qdog112 says:May 20, 2015 3:48 PM
BREAKING: Tom Brady will withdraw his appeal before the end of the week, boys and girls. The Pats need this thing off the front page and Brady’s people are just going through the procedure along with the NFLPA, until they can find an honorable way to shut it down.
Those thinking court, should think again. This thing is over. Goodell is giving Brady a chance to come, hat in hand, and make a personal plea. Short of that, nothing to see here.
qdog112 says:May 19, 2015 7:00 PM
Funny how now people are bashing the NFLPA for their tactics, when they are playing the hand they were dealt. Those are the same people who thought Kessler would come in, guns ablazin’ to take the NFL down.
They’re also the same people who blamed the players for the owners’ lockout, demanding they make a deal and get back to the field. Strange how fans always side with the billionaires against the employees.
Anyway, you’re right, the CBA allows Goodell to do what he’s doing, but don’t dump it in Smith’s lap, when everybody was against him holding out for a better deal. Brady’s position was hurt by Don Yee, not De Smith.
Yee came out hurling grenades that turned out to be duds and his blazing guns were loaded with blanks. That’s on Brady, not the NFLPA.
Let me be first to say, I told you so. The funny thing is how Pats fans view capitulation as proof the NFL has folded. I told you days ago that this thing was over and that Kraft would not appeal.
He understands he’s in a position of weakness. Maybe it just took the glares and whispers of 31 equals for him to realize that his “acting out” didn’t just affect his team, but the other 31 as well.
Next up, Brady pleads through Kessler and the NFLPA for a reduced penalty, which will also be viewed as a GREAT VICTORY by the clarity challenged. Court is out of the question and the appeal may even be withdrawn after the owners’ meeting. They’ve had enough of the circus.
Like I said last night, Kraft will NOT appeal, he will not sue and Brady’s appeal amounts to a conciliatory plead for leniency in his suspension.
This thing is over, it just takes someone who makes millions to make it official. Read the tea leaves, connect the dots or use whatever gets you through the day.
The dust has settled and the Pats and Brady have lost the PR war. Expect them to stay quiet until they figure out a way to save face and eventually capitulate.
The NFLPA and Kessler have provided some cover, but now there is no place to hide. This thing is over. Kraft’s not gonna appeal and Brady’s appeal is just a cry for a reduced penalty.
All parties are figuring out what language is most palpable to the fans and media, who will realize that Brady and Kraft have just been venting. Bottom line, it over.
Notice that all the flame-throwing has stopped from the Brady camp since they put a muzzle on Don Yee. I guess he thought he would scare people with his rhetoric. Well, he did scare people. He scared his client enough to get canned.
As Brady’s agent, he hasn’t had to work for a living. Anybody could represent a top QB like Brady. Automatically, you’re not gonna have to put up with typical negotiation haggling. His scorched earth tactics have made it very hard for Brady’s new lead attorney & the NFLPA to appear reasonable.
Now every Brady & Pats move just looks desperate. Don Yee is, well … done. We’ve heard the last of him. In sports parlance, he’s been BENCHED.
So now, it’s been established that manipulating equipment is not new. The issue here is that game ball specifications are in the rulebook and somebody tampered with the balls after the refs OK’d them for play. Every player may try to get a competitive advantage, but when it bucks against the rulebook, don’t get caught.
I predict Kessler will try to settle this matter ASAP as quietly as possible, effectively throwing “himself on the mercy of the court”. They will attempt to negotiate reduced penalty because as it stands, The NFL has all the cards.
Why on earth would they wanna prevent these two fellas they suspended (without pay) from shouting the truth from the mountaintops, for all to hear?
Even if they did sign an agreement, it would very difficult to uphold in court. Judges don’t take kindly to documents signed by parties that are clearly not equals, especially when the dominating party represented by teams of attorneys and the weak party stands alone.
Also, the Pats will have to prove they were fired (that’s what a suspension sans pay amounts to) with cause. That means they did something wrong, which means they tampered with the footballs, which leads right back to the doorsteps of the Pats.
Hard to imagine a judge holding them to an employment contract after they’ve been summarily fired, with their source of income gone. You’d be surprised how many attorney’s would jump at the opportunity to make a name for themselves by defending such a case.
Just another transparent threat to scare people from revealing the truth. Imagine the public outcry, if the Pats sued them to keep quiet. What a PR nightmare that would be.