Goodell Punts on Brady, Deflategate

During a press conference Tuesday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell did not indicate that he would be willing to settle with suspended New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. A judge issued a new order this week for both parties to settle, but when asked about the possibility of settling at the press conference, Goodell simply said he “will allow the judge to handle the process from here.” Brady’s suspension is based on a report alleging that 11 of the 12 balls used during the AFC Championship Game in January were under-inflated. Goodell told reporters Tuesday that the NFL never corrected the false information that led to the report because officials deferred to Ted Wells, the attorney who was hired for an independent investigation. Wells had “complete discretion” and “we went along with that, and that was ultimately the decision we made,” Goodell said.