Brady supporters heckle NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and shout out words of support to New England quarterback Tom Brady as both arrive at a federal court in New York. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady arrive at a Manhattan court, Wednesday (August 12), to update a federal judge on their progress, or lack of it, toward a settlement of their dispute over Brady's 'Deflategate' suspension. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman, who has pushed for a settlement, is expected to hear a closed-door briefing from the league and union regarding their efforts to resolve the case without the judge deciding whether to uphold Brady's ban. That private meeting will come ahead of a previously scheduled court hearing that Berman has instructed both Brady, a 38-year-old four-time Super Bowl champion, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to attend. The NFL suspended Brady in May for four games of the upcoming season after its investigators determined that the 13-year veteran was aware of a plan to have the team's footballs inflated below league standards in a playoff game in January. Brady has denied knowing about the deflated footballs or any scheme hatched by Patriots employees to carry it out, as alleged by NFL investigators in a detailed 243-page report. New England routed the Indianapolis Colts 45-7 in January's American Football Conference championship to advance to the Super Bowl, where the Patriots edged the Seattle Seahawks 28-24. A deflated football can be easier to grip for a quarterback, especially in the cold conditions like those outside Boston in which the AFC title game was played. Goodell approved the suspension recommended by Troy Vincent, the league's executive vice president of football operations. He then heard Brady's appeal but upheld the penalty. The NFL Players Association, on behalf of Brady, believes that Goodell should not be able to hand down the penalty and then hear the appeal. The NFL, however, contends Goodell has that right under the league's labor agreement and took the case to court minutes after denying Brady's appeal.