Morning Sports Update: NFLPA president says Tom Brady made ‘incredibly generous’ settlement offer

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DeMaurice Smith recounts settlement talks between Tom Brady and the NFL. Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Tom Brady’s legal team files an appeal for the latest Deflategate ruling, legal experts offer their analysis, and Danny Ainge discusses his philosophy for this offseason.

NFLPA president DeMaurice Smith says Tom Brady made ‘incredibly generous’ settlement offer: “Tom [Brady], I think, made a great offer to settle these cases,” DeMaurice Smith said Monday on NBC’s “The Dan Patrick Show.” “The league didn’t want to do it, because he refused to throw his trainers under the bus. Look, Tom’s a standup guy, and I think that he made a settlement offer to resolve this. The league chose not to take it, and that’s where we are. … I don’t want to go into details, but it was an incredibly generous offer to resolve this. The league asked for something no man should agree to do.”


What legal experts think of Tom Brady’s Deflategate appeal petition: With the news that Tom Brady will appeal for a second hearing in front of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in the matter of his four-game “Deflategate” suspension, it’s worth noting that legal experts aren’t entirely dismissive. (

Danny Ainge says ‘I just have to protect us from doing something irrational’: “I think that that’s my job in the organization. I think that ownership would like to see something happen faster. I know my coaches would like to see something faster. I know my players want to see something faster. I’ve been in their positions and I get it. I want to see something faster, too. But I just have to protect us from doing something irrational, just to get a little bit better.” (

Gronk responds to Tom Brady’s latest Deflategate appeal: ‘He’s sexy’: NECN’s Kathryn Sotnik approached Gronkowski as he walked into the event and asked what his thoughts were on Brady appealing his suspension. (

Might the Celtics be interested in 7-foot-2 Zhou Qi? With eight picks in next month’s NBA draft there’s a very good chance the Celtics will go the draft-and-stash route with a couple of international players, with the goal being for them to stay overseas and grow their game. (



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