The union asked Goodell to withdraw from that role because it said he was not impartial and would be called as a witness.
The three-headed partnership of Bob Kraft, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady may go on for one more year, but that’s about all that is left for this team.
Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis was asked about “Deflategate,” and he was brutally honest about his former team and its star quarterback.
Goodell said he has not had time to study a request from the players’ union that he recuse himself from the appeal because he has been focused on the spring owners meetings that concluded Wednesday.
Now that Patriots owner Robert Kraft is not appealing his team’s punishments in the deflated footballs scandal, only his quarterback’s challenge remains.
The NFL hammered Tom Brady for his role in “DeflateGate” for good reason. We can’t have the best players in America’s favorite sport toying with the rules.
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Tom Brady wants to call Commissioner Roger Goodell as a witness in the appeal of the four-game suspension he was handed for “Deflategate.”
The sides have bitterly argued in the court of public opinion. Now the NFL commissioner plans to try to personally settle whether Brady deserves a four-game suspension for using deflated footballs.
Brady’s appeal only deals with the suspension and must be heard within 10 days. The team has not said if it will appeal its penalties before a Thursday deadline.
The New England Patriots claim a team employee called himself the “deflator” because he was trying to lose weight, not because he was part of some plot to take the air out of footballs.
As far as former NFL quarterback A.J. Feeley is concerned, Tom Brady started running afoul of league rules long ago.
Remove emotion for a moment. Forget that the Patriots have always been your favorite team or always beat your favorite team.
It’s not only Pats fans who are making noise. Twelve billboards mocking Tom Brady went up in New Jersey on Tuesday morning.
Again, the league has tried to absolve itself from blame or wrongdoing by levying draconian punishment against those whose bad behaviors it had enabled.