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Ex-Patriot Spikes pleads guilty, gets probation in hit-and-run

Thursday, July 2, 2015

WRENTHAM, Mass. – Former New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes pleaded guilty and will serve a year of probation in a hit-and-run crash that injured three people. Spikes appeared Wednesday in Wrentham District Court, where he admitted to negligent operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of personal injury, operating an uninsured vehicle, speeding and a marked lanes violation. State police found a damaged Mercedes-Benz Maybach belonging to Spokes …

Excusing Brady, evaluating league protocol the only fair option for Goodell

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Roger Goodell can restore a sense of loftiness to the NFL commissioner’s office with a simple expedited decision. He should lift the suspension on Tom Brady this week, and turn his disciplinary eye on the vague, sloppily enforced league rules that caused Deflategate in the first place. This is his best way out …

NFLPA goes after Patriots for punishing Butler over missed workout

Friday, June 26, 2015

NEW YORK – The NFL Players Association complained to the league about whether the Patriots improperly disciplined cornerback Malcolm Butler during voluntary workouts. NFLPA spokesman George Atallah said Thursday that the union has a responsibility to pursue all violations of the collective bargaining agreement consistently. The Patriots are accused of holding Butler out of voluntary workouts because he was late for the first …

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 …

NFL report says Patriots employees ‘likely’ deflated balls, Brady ‘probably’ aware

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

NEW YORK — An NFL investigation released Wednesday concluded New England Patriots employees likely deflated footballs used in the AFC Championship and that quarterback Tom Brady was probably “at least generally aware” of the rules violations. The NFL …

Patriots tackle Solder healthy at voluntary team activities

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Nate Solder was blindsided by the news. Cancer. He had just turned 26. At 6-foot-8 and 320 pounds, he was in excellent condition. Tom Brady depended on his left tackle to protect him. But after …

Patriots cut former starting cornerback Alfonzo Dennard

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots released former starting cornerback Alfonzo Dennard after using him in just six games last season. Dennard started seven games as a rookie in 2012 and nine in his second season. He …

Patriots reinforce defensive line on draft’s third day

Saturday, May 2, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick again traded down to get an extra pick yesterday, and the Pats bolstered their offensive and defensive lines by picking linemen with five of their first six picks. New …

Patriots take Stanford defensive back Richards in second round

Saturday, May 2, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Safety Jordan Richards is hoping to continue his education when he leaves Stanford to play for Bill Belichick and the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. “I just want to learn and I’m going …