Colts owner and Jim Irsay and Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti reportedly do not want the NFL to reduce Tom Brady's four-game suspension.
On Wednesday, Pro Football Talk reported that settlement talks between the two sides had taken place. Pro Football Talk also reported that a vocal minority of owners has been pushing NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to uphold Brady's original suspension.
Paolantonio named Irsay and Biscotti as owners who would be the most angry if the Patriots quarterback has his suspension vacated. The Colts lost to New England in the AFC championship game, with the Deflategate allegations coming quickly afterwards.
“If they do vacate the suspension and exonerate Brady… you’re angering some of the hard-core owners out there,” Paolantonio said. “I know who they are, and I’m gonna name them right now: Jim Irsay of the Colts, Steve Bisciotti of the Ravens and others in the AFC who believe that the Patriots have gotten away with murder for years and have not been publicly punished properly.”
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell handed Brady a four-game suspension in May for his role in the Patriots' use of underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game. Brady was also suspended for failing to cooperate with the Ted Wells investigation that followed initial allegations of wrongdoing.
Brady appealed his suspension in June.
The NFLPA will reportedly challenge in federal court if Brady is still suspended any games after his appeal.