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Brady hearing transcript details judge’s comments to NFL, NFLPA

Judge Richard M. Berman has set Aug. 31 as the next court date in the Tom Brady dispute.
Judge Richard M. Berman has set Aug. 31 as the next court date in the Tom Brady dispute.(Darren Ornitz/REUTERS)

The Globe has obtained the full transcript of Wednesday's hearing in New York federal court at which the NFL and the NFL Players Association argued about Tom Brady's Deflategate punishment before Judge Richard M. Berman.

The NFL was represented by attorneys Gregg Levy and Daniel L. Nash, and the NFLPA by attorneys Jeffrey Kessler and David Greenspan. Attorneys for Brady were Andrew Tulumello and Donald Yee, his agent.

Also present were NFL executive Adolpho Birch, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith, and NFLPA attorney Heather McPhee.

No settlement was reached, and Berman ordered the parties to reconvene on Aug. 31 unless there was a settlement before then. Berman said Brady and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell must attend that meeting.

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At the hearing, Berman emphasized that he wants both parties to resolve the case on their own. He continued to put immense pressure on the NFL, poking several holes in its case and saying that Goodell made a "quantum leap" from Ted Wells's finding that Brady was "generally aware" of football tampering to Goodell stating that Brady "knew about, approved of, consented to, and provided inducements in support of" a ball-tampering scheme.

Read the full transcript of Wednesday's proceeding below.


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