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Friday
May152015

Falcons Owner Arthur Blank Supports Robert Kraft

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(ATLANTA) -- After receiving the largest fine in NFL history, the New England Patriots and owner Robert Kraft have the support of another owner, who was recently fined too.

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank threw his support behind Kraft in light of the punishment levied against the franchise for the Deflategate scandal.

The Patriots were penalized in the form of a $1 million fine and a loss of two draft picks. Quarterback Tom Brady also received a four game suspension.

"I’m not in the league office and so I don’t consider judgment," Blank said, speaking of the Patriots’ penalty. "I think the process that (the NFL) went through was very thoughtful. Mr. (Ted) Wells is a highly regarded independent investigator. I read the report ... I read the appendix. I read the independent reports done by the 'experts,' if you will."

"What he’s going through has nothing to do with my respect for him," Blank said of Kraft. "My respect for him is well earned over my 14 years of working with him as an owner. He’s one of the owners that when he stands up and talks in the room, everybody listens, and the reason is Robert has earned the reputation of thinking about the league first; not about my club first. He takes care of his club as well, but the league first.

"I’m confident that Robert will work through this," he continued. "Obviously, he’s not happy about it. He shouldn’t be happy, just like I was not happy about what happened to our own franchise. The league is not happy about having to be put in a position where they’re dealing with fines, suspensions and things of that nature. It’s painful for them as well. There’s no joy in the league office when they’ve got to make those kinds of decisions."

Blank and the Falcons were punished by the League for artificially pumping noise into the Georgia Dome during home games. Atlanta lost their fifth-round pick for the 2016 season and was fined $350,000.


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Thursday
May142015

Patriots Answer to Wells Report, Says Conclusions are 'Incomplete'

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- After attorney Ted Wells defended his report that led to the NFL's punishment of the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady, the team fired back, creating a website to challenge some of the findings discovered by Wells.

The Patriots' rebuttal is nearly 20,000 words written by attorney Daniel L. Goldberg, who represents the team and was present at all interviews of team personnel conducted at Gillette Stadium.

In creating the website, Goldberg wrote, "Our intention is to provide additional context for balance and consideration."

The website said conclusions in the Wells report were "incomplete, incorrect and lack context."

"There is no evidence that Tom Brady preferred footballs that were lower than 12.5 [pounds per square inch] and no evidence anyone even thought that he did," it said.

It also stated that the Wells report dismissed "scientific explanations for the natural loss of psi" in the footballs by rejecting referee Walt Anderson's memory of which air gauge he used to measure them. The Patriots included a "scientific conclusion" by Nobel Prize winner Roderick MacKinnon that contested the report's findings.

The NFL Players Association officially appealed Brady's suspension Thursday afternoon. The appeal will be heard by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.


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Thursday
May142015

Former Patriots CB Kyle Arrington Agrees on Deal with Ravens

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Baltimore Ravens reached a deal with former New England Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington on Wednesday.

According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan, it's a three-year, $7 million deal that includes a $2 million signing bonus. The deal is pending a physical.

The Patriots, who are short on cornerbacks, made a surprise move on Monday when they released Arrington.

The 28-year-old now joins a Ravens team that already has cornerbacks Jimmy Smith and Ladarius Webb.

Arrington spent the last six seasons with the Patriots, playing in 86 games while recording 362 tackles, 45 passes defended, nine interceptions, five forced fumbles, and three sacks.


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Monday
May112015

Report: Patriots Agree to Deal with Tight End Fred Davis

National Footbal League(NEW YORK) -- After sitting out the 2014 season due to suspension, former Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis has signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots, according to ESPN.

Davis' deal comes just four days after the NFL reinstated him after serving an indefinite suspension for a second violation of the league's substance abuse policy.

A six-year NFL veteran, Davis could provide a boost to New England's passing game if he makes the team. The Patriots are taking a small gamble that 29-year-old Davis can still be a productive player in the league.

The team already has tight ends Rob Gronkowski, Scott Chandler, Tim Wright, Michael Hoomanawanui, and rookie AJ Derby.

In his last season in the NFL back in 2013, Davis played in 10 games, but due to injury was limited to just seven catches for 70 yards and one touchdown.


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Friday
May082015

During Speaking Engagement, Brady Asked About Wells Report

Rob Carr/Getty Images(SALEM, Mass.) -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was asked about his thoughts on the newly released Wells Report during a speaking engagement at Salem State University Thursday night.

"I don't really have any reaction," Brady said to moderator Jim Gray. "Our owner commented on it yesterday. It's only been 30 hours, so I haven't had much time to digest it fully, but when I do, I'll let you know. I'll be sure to let you know how I feel about it, and everybody else."

Brady was also asked about whether the report taints the Patriots Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks to which he replied, to applause, "absolutely not." As for if he's bothered by the investigation of underinflated footballs, Brady answered, "I've dealt with a lot of things in the past, and I dealt with this three months ago before the Super Bowl. I've dealt with a lot of adversity over the course of my career, my life. I'm very fortunate to have so many people that love me and support me."

He continued, "Life is so much about the ups and downs and certainly I accept my role and responsibility as a public figure, and I think a lot it -- you take the good with the bad. Dealing with the different adversities in life, you just try to do the best you can do. I was raised by a great mom and dad, and I have a lot of great teammates that support me, so we'll get through it."

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Thursday
May072015

Tom Brady's Agent Slams Deflategate Report

Rob Carr/Getty Images Sports(NEW YORK) -- Tom Brady's agent says the NFL “deflategate” report citing the New England Patriots quarterback is "a significant and terrible disappointment."

"Its omission of key facts and lines of inquiry suggest the investigators reached a conclusion first, and then determined so-called facts later," Brady's agent Don Yee said in a statement Thursday morning.

The report, released Wednesday by the independent attorney hired by the NFL, concluded "it's more probable than not" that Patriots personnel "participated in a deliberate effort to release air from Patriots games balls after the balls were examined by the referee."

The investigation, led by attorney Ted Wells, stated it "is more than probable" that Brady "was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities" involving the release of air from the Patriots' footballs.

Brady has not publicly commented on the findings but he has a previously scheduled public interview Thursday evening where he will likely be asked about the news.

Yee went on to say he believes the report was based on a set-up.

"What does it say about the league office’s protocols and ethics when it allows one team to tip it off to an issue prior to a championship game, and no league officials or game officials notified the Patriots of the same issue prior to the game? This suggests it may be more probable than not that the league cooperated with the Colts in perpetrating a sting operation," Yee said.

He went on to attack the lawyers behind the report, saying they were not independent and their report "contains significant and tragic flaws, and it is common knowledge in the legal industry that reports like this generally are written for the benefit of the purchaser."

"It is a sad day for the league as it has abdicated the resolution of football-specific issues to people who don’t understand the context or culture of the sport," Yee said.

Patriots CEO Robert Kraft said in a statement Wednesday, "To say we are disappointed in its findings, which do not include any incontrovertible or hard evidence of deliberate deflation of footballs at the AFC Championship Game, would be a gross understatement."

The NFL said it is considering “what steps to take in light of the report, both with respect to possible disciplinary action and to any changes in protocols that are necessary to avoid future incidents of this type.”


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Wednesday
May062015

Deflategate Report Says Patriots Probably Knew About Footballs

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A report released on Wednesday by the independent attorney hired by the NFL concludes "it's more probable than not" that New England Patriots personnel "participated in a deliberate effort to release air from Patriots games balls after the balls were examined by the referee."

The investigation, led by attorney Ted Wells, stated it "is more than probable" that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady "was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities" involving the release of air from the Patriots' footballs. But the report said there was no deliberate attempt by the Patriots to introduce a non-approved kicking ball during the AFC Championship game against the Indiana Colts on Jan. 18.

The Patriots won 45-7, then went on to win the Super Bowl on Feb. 1 against the Seattle Seahawks.

The report names Jim McNally, the Patriots' locker room attendant, and John Jastremski, a Patriots equipment assistant, as having "participated in a deliberate effort to release air from Patriots game balls after the balls were examined by the referee."

Patriots CEO Robert Kraft said in a statement, "To say we are disappointed in its findings, which do not include any incontrovertible or hard evidence of deliberate deflation of footballs at the AFC Championship Game, would be a gross understatement. In addition, given our level of cooperation throughout the process, I was offended by the comments made in the Wells Report in reference to not making an individual available for a follow-up interview. What the report fails to mention is that he had already been interviewed four times and we felt the fifth request for access was excessive for a part-time game day employee who has a full-time job with another employer."

He added: "While I respect the independent process of the investigation, the time, effort and resources expended to reach this conclusion are incomprehensible to me."


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Monday
May042015

Patriots Rookie Joe Cardona Unsure If Navy Will Let Him Join Team

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Even though he was drafted by the New England Patriots over the weekend, former Navy long snapper Joe Cardona is unsure if he will be able to join the team and pursue a career in the NFL.

Because of the service commitment that comes with his degree, Cardona may have to put his NFL dreams on hold.

He was drafted by the Patriots in the fifth round.

"The decision is out of my hands," Cardona told Adam Kurkjian of the Boston Herald. “Right now I’m prepared to be the best football player I can be for the New England Patriots and the best naval officer I can be. Whatever duty I’m doing at the time, I’m doing it. I’m just prepared to do my best.”

Cardona is the first Navy graduate to be drafted since the Green Bay Packers selected defensive tackle Bob Kuberski in the seventh round of the 1993 draft.


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Wednesday
Apr292015

Jets Fined $100K for Tampering

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The NFL announced Tuesday that the New York Jets will be fined $100,000 for owner Woody Johnson's remarks last year about cornerback Darrelle Revis.

During a news conference last December, Johnson said that he would, "love to have Darrelle back."

Johnson made these comments while Revis was still playing for the New England Patriots, who proceeded to file tampering charges.

The Jets signed Revis to a five-year, $70 million contract this offseason. After the signing, Patriots owner Robert Kraft commented that he wished Revis, "was still with us." That,  in turn, prompted the Jets to file tampering charges against the Patriots, but ESPN says the league will not punish New England.

Revis spent his first six seasons with the Jets before leaving for Tampa Bay in 2013. He signed with New England for the 2014 season and played a big part in the Patriots winning Super Bowl XLIX.


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Wednesday
Apr222015

Patriots Will Host Steelers to Open NFL Season

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New England Patriots will begin the defense of their Super Bowl title by hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 10 in the Thursday night opener of the NFL's 2015 season.

New England opened as 6-point home favorites over Pittsburgh, according to the Westgate SuperBook. The Steelers will play the game without star running back Le'Veon Bell, who is suspended for the first three games of the season.

The Thursday game will be one of five primetime games in which the Patriots and Steelers will play -- tied for the most with the Baltimore RavensDallas CowboysDenver BroncosGreen Bay PackersIndianapolis ColtsNew York GiantsPhiladelphia Eagles, and Seattle Seahawks.


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