Judge: ‘I Have A Little Trouble With’ Tom Brady’s Four-Game Suspension


Aug 19, 2015

Tom Brady had a solid practice against the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday, according to those on hand in West Virginia, but it seems he had an even better day in court — even though he wasn’t there.

“Colts did better against Pats than the NFL did (Wednesday) against (NFL Players association attorney) Jeff Kessler,” Yahoo! Sports’ Dan Wetzel tweeted after the hearing concluded at the U.S. District Court in New York.

Wednesday “was more of a blowout than the AFC Title. Kessler all but dropped the mic at the end,” Boston Herald legal columnist Bob McGovern tweeted after witnessing the hearing.

One of U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman’s biggest points of contention with the NFL is how league commissioner Roger Goodell, who also wasn’t present, decided on a four-game Deflategate suspension for Brady.

“I have a little trouble with (Goodell deciding on four games),” Berman said, according to CSNNE.com’s Tom E. Curran.

Goodell compared deflating footballs to steroid use in his letter upholding Brady’s four-game suspension.

“How are deflating footballs and not cooperating with the commissioner legally comparable to steroid use and a masking agent?” Berman asked NFL Management Council attorney Daniel Nash, according to Curran.

Berman also grilled Nash on why the NFLPA wasn’t allowed to call NFL general counsel Jeffrey Pash, who also edited the Wells Report, as a witness in Brady’s appeal, according to New York Daily News Manhattan federal court reporter Stephen Brown.

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Nash also appears to have made a gaffe in court, saying Brady was not only “generally aware” of deflated footballs, as was stated in the Wells Report, but “involved.”

“Why doesn’t it say that?” Berman asked, according to Brown.

Berman continued to push for a settlement, according to multiple reports from the courthouse.

Thumbnail photo via David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports Images

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