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Will Tom Brady, NFLPA prevail in court? Legal experts say it’s a long shot

Friday, July 31, 2015

The NFL and the players’ union have become so accustomed to facing one another in court that a single lawsuit wasn’t enough for them in the Tom Brady case. Instead, the league and union filed dueling lawsuits in federal courts in New York and Minnesota over Brady’s four-game “Deflategate” suspension, which was upheld Tuesday by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after he heard the appeal of the four-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback …

Patriots open camp, try to ignore ‘Deflategate’ noise

Friday, July 31, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Fans drove to Gillette Stadium past a booth selling “Free Tom Brady” T-shirts. Then, when they arrived for the New England Patriots’ first training camp practice on Thursday, they let the star quarterback know how they felt. Brady took the field to a boisterous cheer from the more than 10,000 …

Full text of Patriots owner Kraft’s statement about Brady

Thursday, July 30, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The full text of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s statement Wednesday after quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension was upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: In light of yesterday’s league ruling, I felt it was important to make a statement today, prior to the start of training camp. After this, I will not be talking about this matter until after …

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 …

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 …