As of late the world especially “America’s” world has been in turmoil.God ejected from the seen of America. Rising crime, and most resent open hunting season on Police Officers, high unemployment rates , Crashing market, A fake American at helm leading the country to its doom, not only holding hand but singing coom-baya with a terror state with no sign of repentance, even paying them billions for their terror acts, baby parts sold in an open market ; over all most powerful country in the world in shamble, and what her children are worrying about , I tell you, they worry about Mr. Brady deflated a pig or not, and should he loose Four games and poor thing , and God forbid he loose some millions in revenue!
By no means this blogger is an anti national pass time, but where is the priority and commonsense? where is America? If I was one of the founding Fathers, I would most defiantly Spank America for this behavior?!
A federal judge deflated “Deflategate” Thursday, erasing New England quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for a controversy that the NFL claimed threatened football’s integrity.
U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell went too far in affirming punishment of the Super Bowl winning quarterback. Brady has insisted he played no role in a conspiracy to deflate footballs below the allowable limit at last season’s AFC championship game.
The written decision frees Brady to prepare for the Sept. 10 season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Berman either had to uphold the four-game suspension or throw it out completely; he could not author a lesser punishment for Brady.
The ruling was a surprise to some legal experts who believed Berman was merely pressuring the league to settle when he criticized its handling of the investigation and discipline over the last eight months.
The league’s investigation conducted by New York-based attorney Ted Wells, which was released in May, stopped short of finding as fact that the balls were deliberately deflated on Brady’s orders. The NFL’s threshold for imposing discipline requires merely a finding of strong probability of wrongdoing. The report found that it was “more probable than not” that Brady was “at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities” in the balls being deflated. However, Brady’s attorney, Don Yee, called the outcome of the report pre-determined and blamed the NFL for its lack of standards or protocols in handling footballs prior to games.
Although Brady was uncooperative with investigators, refusing to turn over his cellphone, two team employees did. Text messages between John Jastremski, a team equipment assistant, and locker room attendant Jim McNally, who appears to call himself the “deflator,” left little room for doubt that footballs were purposely doctored for Brady’s benefit.
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady were unable to reach a settlement in the “Deflategate” scandal. (AP)
Goodell, though, went beyond the initial investigation report, finding in late July as a result of testimony from Brady and others that the quarterback conspired with the ball handlers and tried to obstruct the league’s probe, including by destroying his cellphone.
The commissioner said he concluded Brady “knew about, approved of, consented to, and provided inducements and rewards” to ensure balls were deflated.
Berman attacked the league while questioning one of its lawyers at two hearings, citing a lack of proof against Brady and asking how Goodell settled on a four-game suspension instead of other discipline.
He warned the league that he had the authority to overturn its punishment of Brady if he found the NFL acted unfairly by refusing to deliver NFL Executive Vice President Jeff Pash as a witness even though he worked on the NFL investigation.
Berman’s ruling does not necessarily end the dispute. The league can appeal.
Berman had repeatedly urged both sides to settle and tone down their rhetoric. At a hearing Monday attended by Brady and Goodell, the judge announced that both sides had “tried quite hard” to reach a deal in morning talks. But the case was left for him to decide.
As they negotiated, the sides attacked each other in court papers.
In one August court filing, the union said the four-game suspension displayed “a clearly biased agenda — not an effort at fairness and consistency,” and it criticized Goodell’s ruling upholding the suspension as a “smear campaign,” a “propaganda piece written for public consumption.”
In its papers, the NFL said there was “ample support” in evidence for the commissioner to conclude Brady was involved in efforts by the Patriots equipment personnel to deflate footballs.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.