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Berman seems to agree with Kessler on 'general awareness'

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Berman seems to agree with Kessler on 'general awareness'

NEW YORK -- Judge Richard Berman seemed to commiserate with NFLPA attorney Jeffrey Kessler during final oral arguments, which are being presented this morning at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan U.S. Courthouse. 

During Kessler's hour-long summation of points where the NFL went astray in investigating and suspending Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, the topic of "general awareness" surfaced again. 

As Kessler stated that, "Player policies say you can't be punished for being 'generally aware,' " Berman nodded vigorously. Berman then asked, "Can Mr. Brady be fined under the equipment policy?"

Kessler answered, "Yes, but the 'generally aware' problem trumps that." 

Berman replied, "I read that and find that the 'general awareness' doesn't relate to the Jan. 18 game," to which Kessler said, "Outstanding observation."

Kessler was strident and animated during his oral argument. When Berman asked the question of whether the NFL's 2014 player-conduct policy provided notice that a player is supposed to cooperate with an investigation, Kessler said that that was for off-field issues related to domestic violence or arrests. 

Kessler went as far Wednesday as delving into the Wells report and the PSI findings turned in by the firm Exponent. Passing out a hand-out, Kessler said, "I call this hand-out 'Angels Dancing on the Head of a Pin.' " 

He went on to say that Exponent's testimony in the Wells report showed that the NFL is alleging, "Mr. McNally went into the bathroom to lower PSI one or two tenths."

Kessler said, "That's like being pulled over for going one or two miles over the speed limit and the officer saying he concluded that by counting, 'One-Mississippi, two Mississippi . . .' "

Berman also seemed to agree that the NFL withholding NFL council Jeff Pash from being questioned during Brady's appeal hearing in June was significant.

In concluding, Kessler said to Berman that, "Last week you asked, 'Where was the 'gate' in Deflategate?' I hope that the gate leads to a fair result . . . All we can ask for is that the NFL plays by the rules."

NFL attorney Daniel Nash followed Kessler at the podium, and while Berman said he could take just as long as Kessler, Nash said he likely wouldn't need it because this is not the time to fight the details. 
 
Nash alleged that Kessler's final argument proves the NFL's point, that the NFLPA is trying to re-open the investigation with Berman as the arbitrator. 

 
As of 11:10 a.m., Nash's arguments were still ongoing. 

NFL Rumors: Patriots in consideration to host 2022 NFL Draft in Boston

NFL Rumors: Patriots in consideration to host 2022 NFL Draft in Boston

Could the NFL's biggest spectacle outside the Super Bowl be coming to the City of Champions?

The league is considering Boston as one of its potential host cities for the 2022 NFL Draft, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday night. 

"My understanding is what the NFL wants to do is go a little city, big city, and kind of alternate,” Rapoport said. “Obviously Nashville (in 2019) and then Vegas next, they’re basically saving a spot for a bigger city.

"And some of the ones that have been mentioned to me: Boston, potentially, with the Patriots hosting, that would be one. Washington, D.C., with the Redskins. Maybe Houston with the Texans, although usually these are reserved for teams that do not host Super Bowls. But figure that (2022) spot is saved for one of the bigger NFL cities."

The NFL has venues set for the 2020 (Las Vegas), 2021 (Cleveland) and 2023 (Kansas City) drafts, but according to Rapoport is eyeing a bigger NFL market for the 2022 draft. Boston would fit that mold, as the defending champion Patriots are one of the league's most visible teams.

Where in Boston the draft would take place is a different question, as the event has shifted to open-air venues in recent years after being held indoors at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

TD Garden is an obvious indoor candidate, while City Hall Plaza, the site of several Patriots Super Bowl send-off parties and championship rallies, could be an outdoor possibility. The Boston Common is one of the largest public gathering spaces in the city and might be considered an option.

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Duron Harmon dresses as Jon Snow of 'Game of Thrones' in hilarious Instagram post

Duron Harmon dresses as Jon Snow of 'Game of Thrones' in hilarious Instagram post

Duron Harmon is a massive "Game of Thrones" fan, but what did the Patriots safety think of the series finale?

The answer to that question will have to wait until Harmon's recap this Sunday, which he previewed with a hilarious Instagram post showing him dressed as one of the show's main characters, Jon Snow.

See for yourself below:

That's dedication.

Prior to last week's series finale, Harmon gave his prediction on how the show would end. Since his prediction didn't come true, it'll be interesting to see what he thought of the series' polarizing ending.

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