Good morning, Boston. Tom Brady’s suspension proves The Patriot Way has its downsides, a WBZ reporter fights the weather for Deflategate, and the rest of the news you need to know today.
Why, Tom, why? “The revelation that Brady destroyed his phone prior to meeting with NFL-appointed sleuth Ted Wells isn’t a good look for the four-time Lombardi Trophy champ. It is indeed a damning turn in the Deflategate saga for the Super Bowl MVP, a matter that only the blindest of excusatory Patriots fans can reason with a shrug of the shoulders and a nod to their TB12 shrines. Brady might be taking his case to federal court, but in the eyes of everyone west of I-84, the verdict is already in. Guilty. Of something, at least.’’ (Boston.com)
Brady responds on Facebook: “I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either. … I replaced my broken Samsung phone with a new iPhone 6 AFTER my attorneys made it clear to the NFL that my actual phone device would not be subjected to investigation under ANY circumstances. As a member of a union, I was under no obligation to set a new precedent going forward, nor was I made aware at any time during Mr. Wells investigation, that failing to subject my cell phone to investigation would result in ANY discipline.’’ (Boston.com)
The “Patriot Way’’ has its downsides: “Behaving in a secretive and dismissive manner is part of the Patriots’ football culture. It’s how business is done in Fort Foxborough. It has served them well to dismiss distractions, stiff-arm media members, and win football games. But it has proven counterproductive and downright destructive in dealing with the NFL’s Deflategate investigation.’’ (The Boston Globe)
Deflategate news stops for no weather: “[The rain’s] really picked up,’’ WBZ’s consummate professional Jim Armstrong says in this video clip, umbrella held sideways against the wind. “I think that’s an understatement – it’s raining quite a lot in Foxboro.’’ (WBZ-TV)
How Mayor Walsh and the USOC reached a tipping point: “Over at City Hall, Mayor Martin J. Walsh fumed. Hours had passed since the US Olympic Committee had dumped Boston as the US bid city for the 2024 Games, and he still had not heard from the committee’s chief executive. ‘That’s not the way the bid gets pulled,’ Walsh said Tuesday, still incensed. ‘The way the bid gets pulled is by calling the mayor of the city of Boston,’ who, he noted, had taken months of grief over his support for the troubled Olympic effort.’’ (The Boston Globe)
Trump is as obnoxious in legal depositions as he is normally: “Donald J. Trump seemed irritated. He had been grilled for two hours in a lawsuit over a failed Florida real estate project, and he told the lawyer that her questions were ‘very stupid.’ When the lawyer, Elizabeth Beck, asked for a medical break, Mr. Trump and his lawyers objected, demanding that the deposition continue. Ms. Beck said it was urgent — she needed to pump breast milk for her 3-month-old daughter, and she took the pump out to make her point. Mr. Trump erupted. ‘You’re disgusting,’ he told Ms. Beck.’’ (The New York Times)
Some dentist from Minnesota tracks, shoots, and beheads a famous lion in Zimbabwe: “Cecil was a particularly high-profile lion. He was something of a mascot for Hwange National Park and beloved around Zimbabwe for his distinctive black mane. … Killing him feels like a violation, and robbing Zimbabweans of this beloved symbol seems particularly ugly — not to mention a disturbing echo of colonial-era practices of robbing sub-Saharan Africans of their heritage and natural resources.’’ (Vox)
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