- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner22 mins ago
Perhaps he doesn't want to be a distraction, perhaps it's a case of sour grapes, or perhaps he even worries for his safety, but NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will not be going to the NFL's season opener in New England.
Goodell and the New England Patriots haven't mixed well together lately. Goodell suspended quarterback Tom Brady and punished the Patriots severely over deflate-gate. Brady's suspension was overturned by a federal judge on Thursday. One would assume Goodell is seething about that. One would also assume the Patriots and their fans still have some very hard feelings.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
This was the NFL’s nightmare.
After more than seven months, several millions of dollars and big talking from the league and commissioner Roger Goodell in the deflate-gate controversy, the first time someone independent looked at the case against Tom Brady it was thrown out.
Judge Richard M. Berman ruled that Brady’s four-game suspension by the NFL will be vacated, a decision Goodell plans on appealling.
Brady maintained his innocence even while the NFL tried to make its most popular player a scapegoat in a scandal the league let grow to outrageous proportions, but from the moment investigator Ted Wells’ report came out it was clear that there was no evidence against Brady. The NFL, for whatever reason, didn’t want to admit that and kept trying to turn Brady into a villain. An independent judge saw it for what it was worth.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
After having another high-profile decision overturned when someone independent looked at it, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he'll appeal Judge Richard M. Berman's decision to overturn New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's suspension.
The league put out a statement from Goodell after noon Eastern time on Thursday:
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Every NFL player should be as happy as Tom Brady today.
For years the players have complained about the NFL's discipline process, and specifically how commissioner Roger Goodell is all-powerful in the process (though, one has to wonder why they weren't so loud about the issue during CBA negotiations in 2011).
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman ruled that Tom Brady's four-game suspension should be overruled. The biggest reason? Legally speaking, Berman felt that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell extended his power and reach too far in the deflate-gate discipline and that Brady was not allowed the proper means to defend himself.
In the 40-page decision, Berman dissected the NFL's argument and found a number of flaws in its case against Brady. The ruling accurately reflected Berman's line of questioning during the hearings and is summed up in his hammer-blow line against Goodell, who is charged with issuing "his own brand of industrial justice."
So what did Berman fall back on? Here was his justification:
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
As soon as news broke that a judge had overturned Tom Brady's four-game deflate-gate suspension, current and former NFL players, from both the New England Patriots and from around the league, took to Twitter to post their reactions. They did not hold back on what they were thinking. [Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league todayl]
Tom Brady out here like https://t.co/WHxTJrm2BJ
Teflon Tom 🔓
Judge Berman....U know what u are 😂😂😂 (D-Mac) pic.twitter.com/wHxc6cXGIR
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
Deflate-gate is done! (For now.) Tom Brady is a free man! (Well, he always was, but you know what we mean.) The NFL took a huge hit on Thursday morning as a judge overturned Brady's suspension, and we're here at Grandstanding to talk about it with Frank Schwab of Yahoo's Shutdown Corner. Topics discussed:
• Why there was never any merit to the Wells Report to begin with
• How Roger Goodell deals with this crushing defeat
• Whether owners are still happy with Goodell or not (Here's the Washington Post article we reference within)
• What comes next in the appeals process
• Who won, who lost in this whole mess
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
The New England Patriots wasted no time reacting to Judge Richard M. Berman's decision to vacate Tom Brady's four-game suspension, posting a picture of a fired-up Brady to the team's official Twitter account.
Soon afterwards, the team also announced a contest with a signed Brady jersey as the prize, including a picture of the four-time Super Bowl champion waving his rings around. This comes off as even more comical when you consider the NFL suggested Brady bribed Patriots employee Jim McNally with autographed memorabilia in order to deflate the footballs for him, a notion the judge dismissed.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
Boston sports fans are renowned for their passion, their devotion, their single-minded allegiance to their teams. Perspective? Yeah, not so much.
Patriots fans believe NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has it in for the franchise, or at least quarterback Tom Brady, and to be fair, Goodell certainly seems to give that impression. But, as usually happens when sports broadcasters start channeling public outrage into hot sports takes, things went a little too far. Chatting on CSNNE, Kirk Minihane offered up a way for Patriots fans to be rid of Roger Goodell:
"Hire someone to murder him," Minihane said. "He's a rich guy. It's not that complicated." At the end of the clip, Minihane noted that he was joking.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
The topic is fun to talk about but ultimately doesn't matter: Is Roger Goodell going to lose his job as NFL commissioner?
Goodell might have a low approval rating among players, fans and some media, but the only people who matter to Goodell's job security are the NFL owners. And they still love him.
In Kent Babb's excellent piece on Goodell in the Washington Post, Babb quoted an unnamed owner as saying there is “universal support” for Goodell among owners.
“Overall,” the owner said, according to the Post, “everybody thinks he’s doing a very good job in a very, very challenging environment.”