Deflategate Hits the Fan!

Well, the final report just got released by attorney Ted Wells today on the Tom Brady/New England Patriots Deflategate investigation. At 243 pages, it covers almost every conceivable angle to put up a nearly indisputable case against the Patriots, Brady and Belichick for cheating in the AFC Championship game earlier this year against the Indianapolis Colts. Wells report even includes some incredible scientific evidence along with phone logs between Brady and the locker room staffers that builds a solid case against them.

So if it’s now proven that Brady and the Patriots likely had an established pattern of cheating over the past year that led them to their Super Bowl “victory” against the Seattle Seahawks, do you think stripping Brady and the Pats of all their wins over the entire season would be too extreme (why would anyone think they only did this once)? Or do you think the NFL will simply slap them on the wrist and hold back a couple of selections during their draft? When you realize that all the bookies have already taken the Pats out of their odds-making stats, makes you wonder who’s actually running the show… (Think about this one: If the Patriots lost an entire season off their numbers, it would wreak havoc with bookies being flooded with refund requests that they couldn’t possibly handle.)

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BREAKING: NFL Giving Up Non-Profit Status

THIS JUST BREAKING ON A SLOW TUESDAY:

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After some embarrassing exposure and some lame excuses, the NFL finally decided to do some opting out of their own. The NFL is finally giving up its tax-exempt nonprofit status.

NFL to voluntarily give up its tax-exempt status

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Official Concussion Settlement Documents

This stinks!

This stinks!

Here are the final documents filed on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 in US District Court in Philadelphia under Judge Anita Brody: The 7-page memo along with the full 132-page Agreement. We’re also posting a copy of the 24-page summary piece that was posted on NFLConcussionSettlement.

There are currently over 200 retired players who decided to Opt Out from the settlement before the cut-off date so it’s not over by any means, although the battle will definitely be drawn out by the NFL and their lawyers. Those fighting on will be blamed for holding up the settlement as more divide-and-conquer SOP by the League.

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Joe Theismann Talks about the NFL Concussion Settlement

Quarterback Joe Theismann (1974 – 1985 Washington) did a quick overview with FOX Business Melissa Francis on his thoughts about the recent NFL concussion lawsuit settlement just approved by Judge Brody in US District Court yesterday. He did not opt Out of the settlement.

NFL Dodges Another Bullet?

Dodged Bullet

A sad day for retired NFL players. In spite of numerous delays, Judge Brody finally approved a 65-year settlement offer that allows the League to dodge many bullets that the original concussion lawsuits may have forced on them. Andrew Brandt gives an overview with ESPN on the downside of this settlement for most players.

It ain’t over until it’s over – stay tuned…

4 Different Types of TBI

Are you as confused as most of us when it comes to a traumatic brain injury? Dolman Law Group put together this simplified infographic explaining the different – and sometimes subtle – differences of TBI. Somehow, I have a feeling that even a lot of doctors have trouble explaining this to their patients…

To our retired NFL player followers – which of these sound familiar?

(You can enlarge the infographic to full screen by clicking that enlarge arrow icon in the lower right corner at the bottom of the image.)

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Best Take on NCAA During “March Sadness”

Players getting screwed starts long before they enter the NFL. I don’t generally agree with John Oliver but If you had any doubt that college athletes should be paid, you won’t after you watch Oliver’s recent rant on HBO’s Last Week Tonight. If you don’t get P.O.’ed after watching some of the various comments made by some of the stooges in this scam…

Hall of Fame Wives and Widows Letter to NFL

On March 9, 2015, 26 wives and widows of NFL Hall of Fame inductees from over the years sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and David Baker, president of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as well as NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith holding them accountable for the neglect and shameful treatment of their husbands and all the other players who played pre-1993 football. The sacrifices made by the pre-1993 players continue to contribute directly to the game of football, the NFL and its players today and into the future. Yet it is these same players who are provided the least in pensions and benefits today, even as revenues continue to explode every year, to the benefit of all those in today’s League and a Union that also continues to ignore and disrespect those who provided the opportunities on the sacrifices of their bodies, their brains and their lives, in many cases. The wives and widows who provided these men the support they needed while playing and after they left the game deserve the respect of the League, the Union and its fans.

As of today, the NFL and Roger Goodell, the NFLPA and DeMaurice Smith, and David Baker, president of the Football Hall of Fame, have yet to respond.

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