12:46 p.m.: After more than two hours, the second round of settlement talks is over. With no settlement. However, the Twitterverse seems to believe Tom Brady’s side fared much better than the NFL’s. Here are some key takes and quotes from the hearing.
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12:17 p.m.: CSNNE’s Tom Curran took a break from the courtroom and has more updates on what’s currently going on.
(Pash refers to NFL vice president and general counsel Jeff Pash, who saw drafts of the Wells Report before they went public, leading some to believe he could have affected the report’s conclusions.)
12:12 p.m.: ESPN’s Andrew Brandt said on “SportsCenter” that Judge Berman is questioning NFL lawyer Daniel Nash “more stridently” than he questioned NFLPA attorney Jeffrey Kessler. Part of what Judge Berman wanted to know was which part of the suspension was for ball deflation and which was for lack of cooperation from Brady. Nash said it was all together and that it was up to Goodell, who treated it like a steroid suspension.
Brandt surmised that Judge Berman is trying to get the league to settle, as Brady already has shown willingness to come to some sort of agreement.
11:07 a.m.: ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio and Adam Schefter reported on “SportsCenter” that Judge Berman ordered Brady and Goodell to appear in court for more settlement talks on Aug. 31 if there’s no settlement Wednesday. Judge Berman also said he’s pushing for a settlement before Sept. 4, but he won’t be held to that.
10:16 a.m.: Judge Berman banned phones from the courtroom, and it appears media mebers are sticking to that order. But for those who are sick of waiting on a decision, New York Daily News court reporter Stephen Brown, who live tweeted last week’s hearing, had some bad news Tuesday night.
9:37 a.m.: There’ll be another round of settlement talks at U.S. District Court in New York on Wednesday over Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for his alleged involvement in Deflategate, but the New England Patriots quarterback will be on the practice field.
Brady headed to West Virginia for joint practices with the New Orleans Saints after settlement talks were “going nowhere” Tuesday. Brady and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s attendance was mandatory at the last hearing, but U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman said Round 2 would be voluntary for them.
Despite more unproductive settlement talks, Brady reportedly is open to accepting “some form” of suspension, as long as it’s for his failure to cooperate and he doesn’t have to accept the findings of the Wells Report.
The hearing is set for 10 a.m., so keep it here for live updates.
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