Appeal Set for Tom Brady Read more

Appeal Set for Tom Brady

It seems Deflategate will continue to drag on into the summer for the NFL and the New England Patriots. The appeal for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension will begin June 23 and the time between now and the appeal will be full of speculation about how the investigation will conclude. The suspension is the result of Brady’s alleged role in the tampering of game balls before the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts last season.

The league denied the NFLPA’s request for Commissioner Roger Goodell to recuse himself from being the arbitrator due to his role in the investigation, but Goodell will be at the helm of yet another controversy in the NFL. The appeal date announcement comes weeks after Patriots owner Robert Kraft decided to begrudgingly accept the steep penalties handed down to his organization. BuzzFeed wrote the punishment is the harshest in NFL history and will include a $1 million fine, loss of a first-round draft pick in 2016, and fourth-round draft pick in 2017.

If Brady’s suspension stands, the four-time Super Bowl Champion will be held out of the first quarter of the season. The NFL controversy has gained national attention in a time when the league and its commissioner are under scrutiny for the way it has handled investigations in the past year. With the appeal scheduled for June 23, there seems to be no end in the near future for the Patriots or the league.

NFL Says Tom Brady Aware of Deflated Balls Read more

NFL Says Tom Brady Aware of Deflated Balls

The big news in the NFL today is that head coach of the New England Patriots, Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft did not seem to have any knowledge of, nor did they participate in the scandal that rocked the end of the 2014 football season.

Tom Brady, quarterback for the Patriots, very likely knew what was going on during the time that the game footballs were being deflated. In the championship game against Indiana’s Colts, it was found that many of the balls had been deflated, which is a violation according to former Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson.

The investigation also found that several attendants to the Patriots were involved in the actual deflation of the game footballs. While it did not say that Brady requested that this happen, it does say that he was generally aware of the violations and did nothing to prevent it from happening. It goes on to suggest that the locker room attendant and equipment assistant likely did not do this without approval. Furthermore, Brady has declined to provide access to alleged text messages to help in the investigation.