Wednesday's Morning Mashup: Media, legal scholars call for NFL attorney Paul Clement to admit untruths to court in Deflategate hearing

March 09, 2016 - 3:01 am

Welcome to Wednesday's Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire. WEDNESDAY'S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: NBA: Grizzlies at Celtics, 7 p.m. (ESPN) NBA: Clippers at Thunder, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN) College basketball: Patriot League final, Holy Cross at Lehigh, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN) College basketball: ACC Tournament, Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh, noon (ESPN) College basketball: ACC Tournament, N.C. State vs. Duke, 2 p.m. (ESPN) College basketball: Big Ten Tournament, Minnesota vs. Illinois, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN2) College basketball: ACC Tournament, Georgia Tech vs. Clemson, 7 p.m. (ESPN2) College basketball: Big East Tournament, DePaul vs. Georgetown, 7 p.m. (FS1) College basketball: Big Ten Tournament, Rutgers vs. Nebraska, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network) College basketball: Big 12 Tournament, Oklahoma State vs. Kansas State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU) College basketball: ACC Tournament, Florida State vs. Virginia Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPN2) College basketball: Big 12 Tournament, TCU vs. Texas Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPNU) College basketball: Big East Tournament, St. John's vs. Marquette, 9:30 p.m. (FS1) NHL: Blackhawks at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN) Soccer: Champions League, SL Benfica at Zenit St. Petersburg, noon (FS1) Soccer: Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain at Chelsea, 2:30 p.m. (FS1) AROUND THE WEB: -- NFL attorney Paul Clement was widely lauded for his performance before the Second Circuit appeals panel last Thursday, as he argued that Tom Brady's four-game suspension for his alleged role in Deflategate should be reinstated. However, it soon became clear that Clement played fast and loose with the truth, and calls are growing louder for him to rectify the situation. In Tuesday's Washington Post, longtime columnist Sally Jenkins took Clement and the league to task for their dishonest behavior and suggested Clement should rectify the situation by sending a letter of correction to the court. She has backing from some legal scholars, including New York Law School professor Robert Blecker, who filed an amicus brief. In perhaps the most obvious incorrect statement, Clement repeated commissioner Roger Goodell's assertion that Brady denied discussing the Deflategate accusations with assistant equipment manager John Jastremski the day after the AFC championship game. Goodell used this as an example of Brady's obstruction. However, in Brady's arbitration testimony he said he and Jastremski discussed "the allegations we were facing," adding: "I think trying to figure out what happened was certainly my concern and trying to figure out, you know, what could be -- possibly could have happened to those balls." Clement also claimed that Patriots locker room attendant Jim McNally repeatedly referred to himself as the "deflator" in text messages "throughout" the 2014 season, when in fact McNally only used the term in one text message, and it was in May of 2014, well before the season began. Jenkins writes that the league's untruths -- and Clement's decision to repeat them -- "should serve as evidence to those judges that the Brady arbitration is dishonest and should be tossed." Writes Jenkins: Lawyers are officers of the court and cannot make false statements of fact, under pain of sanctions. Clement is one of the top appellate lawyers in the land, a former solicitor general, so he knows better than anyone that he owes the court candor. He is professionally obliged to admit that he was (surely unwittingly) sucked through the looking glass into the deceitful universe of Goodell's NFL, in which the commissioner habitually makes up facts in disciplinary cases to suit himself and consolidate his powers. Added Jenkins: Over and over again, other courts have found Goodell not credible in disciplinary cases, because he takes rash actions and then is too vain to admit a mistake. The Second Circuit should be aware that he's not credible in this instance either. Clement is professionally obligated to correct the record on the misstatements Goodell led him into. He owes the court that candor. -- Adam Vinatieri's record-setting career will continue in Indianapolis. The 43-year-old, who has played 10 seasons with the Colts after spending his first 10 seasons with the Patriots, agreed to a deal on Tuesday night after some touch-and-go negotiations reportedly centered on Vinatieri's desire for a multi-year deal. "At the end of the day I made it crystal clear that I wanted to keep playing, and wanted to play here," Vinatieri said (via the Indianapolis Star). "I want to finish my career off here." In the last two seasons Vinatieri has missed just three field goals in 58 attempts. He ranks third in NFL history in field goals made with 503 -- trailing only Morten Andersen (565) and Gary Anderson (538). Vinatieri is the only kicker to have played in five Super Bowls and made field goals in four. "We are thrilled to retain Adam as a member of the Colts family," Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said in a team release. "Adam continues to play at the highest level year in and year out and his hard work, consistency and professionalism are a credit to him being the longest-tenured active player in the NFL. Adam has won multiple Super Bowls and is a future Hall-of-Famer. We look forward to continuing to utilize his championship pedigree and leadership in our program. -- Retiring quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is close to finalizing a deal to join ESPN and replace Mike Ditka on "Sunday Night Countdown," according to a report Tuesday. The Big Lead, citing multiple sources, broke the news about the former Boston College star (and brother of ESPN analyst Tim Hasselbeck). The website indicates Ditka -- who has made some controversial comments -- will remain with the network in an "unspecified emeritus-type NFL role." Hasselbeck has spent the last three seasons with the Colts backing up Andrew Luck. He started eight games last season (going 5-3) as Luck battled injuries. ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 9, 1969, the No. 24 was retired to the rafters in honor of which Celtic? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "It's been real difficult losing, obviously, setting history and all that stuff. But guys just kept playing. As much [talk] as is out there, we didn't really pay too much attention to it. We just kept kind of playing." -- Boston College's Eli Carter, after the Eagles completed the first 0-19 season in ACC history with Tuesday's 88-66 loss to Florida State in the conference tournament STAT OF THE DAY: 10 -- Seconds of overtime the Bruins played Tuesday before Brad Marchand scored for a 1-0 victory over the Lightning 'NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Trail Blazers forward Gerald Henderson comes up with a huge block against the Wizards to force overtime. Lakers rookie D'Angelo Russell hits a halfcourt shot while doing a sit-up. The Royals-Rockies spring training game is interrupted by a swarm of bees. TRIVIA ANSWER: Sam Jones SOOTHING SOUNDS: Mark Lindsay, former lead singer for Paul Revere and the Raiders, was born on this day in 1942.