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Here Are 20 Sentences From Roger Goodell's Tom Brady Decision

The NFL has issued a stirring 20-page decision on the issue of New England quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension. In it, Roger Goodell makes the case for upholding his own decision by citing evidence gathered by the NFL’s investigatory arm and a nominally independent law firm. It reads about the way you’d… » 7/28/15 6:15pm Yesterday 6:15pm

Report: "Influential" NFL Owners Pushing For Full Tom Brady Suspension

Roger Goodell is expected to hand down a decision on Tom Brady’s Ballghazi appeal any day now. (Whichever day it comes, it will almost certainly be announced at 5:30 p.m.) Here’s a Pro Football Talk report that claims Brady’s camp and the NFL have held talks on a potential settlement that would take the decision out… » 7/23/15 10:33am Thursday 10:33am

Looking For A Job? Apply To Be The NFL's New Director Of Investigations!

Want to aid the NFL in its quest to rid itself of the scourge that is player misconduct? Ever find yourself shaking your head at the bone-headed mistakes that ruin one of their innumerable faulty investigations? Think you can do better? Then by all means, apply here for the league’s newest position, Director of… » 6/27/15 4:16pm 6/27/15 4:16pm

Roger Goodell Has More To Lose Than Tom Brady

In just a few minutes, at the NFL office at 345 Park Avenue, Tom Brady will begin his appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the Patriots’ ball-deflation scandal. And while drama and reality dictate that I say something like “he’ll be facing off against Roger Goodell,” that’s not technically true. Goodell… » 6/23/15 9:10am 6/23/15 9:10am

Roger Goodell Will Hear Tom Brady's Appeal, Says "My Mind Is Open"

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has denied the NFLPA’s request to recuse himself from overseeing Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game Ballghazi suspension. He insists that he can be a fair and unbiased administrator, even though he was the one who handed down the suspension in the first place: » 6/02/15 3:02pm 6/02/15 3:02pm

The NFL's Useful Idiots Are At It Again

Now that the Chicago Bears have released defensive end Ray McDonald—who was previously investigated for sexual assault and yesterday was arrested on charges of domestic violence for the second time in a year—a chorus of NFL media stooges have begun squawking for someone to do something about all of this, uh, bad stuff. » 5/26/15 11:56am 5/26/15 11:56am

The Dispute Between Robert Kraft And Roger Goodell Just Got Sexy

As the Patriots and NFL clandestinely negotiate a mutual agreement to avoid legal war, Adam Schefter hints that owner Robert Kraft and commissioner Roger Goodell are now back on good terms. Schefter comes to this conclusion because a source told him that Kraft and Goodell hung out on a couch and hugged Saturday night. » 5/19/15 11:07am 5/19/15 11:07am

Report: NFL And Pats Participating In "Back-Channel Conversations"

The NFL and New England Patriots find themselves in a messy dispute that has the potential to irreparably damage the league. The NFL levied a harsh punishment upon Tom Brady and the Patriots based upon middling evidence, and are basically making up league rules on the fly. Meanwhile, Tom Brady’s appeal claims that his… » 5/19/15 12:25am 5/19/15 12:25am

Robert Kraft: The NFL Hasn't Been Fair To The Patriots

Patriots owner Robert Kraft has clammed up since his team was hit with significant discipline for its alleged ball-deflating ways, with the pushback against the NFL coming from third parties, on social media, and in a 20,000-word rebuttal/manifesto that would’ve made Ted Kaczynski proud. No longer: Kraft has finally… » 5/18/15 1:15pm 5/18/15 1:15pm

Tom Brady's Appeal Goes Hard After Roger Goodell

Tom Brady has appealed his four-game suspension for being “generally aware” of two Patriots staffers’ schemes to illegally deflate footballs, and we learned this morning that the appeal will be heard by none other than Roger Goodell himself. That hearing is going to get really awkward when Goodell is called to testify… » 5/15/15 12:40pm 5/15/15 12:40pm

Roger Goodell Reserves The Right To Screw Over Tom Brady Again

With Tom Brady appealing his four-game Ballghazi suspension, Roger Goodell has the power to select who will hear that appeal. And he has three choices. He could pick one of his own employees; he could acquiesce to the union’s and Brady’s request that he choose an independent, third-party arbitrator; or he could just… » 5/15/15 9:12am 5/15/15 9:12am

Roger Goodell Has Pissed Off Robert Kraft

Roger Goodell has been untouchable because he has the strong support of the most powerful owners in the NFL: the Rooneys, the Maras, Jerry Richardson, and Patriots owner Robert Kraft, by all accounts a personal friend. After handing down an unduly harsh punishment for Ballghazi that will hurt the Patriots both this… » 5/12/15 9:13am 5/12/15 9:13am

Roger Goodell Is A Shit-Eating Moron

Now you know. Now you know that, in Roger Goodell’s batshit crazy universe, the greatest crime of all is defying authority. Tom Brady just got locked in the attic for four games this fall, and it wasn’t REALLY because he dicked around with the ball (a crime that, as already noted in many other places, has been met… » 5/11/15 8:26pm 5/11/15 8:26pm