Tom Brady: “I am sorry our league had to endure this”

AP

In his first public comments since winning the legal battle to overturn his Deflategate suspension, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady expressed some regret.

Brady released a statement saying he’s sorry that the NFL went through Deflategate, and sorry “to anyone whose feelings I may have hurt.” Brady did not mention NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell or anyone else by name.

“The regular season starts tomorrow morning and I can’t wait to fully commit my energy and emotion to focus on the challenges of the 2015 NFL season,” Brady said. “I want to thank my family, my friends, all of the fans, past and current players and my teammates for the support they have given me throughout this challenging experience. I also want to thank Judge Berman and his staff for their efforts to resolve this matter over the past five weeks. I am very grateful. My thanks also to the union’s legal team who has fought so hard right along with me.

“While I am pleased to be eligible to play, I am sorry our league had to endure this. I don’t think it has been good for our sport – to a large degree, we have all lost. I am also sorry to anyone whose feelings I may have hurt as I have tried to work to resolve this situation. I love the NFL. It is a privilege to be a member of the NFL community and I will always try to do my best in representing my team and the league in a way that would make all members of this community proud. I look forward to the competition on the playing field and I hope the attention of NFL fans can return to where it belongs – on the many great players and coaches who work so hard every week, and sacrifice so much, to make this game great. Most importantly, I look forward to representing the New England Patriots on Thursday night in our season opener. I hope to make all of our fans proud this year … and beyond!”

Brady has avoided answering questions from the media during the Deflategate investigation. By NFL rules, he will have to answer questions after the season-opening game on Thursday.

228 responses to “Tom Brady: “I am sorry our league had to endure this”

  1. Not a Pats fan but I want to thank Mr. Brady and the Patriots organization for their evisceration of Commissioner Goodell. Once again, the Patriots beat the odds and did what others have tried and failed – they exposed the incredible incompetence of Roger Goodell and the rest of NFL management.

    Thank you…and now let my team win something for a change.

  2. Then he shouldn’t have cheated. He wasn’t exonerated. The suspension was dismissed bc Goodell overstepped his bounds. Also helps that Brady was on the judge’s fantasy team. Check out the New Yorker article.

  3. I’m not, I thought it was pretty funny all things considered. The NFL and Pats racing to the bottom. Good times we’ll be able to tell our grandkids about.

  4. Nothing but pure class and graciousness from a man who’s always displayed those qualities. He’s the greatest quarterback of all time and he’s going to be on the field where he belongs when the Patriots raise banner number four this Thursday. The drive for five is about to begin.

  5. “I don’t think it has been good for our sport – to a large degree, we have all lost. ”

    Brady words reverberate deeply. The dude won the Super Bowl in that fashion and the league he helped make so popular does THIS to him. With no evidence. With no procedures. With all the backhanded leaks. Everyone lost here and Brady again takes the high road in defeating this witch hunt. Goodell and his comments yesterday by contrast looks paint him in such a bad light. Fitting of course.

  6. When you’re guilty you keep quiet. He’s smart. And Tom you screwed all those people you thanked by cheapening the sport. I take comfort that in 20 years when people Google you this will be part of your legacy.

  7. Talk all you want about Goodell, but he has successfully performed his first duty: make money for the league. The mob can whine all it wants, but Goodell has been a success, certainly more of a success than his slimy predecessor, Tagliabue.

  8. Pats fans are absolutely oblivious how smarmy their hero appears to the fans of the other 31 teams.

  9. It would be funny if they stopped the game occasionally to check air pressure, for the rest of his career!

  10. In other words, he’s happy the judge let him off on a procedural technicality rather than getting into the details of his phone, the equipment managers’ testimony and the testimony of others involved in the scheme.

  11. As a Seahawks fan, I’m glad this “scandal” is finally put to rest and we can focus on getting back to football. Tom is a class act and handled the whole situation like a professional.

  12. Brady and Belicheck are extreme competitors, and I will always respect that hussel, their blatant disrespect for the rules is another stroy. I am glad his suspension was lifted cause the punishment didn’t fit the crime, but I still think Brady and Patriots go over the line to gain an edge that frankly they don’t even need. I am just glad my Ravens have put you in your place a few times, and I’ve received nothing but respect from pats fans in regards to the ravens so….beat the steelers to a pulp, nothing but a bunch of no good criminals and I’ll always look forward to our battles, they usually are legendary

  13. “By NFL rules, he will have to answer questions after the season-opening game on Thursday.”

    And? He has to appear for the media and say a few things. He doesn’t have to say anything at all about the last 8 months of stupidity by the NFL.

  14. Well the judge never did say Brady was innocent just he didn’t get due process….Him taking the high road isn’t a surprise he knows he did it and got away with it why draw more attention to it

  15. Compare the 100% class of this statement with what Roger Goodell said in his vow to appeal and fight forever over what was a difference of either 0.2 psi or 0.0 psi, depending upon the gauge used.

  16. It’s your fault! You got off on the NFL version of not having your Miranda rights read to you. It doesn’t mean you aren’t guilty. You are. You’ve overthrown the disciplinary commission of the NFL for your own selfish pleasures. I have no respect for you anymore, and I had plenty.

  17. That’s an extremely nice sentiment if it were from Tom Brady himself, however, it seems to have publicist written all over it.

    It’ll be interesting to see live interviews.

  18. .
    The closest fictional character to PR man Roger Goodell is Elliot Carver, from the Bond movie ” Tomorrow Never Dies” .

    He was willing to foment nuclear war in order to prove his own relevance. It’s pathetically sad, actually.
    .

  19. In a league where games are routinely won or lost on a couple plays…. things like fumbles matter!!! Deflating the football to reduce fumbles impacts the outcomes of games and seasons…. pats have been doing it since 2007. Check the fumbling data.

  20. At a time when any mortal man would be full of anger and resentment over an 8 month, multi-million dollar character assassination, Tom Brady rises above it all as a beacon of honesty, integrity and righteousness. Thank God for Tom Brady and God Bless America!

  21. BroncosCheatedTheSalaryCap says:
    Sep 4, 2015 10:31 PM
    – they exposed the incredible incompetence of Roger Goodell and the rest of NFL management.
    __________________________________
    It’s great that some people actually understand what this was about.

  22. Yes, Brady coulda come down hard on Goodell, I would have, but he took the high road.
    Man, if I were innocent like Brady I would have reemed that Goodell a new personality.

  23. No need for him to apologize. Only ones needing to apologize are the clowns in the nfl office and the owners in the ear of Goodell to cook up this frame job. They should all be embarrassed and walk away from appealing before they get exposed further. In hindsight I guess the only thing Brady is guilty of is pointing out how harbaugh should study the rule book. That got the ball rolling. Without exposing that idiot he probably wouldn’t have decided to collide with the crybaby colts. I bet Brady is the only one to take the high road and apologize.

  24. I ordered a customized “Berman” jersey from the Pats pro shop. Should be here Tuesday. I got it extra large so it will be stretchy enough that sniffling haters can paw at it while I moonwalk on by. As the old saying goes, “living well is the best revenge and also winning a Super Bowl followed by making an evil Commissioner eat crow in front of the entire country.”

  25. Once again, the Patriots beat the odds and did what others have tried and failed – they exposed the incredible incompetence of Roger Goodell and the rest of NFL management.

    ———-

    To be fair, it hasn’t taken much effort recently to expose the incredible incompetence of Roger Goodell and the rest of NFL management.

  26. The Patriots employees took the balls to the bathroom and returned with under-inflated balls.
    They weren’t supposed to do that.

    They broke a rule.

    Brady didn’t need a 4 game suspension but the Patriots still were responsible for under-inflated balls.

    They aren’t innocent.

  27. “Also, sorry in advance for going jailhouse, no vaseline on every team we face this year and hanging 50 on all you bums.”

    In all seriousness though, this guy is all class.

  28. If he really had any conscience at all he would have come clean on what his role was in deflating the balls. He had more to do with dragging this out than anyone and merely benefitted from the league bungling the whole thing from start to finish.

  29. The fact that Brady actually means what he said in his statement serves to make Goodell and the rest of the league front office look that much worse.

    What Goodell really needs is to fabricate the next “scandal”(and fast) to make people forget about this debacle. After all, that strategy has worked so well for him in the past.

  30. He is a big man.

    That’s for all of you people that wanted him to lie and apologize for something that he never did.

    Can anyone see Goodell, Mort or the others that have been exposed for what liars and fools they are?

    I can’t, I see them denying and lying for years to come.

  31. No one would have had to endure anything if you had simply cooperated with the league investigation Tom. Thanks for making us all endure this and making us endure the upcoming appeals as well . It’s not that hard to cooperate , you make millions of dollars and part of your contract says you have to cooperate . I mean, come on man!

  32. It’s amazing that so many haters would sell out there on mothers to have a Tom Brady play for there sorry so called franchises! So haters keep perfecting your game, because even thou you won’t EVAH admit it, NE is the closet too football perfectfection you’ll will see!

  33. New England cheats and nothing happens. Now Brady cheats and nothing happens. Who is buying off the judge. I am not a pro football fan and this stinks to high heaven.
    New England fans sure like to cry as well as support a cheating team and now. A cheater at quarterback.
    What is this world coming to?

  34. Words that truly resonate with the Patriots fan. An individual with a 60 IQ who spends most time staring at their own extremities when not dry humping a pillow or typing “GOAT” on an online message board.

  35. And right after that ESPN prints an article claiming brady apologized for deflating balls and attaches their patriots reporter mike reiss’s name to it, who then chimed in on twitter that he did not write it and put up a link to his real article. Is godell running espn too? This is getting unreal.

  36. Do you wonder if the refs might be swayed to not give Brady his usual protection, ie: roughing the passer, fewer offensive pass interference penalties.

  37. Brady is a joke. Has he destroyed any phones this week? May NFL fans in opposing stadiums unleash hell for the remainder of his career, on this spoiled brat liar.

  38. Anyone who doesn’t recognize this whole thing for the witch hunt it has been is clearly just jealous of the Patriots,
    and Tom Brady’s success.

  39. Say what you want but that guy is a true leader and he is nothing but class and integrity. There is nothing any of you idiot trolls could possibly say on this or any other website to ever change that fact. So go on say all the stupid crap you want because there is nothing out there you could ever possibly say to change my mind on that.

  40. I guess destroying your phone and evidence is considered class nowadays… that being said I’m glad he won (more the fact that Goodell lost)

  41. Pure class. He has every right to be angry as hell, yet he takes it on himself and apologizes. Regardless of what happens from now on, he is a classy American hero.

  42. “I will always try to do my best in representing my team and the league in a way that would make all members of this community proud….”

    The interests of the Team and self over the NFL.

  43. I’m sorry too, but, I think some good has come of this. Prior to this debacle, I was a great deal more cavalier about the discipline the league handed down to other teams, players, personnel. At times I may have been overly harsh, or as crazy as it seems now, in agreement the League. You know, towing the company line, so to speak.

    This process has really opened my eyes to the serious, fatal flaws in the CBA, specifically the NFL’s process for player punishment and appeal. It’s woefully inadequate, and must change for the good of the league.

    This will not happen again, I have no need or desire to watch ESPN, or NFLN, and virtually any statement made by the League, will be met with suspicion and skepticism. This is one Patriots fan, other teams/fans won’t be hearing from in the future, should you fall victim to this travesty of a punishment system.

    Hope everyone enjoys the season, and while I’m sure people are sick of the Patriots winning, how good would it be to see Goodell have to give the Pats another Lombardi? Seriously.

  44. It only turned into a circus because he couldn’t man up and admit what he did. I am sure the scapegoats who got fired are still huge Brady fans, though.

  45. Barf. If you’re sorry you wouldn’t have cheated. Insignificant or not as people try to play it off as… It’s still cheating. Just cause Roger Goodell screwed up the handling of it doesn’t mean you’re innocent.

  46. Sounds like either the carefully manicured statement by Brady, the patriots, the NFLPA and the NFL, to put a cap on this in lieu of an appeal, or the olive branch by all but the NFL inviting them to do exactly that. Ain’t no business like show business.

  47. And the Colts organization tried to smear this guy and ruin his career along with the scum from the NFL front office, Goodell and most of all the owners who were telling Goodell what to do. Occasionally the truth wins out in this world. Proud of Tom Brady.

  48. The judge is an idiot. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Many people have gone to jail or have been punished even if they didn’t know the rules.

  49. You weren’t exonerated, Brady. Drop the act.

    You got off (so far) because the NFL dropped the ball.

    But you know what you did. And so do rational fan bases.

  50. Let’s not forget to put some blame on those who leaked the information to the desperate media

    They live to stir up controversy and they will even cause riots and such for a good stir up

  51. He was guilty, we all know it, the judicial system dropped the (deflated) ball once again. Goodell did all that he could to defend the integrity of the league, I like that. Now let’s start talking about real football again

  52. Certainly not the GOAT, but the most Controversial of All Time. As for the rest, “Time will Tell”……………………………but certainly not now.

  53. Hidden message to Goodell from Brady: Drop the appeal of Berman’s ruling, Goodell, or you’ll see a defamation of character civil law suit that will make will make your head spin. Berman made his appeal bullet-proof, your odds of success are close to zero.

  54. A draft pick and a fine should have been enough. The NFL should have got its message across without having to go trough all. It snowballed into a ridiculous situation and should have been stopped once the Patriots accepted their punishments. It should be over no more appeals.

  55. Maybe you should be sorry about the guy that lives in a van down by the river and lost his job because of you !

  56. If Goodell had half of the class that Brady showed in that statement, he would publically apologize to Brady, the Patriots, their fans and to the American public for putting us all through a 9 month witch hunt.

  57. As someone who loathes Roger Goodell and some of actions over the years, I was glad to see the verdict.

    And I agree that this thing was a giant mess and I couldn’t wait for it to be over.

    But the way Brady’s camp has handled this is part of what caused it to get so ugly. I honestly think had he cooperated (which he was willing to admit he didn’t do), this would have all been over quickly with a slap on the wrist, and everyone saying “it’s no big deal”.

    Instead we ended up with the worst pile of drama the NFL has ever seen.

  58. His classy approach only makes Goodell look worse, but don’t let it fool you: he is furious, and no one is more competitive. I can hear the howls of hate on this board and others as the Pats continue to herd the horde of mindless know-nothings to a state of foaming madness. This will be a great year.

  59. Hey Brady, you can’t afford too many “wins” like this. As is, the Pats were looked upon as cheaters. This just adds to that.

  60. ” I’m sorry that I cheated again and got caught. I’m sorry I didn’t cooperate with the NFL investigation and destroyed my cell phone to cover up my wrong doing.”

  61. …right or wrong …I too am glad Tom Brady TOOK ON the power hungry Goodell and WON. Folks gotto realize if Goodell is fired or stripped of alot of his power Tom was the one who staked his reputation to set things right. Thanks Tom.

  62. This whole thing will not be fully resolved until the Pats win in February and when Roger the dodger goes to hand Tom the MVP trophy Tom just takes it gives him a perfunctory handshake and that’s it.

    Those of you in the ‘press’ who think he (or any of us) owes you any respect at all – don’t kid yourself. You have kept this going long past its expiration date and I have a dream that the day will come when it is referred to as “The Strange Case of the Deflated Balls.

  63. NO GOAT has ever been accused of cheating their entire career. Simple math for the simple NE fans – that means he’s not the GOAT.

    Sorry the league went through this – could have been avoided if you didn’t cheat and play other teams on the level. LT said it best about the patriots though, if you ain’t cheating you ain’t trying.

    This QB, Coach, Owner, and overall team are stained as the dirtiest franchise in all of sports. Enjoy that legacy morons.

  64. So if he gets off scott free, then how do you go after anyone who cheats or fractures the integrity of the game?

    Best of luck to you Patriot fans, but the rest of the league is puzzled as to what the hell just happened.

    This might be the end of Goodell’s reign.

  65. This is how you handle adversity. This is the lesson to the children. Not the whining methods of Haternation,

    Innocent and classy from day one. The only chink was mouthing off, and not without good cause, to the Ravens. Make no mistake, telling them to read the rule book is what started this vendetta. This never had anything to do with air in footballs.

  66. I forgive you Tom but no need to apologize.

    Just like the league demanded that Tom accept the findings in the Wells report and the punishment I think Roger Dodger needs to admit how much of a loser he is apologize and then resign immediately.

  67. The proof that Brady cheated is that he couldn’t qb the greatest 4th qtr comeback in SB history without doctored balls….oh, snap!!!

  68. You weren’t exonerated Brady and you and the Patriots are tainted by all the cheating you do. I am sure the judge has you on his fantasy team.

  69. Sorry for what? Why are you apologizing, Tom? If you apologize for something you didn’t do and had no control over, you are weak. But then again you cheat, so…

  70. This is person the NFL wanted to bring down. Goddell Brady has more class in one of his rings than you will ever have…The players should all give Tom Brady a standing O for what he did for them and the league..GO PATS

  71. Then end this by telling the truth like a gentleman. There is no way Belichick and Brady did not know and direct the team employees to reduce ball pressures. Belichick is a class A control freak so he knew and was probably his idea as fumble protection. The cell phone was not provided since that would have implicated Belichick.

  72. I’ve been railroaded and vindicated twice on my life. I know what it looks like. So I know Tom that you were set up the moment they over – inflated the balls for the Jets game. I mean come on — 16 psi. They knew how you’d react. I’m sure you were targeting the lower end of the legal limit, though it’s difficult to be precise when hurried. And then that Ideal Gas Law will kick in as well. You played THEIR game and you still won

  73. Wow, what a phony. Kraft took his penalty like a man. This guy wins on a technicality and plays the Martyr . I believe in Karma.

  74. The one and only reason the league had to endure this is because you would not man up and take your punishment like a grown-up. You just can’t allow yourself to believe that you got caught cheating. You’re not the face of the league,you’re the disgrace of the league. In one respect you’re just like the rest of us you’re human and you make mistakes. Personally I’ve never liked you you’re arrogant personality your smug attitude, however if you would’ve stood up and told the truth excepted your punishment, I would at least and I hate to say this I would have had respect for you.

  75. pkeegan06 says:

    Brady taking the high road after getting railroaded makes the NFL look even worse.

    _______________________________

    Will Brady and the Pats take the high road by running up the score like they did after Spygate?

    Will this “classy” organization throw sportsmanship out the window this time, too?

  76. jchipwood says:
    Sep 4, 2015 10:31 PM

    Don’t cheat then Tom. Tell Bill the same.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Neither of whom have ever been proven to have cheated previously. Please produce evidence of “cheating” by Belichick or Brady.

    The term “cheating” means that you have intentionally broken a rule in order to gain an unfair competitive advantage. Unintentional rule breaking is not cheating.

    Most fans who are ignorant of the facts in the 2007 “Spygate” scandal say that the Patriots, and particularly coach Belichick were “cheating” by filming opponents defensive signals. They have been misled to believe this lie by the very punishment handed down by the (now well proven pathological liar) commissioner Goodell. In that punishment Goodell said it was for “conduct detrimental to the game” of taping opponent’s signals. But, taping signals, or any attempt to steal signals, from an opponent is 100% NOT ILLEGAL. There is not one single mention in any rule that even discourages the taping or stealing of signals. Teams continue to videotape and analyze opponents signals, nut they do it now from an approved, enclosed video booth, so that the results cannot be shared with the players during that game.

    The only rule that the Patriots broke was that they performed this videotaping from an unapproved location along the sidelines, right out in plain view of the officials, a stadium full of fans, and could even be seen on national TV. The idea that they were trying to “get away with” this video location rule breaking and also doing it out plain sight of everyone is logically contradictory. They clearly did not fully understand the “no sidelines taping” rule or they would have at least attempted to hide the videographer. Therefore, since the rule breaking was unintentional it was not “cheating.”

    The tuck rule play was not cheating. It was a play call made by an official. Was it the official that was cheating?

    The video taping of the Rams practice was a fabrication of an over-zealous sports reporter which was later fully retracted with a full page apology. It never happened.

    This Deflategate / Framegate / NFL witch hunt doesn’t have a single shred of evidence that the balls were ever deflated below what the change in weather would account for.

    So where is this history of the NE Patriots, Bill Belichick or Tom Brady cheating that you, and many of the fans of other teams speak of?

  77. Maybe TB should have been honest about this from the beginning and it wouldn’t have become the farce it turned into.

    It’s pretty clear what happened here if you look at all the evidence. After the Jets game when it was found that the officials allowed overfilled balls to be used, the Patriots had their dynamic deflating duo surreptitiously check the balls after the officials were done with them on the way to the field. It’s illegal to do this, and all that would have resulted is the team may have received a fine for ball tampering and a promise from the league to ensure game officials would check the pressures properly.

    The proper thing to do would have been to notify the league about the problem when it was discovered after the game and ask the league to have the game officials do the job properly in the future.

  78. Goodell should be fired for the mishandling of this case. Tom Brady absolutely cheated – the NFL fumbled this case from the start.

    Tom Coughlin still owns Billy Boy, remember that when your slurping down your chowwwwdaaaaaaaa.

  79. I think the thing that has been lost in the decision by Judge Berman is that it never said that Brady DIDN’T have anything to do with the footballs. it merely said that the league acted unfairly in the punishment phase. I’m still amazed that any sane person believes that equipment people decided on their own to alter the footballs. I guess the bat boy for the Red Sox decides on his own to alter the weight or length of David Ortiz’ bat. Geez!

  80. you still a stinking lying cheat!…..there is still spygate…. but for some reason no one talks of that….. put an asterisk next to your name….

  81. Bury them, Tom. File the defamation lawsuit the day after they file the formal appeal.

    Tom… please… just do it. The fans are already prepared for 3 more years of deflategate appeals. That’s boring. ENTERTAIN us.

    A defamation lawsuit forces the NFL to play defense on two fronts.

    Leak the discovery motions for the NFL e-comms, which will reveal which owners said what to the NFL about hunting you down….. without any evidence, w.h.a.t.s.o.e.v.e.r.

    But wait. … while that is going on… watch the NFL STILL try to pursue an appeal in a different court, citing Article 46 as their defense, when everything they’ve done is indefensible.

    Be exactly what 31 other team owners don’t want… a GOAT player usurping their power and forcing their play puppet to be removed.

    And why? Forget the deflated footballs, buddy. The Patriots have the youngest team in the league right now. Billy Boy has turned over the roster yet again, and it seems the Pats will be dominant for as long as you can keep yourself in professional shape. Owners don’t want up to another 7 years of Patriot Pride…. so…. let’s attack Golden Boy.

    If (and that’s a BIG if), IFFFF the Patriots stay healthy, you’ll see the Lombardi again in 2015.

    Dude? You’re not playing for pride this year. You’re not playing for respect, or the love of the game…

    …you’re playing for keeps.

    31 arrogant dumbnuts had 5.5 rounds to draft you. They passed.

    Always remember- they tried to keep you off the field back then, they’re trying to keep you off the field now.

  82. I’m no fan of NE and its likely something went on here but I’m glad the league lost this one. The arrogance of Goodell and his greedy owners paying him 40 million per year did nothing but make themselves look stupid when you consider the punishment did not fit the crime. They protracted this thing out way too long.

    As far as Brady goes, for those of us on the outside looking in, something still kind of smells even if it can’t be proven. The whole cell phone issue sounds like a cover-up but what do I know. I don’t live on the East Coast and worship the Pats.

    The fact that this had to be settled in a courtroom should make fans concerned. You don’t want OUR GAME to be litigated away to where its flag football or two hand touch in 10 years. The owners and NFLPA need to settle these things internally.

  83. Total class all the way by Tom Brady. After being railroaded by corruption of Goodell and NFL League Office employees and NFL attorneys he should be ripping Goodell and the NFL.

    He is choosing the high road unlike scumbag Goodell. Goodell, Pash, Kensil, Vincent, Aiello, Nash, Gardi, Blandino, Harold Henderson all need to be fired to restore any credibility to the NFL.

    The Patriots draft picks and $1 million should be voluntarily returned to them.

  84. First, I don’t even like the Patriots or Tom Brady, but even I could see that this was completely blown out of proportion.

    Of course they cheated by letting a little air out of the football, but to talk about it the entire off season, a 4 game suspension, and to have this taken to federal court? Ridiculous!

    If only the NFL and their fans cared as much of player safety and concussions…

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

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

    Also, many folks in the media and public took a stand against the Patriots based on fake information.

    NFL office, breaking news: THIS IS AMERICA!

    The NFL thought they could wiggle around their official 19 Jan. letter to Mr. Kraft that stated all tested Colts’ footballs were within the permissible PSI ranges — INCREDIBLE and UNTRUE letter sent by the NFL.

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

    Is it surprising the Missouri Supreme Court, in a separate case, ruled in May, 2015 against Goodell and stated: ….“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”.

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

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

  86. Brady has class and took the high road. No venom spilled by Tom.

    Where is Roger?

    I would have thought that after filing first in NY, getting the court he wanted etc. That after the decision (losing in federal court) our commissioner would have taken a step back, to ponder the results, confer with the owners and his legal team, before making any decisions.

    No such luck, the miserable Roger couldn’t wait to file an appeal and announce he wouldn’t be in Foxborough to hand out the Lombardi on opening night.

    We don’t need a commissioner who isolates himself from the Super Bowl Champions opening game and ceremonies. He created this situation all by himself. The only way to correct it now is for Roger to resign, or be fired, or drop all legal action & penalties directed at the Patriots, and apologize.

    345 Park Ave. NY needs to be cleaned out of the bias ex Jets management, the sooner the better, because they have proven they don’t even know what the high road is. All they want is New England Patriots blood dripping out of the corrupt mouths.

    Good riddance Roger and his cronies.

    For the haters, your team could be next, and you deserve it.

  87. All of the “total class all the way” comments are really funny. Anyone can smile to the cameras while they have their fingers crossed behind their backs. Which is exactly what Brady has done his entire career.

    Once a cheater, always a cheater.

  88. It wouldn’t have had to if right after it happened he would have said…
    “You know I like my footballs at the low end (12.5) and I put a lot of pressure on the ball boys to get the balls right. I never thought that this was such a big deal with the league as it’s never been been brought up. But if my persistence in getting the balls to my liking has caused an infraction of the rules then I take full responsibility and apologize. This will not happen again.”
    Case closed…$5000 fine for rules infraction.
    Brady “more” than anybody had the chance to stop this lunacy before it spiraled out of control and I’m sure he wished he had.

  89. jchipwood says:
    Sep 4, 2015 10:31 PM
    Don’t cheat then Tom. Tell Bill the same.

    _____________________

    I really don’t want to respond to someone who spouts nonsense like this. But lets consider what really happened here:

    1. The Patriots and the coach were absolved of having anything to do with this in the “independent” Pash/Wells report but the team was still fined $1M, and lost two draft picks. That makes sense? It is like jailing someone, for a crime they did not commit, just because they had a “record”.

    2. By the admission of the league they had no proof that Brady did anything. The text messages that referenced Brady texting the equipment guys were spaced more than 7 months apart from the “deflator” text message which was from the summer of 2014. But in the “independent” Pash/Wells report it appears to the casual reader as if it was a stream of communiques. In other words Pash/Wells had to look back over a year of time to construct 2 incriminating texts out of thousands.

    3. Even if Brady was generally aware, this would have been his first offense of any kind. Yet they punished him for an equipment violation, like he was some troubled actor who was constantly in the cross hairs of the league. Even if you accept the Pash/Wells theory that Brady was responsible for manipulating the balls, the punishment just makes no sense considering Bradys’ history of being a good citizen, his improved statistics in the second half of the Colts game, and his historic performance in the Superbowl against one of the great defenses in the history of the league.

    In the end the judge did not allow the league to continue this farce of a proceeding. Judge Berman could not rule on fact, but he destroyed the NFL case by citing the CBA rules they broke in punishing Brady and by extension the Patriots (Berman also left open the possibility of finding on fact if the appeal proceeds since he made no such determination in his original ruling as a warning to the NFL – that was how antagonistic a neutral judge was to the NFL, he clearly thought they were the bad actors here). The NFL owners must take the keys from the power drunk commissioner they foist on the public as the face of the NFL or they will face lawsuit after lawsuit that can only damage the league more.

    Brady was right, everyone lost in this, while he may have finally gotten the truth out about the biased Pash/Wells report, Brady will never get his reputation back, his marriage has suffered, and his team has missed his presence during the pre-season. Everyone lost, but the commissioner can skulk back to his office in Park Avenue and continue to insist that this was all about integrity even though the only people caught actually lying throughout this sordid affair was the NFL commissioner and his accomplices in the front office.

  90. “I’m also sorry that the Colts 3 under inflated balls were overlooked for some reason nobody can or will explain”.

  91. rexgrossman8 says:
    Sep 4, 2015 10:33 PM
    Then he shouldn’t have cheated. He wasn’t exonerated. The suspension was dismissed bc Goodell overstepped his bounds. Also helps that Brady was on the judge’s fantasy team. Check out the New Yorker article.

    ———————————————

    Keep telling yourself that if it helps you sleep at night. It was crystal clear from the court proceedings that the judge did not believe a word the NFL was saying.

    Why anyone would take the word of the NFL, who have been proven to lie, obfuscate and leak false information repeatedly over that of a player who has a spotless record over 15 years? The only reason, I fear, is envy and irrational hate.

    Take a look in the mirror, haters, it ain’t pretty.

  92. yea that’s right Tom, wouldn’t want you to have manned up and accepted your punishment like a responsible adult…no you played the victim and caused this circus. lost all respect for you and just for the record.. you will never even be in the same league as Montana, your career is tainted!

  93. Brady is such scum! Only way Pats win is if they are involved in some kind of scandal!

    Real class would be winning on ability alone but that never happens!

  94. I love how the haters claim Brady won on technicalities….he won on so many levels the Judge didn’t have to examine the ludicrous claims by the NFL that the Pats deflated balls.

  95. To all of you who cling to the belief that Brady “cheated”, I’ll give you one simple challenge:

    Show us the proof.

    Don’t give me “he destroyed his cellphone!”, either, because Wells got the data off of it that he needed, by transcript, and told Brady the actual phone wasn’t needed.

    Show us one single reading that shows a single football reading below what the Ideal Gas Law SAYS it should.

    Show us one single text message on Jastremski’s or McNally’s cellphones where Brady directs them to deflate a single football below 12.5

    Come on, you say he’s a “cheater”, show us the PROOF …. because Roger Gooddell could NOT

  96. terripet says:
    Sep 4, 2015 10:54 PM

    Brady you phony the truth will come out some day. even liars win sometimes
    vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv

    the truth has come out. all teams cheat and the league is full of bitter, greedy scumbags who use their influence to selectively ‘discipline’ purely out of spite.

    …boy, did they choose the wrong guy to tangle with.

  97. The team admitted they cheated, fired 2 employees, accepted a fine and loss of draft picks – The judge did not rule that Brady did not cheat, only that the NFLs disciplinary process was flawed.

  98. The haters say Brady and Belicheck don’t play by the rules.

    Hater Rule #1: Let my team win

  99. I love how the Hate Brigade just can’t let this go. You lost, get over it. It was no technicality. It was the first time a neutral party heard the case, and it didn’t just get thrown out on some minor procedural mistake, Judge Berman TRASHED IT. “Egregious” was one of the words he used. And for those claiming this doesn’t exonerate Brady, actually it does. Judge Berman’s job is not to find facts, his job is to take the “facts” as they’re given, and obviously he wasn’t buying it. If the Wells Report is procedurally unsound, then it’s invalid, so you have no valid facts to convict Brady in the first place. Everything anyone knows as “fact” in this case is wiped out, and it’s too late to go back and reinvestigate. Also, the Krafts said they’re trying to reinstate the ball boys, and that’s up to Troy Vincent to OK, since people conveniently forget that it was the NFL who demanded the suspensions, the Pats never fired them. Remember, everything you guys know about this whole case from start to finish has been “tainted” by the NFL, they controlled the spin the whole time and let Brady’s name take a beating while they fueled the fire with more false leaks. You are all victims of the slanderous behavior of the NFL and certain media outlets that operate as the NFL’s propaganda machine. We were getting stories up here in Boston that looked good for Brady and you wouldn’t see a thing about it posted on national sites. There’s money in Patriots vitriol. Haters and supporters tune in or click on websites to have polarizing arguments like this. Those are the real winners, we all got jerked in that regard. Now lets put this stupid issue about a very minor infraction that the NFL never proved to bed finally and watch some real football, unless we’ve all been conditioned to prefer gossip after all these months….

  100. turtlehut says:
    Sep 5, 2015 9:54 AM
    The team admitted they cheated, fired 2 employees, accepted a fine and loss of draft picks – The judge did not rule that Brady did not cheat, only that the NFLs disciplinary process was flawed.

    __________________

    It must really suck not to understand anything you read and have to rely on simple sentences to form ideas.

    The team accepted the penalties, they never admitted guilt and in fact the “Independent” Pash/Wells report said they were innocent. The NFL never explained why they punished the Patriots, but unlike the players, the team does not have the CBA to protect them.

    The Judge, in a suit brought by the NFL in a venue that almost never rules against the business, was asked by the NFL to affirm the arbitration. The Judge was not asked to act as arbiter, he cannot rule on facts, he cannot determine guilt or innocence. To do so would open his findings to be overruled, so Berman focused on process and in doing so found that the only lairs were the Commissioner and the NFL office. Not Brady.

    P.S. I wrote slowly and only used simple words hoping that people like you might understand better.

  101. So many fanboys on here need to wipe their chins they are letting their manlove bubble to the surface. I forgive you Tom, goat, thank you Tom, nothing to apologize for Tom…..

    97% of all football fans now think of an asterisk when they hear your name Tom. Fact.

  102. The bottom line is that Brady and the Patriots are liars and cheats and the world (other than mouth breathing pats fans and media) knows it. Every time they take the field, fans will look at them as just that. Very few have any respect for them.

  103. So if he gets off scott free, then how do you go after anyone who cheats or fractures the integrity of the game?

    Best of luck to you Patriot fans, but the rest of the league is puzzled as to what the hell just happened.

    This might be the end of Goodell’s reign.
    ____________________________

    Ummmm let me think, maybe the NFL could run a truly INDEPENDENT investigation and get something called PROOF before they move forward with discipline? People speak of Brady not being exonerated, WAKE UP PEOPLE AND GET THE FACTS….THERE IS NOTHING FOR HIM TO BE EXONERATED FROM…Blind hate really makes people look stupid.

  104. “and in doing so found that the only lairs were the Commissioner and the NFL office. Not Brady.”

    Exactly what part of the ruling said this? What did the NFL “lie” about?

  105. rafterman11 says:
    Sep 5, 2015 10:21 AM
    “and in doing so found that the only lairs were the Commissioner and the NFL office. Not Brady.”

    Exactly what part of the ruling said this? What did the NFL “lie” about?

    ———
    During the hearings in court, Judge Berman went into great detail about the testimony from Tom Brady that Goodell “mis-characterized”. He also took issue with the way Goodell ‘interpreted’ some of the evidence….he was saying, in as nice a way as possible that Goodell lied. Not the first judge to call Goodell a liar. Judge Barbara Jones came right out and said it during the Ray Rice case — “Commissioner Goodell, you’re lying to me”

  106. Uhhhhhh Mr. Brady’s publicist, you forgot to acknowledge your client’s sorrow at his ballboys losing their positions. That would have been a touching sentiment.

  107. seahawkfanfrom1970s says:
    Sep 4, 2015 10:39 PM

    Pats fans are absolutely oblivious how smarmy their hero appears to the fans of the other 31 teams.
    ———————————————————

    Still butt-hurt over that Super Bowl interception, are you???

    You know what “smarmy” is?

    Smarmy is a defense that calls itself “The Legion of Boom”, gives up the biggest come-back in Super Bowl history, and sees their opponent’s defense clinch the win with a goal line INT ….. and STILL thinks they are the better team.

    😉

  108. This was not written by Brady. Had he wrote it, it would have proclaimed his innocence. This is a carefully worded PR piece. He has been warned that this is not over. The judge’s ruling is already coming under fire and I am sure the NFL will be successful on it’s appeal. Brady is no hero nor is he class act. He is a common liar and a cheater.

  109. baconrules1 says:
    Sep 5, 2015 10:17 AM
    The bottom line is that Brady and the Patriots are liars and cheats and the world (other than mouth breathing pats fans and media) knows it. Every time they take the field, fans will look at them as just that. Very few have any respect for them.

    —————-
    You do realize that the players on your team don’t agree with you. You’re wrong about most fans, go to any board and you’ll be amazed how many posts start “I’m not a Pats fan” or “I hate the Pats but”–because most people are inherently fair. So I ask you….when did the Patriots lie or cheat besides spygate? Please enumerate with some semblance of proof.

  110. Class act? Purely a PR move on the side of Brady. His organization must still bear the burden of his actions through a $1mil fine and a loss of a first round draft pick. The fact that he gets off without a fine or suspension is appalling. Yes Tom, cheating is not good for our sport.

  111. rafterman11 says:
    Sep 5, 2015 10:21 AM

    Exactly what part of the ruling said this? What did the NFL “lie” about?
    ———————————————————
    Have you actually read ANYTHING that has been released in the transcripts????

    The only thing the NFL did NOT lie about, was that Tom Brady plays for the Patriots.

    Everything they’ve said since halftime of the AFC Championship game has proven to be a complete lie ……. EVERYTHING.

  112. limakey says:
    Sep 5, 2015 10:39 AM
    This was not written by Brady. Had he wrote it, it would have proclaimed his innocence. This is a carefully worded PR piece. He has been warned that this is not over. The judge’s ruling is already coming under fire and I am sure the NFL will be successful on it’s appeal. Brady is no hero nor is he class act. He is a common liar and a cheater.

    ———-
    The judge’s ruling is coming under fire from whom? Every lawyer and legal analyst I’ve heard has said this ruling is bullet proof. It’s based on sound legal precedent that will stand up to review. Even if it is overruled, it will be way into next season before it’s ruled on, and most likely will be sent back to Berman who will then rule on the evident partiality that he held aside for just such an occasion. If they simply vacate his ruling or uphold his ruling, either side can appeal to the full panel of judges….in other words, at this point, Brady will be retired before any suspension could possibly be upheld. And finally, Brady is a class act. Instead of just besmirching him, give us proof of your accusations.

  113. billytodd2013blbaad says:
    Sep 5, 2015 9:31 AM
    yea that’s right Tom, wouldn’t want you to have manned up and accepted your punishment like a responsible adult…no you played the victim and caused this circus. lost all respect for you and just for the record.. you will never even be in the same league as Montana, your career is tainted!

    ——
    Taint this…..we don’t care what you haters think. Your hate will make our 5th lombardy even sweeter–so keep pouring out your hate and understand that the Patriots will use that as motivation to win even more….and we Pats fans will rejoice!

  114. gorilladunk says:
    Sep 5, 2015 8:28 AM
    I think the thing that has been lost in the decision by Judge Berman is that it never said that Brady DIDN’T have anything to do with the footballs. it merely said that the league acted unfairly in the punishment phase. I’m still amazed that any sane person believes that equipment people decided on their own to alter the footballs. I guess the bat boy for the Red Sox decides on his own to alter the weight or length of David Ortiz’ bat. Geez!

    ————————
    Nobody thinks the equipment guys altered the footballs on their own….we know the footballs weren’t altered by anyone. The footballs lost pressure because it was cold and wet. The Pats were on the field much, much longer than the Colts (45-7) so our balls were exposed to the weather much longer……..this season when the NFL collects psi data will be interesting. Next season, we’ll see if we can convince you people that in cold weather tires deflate…..without the help of your mechanic!

  115. Will Brady and the Pats take the high road by running up the score like they did after Spygate?

    Will this “classy” organization throw sportsmanship out the window this time, too?

    ————
    Yes….and we Pats fans will love every minute of it. I personally don’t think scoring more points is unsportsmanlike conduct. If I pay for a ticket, I want my team to play the entire game.

  116. Just don’t cheat again so we have to endure it again. Spy gate, hey tommy boy why would you guys really put listening devices in the Jets locker rooms. CAN you guys win without cheating ???

  117. Spygate listening devices you do realize that would have been Belichick not Brady? Also even the Wells report could say for certain if Brady really cheated they said it was possible I very tired of you hating trolls try facts the next time you judge

  118. restoreintegritytonfl says:
    Sep 4, 2015 11:04 PM

    In a league where games are routinely won or lost on a couple plays…. things like fumbles matter!!! Deflating the football to reduce fumbles impacts the outcomes of games and seasons…. pats have been doing it since 2007. Check the fumbling data.
    ————————–

    LAWL! Whatever you need to tell yourself to get through the day.

    Thumb down if you are also a moron that believes the cherry-picked Sharper fumbling rate data.

  119. Just call him bullseye Brady because teams will be gunning to take out both ACLs of this liar and cheater who doesn’t deserve to be on the field.

  120. topheavy1 says:
    Sep 5, 2015 1:12 PM

    Just call him bullseye Brady because teams will be gunning to take out both ACLs of this liar and cheater who doesn’t deserve to be on the field.
    —————————-

    If they didn’t go after Big Ben, a serial rapist*, I doubt they will go after Tom Brady, who didn’t do anything, other than beating the NFL’s attempt to control players.

  121. topheavy1 says:
    Sep 5, 2015 1:12 PM
    Just call him bullseye Brady because teams will be gunning to take out both ACLs of this liar and cheater who doesn’t deserve to be on the field.

    ————–
    As most players don’t think that Brady did anything wrong and 82% are not angry about it or think it’s unfair….not to mention the fact that that is downright sleezy! You’re also not thinking about the fact that the players want Goodell to lose, they want Goodell not to be the one to mete out punishment…….in other words, as Joe Thomas and many other active players have said….”way to go, Tom!”
    When Pacman Jones heard that the NFL had lost the suit he tweeted “lmao” because he’s been the butt of Goodell’s draconian punishments.

  122. nonsenseofpink says:
    Sep 5, 2015 11:39 AM
    Does this mean McNally and Jastremski get their jobs back?

    Brady threw them under the bus.
    ——————-
    Once again, yes, the Patriots suspended them (at the league’s request). The Patriots cannot bring them back without written approval from the league as per the Vincent letter. Brady never threw them under the bus, he has said since day one “I don’t believe anyone tampered with the balls”. He called Jastremski to ask him if he tampered with the balls (one of the areas of testimony that Goodell lied about) and he testified under oath that he believed him when Jastremski told him he had not.

  123. Rootpain, TB knows he got away with cheating, lying and destroying evidence. He had no reason to be anything other than greatful. He got away with it, for now in regards to his suspension. However, he is forever tarnished and he will never recover from that. He has been aptly nicknamed ‘Teflon Tom’.

  124. we’ll see what the courts say. Florio himself has said only 2 of the 22 judges have to agree with the NFL for this suspension to be overturned. Berman is just a liberal judge who doesn’t like the NFL’s CBA because it gives management authority. Berman’s ruling sets a bad precedent. Yes, I hate Brady and the Patriots, I will admit it with all my heart. Many of we journalists outside of New England, Bart Hubbach and Howard Eskin, can see them for what they are. Patriots fans may see Brady suspended in November or December, that would be just.

  125. Oh what are we cheaters? Nope we’ve cheated once in 10 yrs sorry but we’ve cheated less in that time then many teams. Also TB is playing the yr as the Appeal won’t be heard til well after the season. The Courts won’t kowtow to the NFL’ schedule. The NFL will kowtow to the Court’s The CBA gives Goodell reasonable authority not autonomy that he can be abusive unfair with repercussions. If you bothered to compare the NFL’s case to the Wells report and you hatefully convict the Pats Then you to step away from the home lobotomy kit

  126. As someone who played sports for much of her life, I wish I could’ve blamed the balls, bats, gloves, shin guards, width of the goal posts etc., for any poor performance I may have had. Nope. Can’t do it. Anyone who thinks the balls, regardless of pressure, had anything to do with a 45-7 loss has never played sports or has forgotten reality. I’m not saying cheating is OK. It’s not. But I also know athletes tweak their equipment all the time. Is it cheating? Perhaps, but only major modifications will alter the outcome of a game or competition–like performance enhancing substances. Ask Marion Jones or Lance Armstrong. In a loss like the Colts experienced, the team had far more problems than the footballs. I hope the Patriots go 19-0 this season. I’ll be cheering for them all season–even with they play my beloved REDSKINS.

  127. Wrong…I am sorry that the league will continue to have to endure this given your cheating and Berman’s hi-jinx. I am sure you want this to be over, I assure it is not.

  128. skinsgal4life…

    Do you actually think Brady experimented with less pressure for just the AFC Championship game? Sure Brady won that game, but he just barely won the game before against the Ravens. Brady had a well rehearsed path to cheating the game with the ball boys.

  129. I wonder how much Robert Kraft paid the Judge to get Tom Shady off the hook I believe in Karma you should to Mr Kraft and also you Tom Shady

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