The Jedi Mind Trick achieved by Roger Goodell this week left fans talking about what’s in the phone Tom Brady refused to hand over to the commissioner rather than what’s in the correspondence between the league and investigator Ted Wells’ law firm that the commissioner refuses to hand over to the New England Patriots quarterback.
Unfathomably, to borrow a term favored by Patriots owner Bob Kraft, Goodell now claims attorney-client privilege in refusing to disclose communications pertaining to the Deflategate investigation between the league and the law firm of Paul, Weiss partner Ted Wells, the author of the Deflategate report that the commissioner repeatedly labeled as “independent.”
Wells can be independent. He can serve as the league’s attorney. He can’t be both.
To think, if only the Patriots had hired locals F. Lee Bailey and Alan Dershowitz as its ball handlers, the team might have escaped this mess.