New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his representatives from the NFL Players Association met NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and his gang today in the last round of settlement talks about Brady's four game suspension for his alleged role in the Deflategate scandal/farce.
While New York District Judge Richard M. Berman pushed both sides towards a settlement, it did not happen today, according to court reporter Max Stendahl:
Judge Berman: No settlement reached
— Max Stendahl (@MaxLaw360) August 31, 2015
Berman did however praise both parties for trying to reach a settlement:
Berman: "We did not reach a settlement. Parties tried quite hard, I think. No qualms about parties' effort in that regard."
— Kevin Duffy (@KevinRDuffy) August 31, 2015
Furthermore, the judge said that he will make his ruling in the upcoming days and "certainly before Friday". According to Sports Illustrated law expert Michael McCann, this might be an indicator that Berman has already made up his mind about in whose favor to rule.
The current chapter of Deflategate seems to near its end (before the likely appeal process begins).