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Editorial: NFL shouldn’t profit from patriotism

Sunday, May 24, 2015

As if the NFL needed any more reasons to be embarrassed. After a year of botched investigations into player misconduct, along with questionable behavior from teams and those overseeing them, observers might be forgiven for thinking the well had run dry. But no, here comes a new round of questionable behavior, courtesy of the federal government and its friends in the league. According to media reports, the Defense Department has …

Sources: Goodell will not recuse self from Brady appeal

Saturday, May 23, 2015

NEW YORK – Roger Goodell will hear Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the deflated footballs scandal. Goodell will not withdraw from what the commissioner considers his responsibility of hearing the appeal, according to several people with knowledge of the decision. Those people spoke on condition of anonymity …

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 …

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 …

Brady, Patriots dared NFL to strike, and deserved what they got

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The four-game suspension of New England Patriots Tom Brady, handed down by the NFL yesterday, and the New England Patriots’ $1 million fine and loss of draft picks is the end result of the quarterback and his team …

Veteran CB Arrington released by Patriots

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Cornerback Kyle Arrington was released by the New England Patriots. Arrington, 28, spent the last five seasons in New England, playing in two Super Bowls. An undrafted free agent out of Hofstra who didn’t stick …

Brady suspended for 4 games, Patriots fined $1 million after DeflateGate report

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The significance of the New England Patriots’ use of under-inflated footballs last season was unclear, and the results of the investigation into the behavior were debated. But the National Football League’s punishments of the Patriots and their quarterback …

Signing business goes on for New England Patriots

Saturday, May 9, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots signed eight of their draft picks and seven rookie free agents. Missing from the list is first-round pick Malcom Brown. Among those agreeing to terms are second-round pick Jordan Richards; fourth-rounders Shaq Mason, Trey Flowers and Tre’ Johnson; sixth-rounders A.J. Derby …

Tough-to-please Tom Brady is no dummy about legal matters

Friday, May 8, 2015

Deflating footballs for Tom Brady is a tough job. The star quarterback is the unquestioned star in New England, but at least one Patriots employee dares to diss him. Still, workers think it’s worth doing whatever makes Brady happy, especially if autographed footballs and sneakers are part of …

Jim Litke column: No games? No worry. It’s butt-covering season in NFL

Friday, May 8, 2015

The NFL moves heaven and earth a dozen times every Sunday of the season to get calls on the field exactly right. But investigations and disciplinary matters? Not so much. In those cases, close is apparently close enough. At the end of a nearly four-month investigation into what’s …

Brady: Deflated balls scandal doesn’t taint Super Bowl win

Friday, May 8, 2015

SALEM, Mass. – New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said last night the scandal surrounding his use of deflated footballs during the NFL playoffs last season hasn’t detracted in any way from his Super Bowl title. “Absolutely not,” …

Texts by Pats employees provide key evidence in Deflategate

Thursday, May 7, 2015

An investigator’s report into “Deflategate” cited a series of texts between two New England Patriots employees as key evidence in the conclusion that the Patriots likely deflated footballs in the AFC title game – and that quarterback Tom Brady probably knew about it. The texts were between Jim …

NFL finds Patriots employees probably deflated balls

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Tom Brady: Unbelievable. The 243-report on “Deflategate” came out yesterday and stopped barely short of calling the Patriots star quarterback a cheater. It did, however, call some of his claims “implausible” and left little doubt that he had …

Ray Duckler: Does the Wells Report deflate Brady’s reputation?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Are you a homer or a hater? Do you think golden boy Tom Brady cheated and lied? Or does the vague language included in the NFL-commissioned Wells Report investigating “Deflategate,” devoid of concrete evidence pinning the scandal on …