This video needs to go viral… It’s really a shame that 60 Minutes Sports is on Showtime and not their regular 60 Minutes show on CBS… He completely ROASTS the NFL and this guy can’t stand the Patriots. This aired a few months ago but unfortunately went unnoticed. Add in all the integrity issues has of their own between reinstating domestic abusers and also hiding millions of dollars from players, and you have a corrupt league. Unfortunately for the Patriots, deflate gate is not over. It will drag out again this Spring and the Patriots will feel the wrath of this with the loss of draft picks.
His conclusions on Deflategate are interesting in light of his disdain for the Patriots, and his initial assumption of Tom Brady’s guilt.
To better understand Judge Berman’s ruling and the impact in the case, we join Robert Blecker who’s educated opinion was formed after spending “hundreds of hours” pouring over facts, documents, and details related to DeflateGate.
– We know at least the NFL cheated, and the Patriots may have, my best guess is that it never happened.
– The NFL cheated if you define cheating, as I think it should be, which is the deceptive attempt to gain an unfair advantage, by violating rules, the letter and spirit of rules.
– If you look at the unfair advantage in the investigation from start to finish, there was a deceptive attempt to gain that unfair advantage by the NFL.
– They leaked incorrect figures, as to how much the balls had been deflated
– Belichick/Bradypress conference made them look guilty, but the reason they couldn’t explain it was because it wasn’t to be explained, it never happened.
– Well’s concluded he was “generally aware,” however there is no “standard of general awareness…it’s not found anywhere…it’s not listed anywhere.”
– Never been a suspension for an equipment violation, for refusing to cooperate in an investigation, yet Brady was suspended 4 games
– The punishment was disproportionate to the crime, if the crime happened; there was no adequate notice
Blecker midway through highlighted Judge Berman thought the pretense that the Wells’ Investigation was “independent” was a joke. Interestingly in Judge Berman’s ruling, he puts right in front “independent” in quotes or bolded for emphasis, every time he mentions the “Independent” Wells’ Report.
It was clear to Professor Blecker, “there was no independence here, this was an in-house investigation.” He also noted, some commentators/talking-heads have pointed out Goodell acted as “judge & jury.” I’m fairly sure anyone who has taken Business law, or is a human being with an understanding of basic human right & fairness that “a person cannot be a judge in his own case,” as we’ve learned from western culture for thirty centuries.