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Sports Business Expert: Deflategate Texts Look Bad for Brady

By    |   Thursday, 07 May 2015 07:39 PM

There's no smoking gun — or needle — to prove Tom Brady lied when he denied having footballs secretly deflated, but texts uncovered by an NFL investigator don't make the Super Bowl quarterback look very good, sports entrepreneur Rick Horrow tells Newsmax TV.

"There was a denial, then there are these texts," the Horrow Sports Ventures CEO told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner on Thursday, referring to contents of a report released on Wednesday that concludes Brady was "at least generally aware" of balls being doctored to improve his grip.

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Horrow, a lawyer, said the standard of proof employed by NFL investigator Ted Wells is "more probable than not," comparable to civil law's "preponderance of evidence" standard, and short of criminal law's "beyond a reasonable doubt."

"That's the standard that's used in disciplinary hearings, and language where the NFL and other sports take advantage of findings to do what they want to," said Horrow. "I'm not guaranteeing discipline here, but it's a very interesting set of facts and of course everybody in America is laughing over those texts right now."

The texts were between two behind-the-scenes employees of Brady's New England Patriots, and they appear to show that it was common clubhouse practice to serve up footballs with air pressure set below the league-mandated level.

"The only thing deflating sun[day]..is his passing rating," said one irritable-sounding employee text.

Horrow said it remains to be seen how NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and his deputy for disciplinary matters, Troy Vincent, will proceed based on the evidentiary standard for Wells' findings. Speculative news reports have Brady facing anything from a brief suspension to a year-long ban.

"This is not a criminal offense; there's no perjury issue here," said Horrow. "It's a private investigation. But credibility's on the line, and I'm sure there's going to be some statement [from the NFL]. And that first statement is very important to the overall perception down the road."

The report's impact on Brady is unclear, said Horrow.

"All of the Tom Brady apparel deals and endorsement deals, they're not at risk, but this is one of those things that might tarnish him long term, no doubt," he said.

"We have to say that there is some explaining to do," said Horrow.

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