The NFL and Tom Brady met today in a Manhattan courtroom in front of Judge Richard Berman to battle it out over deflategate and Tom Brady’s four-game suspension.
The judge in the case wanted to poke holes in both side’s arguments to try to get them to settle, however, it’s very unlikely to happen.
He did go after the NFL hard, telling them he had no idea what “generally aware of” means and he doesn’t understand why this is called “Deflategate.”
The judge was very clear on the face he saw no evidence Tom Brady was involved and wanted to know where if there was any. The NFL admitted there was no direct evidence linking Brady to deflating footballs, but his lack of cooperation and the text messages between the ball boys after the game indicate Brady was involved.
The judge also pointed out that Tom Brady performed better with regular inflated footballs than he did with deflated footballs, which means to some he had NO competitive advantage during the game.
The judge also said someone deflated footballs, but it didn’t help Brady asking, “does that matter?” I’m guessing he means why would they do it when it didn’t help him in the game and if they took that into account.
He hammered the fact the NFL had no direct evidence against Brady several times, telling them he was having a hard time finding any evidence that links Brady to the deflation of footballs.
When Brady’s side took their turn to speak, the judge asked Brady’s lawyer Kessler, why the ball boys would deflate footballs without Mr. Brady’s consistent, to which the lawyer responded, “It is conceivable Mr. McNally thought it would be something that would be good for his QB. That makes a certain logical sense.”
The judge was also concerned with why Brady didn’t fully cooperate with the league, to which Brady’s lawyer responded that the league did not make it clear he would be punished for not turning his phone over. He also said Brady always destroys his phones every time he gets a new one, and there were privacy concerns by handing over his phone. He brought up the email from Brady to his manager about his pool cover being national news, once it became public. He did admit Brady did not fully cooperate and should have conducted himself differently with the league.
Kessler told the judge he would file one more opposition brief around Friday.
If you want a play-by-play of the court hearing today, then GO HERE.
Just scroll down and you will see Federal court reporter Stephen Brown tweeting all about deflategate hearing.
Also, Tom Brady would not look at Roger Goodell or nod his way, even though Goodell tried to do just that, according to Fox sports anchor Tom Leyden’s tweet.
Today, it looks like Brady and company came out as winners, as the NFL looked bad. The judge and his concerns do not mean this ruling will turn out in Brady’s favor.