

  73. If you don’t punish a cheater because he is a great man and a star in the league, you have no integrity. It’s clear and easy to see why goodell can like Brady but still punish him.

  74. I think the term stupid in regards to weight loss, but it was used in the NFL previous to this whole mess. Unfortunately, searching for that now is extremely difficult with all the deflategate articles.

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    Found it.

    NFL Network used the term “deflated” for weight loss back in 2009. Search “NFL Network using the word Deflated for weightloss”

  75. Let me get this straight…Roger says that this was an Independent investigation … But now when the judge allowed transcripts and emails to be made public and it clearly shows that it wasn’t an Independent investigation – he says it isn’t and there’s no big deal.

    And the owners are paying him how much a year to be one big ass liar.

  76. AFCCG, the Colts footballs were DEFLATED as well per the Well$ Report = 3 of 4 colts balls were under 12.5 psi. That is a Rule 17 violation, committed by the Colts.

    What happened to the “Rules apply to EVERYONE…” ???

    Goodell continues to enforce his own hypocrisy while strengthening Brady’s case against the NFL.

    Maybe this is what Ron Wolf meant when he told Goodell “Way to go with that Brady thing”

    Goodell = Unscrupulous Used Car Salesman selling to the World a Yugo with a Mercedes emblem on it.

  77. Goodell said ” The integrity of the game is the most important thing”. …Lets go with that , the NFL was warned by the Colts that the Patriots were tampering with balls after the referees inspected them. If that were true why would you allow the Patriots to play an entire half of football with an advantage?

  78. Wow, there are some very disturbed people on this thread. The anger is coming out in their threads. They fear Brady will not be figuratively tarred and feathered. They can’t even handle Goodell complementing Brady (which was self serving). They want him suspended for a year if not banned from the NFL. They wan’t him and the Patriots shamed, stripped of any and all past accomplishments, and they want it done by any means necessary.

  79. Roger Goodell can not in any way shape or form comment on integrity when the man who is handing down the punishment for the league has none. Examples are the Saints bounty-gate, then there was the Ray Rice situation, the Falcons and Browns situations and finally the so called Deflate-gate. I have seen on this site and many others , people calling Brady a cheater without knowing all of the facts. Then when the facts are published they still stay firm and say he cheated because if not why did he do this or that. They’re a long list of facts that state that Brady didn’t do what he is being accused of, and further more all of the evidence shows this “deflate-gate” saga is nothing more than Roger Goodell is using Brady as an scapegoat for all of his mishandling.
    1) There is no rule in the collective bargaining agreement that required Brady to turn over his personal phone, texts and emails.
    2)Ted Wells declined to endorse a punishment for Brady in regards to his cooperativeness.
    3)“I did not tell Mr. Brady at any time that he would be subject to punishment for not giving¬—not turning over the documents.
    4)Brady also acknowledged that he let Patriots assistants know that he preferred the footballs be at 12.5 psi—the lowest permissible level under NFL rules. Brady stressed, however, that he wanted them within the permissible range of 12.5 and 13.5 psi and not overinflated as they were in the Jets game
    5)Tuesday’s disclosures by the NFLPA contain. Fans can read how the special teams coordinator for the Ravens alerted a Colts official about his concerns over Patriots footballs. They can also learn how Colts general manager Ryan Grigson contacted NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent about the Patriots footballs, and how Vincent entrusted NFL vice president and former New York Jets executive Mike Kensil to investigate. Kensil, it should be noted, is allegedto have played a role in spreading a false story in the days following the AFC Championship Game that 11 of the Patriots 12 game balls during the AFC Championship Game were underinflated by two pounds of air. Fans can also read about how Wells’ “independent” investigation seemed anything but independent from the NFL, which according to the transcript paid Wells between $2.5 million and $3 million. In his testimony, Wells cited the attorney-client privilege between himself and the NFL in responding to questions posed by Kessler. He also admitted that NFL attorneys, including Lorin Reisner who cross-examined Brady in the appeal, assisted in the preparation of the report.
    NFLPA’s contention that Goodell, as the hearing officer of Brady’s appeal, was partial. As the transcript shows, Goodell’s attorneys worked with Wells in editing drafts of his report.
    PEOPLE THOSE ARE THE FACTS !
    Goodell has done more to tarnish the game than any other player in NFL history . I believe he is an IDIOT mad with power.
    with all of the evidence Brady has only a 50-50 chance at winning his appeal due to the fact that his cae isnt about right or wrong its about if Goodell acted in a way that was lawful under the labor law.

  80. Years ago, I believe it was 1991, I was invited onto a television talk show to discuss the Rodney King beating. I watched in amazement while every white authority figure on the panel justified or excused the beating, everyone but myself and Studs Terkel who was not in studio but on the phone.

    I remember looking them in the eye and saying, “a gang of men beat him with clubs while he was on the ground defenseless”. I was incredulous that the other panelists did not see the incident as I saw it. Worse, not only did they view it with an unwillingness to question authority but they justified it with words and assumed King must have deserved what he got.

    I get that same sick feeling in my stomach when I see so many people excuse what Goodell and his guys have done to Brady. He must have cheated. He deserves to be suspended. They should have suspended him for the whole year.

    That’s group think and challenging that type of thinking on a forum like PFT is a good thing.

  81. Wow, there are some very disturbed people on this thread. The anger is coming out in their threads. They fear Brady will not be figuratively tarred and feathered. They can’t even handle Goodell complementing Brady (which was self serving). They want him suspended for a year if not banned from the NFL. They wan’t him and the Patriots shamed, stripped of any and all past accomplishments, and they want it done by any means necessary.

    ——

    Of course they do and the reason is quite simple 🙂

    The limp wristed skirt wearing sissies they call their favorite NFL team aren’t man enough to beat Tom Brady on the football field. So they and their wussy fans are begging the league to take Brady down so they will have a better chance.

    How embarrassing that the superior fans of the World Champions have to tolerate this. Enough is enough. I’ve said for a while it’s long past time to contract these Wussies right out of the NFL and bring in 31 new teams who can try to beat the World Champions on the football field the way the game is supposed to be decided. I bet Brady himself would look forward to facing a REAL MAN’s opponent for once instead of the dreck he faces now.

  82. That whole interview was Goodell’s attempt to mitigate the appearance of defamation. His words were carefully chosen and designed to counter the fairly extensive evidence of slander in this case. I can almost hear his lawyers nine months down the road saying, “Gosh, he didn’t want to hurt Tom Brady’s reputation. Look at this quote right here where he calls him a ‘fine young man’….”

    I will never trust or accept at face value anything that comes from Roger Goodell’s mouth again.

  83. One thing I don’t get is that people who complain about Goodell fail to recognize that he is directly employed by the owners. So, it should be pretty easy to remove him right? Just vote him out. While you sit here and continue to cheer on these degenerates those same owners will continue to line their pockets with your money all the while Goodell will be doing what he does best, look and act like an imbecile. The easiest way to deflect attention from one ass is to send a bigger one out front. Look over there…not over here.

    Think about it, it’s your money & support that keep this game going. Why shouldn’t you have it your way?
    Pressure the owners and let’s get this moron out of here.

  84. “Polos with the rugby fabric. also do you have any of the black sneakers in the high top in my size or any suit fabrics? ” TB

    “Brady “waves like a beauty queen”
    Judy Battista.

    This time I side with those claiming Goodell lies.

    frankfortschooldropout says:
    Aug 8, 2015 4:58 PM

    redrew says:
    Aug 8, 2015 4:31 PM

    The NFL sting against NE failed the science test and now Goodell ambushes Brady with irrelevant “lack of cooperation” charges.
    Lets remember….the Colts DB is quoted as saying he never noticed anything unusual about the football he intercepted…yet the Colts equipment manager immediately inserts a needle and…viola……get the GM on the phone (he’s been waiting for the call). Vincent and Kensil immediately find themselves in the Refs locker room, oblivious to the Gas Laws. And next the Indy reporter has the scoop.
    Bang Bang. Operation Bust NE has been deployed. Tom Cruise has 1st dibs.
    ———————————————————————————————————————-
    We need a strait jacket and 10cc of Thorazine over here.
    Report comment
    jay6666 says:
    Aug 8, 2015 5:05 PM

    With one hand he makes a comment like that with the other He smears his reputation again and again…….He is walking a fine line here and KNOWS it….a defamation suit m wings….
    Report comment
    mattwalshvideo says:
    Aug 0997898, 0220015 5:009 7PM

    Ryan Braun is a great young man, so is Lance Armstrong but they’re CHEATERS just like Tom Shady.
    Duplicate comment detected; it looks as though you’ve already said that
    Just because you’re a “good guy” doesn’t mean you get diff the hook for cheating the NFL for the past 14 years.

  85. Best to keep quiet and thought a fool than to open you mouth and remove all doubt.

    I have never seen a person this applies to more than Roger Goodell.

    Go Pats!

  86. 1) There is no rule in the collective bargaining agreement that required Brady to turn over his personal phone, texts and emails.
    2)Ted Wells declined to endorse a punishment for Brady in regards to his cooperativeness.

    ———————-
    1)falls under the term fully cooperating with the investigation

    2) Wells is not a part of the NFL. He was hired to be an independent investigator. It’s not his job to dole out punishment.

  87. skoobyfl says:
    Aug 8, 2015 4:00 PM

    I bet if anyone else had cheated the game the same way, they’d be banned for life but we have so many bandwagoneers here that it makes it look like a dumb idea.

    Brady texted staff & bribed them to help him cheat, those gifts weren’t accidental.
    ————————————————————-
    With all due respect, you’re a moron if you don’t think every other QB in the league gives autographed shoes, gloves and other “stuff” to the staff all the time. Anyone who thinks such actions must be proof of cheating is utterly clueless.

  88. 28 Lashes All Day says:
    Aug 8, 2015 7:13 PM

    2) Wells is not a part of the NFL. He was hired to be an independent investigator.
    _________________________________________

    NFL now states this was not an independent investigation.

  89. Integrity of the game!!? If Goodell (or anyone for that matter) was concerned about the “integrity” of the game, they would decentralize replay booths back to the stadiums and put union refs in them instead of league employees.

    It’s only going to take a few more disagreements on my part with replay (the way it’s set up now) for me to quit watching this game. Networks employing ex referees to tell us that replay is getting it right is a waste of time and money. My eyes don’t deceive me.

  90. Lashesallday, Brady did not use the CBA as the reason for not handing over the requested information, he couldn’t, he had already had it destroyed. However, he let his agent mislead every one on this issue when he gave an interview. And he did say that there was relevant information on the phone that the NFL would view am with skepticism.

  91. What is the best way to find out the pressure of footballs used in a game in January?

    a) measure the pressure of footballs during halftime of the game
    b) look at cryptic text messages from last May
    c) wail hysterically about phone destruction

    choice a seems best to me.
    see a1.01 psi average pressure drop?
    Arrest Mother Nature for conduct detrimental!

  92. Nobody believes you, commissioner. The league has no fairness or integrity since you took office. The fans know it. The NY Times, the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, the NY Daily News, and many, many other news organizations know it. The owners are starting to know it as are the players. We will all celebrate when the owners give you a vote of no confidence and you have to “step aside due to family obligations”. Fire Goodell!!!!

  93. I’ve never seen anyone fail at their job as completely as Roger Goodell has failed at his. At least the captain of the Titanic made it to a few ports first. If Goodell had been at the helm, he would have immediately reversed the ship up a mountain and into a volcano.

  94. 28 Lashes All Day says:
    Aug 8, 2015 7:13 PM
    1) There is no rule in the collective bargaining agreement that required Brady to turn over his personal phone, texts and emails.
    2)Ted Wells declined to endorse a punishment for Brady in regards to his cooperativeness.

    ———————-
    1)falls under the term fully cooperating with the investigation

    2) Wells is not a part of the NFL. He was hired to be an independent investigator. It’s not his job to dole out punishment.


    Wells never asked Brady to turn over his phone. He did turn over the list of texts and calls from and to his phone which is what Wells asked for. And…..may I just say….independent investigator–now THAT is funny!

  95. Roger’s mishandling of this situation has more to do with an incident in an Atlantic City elevator than an alleged ball violation on a rainy January night in southeastern Mass. This was Roger’s perceived way to win back favor. I love a strong effort but at what cost? Lying about a man’s character is unacceptable! The subpar “independent investigation” proved nothing. The Pat’s got the harshest penalty in league history for what? The punishment would have been too harsh if Wells uncovered video proof and received a signed confession but wait he uncovered “more probable than not, generally aware.” Ridiculous!

    Can’t wait to see him (or his replacement) had TB12 Lombardi number 5!

  96. In the future, a best-selling movie will FOREVER PRESERVE the disgraceful actions of the current NFL office.

    The NFL was/is blinded by their environment (their perceived power and nobody is above them).

    NFL office, breaking news: THIS IS AMERICA!

    Also, many folks in the media took a stand against the Patriots based on fake information. Because of job security, they won’t change their views to reality.

    The NFL thought they could wiggle around their official 19 Jan. letter to Mr. Kraft that stated the Colts footballs were within the permissible PSI ranges.

    Then the TRUTH and WRATH of the Ideal Gas Law (IGL) deflated their paper ship.

    Most importantly, who made the decision at halftime to STOP testing the Colts’ remaining 8 footballs at half-time (only four balls tested, 3 found deflated)?

  97. staff2cj says:

    By far the worst commish in the history of the nfl
    —————-

    Because he’s punished your poor little team twice for cheating, even though he is good friends with the owner?

    You would think after spygate they would have stopped.

  98. When the NFL commissioner thinks he is actually part of football he needs to go.

    Here is a a few tips for the next commissioner:

    Keep a low profile.
    Don’t tinker with the game.
    NFL players don’t need to be held to a higher standard than congressmen.
    Enforce the rules fairly

  99. Brady is 38 years old. Goodell is 56. Goodell calling Brady a “great young man” is not only self-serving, it is a pr juxtaposition meant to convey wisdom and authority on Goodell’s part and youth and lack of judgement on Brady’s part.

    Think GWB refusing to discuss his drug use because he was not going to talk about when he was young and irresponsible. Goodell, after eviscerating Brady in a pr campaign, now wants to pretend his suspension is a well meaning teaching moment.

    Total bs.

  100. Goodell is so powerful that the word integrity disintegrates the second he utters it.

  101. As Shady ages it won’t surprise me to see him getting popped for PED’s, as his ego is so huge he feels he needs an edge in an attempt to win. And in spite of cheating for 10 years Shady didn’t win a SB until a SB was gifted to him at the 1 yard line. What a loser!

  102. stinkymcmulligan says:
    Aug 8, 2015 6:37 PM

    If the players stop : DUI/DWI, Domestic Violence, Cheating, Carrying Illegal Guns….then Goodell wouldn’t need to make these decisions.
    ————————–

    Since most of us deal in realities, those things are going to happen.

    The problem isn’t that the players turned Roger Goodell into Judge Dredd, it’s that Roger “You Will Respect My Authoritah” Goodell does a lousy job at dispensing fair and reasonable justice.

    It doesn’t help that he is also a liar, as shown in the Ray Rice case.

    Prior to this bozo getting hired, you hardly ever heard about the Commissioner. Not with this guy though.

  103. I truely believe we will see a small group of owners band together and work to get this guy out of power.

    He epitomizes everything that is WRONG with a leader.

    he makes it about himself. He thrives off ego.

    He is really really bad and worst he is just not very smart!

  104. Seahawks fans talking about peds use on the pats is almost as funny as steeler fans brining it up. The Seahawks are still zero super bowl wins since high testing began and the steelers haven’t won since doctor hgh got busted. Must be awful too be a fan of the Seahawks or steelers or even the Ravens all their fan bases do is whine. Guess that’s all they can do since they all lose to the pats

  105. I think that’s a difficult position to try and defend–that just because somebody is a great player and a good guy that Goodell is somehow prohibited from punishing him. If he broke the rules–and the vast majority of football fans outside the New England states believe that he has–then he gets punished. Nobody is above it, even if he is a great player and a nice guy. Nobody is above it.
    ____________________________________
    This is great in theory but horribly flawed in practice. 1.) Vast majorities of people can still be wrong. “Belief” in something isn’t going to be enough. 2.) It is no longer a pocket in NE that feel Brady has been railroaded. Most media in the US have now stepped up and sided with him. Fans are loyal to their teams and emotionally charged to hate Brady. That causes a loss of perspective. CNN, NY Times, Washington Post, Yahoo…All of them have come out against Goodell and the NFL. McCann, the lawyer for Sports Illustrated who insisted that Brady would lose his appeal before the transcripts that the NFL wanted sealed were released? Even he has changed his tune and basically said the NFL would be lucky to make a fine stick. People believe what they want to believe and will continue to do so. Facts, evidence, and the demonstrable trends of behavior have cast the NFL in this negative light and its going to get worse. BTW, I am from WA state. My local team is the Seahawks. So seriously, its not just New Englanders that are calling Goodell out on his BS.

  106. I heard the banner for Junior Seau HOF induction has the pats logo. The long tentacles that are the arrogance of this club reaches even into the realm of death.

  107. truthprofessor says:
    Aug 8, 2015 7:43 PM

    What is the best way to find out the pressure of footballs used in a game in January?

    a) measure the pressure of footballs during halftime of the game
    b) look at cryptic text messages from last May
    c) wail hysterically about phone destruction

    choice a seems best to me.
    see a1.01 psi average pressure drop?
    Arrest Mother Nature for conduct detrimental!
    ———————————-

    Anyone with a brain should be insulted that the NFL put forward this obvious ruse.

    I guess that explains the comments of the Hater Faithful.

  108. Well, I would much rather be considered a “Great Young Man” then to be in Goodell’s shoes and condoned as a compulsive LIAR.

  109. The Boston fan base is terrible in all sports, on this situation they have every right to be pissed off.

    Shame on the players in the league for not being more vocal in suppport of one of their own. Brady is a face of the league and has a part in bringing in dollars, raising the salary cap, making everyone else richer.The NFL players union is the worst in pro sports, nobody is actually trying to protect the players unless it’s defending a DUI, child abuse, domestic violence, manslaughter charges, murder, drug rings, adultery cases,etc,etc,etc.

    Roger is turning fans off from the league. Roger is to the NFL what Bayless and Stephen A Smith are for the company in Bristol.

  110. History has proven that whenever a Public Figure rises in Power & Authority without Restraints and Safe Guards, the People whom he agreed to serve became his slaves.

    Lawlessness was the Law unto himself and he was the Supreme Judge of his own corrupted ways. To speak against the abuse of his authority became the penalty of death.

    The chosen means of death could be loss of employment, home, business, finances, friends, social acceptance, defamation, prison or literal death.

    All Hail Your Leader – Goodell

  111. Tiki Barber has come out and said that Goodell needs to be fired. He said that what Goodell is doing to Tom Brady and the Patriots isn’t right. He said that Goodell lies and is treating the NFL like a dictatorship. He also said that for a long time, he was a Roger Goodell supporter…not anymore! (Even though I’m a Pats fan, I’ve always loved Tiki)! How many players and ex-players have come out against Goodell in the last couple of days! Add that to a couple of owners who have said they’re disgusted, a couple of refs who have made public comments–like that every ref has seen lots of balls that leak right out of the box.

    Fire Goodell!!!!!

  112. Well, that would be 1 way to describe him…
    and another would a somewhat confused and misguided victim of the Patriots’ mantra…
    and yet another would be a lying, cheating punk with a macavalien complex needing a swift kick in the butt (or, a full year suspension).

  113. fanofpft says:
    Aug 8, 2015 9:10 PM

    I heard the banner for Junior Seau HOF induction has the pats logo. The long tentacles that are the arrogance of this club reaches even into the realm of death.
    =====================================
    The word you are looking for is excellence, son. Excellence.

  114. Goodell wants …PARITY.

    Cannot have that when a team dominates the league for 15 years.

    So the league creates a farce…total crud.

    Bye bye Roger

  115. Let’s blame Goodell. After all he’s the one that deflated the footballs. Heaven forbid that Tom Brady has to play by the same rules as everyone else. If this was a second string tight end on the New England Patriots even Patriot fans would be OK with him getting suspended but because it’s Brady it’s all Goodell’s fault. Give us a break!

  116. Goodell you are not great or young . You are sticking it to probably one of the greatest to ever play the game . You found nothing in your nazi investigtion and now you are backtracking . I hope the judge sees through your phony BS and clears Tom and the Pats of all charges and penalties . Again you have zero evidence , none , nada , zilch .

  117. Brady would have had a warning or only a few games suspension if he manned up and cooperated early on. He has the “Lance Armstrong” syndrome that he can do what he wants because he is too important for NFL. News flash there has been great quarterbacks before Brady and there will be great ones after him as well. Be a man Brady, be a man!!!!

  118. As more comes to light about the Goodell witch hunt to farm Brady and McNally people will realize Roger Goodell is a sociopath who feels he is above the law

    I assume Jastremski and McNally are hanging low, and will nail the NFL for defamation of character. People seem to fogey that Goodell and Wells have spread lies about 3 men , claiming they conspired to cheat, lied to investigators and obstructed the investigation…when in reality, they told the truth and Goodell conspired to hide the facts, lie to the public, spread false rumors to the media

    the truth will eventually come to light. Brady will be completely exonerated. Jastremski and McNally will win their defamation lawsuits.

  119. Do the pro-Brady fans here really think that they can smear someone who presides over an entire sports league in order to restore credibility for someone who is simply a member of one of that person’s teams? That notion is as stupid and misguided as deflating a football in order to gain an advantage over your opponent, and then denying you did it.

  120. I am appalled at the shameless comments NE fans are making about the person who gives you a team with which to begin. NE does not deserve to have a franchise and NE fans are making their brand look as bad as they are: phony cheaters who when presented with opportunity to take responsibility, instead cry foul.

  121. I feel sorry for all you haters still trying to pile it on even after the transcripts came out. Evidently none of you can read. It must suck to never even get a sniff of the Super Bowl.

  122. It must be getting to a point where Goodell is losing tracks of the lies he tells. This, of course, is one more.
    This narcissist is really so full of himself it’s disgusting. Why doesn’t he just say they are in the middle of an aggressive law suit and no statement will be forth coming until its completion and then shut up. Absolutely no one cares what Goodell has to say about Brady anymore. Even Brady haters are aware Goodell lied repeatedly about Brady, many expressing here and on other blogs their absolute disdain, calling for his firing.

    Goodell, its time for you to go. Not even late night comedians can find any sarcastic humour worth writing. You are irrelevant. Go home.

  123. Wrong, he is making me happy with his handling of deflategate. I didn’t see anyone crying foul other than the Fin fans with his handling of bullygate which has proved to be a sham! I’m fine with his handling of deflate gate and so are lots of other people.

  124. despite millions of dollars and thousands of hours, the league cannot meet the preponderance standard that any tampering took place in AFCCG.

    all the deflator texts refer to prior games, the nfl put all their chips on AFCCG, and their sting came up empty.

    still confused how its possible to be an accessory to a crime that wasn’t committed

    the league’s position requires the rejection of science, kindof like the GOP’s position on climate change.

    if goodell ruled spain when columbus sailed, he’d be suspended for falling off the edge of the earth.

  125. Wow some of the haters on this board need to climb back into the primordial stew. It’s called a third grade education people.

    Brady was falsely accused of deflating footballs and further study revealed the balls weren’t really deflated and there was no good evidence implicating Brady. Pretty pathetic I would LOVE to know how all the pathetic losers who feign the moral high ground on these boards actually live their real lives. Guarantee brady is 100x the human being of most of you clowns

  126. People need to read John Dowd, the former federal prosecutor that actually ran a successful independent investigation of a major sports figure and has called Goodell’s abuse of power in Deflategate the real scandal.

    In Dowd’s MLB investigation he found so much real evidence that Pete Rose accepted a lifetime ban rather than having the documents released.

    Compare and contrast that with the Wells and Goodell investigation of Brady who had to wait six months to to beg for the documents to be released to the public.

  127. seahawkfanfrom1970s says:
    Aug 8, 2015 8:32 PM

    “Great young men” don’t cheat.
    ——————————————

    Thanks for your vote for Tom Brady’s innocence. And from a Seahawks fan too.

  128. I’m sure the haters love Goodell and his hypocritical statement about Brady.

    They deserve each other.

  129. Did you know the book The Physics of Football was written in 2005 by Dr Gay Timothy. It discusses the game from a scientific perspective.

    It clearly states that a football is easier to grasp, throw, carry and catch if deflated slightly, ” like the difference of gripping foam rubber vs gripping a bowling ball. Especially in cold weather.”

    Do you know who actually wrote the forward for the book in 2005.

    Bill Belichick.

    Explain this New England*. This factoid, if pursued, could mean Belichick knew the benefits of deflation.

    TIMELINE

    2004… Patriots* were caught deflating footballs. Claimed it was a mistake. NFL issued a warning. (then-NFL director of game operations Peter Hadhazy wrote in a letter that the Patriots failed to provide a reasonable explanation for the incident and warned the team could face disciplinary action “if a similar incident occurred in the future because it could be interpreted as a competitive violation,” according to the report.) McNally was the individual caught.

    2005 … Physics of Football is published. Belichick writes the forward for the book.

    2006, Brady* lobbies for the ability to prepare his own footballs.

    2015 Brady* and the Pats* are caught deflating footballs and diciplined by the NFL to the largest degree in the history of the sport.

    Now that’s what I call a PATtern.

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