NFL Loses Favor With Judge In ‘Deflategate’ Case

Rosenberg sketched New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in Manhattan federal court at a hearing dealing with his NFL suspension.


Brady and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell were in court Wednesday, but didn’t show for the talks Thursday.

Brady was in Manhattan federal court for a hearing and settlement talks in his suit challenging the NFL’s decision to suspend him for four games over the “Deflategate” scandal.

Brady is now appealing the NFL’s four game suspension. and he’s standing by his word. A smattering of boos could be heard when Goodell arrived and shouts of “Give ’em hell, Tom!” were heard when Brady walked past the gathering.

Brady was banned for the first four games of the upcoming NFL season for using underinflated footballs in the first half of the AFC Championship game, a 45-7 rout against the Indianapolis Colts.

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Brady, his head lowered, looked dour throughout a hearing that lasted about 1 hour, 20 minutes.

NFLPA attorney Jeffrey Kessler contended that the NFL had insufficient evidence to punish Brady, and that the league’s collective bargaining agreement does not specify that a player can be suspended for what amounts to an equipment violation.

Nash had to admit that no evidence exists where Brady directly ordered a team employee to deflate the balls. And while 72% said they thought the Patriots had deliberately deflated footballs, only 16% said they were upset with the Super Bowl champions over the allegations. He made statements on Wednesday in open court that sounded a bit like threats to both sides.

This is what it’s come to in this never-ending national nightmare: Brady and Goodell can’t stand the sight of each other.

Their regular season begins at home on September 10, in a nationally televised game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Nash said there was “considerable evidence Mr. Brady clearly knew about this”, but he conceded there was no “smoking gun”.

When asked about how her work had been mocked over Twitter, she simply stated: “At least they can figure out which one is Tom Brady“.

“He hardly looked up at all”, she said, adding with a bit more sarcasm that the athlete does not seem to be interested in what is happening around him. After Berman questioned both sides, there was a long, private discussion; it’s unclear how much progress was made.


Berman is scheduled to meet with the two parties on Wednesday and again on August 19 if no settlement has been agreed.

New England Patriot's quarterback Tom Brady arrives for his appeal hearing at NFL headquarters in New York. The NFL Players Union has sued to get a judge to void NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's four-game suspensi