The NFL Can Easily Recover Brady’s Text Messages: It Just Doesn’t Want To
So our next chapter in the NFL vs. Tom Brady saga is Roger Goodell upholding the original four-game suspension. Appeal denied.
Part of the reason that the league came down so hard on Brady, said Goodell, is that the Patriots' QB was "uncooperative" in the investigation: the main point being that he wouldn't turn over his cell phone so that investigators could check his text messages.
Either Ted Wells is a bumbling idiot of Inspector Clouseau proportions, or the NFL had no intention of ever getting those texts. I wouldn't turn over my phone either if I were Brady -- even if there wasn't Deflategate-related messages on there. Who wants Goodell rustling through my personal messages, to my wife, friends, etc.? That's idiotic for the NFL to even suggest it.
But what's even more baffling is the fact that the NFL thinks that by destroying his phone, as Brady claimed he did, that his texts are also destroyed. Even my mom suspects this isn't true, and she uses her cell phone maybe twice a year, and has never texted.
Bob Sullivan, a tech and consumer advocate writer for MSNBC for the past 19 years, sheds more light on this. I talked with him just a few minutes ago.
"Sure sounds to me like the NFL let this "he destroyed his cell phone" thing leak to legitimize coming down with a hammer," said Sullivan, who also authors his own tech blog, and is the author of the recent book Red Tape Chronicles. "And maybe he did [destroy it]. But that's really stupid on the NFL's part.
"This is madness," Sullivan said. "All of us fall into the trap of thinking that our electronic conversations are private. They aren't.
"The messages would be on the recipient's phone, and available from the carriers with a simple court order," Sullivan said. "He destroyed his cell phone means nothing to me, I think it's bogus to even characterize that as being uncooperative. And I'm a NY Giants fan."
So yeah, Brady would be at the mercy of any person to whom he sent Deflategate messages -- just because he may have destroyed his phone, that doesn't mean the recipient destroyed theirs. And then there's the carrier ... those texts are still out there, if the NFL cares to look for them.
But it doesn't, obviously. Either that, or Goodell is more inept that anyone thought. And that's saying something.
@SportsGrid Why can't the NSA's bulk data collection do some good for a change Either vindicate or vilify Brady by releasing his txt msgs
— Daniel Vazzana (@dvazz) July 28, 2015
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