Jay Feely: NFL Wants Brady To Admit Wells Report Is Accurate
"The big difference [between the sides] was that Tom Brady was not going admit culpability," former Jets kicker Jay Feely told Dan Patrick Tuesday. "He wasn't going to admit to something that he didn't do."
Full disclosure: Feely attended Monday's hearing as a member of the NFL Players Association executive committee.
"If they would've said he didn't cooperate with the investigation, the we could've probably found common ground."
Feely explained that the normal process in which the NFL penalizes improper ball handling involves punishing the equipment managers, not the players who use the balls, citing firsthand experience from an incident in 2009. However, he did admit that it is common practice for kickers, punters and quarterbacks to tip equipment managers to prep balls to their liking. Do with that information what you will.
"What [the NFL is] saying, is that even if it happened," he continued, referencing Tom Brady's specific instruction to Patriots equipment managers to inflate footballs to illegal levels. "They responded to a small speeding ticket like it was a homicide case."
"There have only been 19 cases when judges have overturned arbitration hearings, but interestingly Dan, one of those cases was Judge Berman about four months ago," Feely said. "I know that he did not like the process, I know that he wasn't happy with the NFL and the way in which it went down, and there were many instances where he questioned them vigorously and so I don't know if...that's enough of an arbitrary process that he says that he's gonna overturn the ruling, where I could see him overturning it and sending it back to a neutral arbitrator which would then prolong it and [Tom Brady] would probably play the entire season and will be back at square one."
Great. Just great. See you guys at square one.
The full interview, below.
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