Goodell, Brady have damaged reputations, need to settle

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady arrives at federal court, Wednesday in New York. Brady and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell explained to a judge why a controversy over underinflated footballs at last season's AFC conference championship game is spilling into a new season. (AP photo)

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady arrives at federal court Wednesday in New York. Brady and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell met with a judge in settlement hearing over the issue known as “DeflateGate.” (AP photo)

As is often the case when two people hate each other, Roger Goodell and Tom Brady have a lot more in common than they probably realize or would care to admit: 1) They’re both obstinate and believe they can do no wrong: 2) They’re both wrong.

Goodell and Brady, with each probably burning holes in the other with fiery glares Wednesday, met in a settlement hearing in a New York court room. There was no settlement, but also no casualties. U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman urged both sides to reach a settlement over the “DeflateGate” matter because otherwise he would to it for them, leaving at least one party unhappy (and most likely both).

“I think there are varying strengths to both sides here,” he said.

He’s right. Goodell and Brady need to settle and get this over with because it has lasted for an absurd length of time. The story of Brady allegedly throwing intentionally under inflated footballs broke seven months ago following the AFC title game between New England and Indianapolis in January. It’s not quite the length of the Watergate investigation but it’s moving in that direction.

Goodell, using his unilateral super powers, has suspended Brady for the first four games of the seasons. I’m guessing that will be reduced. It should be. Here’s why:

• WHY GOODELL NEEDS TO CAVE: He’s the man. He knows he’s the man. The CBA appears to make him the man in every way possible. Problem is he hasn’t looked good at various stages of this process and this is after he looked very bad in the Ray Rice case. Goodell seemingly hasn’t taken responsibility for ESPN being leaked false information for a report that stated 11 of the Patriots’ 12 footballs’ in the AFC title game were under inflated by two PSI (which proved to be an overstatement). It’s logical to assume the commissioner also is holding “Spygate” and other instances of the Patriots coloring outside the lines against them. And, well, he doesn’t like when people are less than honest with him – ask Michael Vick — and Brady certainly has come off as less than honest.

• WHY BRADY NEEDS TO CAVE: He cheated. Of course he cheated. I don’t care if the Wells’ investigation was financed by the NFL, nor do I care if that one ESPN report was wrong. There’s certainly enough evidence to suggest Brady ordered that air be taken out of footballs, most notably in the text message exchange between two Patriots employees that is contained in the Wells’ report. Is this the worst offense in the sports world? No. But as we’ve learned, the lying and the cover-up often are worse than the crime. Had Brady said from the outset, “I did it,” or even maintained that he didn’t fully understand the rule but admitted some measure of culpability, it wouldn’t have gotten nearly this far. He might not have even been suspended. So what is he protecting? His legacy, of course. His ego is getting in the way of clear rational thought. But the best way for Brady to limit further damage is to end this and agree to a settlement.

Reducing the suspension to two games seems fair. NFL players have been suspended four games for far worse things than deflating footballs.

Goodell and Brady both need to repair their images. A settlement would be a good place to start.

This is still the most entertaining thing to come out of “DeflateGate”

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28 comments
JSSN
JSSN

I thought that the immature bloggers had all skipped town, but wishing injuries on someone is not cool!


Moneyball
Moneyball

I wouldn't wish that on anyone except a cheater or an a-hole blogger. I assume you're not a cheater.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@JSSN

Only the immature ones who used to be able to post on Dawg blogs.

JSSN
JSSN

@DawgNole

Ha ha, "Cottage Industry" bloggers who do not believe in the "duality of the Universe" in that case?

Moneyball
Moneyball

Brady is guilty as hell but I hope he is cleared in court, then sustains a career-ending injury on hist first snap from scrimmage.

SaulK
SaulK

who's hotter: tom's supermodel wife or belicheck's young girlfriend???

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

This is not and never was about deflated footballs. If the NFL cared about the PSI league officials would supply the gameballs like MLB umps do. Once the game ball was challenged it should have been thrown out of the game, end of story. At most this should have been a minor infraction fine on the team, not Brady, because they can't prove he did it.

At this stage I'm rooting for Brady to sue and win big. The NFL needs to clean up their act and stop letting ESPN run their business. Given the money, power, and social status of the owners, the behavior of the NFL front office is just juvenile and pathetic.

Wilbo
Wilbo

Idiots everywhere, but isn't the biased little fruitcake jerkovitz who wrote this article right at the bottom of the pile?


Schultz, you little simpering hater scum, how do you look at yourself in the mirror?


And does this paper not care even a little bit about whether the things published in it have some basic in fact or research?

Tony M
Tony M

I can tolerate fans of other teams that say Brady cheated or he should settle...blah blah blah...that's just rivalry talking.  What irritates me is the huge number of media types who keep letting the NFL off the hook and have not read any of the reports released on the subject.  THIS IS YOUR JOB AND YOU"RE HORRIBLE AT IT.  I mean talk about integrity, the NFL didn't investigate Brady, they targeted Brady.

RichardKPE
RichardKPE

@Tony M You mean like how this author links to his evidence of the text messages except the link goes to his own friggin collumn?

RichardKPE
RichardKPE

Why Brady needs to cave?  Are you serious?  He doesn't need to cave.  He needs to issue Goodell an epic smack down.  Maybe have Goodell pull Brady on a rickshaw through the streets of Boston letting the Patriot fans throw rotten tomatoes at him.  


If you're still on the NFL's side (and what planet are you on?) you're part of the problem.  Goodell is a lying scum bag.  He has willfully damaged the reputation of one of his teams, and one of the most marketable stars with zero evidence of wrong doing.  The guy makes up his own rules as he goes, and no NFL player should stand for it.


I hope Brady sues him for defamation of character.  I hope Goodell suspends himself for conduct detrimental to the integrity of the shield.

Tyrone_Biggums1
Tyrone_Biggums1

Brady certainly didn't cheat.  Anyone who believes that he did hasn't read the facts.  

ATL89
ATL89

Goodell rep has improved a little with his last decision to uphold Brady's 4 game suspension, but Brady's rep is in the toilet because he got caught cheating, won't own up to cheating, and refuse to accept punishment for cheating. He'll probably go to the NFL HOF, but nobody is going to respect his place there.

BertnErnie
BertnErnie

Is there any way possible, is there anything I can do, to not hear or see the likeness, image, facsimile, imprint or person of Tom Brady or Roger Goodell for at least 36 mos?

Gov-waste
Gov-waste

Brady thinks he is bigger than the game itself.

AtlantaSportsVictory
AtlantaSportsVictory

Throw the book at Tom Shady. Don't give in. He could have ended all of this MONTHS ago, but his actions have prolonged this whole thing, all to protect his ego and image. 

JSSN
JSSN

You folks keep letting Roger Goodell and the NFL Management Council off the hook. This mess has been going on since he sat in front of House Subcommittee looking into head injuries and chronic health problems and straight up lied. Why do you expect him to change now? The media and segments of bystanders lauded when he went ape on Vick (Vick aided him by being straight stupid in his actions before his sentencing). He (Goodell) was never held to light for his actions during the lockout. His bosses rewarded him. The media rewarded him as well. The most shocking thing has been that people jumped to pat him on the back when he went after the big bad Patriots, like the Saints before them. Yet, anytime one of his decisions has gone before a legal tribunal, his actions are either overturned or greatly reduced. Trying to be Kennesaw Mountain Landis in the 21st century is the epitome of arrogance.

As far as it goes for Brady, he is going to get a pass in this matter because Goodell has mucked this up again. Unlike his compatriots, Smith, Hardy, and Peterson, he knew where and how to strike Goodell and the NFL. I said it before, they better strike a deal, I don't think the NFL is going to like what happens if it comes before the judge. "Conjecture" is not "evidence."

tmc
tmc

"There’s certainly enough evidence to suggest Brady ordered that air be taken out of footballs, most notably in the text message exchange between two Patriots employees that is contained in the Wells’ report."


This is a false statement by Jeff Schultz. 
The texts he is refering to was weeks before the playoffs and were NEVER attributed to include Brady. It was after a Jet's game in bad weather where Brady said the footballs were way over inflated and later confirmed to be 16 psi. Which is when Brady said he learned of the 12.5-13.5 psi range and told his equipment guy to put the footballs at 12.5 psi. ALL consistent with what the equipment guy and Brady have said since day 1 of the investigation and the Wells report could not dispute.
How is that "certainly enough evidence to suggest Brady ordered that air be taken out of footballs..."
Give me a freggin break Schultz.

PITTFAN
PITTFAN

@tmc 

I find it extremely hard to believe that a quarterback in the NFL wouldn't know how a ball was to be inflated.  

Wilbo
Wilbo

@tmc Anybody surprised by a false statement by Schultz, probably isn't a reader of this dimwit's blog.

tmc
tmc

Brady's "bad reputation" is because the NFL is leaking false information. Goodell and the NFL is the one who have been shady in every ruling for the last 4 or 5 years, but Brady gets the bad label? I don't buy it. This whole thing has been blown up by the NFL & Goodell and they are the one's leaking wrong information and withholding and ruling based on false information.

All non-Patriots fans are just jealous of Brady and want to sully his reputation because they hate the Patriots. PERIOD.

Paul Quirk
Paul Quirk

"There’s certainly enough evidence to suggest Brady ordered that air be taken out of footballs, most notably in the text message exchange between two Patriots employees..." 


Nash: "Is there a text in which Mr. Brady instructs someone to put a needle in a football? No there is not such direct evidence."


Another impartial article on Deflategate, huh?  Try using facts to write your story... oh, I forgot, nobody would read it or even care about this story if you did.