NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith questions independence of Wells Report

May 22, 2015 - 11:08 am
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[caption id="attachment_90141" align="alignright" width="350"]NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith came out against the Wells Report Friday. (Rob Carr/Getty Images) NFLPA chief De Maurice Smith came out against the Wells Report Friday. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)[/caption] Speaking for the first time since the release of the Wells Report and the subsequent punishments meted out to the Patriots, NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith hammered back at the league Friday afternoon, questioning whether or not Ted Wells was truly autonomous in his work. "You can't really have credibility just because you slap the word independent on a piece of paper," Smith told ESPN. He added: "I think the Wells Report delivered exactly what the client wanted." Smith also noted some of the inconsistencies in the report, saying that one part of the document credits the memory of referee Walt Anderson, while another section questioned Anderson's recollection. He also took issue with the way it was written. "The first thing that jumps out at you about the report is how negotiated the language is," he said. Smith said he does not know if there is some sort of agreement in place between commissioner Roger Goodell and Patriots owner Bob Kraft that included Kraft dropping his fight against in the league in exchange for Goodell reducing or eliminating the suspension of Brady. While Brady's appeal is pending, a report from Pro Football Talk on Friday indicated that no date had been set for that meeting. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.