Tom Brady QB NE 1 week ago

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady authorized the NFL Players Association on Tuesday to appeal the league's upholding of his four-game suspension in federal court, according to ESPN.com. Brady previously appealed the suspension, which was handed down for his violation of the league's Policy on Integrity of the Game, but he did not receive a reduced punishment. The NFL upheld the suspension based on new information that he intentionally disposed of potentially relevant evidence after it was discovered Brady had his phone destroyed prior to meeting with investigators. Brady is expected to pursue an injunction that would allow him to play while the legal process unfolds, but it is unclear at this time how likely he would be to receive one. The veteran is currently scheduled to miss the first four games of the season and would return in Week 6 against the Indianapolis Colts.

Tom Brady QB NE 1 week ago

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had his four-game suspension upheld by the NFL on Tuesday, according to the Boston Herald. Brady was suspended for violating the league's Policy on Integrity of the Game, stemming from his alleged role in "Deflategate", and had appealed the ruling in June. The 37-year-old had been working on a settlement with the league that could have reduced his suspension, but new information became available that revealed he had impeded the investigation by ordering his cell phone to be destroyed. "On or shortly before March 6, the day that Tom Brady met with independent investigator Ted Wells and his colleagues, Brady directed that the cell phone he had used for the prior four months be destroyed," the NFL announced. "He did so even though he was aware that the investigators had requested access to text messages and other electronic information that had been stored on that phone. ‎During the four months that the cell phone was in use, Brady had exchanged nearly 10,000 text messages, none of which can now be retrieved from that device. The destruction of the cell phone was not disclosed until June 18, almost four months after the investigators had first sought electronic information from Brady." Brady will now be eligible to return for Week 6 of the regular season.

Tom Brady QB NE 1 month ago

Though Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension concluded Tuesday evening, NFL.com suggests that Commissioner Roger Goodell is unlikely to make a ruling on the matter before next weekend.

Brady was suspended last month by the NFL for the first four games of the coming season for his reported role in "Deflategate." Per the Boston Herald, Brady and his legal team appeared confident they had presented a "compelling" case, while acknowledging that it remains unclear as to when the league's ruling will be handed down. While some reduction of Brady's punishment remains a potential outcome, in the meantime, second-year quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is on track to fill in for the Patriots to begin the team's 2015 regular-season slate.

Tom Brady QB NE 2 months ago

An appeal hearing for Brady's four-game suspension is slated to be held June 23, the Boston Herald reports.

Earlier this month, Brady was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the coming season for his reported role in "Deflategate." The report notes that, if necessary, Brady's hearing could run to June 25. Either way, there should be added clarity with regard to the quarterback's early-season availability in advance of training camp -- which opens on July 29 -- with a reduction of his penalty a possible outcome. In the meantime, Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo are splitting reps in OTAs, with the Patriots in the process of prepping Garoppolo to fill in for Brady out of the gate to open the 2015 season.

Tom Brady QB NE 3 months ago

Though the NFL Players Association had called for an independent arbitrator to hear the case, commissioner Roger Goodell is slated to preside over Brady's appeal of the four-game suspension handed to him by the league on Monday, ESPN.com reports. "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," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello relayed in a statement on Thursday.

In the wake of the 243-page report submitted by league-appointed attorney Ted Wells, Brady was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the coming season for his reported role in"Deflategate." At this stage, a timetable for Brady's appeal hearing is not yet in place, but a reduction of the quarterback's punishment remains a potential outcome. In the meantime, however, second-year signal-caller Jimmy Garoppolo is on track to start at QB for the Patriots when the team opens its 2015 regular-season slate.

Tom Brady QB NE 3 months ago

Brady will appeal the four-game suspension handed to him by the NFL on Monday, the Associated Press reports.

Monday's ruling relayed that Brady is in line to be suspended for the first four games of the coming season "for violations of the NFL Policy on Integrity of the Game and Enforcement of Competitive Rules relating to the use of under-inflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game." While Brady has yet to publicly comment on the NFL's decision, his agent, Don Yee, has ripped the ruling, suggesting that if his client's appeal is heard by a neutral party, the Wells report "will be exposed as an incredibly frail exercise in fact-finding and logic." In any case, a timetable for a ruling on Brady's appeal has not yet been established, but a reduction of his suspension could be a plausible outcome. For the time being though, backup Jimmy Garoppolo is penciled in to start at QB for the first quarter of the Patriots' 2015 regular season schedule.

Tom Brady QB NE 3 months ago

Brady has been suspended for the first four games of the 2015 NFL season for "violations of the NFL Policy on Integrity of the Game," according to NFL.com.

Monday's ruling follows the release of independent investigator Ted Wells' report, which noted that it was "more probable than not" that Brady was "at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities" pertaining to the reported deflation of Patriots' game balls during the AFC Championship Game. The report further relays that the team will also be fined $1 million and will lose a 2016 first-round draft pick, as well as a 2017 fourth-round choice. It remains to be seen if an appeal could result in a reduction of Brady's suspension, but as it stands, Jimmy Garoppolo is now in line to start at QB for the first quarter of the Patriots' 2015 regular season slate.

Tom Brady QB NE 3 months ago

According to the New York Daily News, Brady will be suspended for his alleged role in New England deflating footballs.

Reporter Gary Myers writes that Roger Goodell will likely announce his decision on Brady next week. Myers added that "It is no longer a matter of if the NFL commissioner will suspend Brady, but for how long he will suspend him," and that Goodell could choose to discipline Brady for both the cheating allegations and also Brady's refusal to cooperate with the investigation into the matter. If Brady misses time, 2014 second-round pick Jimmy Garoppolo will start.

Tom Brady QB NE 3 months ago

Following the release of Ted Wells' report, which notes that "it is more probable than not" that Patriots locker room personnel deflated footballs during the AFC Championship Game, ESPN's Adam Schefter suggests that Brady could face league discipline, the Boston Globe reports.

It remains to be seen, what, if any discipline Brady might face from the league, but ESPN.com suggests via Schefter that a call on that front could be "days" away. The Wells' report concludes that "based on the evidence, it also is our view that it is more probable than not that Brady was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities of Jim McNally (Officials Locker Room attendant) and John Jastremski (equipment assistant for the Patriots) involving the release of air from Patriots game balls." Brady is coming off a 2014 regular season in which he threw for 4,109 passing yards to go along with 33 TDs and nine picks in 16 games for the eventual Super Bowl Champions.

Tom Brady QB NE 6 months ago

Brady won his third Super Bowl MVP award on Sunday, completing 37-of 50 passes for 328 yards, with four touchdowns and two interceptions.

Brady had two bad interceptions on throws he shouldn't have attempted, but he otherwise carved up the NFL's best defense with an onslaught of short passes. While he did miss one easy toss for a touchdown, Brady was mostly very accurate on his short throws, which allowed his receivers to pick up some extra yardage. He's now one of three quarterbacks to win four Super Bowls as a starter, after posting an 11:4 TD:INT ratio over New England's three playoff games. Arguably the most accomplished player in NFL history, Brady has nothing left to prove but is simply too effective to retire. While he might consider hanging his cleats up with a fifth Super Bowl victory, there's little question that he'll be back for at least one more season, and likely more than that. The Patriots have a manageable cap situation, so they'll likely enter 2015 as the favorites to come out of the AFC.