ESPN’s Adam Schefter checked in with Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Wednesday morning to discuss Roger Goodell’s comments to the media about Deflategate. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
While addressing the media on Tuesday, Goodell announced that he would not be releasing the PSI data the league had previously claimed to be collecting. He said that the league only conducted “spot checks” and that no violations were found. This has left Patriots fans outraged, wondering if that data could have helped prove Tom Brady‘s innocence.
“I’ll say this, if the numbers came out and supported the league’s contention, I’m just guessing here, we probably would have heard more about that … but that didn’t happen,” Schefter said, adding: “The league has been, I think, inconsistent. In this particular case, the league made up the rules as they went along.”
Around this time last year, deflated footballs seemed to be of the utmost importance to Goodell and the NFL. Now, it seems the league has changed its tune.
“The league made a huge deal out of the Patriots’ footballs, but then this year I think it probably got a little bit more educated on the topic, more educated than it was at that particular time,” Schefter said. “I think that reflected that it was more along the lines of what people in New England thought and not along the lines of what people across the rest of the league might have thought.”
Unless the NFL wins its appeal of Judge Berman’s ruling on Deflategate, Tom Brady will have made it through this whole fiasco without missing a game. Patriots fans now have shifted their attention to the first- and fifth-round draft picks that were taken away by the league.
“If they uphold the decision from Judge Berman, then New England is going to be angry, and have a right to be angry. But the fact of the matter is, that’s not going to change. The league will never give in on that point. The league docked the Patriots a penalty based on the evidence that it believed it had, and it’s never going to go back on that, as much as the people there don’t like it,” Schefter said. “I would be shocked if the league ever went back and returned that compensation. that would be such an admission on the league’s part that it botched the case.”
Would Robert Kraft consider taking action against the league to get these picks back?
“First of all, if the Patriots had been [in the Super Bowl], I don’t think that’s what he would have said, I don’t think that’s what he would do. If it were, I think we would have heard about it by now, it’s just opposite of the way that he’s acted,” Schefter said. “Has he shown any signs that that is going to be the case, or that would happen? No. So I don’t know why his tune would change now.”