Judge hearing "Deflategate" arguments

Aug 12, 2015 9:02 PM by Ross Field

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and contingents of lawyers for the league and players' union have left a federal courthouse after a full day of talks with a judge aimed at settling the "Deflategate" scandal that's enveloped football this offseason.

Goodell walked out of a Manhattan courthouse about 10 minutes after Brady exited, with some spectators shouting "cheater, cheater" toward the Super Bowl MVP.

Brady and Goodell each smiled as they left separately.

Most of the day was taken up by private talks that started soon after the sides arrived. Brady and Goodell with their lawyers met separately with U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in his robing room before the hearing began, then again afterward.

Berman challenged the league and Brady during the public hearing lasting more than an hour, belittling the drama of the controversy over whether Brady cheated by using underinflated footballs in the AFC championship game in January.

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