NEW YORK — Tom Brady denied under oath to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that he tampered with footballs before the AFC title game, and investigator Ted Wells said in a transcript that he never warned the New England Patriots quarterback he would be punished if he didn’t turn over his cellphone.
In a 457-page transcript released on Tuesday, Brady maintained his innocence in the NFL scandal known as “Deflategate.” He denied discussing air level with the ballboys or even thinking about how inflated the footballs were when he selected them. He also said he’s never asked anyone from the Patriots to tamper with footballs.
Brady was suspended four games and the team was docked $1 million and two draft picks after a NFL-sanctioned investigation by Wells found the Patriots supplied improperly inflated footballs for the conference championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Brady appealed the punishment. Goodell decided to hear the appeal himself and upheld the penalty. Both sides went to federal court, and U.S. District Judge Richard Berman told the sides to work out a settlement.
The transcript filed by the NFL Players Association included the appeal testimony from Brady and Wells on June 23. Wells explained that he did not believe Brady had nothing to do with the ball deflation because the quarterback refused to provide all of the documents that were requested.
CLOWNEY’S FATHER CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER: In Rock Hill, South Carolina, the father of Houston Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was arrested and charged with attempted murder for a shooting at a bar in Rock Hill.
David Morgan also was charged with possession of a weapon during a violent crime, Rock Hill Police Department Capt. Mark Bollinger said. Morgan is in custody and awaiting a bond hearing.
The police report said Morgan, nicknamed “Chilli Bean,” was removed from the bar for sitting on the stage. Police added he was seen later at the back of the property before firing several rounds at victim Braxton Homesley. Police said Homesley returned fire.
AGENT HOPEFUL WR HILTON CAN GET NEW DEAL: T.Y. Hilton’s preference is to be paid like an All-Pro receiver in Indianapolis.
On Tuesday, Hilton’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told a small group of reporters in Anderson, Indiana, he was hopeful the two sides could agree to a contract extension by Labor Day weekend. Hilton’s contract expires after the season.
A year ago, he caught 82 passes for a career high 1,345 yards and seven touchdowns to earn his first trip to the Pro Bowl.