The NFL had a bad day in court today as they met with the NFLPA in their ongoing battle over deflategate.
The judge over this case, Berman, went hard after the NFL today, maybe tipping his hand to them that they will lose if they don’t settle with QB Tom Brady and his attorneys.
He really didn’t like the language used in this case, stating he didn’t get how the NFL could compare this to steroid use.
“I don’t see how four games (for deflation, non cooperation) is comparable to using steroids and a masking agent,” the judge stated.
The judge also wanted to know how many games were for ball deflation and how many were for not cooperating.
The NFL’s attorney avoided answering that question straight up, and responded that under the CBA, it’s up to Goodell to make that call.
The judge also hammered away at the NFL for not letting Brady’s team call Jeff Pash, editor of The Wells Report, as a witness.
“The NFL cannot just conclude they cannot have a witness because the testimony would be cumulative,” the judge stated.
He only got harder on the NFL from there.
You can read the play-by-play of today’s court hearing by going HERE.
If the two sides do not agree to a settlement, Brady and Goodell will report to court on August 30th.
Judge Berman said he would like to have this resolved before the regular season begins.