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Talk of Fame Network
A lot of people have opinions about what New England quarterback Tom Brady should have done to try to avoid a four-game suspension – with cooperating with the NFL at the top of the list. But a lot of people aren’t Tom Condon.
Condon, “alpha agent” to the superstars, stopped by this week’s Talk of Fame broadcast and, when asked, offered his advice as to how he might have handled the Brady situation differently had he represented the star quarterback.
“To tell you the truth,” he said, “with the Tom Brady situation … I’ve watched it like all the fans have and the interested people around the country. (But) I think generally, just looking from the outside, I probably would’ve recommended that we cooperate fully in terms of turning over the electronic data … that kind of thing.
“Other than that, it was probably to say, ‘Listen, I’m sorry if it was something that was that big of a deal, but I suppose I didn’t realize that having the ball a little bit softer was going to be such a huge … or that people would think it would be such a huge … advantage. Other than cooperation and saying I was sorry that would be about it.”
Condon anticipated Brady’s hiring of outside legal counsel (attorney Jeffrey Kessler), saying “You have to make sure you’re giving your player every advantage,” and said he could envision the NFL Players Association challenging commissioner Roger Goodell on his determination of “conduct detrimental” – a term the league office employed with citing Brady for his failure to cooperate more fully with the Wells investigation.
Condon, who represents over 50 NFL stars – including Peyton and Eli Manning, J.J. Watt and Drew Brees, knows plenty about negotiations and investigations. Not only did he have a 12-year career in the NFL as an offensive lineman; he’s a former president of the NFLPA and the attorney who negotiated the contract for former NFLPA executive director Gene Upshaw – a contract that, at that time, made Upshaw the highest-paid union leader in labor history.
So what, he was asked, did he enjoy more: Winning games or negotiations?
“Winning football games was more fun for me,” he said. “Winning a negotiation is more fun for my client.”