Per ESPN: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is open to accepting some form of suspension, but only if it can be for failing to cooperate with the NFL rather than admitting to the Wells report findings, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Wednesday.
Even with those parameters, however, league sources said Wednesday that settlement discussions on Brady’s attempt to overturn a four-game suspension have gone “nowhere.”
Brady, who had initially planned to attend Wednesday’s federal court hearing in New York for the second straight week, instead joined the Patriots for their joint practices with the New Orleans Saints in West Virginia.
Brady and Goodell were both present Tuesday in the meeting with U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. Francis, who is working with U.S. District Court Judge Richard M. Berman, a source told Schefter. The meeting was held at an undisclosed location instead of the federal courthouse in Manhattan in order to avoid media attention, sources told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio.
Berman already has ruled that neither Brady nor Goodell must attend Wednesday’s hearing, which primarily is for verbal arguments of the legal briefs that both sides submitted Friday. The NFL is declining to identify who from the league will attend Wednesday’s hearing, a source told ESPN.
Berman repeatedly has instructed Brady, the NFL and the players’ union to attempt to reach a settlement and to tone down rhetoric in the case. Both Brady and Goodell appeared in Berman’s court last Wednesday, although little progress was made.
Brady’s attorneys filed documents Friday in U.S. District Court, alleging a smear campaign against the two-time NFL MVP and reiterating their claims of unfair treatment by Goodell and the league.
Brady is seeking to overturn the suspension for his role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game. Goodell upheld the suspension on July 29 when Brady appealed, prompting Brady to file suit in federal court.
I refuse to believe this report, Brady is all in on this, there is no way he accepts the penalty if they word it differently. Brady is fighting for all or none. This would be a huge disappointment if he accepted a suspension for “failure to cooperating”