At least (Judge Richard M.) Berman, who has become the real star of this reality series, took the notion of the integrity of the sport being the issue here and rolled it into a spitball on Wednesday. Roger Goodell and the NFL may not have the strongest case against Tom Brady, but under the current collective bragaining agreement, that may not matter. Maybe in the end it turns out that Tom Brady lost his big fight with Roger Goodell before it ever began, before the air came out of the footballs in Foxborough and before Ted Wells’ now famous report, before Goodell suspended Brady for DeflateGate and then upheld his own suspension of Brady on appeal.
- On Wednesday, as Berman continued to push for a settlement in this case — if not a settlement of the controversy that has now been going on for seven months — he went right at one of the NFL’s core arguments, that somehow Brady and his alleged co-conspirators with those underinflated footballs in the first half of the AFC Championship Game between the Patriots and Colts had somehow launched an assault on the integrity of the sport.
- When there is an exchange like that, one that goes to the heart of the league’s case against Brady — he probably did it!
- A lot is made every time U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman, who acts like someone who ought to be a commissioner of something in sports, hauls lawyers on both sides of this into his courtroom and slaps them around.