Tag: AFC

Tom Brady’s ‘Deflategate’ Appeal Rejected By Federal Court

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected Tom Brady’s attempt to get a new hearing on his “Deflategate” suspension. Brady was asking for the full 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear the case. In April, a three-judge panel said that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was within his powers when he suspended the star quarterback four games for his role in a scheme to doctor the footballs used in a Jan. 18, 2015, playoff game. The decision Wednesday affirms the wide-ranging powers given to the commissioner by the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement and was a...

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Judge puts NFL on hot seat as he belittles ‘Deflategate’

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge put the NFL on the defensive Wednesday over its four-game suspension of Tom Brady, demanding to know what evidence directly links the New England quarterback to deflated footballs and belittling the drama of the controversy. "What is the direct evidence that implicates Mr. Brady?" Judge Richard M. Berman repeatedly asked NFL lawyer Daniel L. Nash at the first hearing in the civil case in Manhattan federal court as Brady and Commissioner Roger Goodell looked on. Nash responded there was "considerable evidence Mr. Brady clearly knew about this," including records of text messages...

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Brady appeal begins at NFL headquarters

NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Brady and representatives from the players’ union are meeting with Commissioner Roger Goodell at NFL headquarters as the New England quarterback appeals his four-game suspension. Brady was suspended by the league for his role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game win over Indianapolis. He arrived at the NFL’s Park Avenue offices Tuesday morning, as did attorney Jeffrey Kessler, who is leading Brady’s defense. The NFL Players Association had asked Goodell to recuse himself from hearing the appeal because he could not be impartial and might be called as a...

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Pats owner Kraft tries to let the air out of ‘Deflategate’

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Robert Kraft isn’t challenging punishments handed to his Patriots in the deflated footballs scandal. The players’ union is ramping up the intensity in its appeal of New England quarterback Tom Brady’s penalties. So what else is left for the owners to consider in “Deflategate?” Well, how the footballs are handled and secured before games certainly is one topic. Given the issues emanating from the AFC championship game, a solution to avoiding future problems needs to be reached soon: these are the last scheduled owners meetings until October. Kraft himself made it clear Tuesday how critical...

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Patriots Coach Says He Doesn’t Know How Balls Were Deflated

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Thursday he doesn’t know how footballs became deflated during the game that got his team to the Super Bowl. But Belichick declined to answer questions after saying he knew nothing until Monday morning about accusations that his team cheated with underinflated footballs in its win against the Colts in the AFC championship game on Sunday night. The NFL is investigating. Belichick said the team is fully cooperating. “I had no knowledge of this situation until Monday morning,” said Belichick, who said he was “shocked” to learn the news. “I would...

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