NEW YORK (AP) - Private settlement talks aimed at resolving the court battle over the NFL's four-game suspension of New England quarterback Tom Brady stretched into mid-afternoon after a public hearing ended.
Brady seemed miserable throughout a hearing lasting more than an hour in Manhattan federal court. He didn't join the laughter of lawyers at several points, and slumped in his chair and kept his head lowered throughout the hearing.
Those moments included when Judge Richard Berman said he would "take exception" to an NFL players union lawyer's assertion that Brady's life is much different than their own lives. The lawyer was referring to Brady's need to destroy and change cell phones to protect his privacy.
Goodell suspended Brady after concluding he knew that two Patriots employees conspired to deflate footballs in the Patriots 45-7 victory over Indianapolis in January's AFC championship game.
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