Book: Tom Brady could have avoided deflate-gate suspension, but refused NFL's stipulations

Just when you thought deflate-gate was a thing of the past, there’s a new book to rehash the whole thing, and it purports to shed light on why Tom Brady’s fight against the NFL ended up in federal court.

Roger Goodell demanded Brady throw team employees under bus

The book, “12: The Inside Story of Tom Brady’s Fight for Redemption” by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge, says that Brady offered to pay a $1 million fine for his alleged involvement with the maybe-intentional-deflation of footballs used in the 2015 AFC championship game.

But NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wanted more than money from the New England Patriots quarterback.

“He demanded that Brady publicly state that former Patriots equipment guys (John) Jastremski and (Jim) McNally had purposely tampered with footballs, even without his knowledge,” the book states.

“Tom said no.”

(McNally was a game-day locker-room attendant, not a full-time Patriots employee.)

Brady allegedly told NFL Players’ Association head DeMaurice Smith, “There’s no way I’m gonna ruin these guys for something I believe they didn’t do.”

Look back at how the NFL world reacted to Deflategate: 

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THIS IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS!!! SMH 😡 #PATSNATION STAND UP!!!!!
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You have to the love the patriots . They do anything to win a Super Bowl . #mytypeofteam😊
Tom Brady's 4-game suspension costs him $1,882,352 in salary. Patriots' fine is $1M. So team actually makes $882K...but still loses plenty.
People are so jealous of Tom Brady and the Patriots. No court could convict based on the evidence.They can't beat him on the field, so this!
Did not see that one coming a milli and 4 games😐
I honestly feel bad for Tom Brady!! I know first hand the type of competitor he is & how much work he puts in... Came down too hard on him!
It's a good thing the @nfl suspended Tom Brady now everyone knows that NOBODY is above the system #NFL #FairGame
To win four Super Bowl is outstanding. I know Tom Brady is a great competitor and leader. I feel sorry for him and patriots nation!
Every1s very opinionated about #DeflateGate. Some known athletes speaking & passing judgement r known offenders. #CastingStones #GlassHouses
I think the suspension is warranted, they came down hard on the organization though. #Deflategate
What's even worse is that people want to see him fall because of his greatness! #FreeTomBrady
After 4 months of extreme, detailed investigation.. NE might have, probably, possibly, maybe deflated balls... Most likely.
It's May and the Deflategate is still an issue.
Well Well Wells
Omg somebody please tell me these text messages from the Patriots report are not real...If so I'm going to the hospital of laughter
Honestly I don't know that deflating balls makes a difference at all.... patriots are seriously a great football team and Tom probably is
The goat. Just when you're that high up in your profession and there is something to criticize u can't expect us plebs to not take advantage
He and they are so good that we often try to Find something to criticize. In this case Ted Wells laid it out on a platter for us.
We all were "generally aware" that the Patriots push the rules. We also knew it was "more probable than not" that they cheat. No news here!
Water is wet https://t.co/LL1sN62DhL
Back to being serious 1. I'm not surprised 2. They still won and a deflated football doesn't help that much 3. It's all about integrity
They should throw the book at Brady. He should have to miss recess & write I will probably not deflate footballs100 times on a chalkboard
#WhoCaresGate
Ppl will say Coach Belichick didn't know. In the words of Commish Goodell to S. Payton. You're the hd coach. You should've known.
In DeflateGate report, equipment assistant says Brady gave him ball that he used to pass 50K career passing yards http://t.co/OR3CLoNkXe
Asked about Deflategate, Rob Gronkowski simply flexed his muscles. #WBZ http://t.co/MMG5HdYGK4
The Patriots are habitual rule breakers, and that's why they win championships.
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‘Why am I not getting the support I deserve?’

When the Patriots arrived in the Phoenix area for Super Bowl XLIX after beating the Colts in that AFC title game, team owner Robert Kraft gave a passionate news conference in which he demanded that his team, namely Brady and coach Bill Belichick, receive apologies from the league if its investigation found footballs had not been deliberately deflated.

But a couple of months later, speaking from the NFL’s spring meetings, Kraft struck a different tone, saying he accepted the four-game suspension that Goodell had handed down for Brady and the hefty team fine, and wouldn’t appeal.

Brady was apparently livid.

“Kraft’s star quarterback Tom Brady watched the news conference along with millions of others on television,” the authors write. “He was devastated and angry. Brady grabbed his cell phone and punched in the contact number for DeMaurice Smith.”

“What the (expletive)?,” Brady shouted into the phone. “Why am I not getting the support I deserve on this thing?”

Smith assured Brady that the NFLPA would fight on his behalf, and together they took the league to federal court. After an appeals court upheld Brady’s suspension, effectively agreeing with the NFL that the league’s labor laws, in this case Article 46 of the collective bargaining agreement, give Goodell the ability to punish players for a wide swath of offenses not spelled out elsewhere in the CBA.

It could have gone to the U.S. Supreme Court, but Brady decided to drop the fight and sat out the first four games of the 2016 season.

Both Kraft and Brady sat down with the authors, though Kraft would not discuss his relationship with Goodell on the record.

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Patriots fans take shots at Roger Goodell after Super Bowl win
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BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: A fan carries a sign mocking Roger Goodell, Commissioner of the National Football League, during New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade in Boston on Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: Ben Cleary of Marblehead carries this sign during the New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade in Boston on Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: New England Patriots fans express their feelings toward NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell with signs at City Hall Plaza during the New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade in Boston on Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: A sign hangs on a railing as fans line the route during the New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade in Boston on Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: A fan holds up a Roger Goodell sign during the New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade in Boston on Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: Fans during New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade in Boston on Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: New England Patriots fan Christopher Murphy-Moore was dressed for the occasion while celebrating during New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade in Boston on Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: Fans gather in Copley Square before the start of a New England Patriots victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Michael J. Ivins/Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: New England Patriots fans celebrate during the New England Patriots Super Bowl LI victory parade in Boston on Feb. 07, 2017. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: A New England Patriots fan expresses his feelings toward NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell with a sign at City Hall Plaza during the New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade in Boston on Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: Tom Brady of the New England Patriots celebrates during the Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
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Smith told the authors that Brady’s much-ballyhooed first news conference in the days after news broke that the league would be looking into the level of inflation in the Patriots’ footballs from the AFC championship happened because Brady believed the matter was trivial.

“Tom gave the press conference because he didn’t think the situation was a big deal and that he hadn’t done anything wrong,” Smith said. “He thought he would address it once and move on.”

“His minor infraction became a capital murder case,” Sherman said in an ABC News interview.

Birthday Brady

Friday is Brady’s 41st birthday. It’s become something of a holiday at Patriots’ training camp, with fans singing “Happy Birthday” loudly and off-key multiple times during practice. The team did it up big this year too, commissioning a massive “12” cake to share with fans, and providing a giant birthday card for the public to sign.

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