Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NFL - Brady Settlement Not Looking Good

As the New England Patriots begin training camp, there is no certainty about whether Tom Brady will be available for game one of their NFL season. While there have been reports regarding a possible settlement for Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension, with leaks that he is seeking either a complete exoneration or only a fine, others say he may be willing to accept a reduced suspension. It is unlikely that Brady would agree to miss games without taking the case to court to avoid admitting any guilt. They say a fine could be interpreted as putting the so-called Deflategate distraction behind his team. But now, the NFL could reject Tom Brady’s appeal and uphold the four‐game suspension. The NFL claims the quarterback's actions were detrimental to the integrity of the sport. ESPN today reported Commissioner Roger Goodell will not reduce or overturn Brady’s suspension and that Brady may have actually destroyed his own personal cell phone rather than just refusing to turn it over. The NFL was annoyed Brady would not give up relevant text messages and emails that might help clarify his level of involvement in Patriots equipment managers allegedly letting air out of game balls. Now it appears that electronic evidence may have been spoliated. Still, NFL Media's National Insider reports that the NFL and NFL Players Association exchanged offers for a potential settlement on Brady's suspension, according to sources informed of the negotiations. See stories here-- http://bit.ly/1Jq4HuT and http://bit.ly/1fEbJ39 and http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000504228/article/nfl-nflpa-exchange-offers-on-brady-settlement