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Defensive lineman Malcom Brown, second from left, the New England Patriots first round draft pick, takes the stage as Patriots owner Robert Kraft prepares to introduce Brown during a media availability at the NFL football team's facility Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. Patriots president Jonathan Kraft follows Brown, who played his college career at Texas. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Robert Kraft introduces top draft pick, stays mum on ‘Deflategate’

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Robert Kraft spent 80 seconds Wednesday making his first public remarks since saying eight days earlier he wouldn’t appeal the Patriots’ punishment for using underinflated footballs. Not one of those seconds was devoted to the scandal. At a ceremony introducing New England’s first-round draft choice, the team’s owner stood on a platform in the middle of the field …

AP sources: Brady’s appeal wouldn’t be heard by Wednesday

Monday, May 25, 2015

Two people familiar with the situation tell The Associated Press that Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the deflated footballs scandal won’t be heard by Wednesday’s 10-day deadline. Both sources spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because no date for the appeal has been set. The collective bargaining agreement calls for it to be heard within 10 days. …

AP sources: Roger Goodell will not recuse self from Tom Brady appeal

Friday, May 22, 2015

NEW YORK — Roger Goodell will hear Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the deflated footballs scandal. The NFL told the players’ union on Friday that Goodell will not recuse himself from what the commissioner considers his responsibility of hearing the appeal, according to several people with knowledge …

Tom Brady, NFLPA threaten Commissioner Roger Goodell with lawsuit in ‘Deflategate’

Friday, May 15, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady’s lawyers demanded that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recuse himself from the Super Bowl MVP’s “Deflategate” appeal and threatened to go to court unless the four-game suspension is overturned. Laying out the grounds for dismissing …

Perjury charge dropped against Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee

Friday, May 15, 2015

FALL RIVER — A perjury charge was dropped Friday against the fiancee of former New England Patriots star and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez. Shayanna Jenkins had pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors had said she lied dozens of times to …

Prosecutors want to drop Hernandez fiancee’s perjury case

Thursday, May 14, 2015

FALL RIVER (AP) — Massachusetts prosecutors asked a judge Thursday to drop a perjury charge against the fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez as part of an immunity deal. Prosecutors filed a motion to dismiss the case against Shayanna Jenkins, citing her testimony against Hernandez …

Gene Collier: NFL commissioner surely enjoys his paydays, but not much else

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Just one more tumultuous summer separates Roger Goodell from his 10th season as NFL commissioner, but he’s already set a career record that might never be broken. That’s the record for Most Phone Conversations That Started Essentially Like …

Falcons owner Arthur Blank says failure to admit mistakes hurt Patriots

Thursday, May 14, 2015

ATLANTA — Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Thursday there is a “general feeling” that the Patriots’ failure to acknowledge mistakes added to the punishment they received for deflating footballs. Blank stressed while at a community improvement event that …

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to personally hear Tom Brady’s suspension appeal

Thursday, May 14, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday night he will personally hear the suspension appeal of Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady, who challenged the league’s punishment for his role in using deflated footballs during the AFC championship …

Tom Brady’s fill-in: 2nd-year QB Jimmy Garoppolo in line to take over

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — As a junior in high school, Jimmy Garoppolo studied video of Tom Brady. As a rookie in the NFL, he watched the superstar in practice. He looked and learned. In the 2015 opener, the spectator will …

NFLPA to use noted labor lawyer Jeffrey Kessler in Tom Brady appeal

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

NEW YORK — Noted labor attorney Jeffrey Kessler will aid in the players’ union’s planned appeal of Tom Brady’s suspension. The New England Patriots quarterback was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the 2015 season for his role in the deflating of footballs. He …

NFL investigator says he found direct evidence against Brady

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

NEW YORK — The lawyer who investigated the New England Patriots insisted Tuesday that he found direct, not just circumstantial, evidence to show quarterback Tom Brady knew team employees were deflating footballs. Miffed by criticism from Brady’s agent, …

Despite $1M fine, Patriots reap profit from Brady suspension

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — A four-game suspension. A $1 million fine. The loss of first- and fourth-round draft picks. The numbers were flying after Tom Brady and the New England Patriots were hit with a trio of penalties for tampering …