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Report: Tom Brady appeal won't be heard by Wednesday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's appeal won't be heard by Wednesday, the Associated Press reported, citing sources. 

Brady is appealing his four-game suspension as a result of the investigation into deflated footballs prior to the AFC Championship Game. 

The NFL collective bargaining agreement requires appeals to be heard within 10 days, a window that expires on Wednesday. As of Monday, no hearing had been scheduled. 

Appeals can be heard after the 10-day window, if the league and players union agree to extend the deadline, which is likely to occur in the Brady case. 


Union: Goodell must back off hearing of Patriots QB Tom Brady


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith is growing impatient awaiting word from Roger Goodell on the request of the NFL commissioner to recuse himself as arbitrator of the appeal hearings ofPatriots quarterback Tom Brady.

The league suspended Brady for the first four games next season for his alleged role in the Deflategate scandal, claiming that he likely knew that game balls were being deflated for his benefit before the 2014 AFC title game.

Smith is claiming that neither Goodell nor the Wells Report, which investigated the incident, could legitimately claim impartiality. He added that the NFLPA will "advance the volume" of the request if they don't hear from Goodell by next week. Part of the union's press release reads as follows:

Given a process that has contained procedural violations of our collective bargaining agreement, the Commissioner's role as a central witness in the appeal hearing and his evident partiality with respect to the Wells report, the Commissioner must designate a neutral party to serve as arbitrator in this matter. The players also believe that the Commissioner's history of inconsistently issuing discipline against our players makes him ill-suited to hear this appeal in a fair-minded manner.

As for the Wells Report, Smith stated that "you can't really have credibility just because you slap the word independent on a piece of paper." He offered into evidence the findings in regard to NFL official Walt Anderson, who was a key figure in the investigation, citing one part of the report questions his memory and another credits it.


Jets' Darrelle Revis won't defend Pats' Tom Brady on Deflategate


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Darrelle Revis is in a unique position when it comes to the Deflategate controversy.

When the initial allegation was made following the AFC Championship, Revis was a member of the Patriots and teammates with Tom Brady. Now he's back on the Jets and a rival of the team he won a Super Bowl with this past season. 

When asked by the New York Daily News about the issue, Revis didn't say his old teammate should get a pass

"Everybody's blowing it up because it is Tom Brady," Revis said. "I understand that. But if (the NFL) feels he did the crime or he did something and they want to penalize them, then that's that. (The Patriots) have a history of doing stuff. You can't hide that. ... Tom was there when they did that stuff in the past."

Revis added that if Brady wins his appeal and his suspension is reduced it should be due to new evidence, not because of who he is in relation to the NFL's brand. 

"If I fail a drug test, then I fail a drug test. If I get a DUI, I get a DUI," Revis said. "If Tom gets caught with a DUI, it's a DUI. ... If they are saying that he did what he's done, then the suspension is the suspension. I'm not the commissioner and don't make the rules. If they want to change (the suspension) based on new information or new evidence, then okay, but it should have nothing to do with Tom being the face (of the NFL)."


Roger Goodell will hear appeal of Patriots' Tom Brady


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension will be heard by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell , the league announced on Thursday.

The statement from the NFL read, "Commissioner Goodell will hear the appeal of Tom Brady's suspension in accordance with the process agreed upon with the NFL Players Association in the 2011 collective bargaining agreement." 

Brady's suspension was handed down by NFL Executive Vice President Troy Vincent, not Goodell. 


NFLPA files appeal on behalf of Patriots QB Tom Brady


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Citing perceived inconsistencies in previous disciplinary rulings by the league, the NFL Players Association has filed an appeal on behalf of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. The move was certainly expected.

Brady has been suspended four games for his alleged role in Deflategate. The Wells Report based on an investigation ordered by the league claimed it was "more probable than not" that he had knowledge of footballs being deflated for his benefit before the AFC title game against Indianapolis.

The NFLPA has called for a neutral arbitrator to hear the appeal. It further stated that if the evidence that went into the Wells Report is "direct" and "inculpatory" then the NFL should have no qualms about presenting its case before an independent judge.


Noted attorney Kessler hired to help with Tom Brady appeal


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Embattled Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has taken one major step in following through with an appeal of his Deflategate suspension.

Brady and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) have answered by hiring noted labor attorney Jeffrey Kessler to help with the expected appeal, The Associated Press has reported. Kessler has a long history of success in litigating sports antitrust cases. He was also instrumental in helping establish free agency in the NFL.

The veteran quarterback has until 5 p.m. Thursday to file the appeal.

The NFL has banned Brady for the first four games of the 2015 season after the Wells Report concluded that he was likely aware that footballs were being deflated for his benefit before the AFC Championship game against Indianapolis.

The NFL not only suspended Brady, but fined the Patriots $1 million and stripped them of a first-round draft pick in 2016 and fourth-rounder the following year.

Brady agent Don Yee has made it quite clear that his client plans to appeal.

"I am very confident the Wells Report will be exposed as an incredibly frail exercise in fact-finding and logic," Yee claimed via the Indianapolis Star. "The NFL has a well-documented history of making poor disciplinary decisions that often are overturned when truly independent and neutral judges or arbitrators preside."

Wells fought back at allegations that his investigation was biased.

"The conclusions in the report represent the independent opinion of me personally and my team, and those conclusions were not influenced in any way, shape or form by anyone at the league office," Wells claimed.


Patriots QB Tom Brady suspended four games


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been suspended four games for conduct detrimental to the integrity of the league, the NFL announced.

In addition, New England will lose their first-round draft pick in 2016, a fourth in 2017 and the team was fined $1 million. Brady was considered to have a "more probable than not" knowledge of the deflating of footballs during the 2014 season, including the AFC Championship game against the Colts, according to the Wells Report.

Brady will be able to participate in all off-season, training camp and pre-season activities.

The two team employees, John Jastremski and James McNally have also been suspended indefinitely without pay by the team. Commissioner Roger Goodell came to the decision after consulting multiple parties.

"We reached these decisions after extensive discussion with Troy Vincent and many others," Goodell said. "We relied on the critical importance of protecting the integrity of the game and the thoroughness and independence of the Wells report."

Backup Jimmy Garoppolo will likely take over for Brady in the first four weeks of the season, something his personal passing coach Jeff Cristiansen believes he's ready for.

"From the exchanges I've had with Jimmy, I can tell you Tom's been great with him, and helping him understand NFL defenses, along with the offense," Christiansen said. "He's got nothing but great things to say about the whole situation. He feels very fortunate."


Report: Patriots' Tom Brady suspension coming next week


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will suspend Patriots quarterback Tom Brady with an announcement coming next week, according to a report from the New York Daily News

Though the report states Brady is expected to receive a suspension, the length of games has not been determined. Earlier Friday, CSN New England reported the Patriots fear the NFL will suspend Brady for six to eight games

The Daily News, in its report, speculates Brady could receive a two-game suspension. 

The recent Ted Wells' investigation determined "it is more probable than not that Tom Brady was at least generally aware" that the Patriots were purposefully deflating footballs below the league's minimum requirement in the AFC Championship against the Colts.

Brady denied the Patriots participated in any wrongdoing in a press conference held before the Super Bowl. 

Brady made an appearance at Salem State University as part of a speaker series on Thursday but declined to talk much about the Deflategate controversy.

However, he did answer a question as to whether he thought the Patriots' Super Bowl victory over the Seahawks was tainted as a result to the controversy.

“No, absolutely not," Brady said, via The Boston Globe. "You know, I’ve dealt with a lot of things in the past, I dealt with this three months ago. I’ve dealt with a lot of adversity in my career, and I’m fortunate I have so many people that love me and support me, and certainly I accept my role and responsibility as a public figure, a lot of it you take the good with the bad ... We’ll get through it.”


Report: Patriots worried Tom Brady could be suspended 6-8 games


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) The Patriots are concerned that quarterback Tom Brady could face a suspension ranging from six and eight games, according to a report from CSN New England. 

Any punishment from the NFL would result from the recent Ted Wells report, which stated "it is more probable than not that Tom Brady was at least generally aware" that footballs were deflated below the league's minimum requirement against the Colts in the AFC Championship.

Following the AFC Championship and leading up to the Super Bowl, Brady told reporters he was confident that no one in the Patriots organization broke any rules. Footballs must be inflated to 12.5 PSI to meet league standards. Footballs tested at halftime in the AFC Championship game were underinflated. 

Brady made an appearance at Salem State University as part of a speaker series on Thursday but declined to talk much about the Deflategate controversy.

However, he did answer a question as to whether he thought the Patriots' Super Bowl victory over the Seahawks was tainted as a result to the controversy.

“No, absolutely not," Brady said, via The Boston Globe. "You know, I’ve dealt with a lot of things in the past, I dealt with this three months ago. I’ve dealt with a lot of adversity in my career, and I’m fortunate I have so many people that love me and support me, and certainly I accept my role and responsibility as a public figure, a lot of it you take the good with the bad ... We’ll get through it.”


Tom Brady's agent rips Wells report on Patriots QB


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/7/2015) The agent for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who was found in the Wells Report to be "generally aware" of ball tampering done by team employees, said the report was "a significant and terrible disappointment" in a statement released Thursday. 

Don Yee, who represents Brady, said that the NFL collaborated with the Colts on a "sting operation" in order to trap Brady and that the league and investigator Ted Wells had a conflict of interest given his law firm's work with the league. 

Brady refused to provide text messages, emails and phone records, so the report relied on communications between the quarterback and equipment assistant John Jastremski. But Yee said the process left out most of Brady's in-person testimony. 

"For reasons unknown, the Wells report omitted nearly all of Tom's testimony, most of which was critical because it would have provided this report with the context that it lacks," Yee wrote. 

Several outlets have reported that Brady faces discipline of some sort for his role in the controversy.


Deflategate report finds Patriots QB Tom Brady 'generally aware'


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Attorney Ted Wells, who headed the investigation into the Deflategate scandal involving the Patriots, has concluded that "it is more probable than not" that team personnel "deliberately violated playing rules" by deflating game balls for their AFC Championship rout of Indianapolis.

>> Latest on Wells Report: CBS News

Wells went on to express his belief that Patriots locker room attendant Jim McNally and equipment assistant John Jastremski deliberately released air from the balls after they had been examined by the referee.

The 243-page report vindicated the upper echelon of the organization, but not quarterback Tom Brady, who declined to hand over his phone to Wells, according to the report.

"We do not believe there was any wrongdoing or knowledge of wrongdoing by Patriots ownership, (coach) Bill Belichick or other Pats coach," it read. "...It also is our view that it is more probable than not that Tom Brady ... was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities of McNally and Jastremski involving the release of air from Patriots game balls."

The NFL, which now has the report, is considering discipline against Brady, McNally and Jastremski, a source close to the investigation has told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Meanwhile, Patriots owner Robert Kraft is sticking with his sentiment that the organization did nothing wrong and that the investigation lacked evidence.

"I was convinced that Ted Wells' investigation would find the same factual evidence supported by both scientific formala and independent research as we did and would ultimately exonerate the Patriots," Kraft wrote. "Based on the explanations I have heard and the studies that have been done, I don't know how the science of atmospheric conditions can be refuted or how conclusions to the contrary can be drawn without some definite evidence."


Tom Brady wants to give MVP truck to Patriots teammate


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/3/2015) Tom Brady was named MVP of Super Bowl XLIX, but the Patriots quarterback wants to reward a teammate that saved the game. 

Brady's MVP honor included a red 2015 Chevrolet Colorado truck. Since he wouldn't have won the game or his third Super Bowl MVP honor without a game-saving interception by defensive back Malcolm Butler, Brady wants to share the wealth.

"I I would love to give him the truck," Brady said on Boston's WEEI radio, Tuesday morning. "I would love to do that. I’m going to figure out how to make that work." 

Butler made an interception on the Patriots' goal line in the final minute, preventing the Seahawks from scoring a game-winning touchdown. 


Four-time Super Bowl champ Brady not thinking about retirement


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2015) Before the 2015 NFL season kicks off, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will celebrate his 38th birthday on Aug. 3. After winning his fourth Super Bowl on Sunday, it was just another milestone added to a Hall-of-Fame career, and leaving many to speculate if Brady is considering going out on top and retiring after 15 NFL seasons.

Well, Brady has said before he wants to play into his 40s, and it doesn't seem his outlook has changed.

"I love doing it so I don't want it to end anytime soon," Brady said, per CSNNE.com. "A lot of the decisions I make in my life are how to sustain it. It takes a commitment in and of itself. You gotta put it in the bank as coach always says so that it's there when you need it.

"I'm still kind of in the midst of my career so I just love the game. I love playing. I love representing our team."


Patriots' Tom Brady throws four touchdowns en route to MVP


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/1/2015) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady tossed four touchdowns during Super Bowl 49.

Brady completed 37 of 50 passes for 328 yards and four scores during the contest. Brady had some struggles during the contest, but was able to overcome. He threw two early interceptions, but remained strong as the game went on. With the Patriots trailing by 10 points, Brady was able to lead his team back in the fourth quarter. He threw a 4 yard touchdown to bring his team within three points with eight minutes left, and then led the game-winning touchdown drive on the team's next offensive possession. For his efforts, Brady was named the Super Bowl 49 MVP. 


LOOK: Brandon LaFell scores first touchdown of Super Bowl 49


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(2/1/2015)

The Patriots methodically matriculated their way down the field to grab a 7-0 lead over the Seahawks with 9:47 left in the second quarter.

Picking on replacement cornerback Tharold Simon, Tom Brady threw an 11-yard slant to Brandon LaFell for his 50th career postseason touchdown pass. It was Brady's 10th Super Bowl scoring toss, second only to Joe Montana's 11.

Simon was playing for Jeremy Lane, who hurt his arm after intercepting Brady in the end zone. Simon also gave up Julian Edelman's 23-yard gainer on the drive.

LaFell, by the way, was a 12-to-1 long shot at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook to score the game's first touchdown.


Tom Brady, Akeem Ayers get the green light for Super Bowl Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/1/2015) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (ankle) and linebackers Akeem Ayers (knee) and Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) are active and set to play in the Super Bowl Sunday against the Seahawks, the team announced.

All three were considered probable and in no real danger of missing the game Sunday. Brady threw for 4,109 yards with 33 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 2014.

Patriots center Bryan Stork is also active after being upgraded to probable for the game Saturday.

The game is currently pick'em between New England and Seattle Sunday.


Patriots fairly healthy heading into Super Bowl Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) The Patriots will be at nearly full strength for Sunday’s Super Bowl as the following players have been listed as probable: Tom Brady (ankle), Dont’a Hightower (shoulder), Chris Jones (elbow), Akeem Ayers (knee), Darrelle Revis (non-injury-related) and Sealver Siliga (foot).

All except Brady were limited participants in practice Friday. The only question mark is center Bryan Stork, who is questionable with a knee injury and was limited in practice Friday.

The Patriots are currently 1-point favorites against Seattle.


Tom Brady on Peyton Manning: 'I certainly hope he comes back'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2015) While the football world anxiously awaits official word from Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning about his playing status for the 2015 season, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady -- and longtime Manning rival -- said Thursday he hopes the five-time NFL MVP will continue his career.

"What a great player he's been for this league," Brady said Thursday, per NFL.com. "He's a great competitor, and I've been fortunate to play against him a bunch of times. I certainly hope he comes back, 'cause the league will miss him if he doesn't. But those decisions are up to him. I'm sure it's up to whether he's mentally and physically -- that's what he wants to do. But I certainly hope he's back."

Archie Manning, Peyton's father, told NFL Network on Thursday that his son hasn't made a decision yet.

"Well, Peyton evaluates things; he's pretty good at that," he said. "I can't tell him what to do, and he hasn't told me what he's going to do. But I do know that he's really giving a lot of things a lot of thought. He's thinking about where he is physically, he wants to see how he can do this some more, trying to get over an injury."

Archie added starting over with new Broncos coach Gary Kubiak will not be an issue for Peyton, if he decides to return next season.

"Yeah, but he loves Gary. He likes Gary," Archie Manning said. "He liked John Fox. He liked Adam Gase. All those things, I think, are considered with. But my deal is he's always made good decisions; he's pretty thorough. He's going to evaluate a lot of things, and I think he'll make a good decision."


Patriots QB Tom Brady expects to be 100 percent by Super Bowl


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2015) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who has been dealing with a cold for about a week, said Thursday he is feeling "pretty good." Brady is still expecting to be OK for the Super Bowl.

"I've been through it plenty of times," Brady said of having a cold, per NFL Network. "But I'm glad it happened early in the week. I expect to be 100 percent by Sunday."

Brady is 3-2 in five Super Bowl appearances. He has completed 127 of 197 passes for 1,277 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions. He also has a 93.8 quarterback rating and hasn't had lower than a 86.2 quarterback rating in five Super Bowl starts.

As of Thursday, the Patriots remain 1-point favorites for Sunday's game against the Seahawks.


Pats QB Tom Brady fighting a cold


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(1/28/2015) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who's been battling a cold for nearly a week, said he expects to be fine for Super Bowl 49 on Sunday. Brady sniffled often during his news conference Wednesday.

The Patriots are 1-point favorites over Seattle after opening as 2.5-point underdogs.


Patriots' Tom Brady on Deflategate: 'My feelings got hurt'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2015) If you have been out of the loop for the last week, then you might be unaware the Patriots have been under a lot of scrutiny since the AFC title game due to improperly inflated footballs used against the Colts. The media hoopla has transformed the controversy into what we know as Deflategate.

If you haven't been out of the loop, then you are well aware of the nonstop coverage it has received the last week and despite the Patriots pleas for it to go away, it just won't.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has had to deal with the backlash from Deflategate, and he found himself talking about the subject again Monday morning during an interview with WEEI.

“It’s all speculation,” Brady said. “I’ve tried to wrap my head around it, too. I’ve done that and I’m trying to move past that, because I continue to try to rehash things. I personalized a lot of things and thought this was all about me, and my feelings got hurt. Then I moved past it, because it’s not serving me. What’s serving me is try to prepare for the game ahead. I’ll deal with whatever happens later. I’ll have my opportunity to try to figure out what happened and figure out a theory like everyone else is trying to do. But this isn’t the time for that. Honestly, I’m not interested in trying to find out right now, because we have the biggest game of our season ahead.”

One topic Brady didn't have a problem addressing was the speculation coach Bill Belichick threw him under the bus during a press conference on Thursday. But Brady came to the defense of Belichick, who has won three Super Bowls as the Patriots coach.

“I’ve never once felt that we’re not on the same page,” Brady said. “He’s a great coach. He’s the only coach I’ve ever played for; he’s the only coach I’d ever want to play for. There’s a lot of people over the years that have criticized him, but I’d say there’s not one player who’s ever played for him who’s not had an unbelievable amount of respect for him and how he prepares and his diligence and his preparation."


Patriots' Tom Brady meeting with NFL after Super Bowl 49


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady doesn't expect to meet with the NFL until after Super Bowl XLIX, according to NFL.com.

The Patriots have been in the headlines all week due to Deflategate, and it appears the situation won't be resolved until after the season. "I believe they're going to do [a meeting] after the season," Brady said. "So we'll deal with it after this game. I think everybody is locked in, ready to go for the Super Bowl." Both Brady and coach Bill Belichick have held separate press conferences during the week to deny the team's involvement in deflating their footballs. 

The Patriots are subject to punishment from the NFL if the league finds any wrongdoing during the investigation. 


Tom Brady the lone full participant for Pats in Thursday's practice


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (ankle) was the only full participant in Thursday's practice in preparation for the Super Bowl on Feb. 1 against the Seahawks, according to 710 AM ESPN Radio in Seattle.

Cornerback Brandon Browner (knee), linebacker Dont'a Hightower (shoulder), defensive tackle Chris Jones (elbow), wide receiver Brandon LaFell (shoulder, toe), defensive lineman Sealver Siliga (foot) and center Bryan Stork (knee) were all limited participants.


Tom Brady: 'Didn't alter the ball in any way'


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(1/22/2015) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady told a jam-packed room of reporters he "didn't alter the ball in any way" for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Colts.

"When I pick the footballs out [before the game], at that point to me they're perfect," he said. "I don't want anyone touching the balls after that. ... That's what I expect when I show up on the field."

Brady said he would "never do anything outside the rules of play" and had "no knowledge of any wrongdoing" by anyone on the Patriots' staff. Brady said he likes the footballs inflated to 12.5 pounds per square inch of pressure, the minimum of the legal 12.5-13.5 range.

The NFL found 11 of 12 game balls the Patriots used in the first half against Indy were significantly underinflated after being deemed legal before the game, according to ESPN. The league is investigating and has yet to release its findings. Brady said he had not been contacted by the NFL.

Although the refs replaced the underinflated footballs for the second half, Brady insisted he didn't notice any difference. "From the first half to the second half, I didn't think twice about it," he said. "Once I approved the ball, that's the ball I expected out there on the field."

Earlier Thursday, coach Bill Belichick said he was shocked to learn of the allegations Monday morning and that he had "no knowledge of the situation whatsoever." Belichick said Brady would be in better position to address the issue.

"Tom's personal preferences on his footballs are something that he can talk about in much better detail and information than I could possibly provide," Belichick said.

NBC News reported Brady met with teammates Thursday afternoon, told them he prefers footballs "a certain way" and urged them to remain focused on the Super Bowl. In his news conference, Brady declined to say what he told his teammates.

And how the footballs got underinflated, he said, is a mystery to him.

"I'm not a conspiracy theorist. I don't know what happened," Brady said. "I have no explanation for it."


Patriots C Bryan Stork would have missed practice Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) The Patriots released a hypothetical Wednesday practice report during the bye week, with center Bryan Stork being listed as a DNP due to a knee injury.

Quarterback Tom Brady also appeared on the report with an ankle injury but would have participated fully in practice.

Five players would have been limited if the Patriots would have held practice Wednesday, including wide receiver Brandon LaFell (shoulder, toe), defensive linemen Chris Jones (elbow) and Sealver Siliga (foot), linebacker Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) and cornerback Brandon Browner (knee).

New England is a 1-point favorite against Seattle in Super Bowl XLIX after opening as an underdog.