On Friday, ESPN Sal Paolantonio name dropped Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and Colts owner Jim Irsay as the two putting the most pressure on Roger Goodell to uphold Tom Brady’s four-game suspension.
Today, Bisciotti has denied that report.
“I have not and will not put any pressure on Commissioner or anyone representing NFL office to take action in . . . ‘DeflateGate,’” Bisciotti said in a statement, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com.
“The story circulating that I’ve put pressure on Roger [Goodell] is 100 percent wrong,” Bisciotti added. “The reports are unfair to [Patriots owner] Robert Kraft, who is [an] honorable person and to his franchise.”
I don’t believe him personally because I know the Ravens flat out don’t like the Patriots and it’s likely a lot of NFL owners have told Goodell not to overturn the suspension unless Goodell refused to talk to any of them, which I doubt.
The owners have to deny the report because they do not want Brady’s court hearing to challenge that Goodell had outside influence on his decision because that would help Brady get his suspension overturn.