Roger Goodell: No Tom Brady Settlement Coming; Deflategate To Be Decided In Court


Deflategate won’t be settled by compromise, according to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Speaking with reporters Monday at Jim Kelly’s charity golf tournament in Batavia, N.Y., Goodell said there will be no settlement coming between Tom Brady and the NFL as the New England Patriots quarterback attempts to have his four-game suspension overturned.

NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith also addressed a potential Brady settlement last month, telling “The Dan Patrick Show” the quarterback’s camp had made an “incredibly generous offer” to the league. Smith also said he’d be willing to listen to any additional settlement proposals, though it appears unlikely he will be hearing any.

Brady currently is pursuing an “en banc” appeal of his four-game ban, which would involve his case being reheard before all of the judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. If his suspension stands, he would not be eligible to play until Week 5 of this season.

Thumbnail photo via Stew Milne/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady looks on prior to the first half in the AFC Divisional round playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium.
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