Yesterday on ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that the league did not ask the Patriots to suspend the two team equipment employees that were at the center, along with quarterback Tom Brady, in the Deflate-Gate saga.
"Absolutely not," said Goodell. "No. That was a decision by the Patriots."
That claim came to the confusion of New Englanders and whomever followed this story especially after remembering a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter.
For those asking why Patriots suspended two employees if those two did nothing wrong, as New England claims: NFL asked Pats to suspend them prior to discipline being handed down, per a league source in New York. New England obliged with the NFL's request.
Seemingly hours after Goodell got off the air with Mike and Mike, came a report from Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk that the Patriots are trying to bring McNally and Jastremski back for this season.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Patriots have indeed asked for the employees to be reinstated. The request was made on or before late Monday afternoon. It definitely was made before Tuesday; it possibly was made before Vincent said the league hadn’t heard from the Patriots. It’s also possible that the people who have said the request wasn’t made weren’t told that a request had been made. Either way, the request has been made.
This is what Florio is talking about when talking about Vincent. The executive vice president of football operations did a Twitter Q&A and said that they have not heard from the Patriots.
A8) We have not heard from the Patriots in regards to their 2 employees #TV23chat— Troy Vincent (@TroyVincent23) September 7, 2015
The NFL keeps digging themselves in meaningless lies. Why lie and say that was entirely a Patriots call to suspend them? The NFL suggested that they suspend McNally and Jastremski, for good reason being that they were allegedly at the center of a big cheating scandal, and the Patriots obliged. So, I guess it was the Patriots call, but Goodell makes it seem like the NFL has no play in that decision.
In the end, it's good that these two guys get their jobs back, make a living and continue to start to put Deflate-Gate behind us.
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