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Union offered NFL Brady deal

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The players’ union proposed a settlement on Tom Brady’s four-game suspension last week that was “met with silence” by the NFL, a person familiar with the proposal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the NFL Players Association’s offer was confidential. There is no timetable on when Commissioner Roger Goodell will rule on the New England quarterback’s appeal. Several media reports indicated the union’s … 0

Time for Brady to present his case

Monday, June 22, 2015

When Tom Brady’s appeal hearing kicks off this morning, key arguments will be about who ordered his four-game suspension and whether science supports the league’s findings about deflated footballs. The NFL says Commissioner Roger Goodell authorized the discipline that was imposed by league executive Troy Vincent, who signed the letters sent to Brady and the New England Patriots informing them of the penalties. … 0

Brady’s legacy faces next step in appeal to Goodell

Sunday, June 21, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady grew from a sixth-round draft choice into one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. Off the field, he’s a celebrity with a supermodel wife and lucrative marketing deals. All that has made the New England Patriots superstar the object of admiration and respect to some, jealousy and enmity to others. On Tuesday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell hears Brady’s … 0

Co-author of AEI report favorable to Pats is Greenfield native

Sunday, June 21, 2015

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will be relying on more than his good looks when he meets Tuesday with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at the league office on 345 Park Ave., New York City. Two weeks ago the American Enterprise Institute of Washington, D.C., released a 16-page … 0

Flynn has lots to learn as new Patriots backup QB

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Matt Flynn is back at the stadium where he made his first NFL start. He’s not focusing on making another in place of Tom Brady. Flynn practiced with the New England Patriots on the first day of their three-day minicamp Tuesday, four days after signing with … 0

Belichick ducks Deflategate

Friday, May 29, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Coach Bill Belichick shed little light Friday in his first public remarks since the report was issued on the Patriots’ use of deflated footballs. He avoided direct answers to most of the 10 questions he was asked about Tom Brady, backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and how … 0

Rookie guards learning Pats’ system

Thursday, May 28, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots’ two rookie guards are helping each other study the team’s complex offensive schemes. They’ve already learned a much simpler strategy. No matter what the question, answer cautiously or risk the wrath of their secretive coach. Tre’ Jackson and Shaq Mason were drafted … 0

Kraft introduces No. 1 pick Brown; mum’s the word on ‘Deflategate’

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Robert Kraft spent 80 seconds Wednesday making his first public remarks since saying eight days earlier he wouldn’t appeal the Patriots’ punishment for using underinflated footballs. Not one of those seconds was devoted to the scandal. At a ceremony introducing New England’s first-round draft choice, the … 0

Kraft says Patriots won’t appeal team’s fine and draft penalties

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — Now that Patriots owner Robert Kraft is not appealing his team’s punishments in the deflated footballs scandal, only his quarterback’s challenge remains. Moments after Kraft said Tuesday he won’t oppose the $1 million fine and loss of two draft choices the NFL penalized the team … 0

Brady, union threaten Goodell with lawsuit

Friday, May 15, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady’s lawyers demanded that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recuse himself from the Super Bowl MVP’s “Deflategate” appeal and threatened to go to court unless the four-game suspension is overturned. Laying out the grounds for dismissing … 0

Brady appeals suspension; Pats rebut NFL

Thursday, May 14, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady appealed the four-game suspension he was handed for his role in using deflated footballs during the AFC championship game, and the players union urged Commissioner Roger Goodell to appoint a neutral arbitrator to hear the case. The expected appeal was filed … 0

Falcons’ Blank says failure to admit mistakes hurt Pats

Thursday, May 14, 2015

ATLANTA — Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Thursday there is a “general feeling” that the Patriots’ failure to acknowledge mistakes added to the punishment they received for deflating footballs. Blank stressed while at a community improvement event that he has no direct knowledge of the Patriots’ case. The … 0

Investigator says he had the goods on Brady

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

NEW YORK — The lawyer who investigated the New England Patriots insisted Tuesday that he found direct, not just circumstantial, evidence to show quarterback Tom Brady knew team employees were deflating footballs. Miffed by criticism from Brady’s agent, Ted Wells decided to take the unusual step of holding … 0