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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks to reporters during the NFL's spring meetings in San Francisco, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Goodell wants to hear directly from Brady in appeal

Thursday, May 21, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said yesterday it’s his responsibility to hear directly from New England quarterback Tom Brady in his appeal of his four-game suspension in the deflated footballs case. Goodell said he has not had time to study a request from the players’ union that he recuse himself from the appeal because he has been focused …

Patriots: Finally, high road traveled

Thursday, May 21, 2015

In yesterday’s Monitor, my colleague and friend Ray Duckler wrote about Patriots owner Robert Kraft accepting his team’s punishment for Deflategate. Duckler wrote that Kraft’s decision not to appeal the NFL’s disciplinary action had the distinctive stink of disingenuous back-room deals and guilt. That’s not what I smell. Kraft’s decision to end “this …

Kraft: Patriots won’t appeal team’s fine, draft penalties

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO – Now that Patriots owner Robert Kraft is not appealing his team’s punishments in the deflated footballs scandal, only his quarterback’s challenge remains. Moments after Kraft said yesterday he won’t oppose the $1 million fine and loss of two draft choices the NFL penalized the team for its role in using …

Ray Duckler: Patriots owner Robert Kraft caves, leaving a foul smell

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Inhale deeply. Do you smell it, the pungent odor of B.S. that’s worked its way from San Francisco to Concord? My eyes are watering, my betta fish went belly up and I saw a bunch of cows in …

NFL owners meet with more than deflated footballs on their agenda

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO – What offseason? There hasn’t been a week – make that a day – since the Super Bowl that the NFL hasn’t made news. As the owners gather this week at their spring meetings, their plate …

‘Deflategate’ appeal could test powers of NFL commissioner

Sunday, May 17, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – This is no longer about deflated footballs. Tom Brady signaled in his appeal of his “Deflategate” suspension that he will put NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s credibility on trial, further inflating the stakes in what started …

Brady, union threaten Goodell with lawsuit in ‘Deflategate’

Saturday, May 16, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady’s lawyers demanded that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recuse himself from the Super Bowl MVP’s “Deflategate” appeal and threatened to go to court unless the four-game suspension is overturned. Laying out the grounds for …

Brady appeals suspension on deflated balls; Pats rebut NFL

Friday, May 15, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady appealed the four-game suspension he was handed for his role in using deflated footballs during the AFC championship game, and the players union urged Commissioner Roger Goodell to appoint a …

Colts taking quiet approach to debate over Deflategate

Thursday, May 14, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – Dwayne Allen was in an awkward position yesterday. As a tight end for the Colts, he was trying to toe the company line on “Deflategate.” As a player rep, he found himself defending Patriots quarterback Tom …

NFLPA to use noted labor lawyer Kessler in Brady appeal

Thursday, May 14, 2015

NEW YORK – Noted labor attorney Jeffrey Kessler will aid in the players’ union’s planned appeal of Tom Brady’s suspension. The New England Patriots quarterback was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the 2015 …

Ray Duckler: Deflategate? Tom Brady? Patriots lineman won’t tackle topic during visit to Concord

Thursday, May 14, 2015

I went hunting yesterday, for the elephant in the room. Or in this case, in the Abbot-Downing School gym. Sure enough, there was Dumbo, or Mr. Snuffleupagus, or Horton, or whichever name you choose, camouflaged by a New …

Despite $1 million fine, Patriots reap profit from Brady suspension

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – A four-game suspension. A $1 million fine. The loss of first- and fourth-round draft picks. The numbers were flying after Tom Brady and the New England Patriots were hit with a trio of penalties for tampering with the footballs in the AFC championship game. Here …

Garoppolo, Brady’s backup, learned to play quarterback by imitating him

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The phone call seems surreal to him now, because small moments so rarely become the start of something so meaningful. In 2007, Jeff Christiansen received a plea from Doug Millsaps, the head football coach at Rolling Meadows High …

NFL investigator says he found direct evidence against Brady

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

NEW YORK – The lawyer who investigated the New England Patriots insisted yesterday that he found direct, not just circumstantial, evidence to show quarterback Tom Brady knew team employees were deflating footballs. Miffed by criticism from Brady’s agent, …

Local football coaches, quarterbacks weigh in on Brady’s suspension

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

When the Deflategate penalties came down Monday – a four-game suspension for quarterback Tom Brady, a $1 million fine for the Patriots and the loss of a first- and fourth-round draft pick – pundits across the country lined …