NFLPA Releases Humongus Tom Brady Appeal Hearing Transcript: Take A Look (If You Dare)
The entire appeals testimony of Tom Brady to the NFL on Deflategate has been released, and the pdf covers 457 pages. That's because there's so much filler, like, a freaking huge opening statement; Brady quizzed over how many NFL teams he has played for; how many Super Bowls he's won; and how many other quarterbacks have won four Super Bowls. Can we all agree, gentlemen, that we are all humans who reside on Planet Earth? Obviously lawyers bill by the hour.
Brady and the NFLPA filed a counterclaim against the NFL today in New York City, and Brady is expected to appear before a judge there on Aug. 12.
The transcript of Brady's appeal hearing is available in its entirety at Pro Football Talk, and I haven't read all of it, but here are some interesting parts so far. First, here's Brady explaining to Roger Goodell and all present just how he prepares footballs for games, and that the feel of the ball is paramount to him, but not how it's inflated. In fact. said Brady, he doesn't even squeeze the ball when he throws it. It's more about the surface.
Q. Tell the Commissioner what did you feel
different in the football during the Jets game?
A. Well, the ball was very hard, so it didn't
feel like the ball was the way I approved them
before the game. And for one reason or another, I
don't know what happened to the balls.
COMMISSIONER GOODELL: But they were the same
balls, to your knowledge?
THE WITNESS: I have no idea. To my
knowledge, yes, they should have been.
Q. And did you react to that with anybody on the
A. Yes. Can I just say one other thing?
A. So when you use -- just to be clear, when I
say "soft" and "hard," a lot of times the only thing
I have ever felt a football when I say that is the
softness of the leather. So when I say I'm trying
to break in the ball, I'm breaking in the -- I'm
making the laces softer, I'm making the leather
softer, like you refer to it like a baseball mitt.
So when we use those balls in the Jet game,
they were balls that were really old balls so the
leather was soft. Does that make sense? The
leather was soft. The ball wasn't soft. The
leather felt like I could grip it.
Q. Now I would like you to turn to, so you felt
the ball, but you didn't like it. Who did you
express your feelings to during the game?
A. To John. It was over the course of the first
half that, you know, I was just, I was very pissed
off. I was very pissed off at -- partly because I
felt like I got talked into using these balls that
we had done, like I said, a different protocol, and
I felt like it didn't work out very well.
The entire testimony really is a massive amount of pages.
Basically Brady denied any wrongdoing, or knowledge of such, during the 10-hour testimony. Furthermore, attorney Ted Wells, whose report was what the NFL based their four-game suspension on, testified that he did not tell Brady he would be subject to punishment for not turning over documents such as his phone.
Goodell said that Brady's refusal to turn over his phone "cast him in a bad light" and was a contributing factor in why he decided to uphold the entire suspension.
Interesting Ted Wells' testimony. Says Tom Brady's credibility hurt by "ill-advised" decision not to turn over phone pic.twitter.com/TjG1WslVmt
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 4, 2015
The more I delve in, the more I'm convinced that this is a massive waste of time -- football PSI, cell phone records, establishing that Brady was drafted in 2000 ... such utter BS. The NFL has enough real issues, and players get into enough actual trouble, without this nonsense.
On the other hand, it keeps attorneys occupied who otherwise might be causing real harm.
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