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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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Tuesday
May122015

Tom Brady Suspended Four Games for Role in Deflategate

Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will be suspended for the first four games of the upcoming 2015 National Football League season for his role in the Deflategate scandal, the league announced Monday.

Brady was at the center of the controversy after the Indianapolis Colts, Brady's opponents in the AFC Championship Game this past January, complained that the Patriots-supplied game balls seemed to be underinflated. Last week, a 243-page report, overseen by attorney Ted Wells, found that it was "more probable than not that Brady was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities of [Patriots employees Jim] McNally and [John] Jastremski involving the release of air from Patriots game balls."

Brady previously denied any wrongdoing, saying that he believed he had always played within the confines of the rules.

Brady will miss the first four games of the upcoming season without pay -- returning in time for the Patriots' rematch with the Colts on October 18.

The league additionally fined the Patriots organization $1 million and forced them to forfeit a pair of future draft picks.

Team owner Robert Kraft posted a statement to the Patriots' Facebook page on Monday evening, saying that "despite our conviction that there was no tampering with footballs, it was our intention to accept any discipline levied by the league. Today's punishment, however, far exceeded any reasonable expectation."

Calling the punishment "based completely on circumstantial rather than hard or conclusive evidence," Kraft blasted the entire investigation, calling it "one-sided."

"Tom Brady has our unconditional support," Kraft concluded, "our belief in him has not wavered."

 
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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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Thursday
Mar192015

Patriots Add CBs Fletcher and McClain

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New England Patriots announced Wednesday that they've signed former Philadelphia Eagles corner back Bradley Fletcher and added former Atlanta Falcons corner back Robert McClain. 

Fletcher signs a one-year deal that ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan says is worth a maximum of $2.5 million.

The 6-foot, 196-pound Fletcher played his last two seasons with the Eagles, starting 27 games. During that time, the now-28-year-old had 133 tackles, 38 passes defended, three interceptions, and two forced fumbles.

The 5-foot-9, 195-pound McClain, 26, spent his past three seasons with the Falcons. During that time, he played in 47 of a possible 48 games, recording 179 tackles, 20 passes defended, three interceptions, two sacks, and two forced fumbles.

The Patriots' new additions join Kyle Arrington, Logan Ryan, Malcolm Butler, Alfonzo Dennard, and Chimdi Chekwa in the battle for the two starting corner back positions.

It will be a big test for all of those players to live up to last season's Patriots corner backs: the Pats lost six-time Pro Bowler Darrelle Revis to the New York Jets and big-hitting Brandon Browner to the New Orleans Saints.


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Wednesday
Feb182015

ESPN: Patriots Attendant Attempted to Put Unapproved Football in AFC Championship Game

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New England Patriots have won Super Bowl XLIX, but the "Deflate-gate" non-troversy plods along.

According to "Outside the Lines," 48-year-old Jim McNally, a Patriots locker room assistant, attempted to insert a non-approved kicking ball into the AFC Championship game.

The referee assigned to the game, Walt Anderson, followed standard procedure by marking footballs during pre-game inspection.  McNally attempted to hand a non-marked football to alternate official Greg Yettle on the sideline during the game.  

Yettle found the practice to be odd, as locker room attendants do not have ball handling responsibilities during the game.  Yettle then informed Mike Kensil, the NFL vice president of football operations, who was residing at the stadium in the press box.

The NFL is currently investigating the incident.


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Saturday
Feb072015

Jerry Rice, Who Called Out Patriots, Admitted to "Illegal" Stickum Use

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice had no problem jumping on the band wagon that criticized Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots for their supposed use of deflated footballs in this season's AFC Championship Game. Apparently Rice forgot or didn't care about cheating when it came to himself.

On Jan. 17, 2015, ESPN released a video where Rice admitted to using Stickum, which is a substance that helps make it easier to catch a football, on his receiver gloves. Stickum was banned by the NFL in 1981, and Rice didn't join the league until 1985.  

“I know this might be a little illegal, guys, but you put a little spray, a little Stickum on them, to make sure that texture is a little sticky,” Rice said while laughing in the video.

Just days after that video was released, Rice criticized the Patriots on the Jim Rome Show saying that because of deflategate, they should have an asterisk next to their Super Bowl XLIX championship if they won.

"I’m going to be point blank, I feel like it’s cheating,” Rice said Jan. 22 on the Rome show. "Because you have an edge up on your opponent and it's unfortunate that it happened. I’m not saying the outcome of the game would have been different or anything like that because they got beat 45-7, but they still had an edge."

While Rice surely wasn't the only receiver using Stickum, and most likely would have put up the same great numbers, he probably should have looked at himself in the mirror before passing judgement on others.


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Thursday
Feb052015

Charles Haley: Brady's Super Bowls Are Tainted

NFL Shield (NFL)(NEW YORK) -- New member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Charles Haley said after the New England Patriots were accused of possibly using deflated footballs in games, he can't put his faith in quarterback Tom Brady.

When asked who would he take at quarterback, between Joe Montana and Tom Brady, without hesitation Haley responded saying, "Montana."  

"Joe didn't have to cheat," Haley told Talk of Fame Network Thursday. "I've lost all respect [for Brady].  When your integrity is challenged in the game of football, to me, all his Super Bowls are tainted."

Charles Haley is the only five-time Super Bowl Champion in NFL history, winning three with the Dallas Cowboys and two with the San Francisco 49ers.  

The NFL is still conducting its investigation into the "deflate-gate" controversy, league commissioner Roger Goodell said on Friday.


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Monday
Feb022015

Brady Wins 3rd Super Bowl MVP

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(GLENDALE, Ariz.) -- After leading the New England Patriots to a Super Bowl XLIX victory over the Seattle Seahawks, quarterback Tom Brady was named Super Bowl MVP for an NFL record third time, tying Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana.

Brady completed 37 of 50 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns, including an 8-for-8 65-yard drive late in the fourth quarter to give the Patriots the lead with two minutes remaining in the game.  The drive would ultimately end up putting the Pats ahead for good.

Tom Brady joins Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to win four Super Bowl titles.



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