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NFL upholds Tom Brady's four-game suspension


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2015) NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the four-game suspension of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, the NFL announced Tuesday.

Brady had been appealing the suspension after he was suspended for four games in May following his alleged involvement in under inflating game balls.

During the investigation, it was revealed that Brady destroyed his cell phone, which was allegedly used to communicate with equipment managers regarding the air pressure in the ball.

"[Roger] Goodell found that Brady's deliberate destruction of potentially relevant evidence went beyond a mere failure to cooperate in the investigation and supported a finding that he had sought to hide evidence of his own participation in the underlying scheme to alter the footballs," the NFL said in a statement.


Report: Tom Brady discusses settlement with NFL


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2015) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his representatives have discussed reaching a settlement with the NFL over his four-game suspension, sources told Pro Football Talk.

Brady is in the process of appealing his four-game suspension over Deflategate. Even if the suspension is upheld, Brady is reportedly prepared to fight the suspension through the court system.


Goodell doesn't have timetable for decision on Tom Brady's appeal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2015) NFL commissioner Roger Goodell still doesn't have a timetable to render a decision on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension for his involvement in the Deflategate scandal, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

“We are focused on it,” Goodell said Tuesday. “We are obviously being very thorough and want to make sure we consider all aspects of his appeal. We will make a decision as quickly as possible.

“There is no timeline. We want to make sure we have a fair and open process."


Goodell says Tom Brady's appeal decision could happen next week


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2015) NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told CNBC on Thursday that a decision regarding Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension for his ties to the Deflategate scandal could happen next week.

Brady went through an 11-hour appeal of his suspension during a meeting with Goodell and the league on June 23.


Tom Brady appeal hearing ends after nearly 11 hours


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2015) The appeal hearing for Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady over his "deflate-gate" suspension ended on Tuesday after nearly 11 hours. 

NFL executive Greg Aiello tweeted, "The Tom Brady appeal hearing concluded tonight after 10 hours of testimony. No further hearings are scheduled."

NFL Players Association attorney Jeffrey Kessler said that the union presented a "compelling case" and that Brady was present until "the bitter end," per CNN's Rachel Nichols

Brady didn't speak or testify at the hearing, per the New York Post

There is no timetable for Roger Goodell to make a ruling on the appeal. Greg Hardy's appeal was heard on May 28, and no ruling has been released on that case yet. 


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.