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sister runs the largest homeless housing organization in the country, and there is a temptation to say, you know what you have to get your life right and then i'll help you. the homeless need help every step of the way. this is one step and it's a good one. >> hand up instead of handout. >> city pack the good stuff. let's get you to the newsroom with miss carol costello. >> thanks a lot. thank you so much. have a great day. "newsroom" starts now. happening now in the "newsroom," the new front on terror. >> it's the re-branding of a new militant group. >> an urgent disturbing development. isis now active and recruiting in yemen. >> but ultimately their aim is the united states. >> the u.s. embassy on alert. our warships at the ready. >> the legacy of ferguson will be determined by what we do next. also ready to clear officer darren wilson. >> the justice department has begun crafting recommendations that no charges be brought.
>> he's out of the woods when it comes to being charged either by the feds or by the state. >> how will ferguson react this morning? and laid off. >> ebay announced 2400 job cuts. that's about 7% of the work force. american express is cutting 4,000 jobs. >> major american companies cutting workers as the price of oil drops further. how long can the american worker hold on? >> you get the sense that you're able to grip the ball better than the colts last night? >> also, deflate gate. did the patriots cheat? >> i really don't know what to say or know anything about what we're talking about here. >> thursday morning quarterbacking as we hear from bill belichick this morning. let's talk. live in the "cnn newsroom."
and good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. we begin this hour with the rampant spread of terrorism. world leaders scrambling to contain it. secretary of state john kerry speaking later this morning. he's now in london leading a coalition of 20 nations uniting to combat isis. the terror group forging a new front in its war on the west. isis is gaining ground and recruiting new killers in yemen as the critical u.s. ally spirals deeper into chaos. americans on edge in yemen's capital. u.s. troops on alert. they're awaiting orders to evacuate the embassy and there's growing fear that time is running out. the rise of isis is creating a power struggle of sorts in the region as al qaeda and its loyalists control more territory and more recruits. in yemen isis is challenging the dominance of the local branch al qaeda, in the arabian peninsula. cnn's brian todd has more for
you. >> reporter: disturbing new information on the most dangerous terrorist groups taking advantage of the chaos in yemen. cnn has learned isis is now active in recruiting inside yemen. that's according to a yemeni official who says isis militants engaged in a gun battle against rivals against al qaeda in the eastern provinces of yemen last month. >> isis may be in yemen to compete. yemen is significant in islam. it is a place where we've seen attacks against the united states. it also has been a major feeder for foreign fighters. >> reporter: for years al qaeda in the arabian peninsula has dominated the terrorist foothold in yemen. they say the aqap still far outnumbers isis there with hundreds of fighters compared to dozens for isis. a u.s. counter terrorism official tells cnn aqap's leadership and key technical experts remain committed to plotting against western targets. in a new video a top aqap
official renewed the group's call to launch attacks. >> i think the target as we initially saw is going to be the europeans, simply because of their ease to get on the continent. ultimately their aim is the united states. >> a u.s. official tells us american intelligence is working to track aqap's leaders. the top one is the founder. he approves targets and orders attacks. and the group's master bomb maker who was behind the christmas day underwear bomb plot and the attempts to place bombs in printer cartridges. both targeted the united states both almost succeeded. a bomb was placed in the body of his brother. >> he detonated it in a meeting where he was in theory surrendering to the saudi prince. this was an assassination attempt. it failed but it illustrates the lengths to which somebody like asiri will go to achieve their
target. >> reporter: now officials and analysts worry they'll compete inside yemen to see who can strike america and its allies first and hardest. >> it could lead an attack in sanaa which is vulnerable and go northward to saudi arabia. >> reporter: the foothold in yemen is small according to the yemeni official we spoke to. they're trying to lure recruits from aqap promising them they have more money to fund operations. we're told aqap is struggling to raise money right now. brian todd cnn, washington. the united states has a history with terror in yemen. in 2000 17 sailors were killed when suicide bombers rammed a small craft filled with explosives into a u.s. navy ship. the commander kirk liphold was at the helm that day. he's with me today. >> thank you, carol. great to be on the show. >> great to have you here. this is how president obama described the situation in yemen
just i think last year. let's listen. >> taking outer or lists who threaten us while supporting partners on the front lines is one that we have successfully pursued in yemen and somalia for years. >> so was the president right then or have we just suffered a setback? >> i think it's just a setback. we made tremendous progress in working with yemen while in my opinion they're not exactly a reliable and trustworthy partner in the war on terror they are at least a government that is there that provided some stability in the capital and beyond. they've worked with us in counter terrorism efforts to track down and degrade and try and destroy al qaeda on the arabian peninsula. they have internal problems with the houthi rebels essentially taking over the government. >> some people think it may be a good thing that the houthi rebels have taken over and they'll fight al qaeda. the houthi's slogan is god is
great, death to america, death to israel. should the united states tolerate any negotiation with the houthi rebels? >> i think we should get by without giving up too much. the houthi rebels are shia based. they're backed by iran. you can see some of the regional factors coming into play. saudi arabia and the other gulf nations that are principally sunni, clearly saudi arabia is not going to want a shia government based on its southern border that has a terrorist presence in it that is -- aqap is a sunni based terrorist organization. they're not going to want that to be existing. they don't want a shia government there. so they have a vested interest in -- while there have been conflicts with yemen, they want to see it survive. >> how might saudi arabia react? >> i think saudi is going to work to ensure that the government does in fact get stabilized. while they may cede some power to the houthi rebels as they
create a new constitution i think ultimately they don't want a strong yemen government down there. by the same token, they would like a government that cooperates with us and with them to destroy al qaeda on the arabian peninsula because they do represent a threat ultimately to their government, to europe and the united states. >> the u.s. embassy in yemen still has not been evacuated. you told me yesterday that you think now is the time. so why aren't they moving to do that? >> i think we saw a fundamental shift overnight when the houthi rebels were willing to back off, withdraw some forces. the president agreed to some concessions regarding how they draft the new constitution what powers they would give to the houthis. as has been pointed out this morning, while they backed off, nothing has changed. i think the next 24 hours, i hate to do that again because i know yesterday i said next 24 hours, but there has been a shift. whether we see the government reassert itself in the next 24 hours will be telling. if they don't, i don't think we can continue to risk. the ships are off shore with
u.s.s. eyeu. smpt smpt u.s. u.s.s.iowigima. better to insert themselves in a benign environment than to fight their way in and create another benghazi situation unfortunately. let's get them in, get the embassy staff out and wait off shore on the ships. when the situation is stabilized it's easy to reintroduce them back into the embassy. i know there's a bit of an optic involved in that in removing our forces but nonetheless, mesh lives matter. still to come in the "newsroom," the justice department unlikely to file federal charges against ferguson police officer darren wilson. where does the community go from here? we'll talk about that next. also deflate gate heats up. patriots head coach bill belichick set to speak in just a few minutes. we're expecting him to talk at 9:30 eastern as the league investigates whether his team deflated game balls.
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glove compartment. >> show me your hands. show me your hands. show me your hands. don't you move. don't you [ bleep ] move. get him out of the car. he's got a gun in the glove compartment. i'm going to shoot you. you going to be dead i tell you. you reach for something you going to be dead i'm telling you. i'm telling you. keep your hands right there.
jerome you reach for something you going to be dead. he's reaching. he's reaching. show me your hands. maybe not. no you don't. don't move. don't you -- don't you move. >> 36-year-old jeraime reed who had a criminal record and had encountered one of the officers during a 2013 arrest was killed. both officers are on leave as the use of deadly force is investigated by county prosecutors. in ferguson missouri where another deadly police shooting sparked protests from coast to coast, word is that federal charges against darren wilson are now unlikely. an official telling cnn the prosecutors will not recommend civil rights charges in the death of michael brown because there's not sufficient evidence to support those charges. in his state of the state address missouri's governor jay nixon talked about the way forward. now pay close attention to which
lines get the most applause from the legislature in missouri. >> and we must recruit, train and certify professional law enforcement that reflects the diversity of the community it serves. [ applause ] the men and women of law enforcement protect and serve in difficult and dangerous circumstances. they put their lives on the line to protect our lives. we're proud of our law enforcement officers. [ applause ]
this. cnn analyst joins us and antonio french joins us. welcome to you both. >> good morning. >> antonio, i actually want to start with you. what's your reaction to the governor's comments and the way the state legislature responded? >> yeah i appreciated the governor's comments. we have a balance to maintain here. we want a police force that reflects the community that they police. we want a community that has a relationship with the police force. that makes the police job even easier and makes them effective. we don't want to have the abuses of the past and have oversight to build the trust. >> is that happening in ferguson? >> it's not happening right now. we hope that the events of the last few months will spark a change both politically and a systemic change the way we police in st. louis city and st. louis county. we're still waiting for that change to happen and frankly
that's why the protests continue to happen. >> on to you, paul. eric holder said that the bar is high for federal civil rights cases so is it a surprise that no civil rights violations will be be levied against officer wilson? >> not a surprise to me and seeing the facts so closely. the one thing that you had in the ferguson case was michael brown was struggling with an armed police officer and the gun went off in the car. i've never seen an officer indicted. what i was surprised about was the aggressive nature by the justice department which hinted that something was being done improperly by the locals and that a federal grand jury would make everything right. they came in and did their own autopsy. they independently interviewed their own witnesses. they created the idea that the justice department was going to save the day on a white horse.
we have a federal grand jury and they reach the same decision no basis for criminal charges. when you step back and look at it in perspective, it indicates to me that maybe the local grand jury handled it properly because even the feds have to concede. >> antonio, what's the reaction in ferguson? >> i think it's disappointment on the part of a lot of people. we do know that the bar is much higher for a civil rights case than was the case here locally. we also felt even back in august that the only way we were going to really see a trial, which i think is what the community needs, was through a special prosecutor and that didn't happen. i think the community is disappointed but we will not stop our fight for change both in st. louis county and st. louis city. >> and, paul is there any other recourse for the brown family? >> there certainly is. they can file a civil action in
this case in dpedfederal court. just to give you an example, the o.j. simpson case is probably the most famous case this was done. he was a kwised on criminal charges and subsequently a jury found that he had, in fact committed the murder. there is a remedy available. now whether they can get a lawyer to take the case and whether a local jury would find in their favor, that's an entirely different thing. >> there's still some sort of investigation into the ferguson police department correct? >> that's a different thing. the justice department may look at the department and say there are racially discriminatory practices in place that have to be remedied and they can fine and issue injunctions with a different way to run the department. i think we'll see that. we'll see reform coming out of this case in ferguson but i don't think we're going to see criminal convictions. i think it's a real uphill battle on the civil case for the family. >> so antonio, when all is said and done will there be
victories? >> will there be victories? i think victories are not going to involve, you know, darren wilson going to jail or a criminal case but i do think we'll see victories in terms of change that happens, systemic change and hopefully we will rebuild that relationship between the community and the people that police our community. it will take time but we're determined to do the hard work. >> antonio french, paul callan thanks to you both. i appreciate it. checking some other top stories at 20 minutes past the hour. city council members voting to tear down the connecticut home where adam lanza once lived. he shot and killed his mother inside this house before storming sandy hook elementary school back in 2012. that's where he massacred more than two dozen people including 20 children. the city has not set a date for the demolition. officials are trying to figure out what sparked a massive fire at a new jersey apartment complex. the blaze broke out yesterday afternoon and displaced hundreds of residents. authorities say because of the
time of day the majority of residents were not home. so far there have been no reports of injuries. the navy firing of the commanding officer at guantanamo bay amid allegations of an extra marital affair. they said he was relieved of his duties because of a loss of confidence. according to the associated press they became aware of the alleged affair after the woman's husband was found dead. filling up at the gas pump isn't emptying your wallet these days. right now the national average for a gallon of regular is around 2 bucks. that's the lowest price in six years. do not expect to see the same savings if you're flying despite low fuel prices airfares remain sky high. cnn's chief business correspondent christine romans is following that. >> carol, wow, this is something, right? you fill up your tank and you think that you're going to get big relief when you're driving your car. shouldn't you get big relief when you're flying? no. actually it's the airlines that are getting all of the benefit here carol, when you look at who's winning here.
jet fuel costs down by 50%, airfare up 2%. airfare's actually rising carol. it's actually rising here and, why? because you're still buying the tickets. air travel is exploding basically. air travel up last year 800 million miles flown. really remarkable here. passengers flew 800 million miles. 83% of seats filled. that is a record year. all of that lower gas prices going right into their bottom line. here's what the airlines tell us though. they dotel us that you are benefitting. you're benefitting if you're an investor. you're benefitting because they are buying more planes. you're benefitting because their workers got a raise so they gave some of the money back to their workers and they're making new investments and paying down debt. investors, investors really really benefitting. those are among the best performing stocks. >> ain't that grand. >> flyers feel like they really have gotten a raw deal on this. wait a minute where's my break? you're not going to get the break. you're going to get the break if
you drive your car, not if you fly an airplane. >> lesson learned. christine roam manages, thanks so much. still to come on the newsroom a dozen under inflated footballs sifoning attention away from the patriots. we'll hear from bill belichick. >> reporter: first they had spy gate and now the new england patriots are under pressure for under inflated football. el i'll tell you more about the latest scandal to rock nfl football just days before the super bowl.
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gear up for great. good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. any minute now new england patriots head coach bill belichick will finally face the cameras as deflate gate spirals out of control. his weekly news conference will be the first since the scandal broke. the nfl reportedly found the patriots used under inflated footballs on offense during their afc championship win over the indianapolis colts. 11 balls deflated by 2 pounds or more after inspection.
you know what that means. now there are reports the colts had problems with footballs used during their game in november against the patriots. so two games are now in contention here. cnn's andy scholes shows us the process football goes through before the game. >> reporter: a big question with deflate gate is how are the patriots able to use under inflated football while the colts are not? let's take eye look at ball procedures. every ball is made by wilson with commissioner roger goodell's signature on it. it's required to be 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch and weigh 14 and 15 ounces. each team brings 12 balls. 2:15 prior to kick joof the referee tests each ball to make sure it meets league requirements. to prevent teams from over inflating them six balls shipped from wilson directly to the stadium and opened by the referee before the game.
they're labeled k balls and labeled exclusively k balls. the balls remain with the referees until before the game when they are delivered to the ball attendants on the sidelines. >> thank you for that lesson andy scholes. so alaina machado has more with bill belichick's conference. will you get much -- let's go to boston now. >> reporter: well carol, the big question now is will head coach bill belichick answer any questions about this scandal? so far all he has said is that the team is cooperating with the investigation. now according to espn the nfl has found that 11 of the 12 footballs that were used by the patriots during the afc championship game here on sunday were under inflated. this could have provided the team with an unfair advantage because under inflated footballs are easier to grip they're easier to throw, they're easier to catch especially during bad weather. you may remember sunday's game was pretty rainy.
now right now the nfl is trying to figure out exactly what happened and who may have been behind the incident. now the patriots have been accused of cheating in the past. you may remember spy gate back in 2007. back then the patriots had to give up their first round draft pick they were fined and coach belichick himself had to pay up $500,000 because the team was caught illegally videotaping coaching signals of an opposing team. it's unclear right now what kind of penalties the team could face given this latest scandal. and it's also unclear if the nfl will be able to conclude its investigation before the super bowl. carol. >> all right. alaina mu chad doeachado is inside the news conference. we'll see what he has to say or has to mumble. there are some players who say deflate gate is no big deal. matt weiner tweeted, every team tampers with footballs.
ask any qb in the league. this is ridiculous. oh my gosh. let's talk more about this. joining me now rachel nichols, cnn anchor and lifelong patriots fan, john berman. and former nfl linebacker coy wire. good morning to all of you. okay. so rachel i'd like to start with you. do you think bill belichick will really say much about this scandal? >> well he might say no kmercht comment. he might say we have to let the nfl investigate. he might say we're moving on to seattle. that's three different things. you're not going to get a lot from bill belichick this morning, just like you never get a lot from bill belichick. he is not going to want to talk about this. we didn't hear much about spy gate. after the patriots were penalized part of the deal with that penalty is that bill belichick was supposed to give a news conference explaining himself and he never did it. roger goodell, the commissioner
was not happy about that. that was a direct order. i don't expect him to speak a lot this morning. >> i know. even when he speaks john berman it's difficult to understand where he's coming from because he doesn't really like to speak in complete sentences all the time. >> speak is a relative term with bill belichick which is ironic. he's a very smartwesleyan. >> he does it on purpose. >> he doesn't really care i think, what the media has to say or has to report or has to do so he does these news conferences because he has to and that's it. it is what it is. i expect you'll hear a little bit of it is what it is also. >> coy, do you think he cares that he's being accused of cheating? >> i think he's concerned that he may have gotten caught if that is the case. he was fined heftily $500,000 when spy gate happened. his organization was find $250,000 and they lost a first round draft pick. now that didn't change anything. they went on and had a higher
winning percentage after all those punishments were doled out. the guy has such a confidence and heir about him. he's not letting his team be affected about i it either in their preparation for the super bowl carol. >> so coy, what about this matt weiner tweet. it goes on all the time. it's no big deal. what did you experience when you were playing football? >> i reached out to a friend of mine who's a hall of fame player who caught thousands of passes in the league and spent over a decade in the league catching the football and i asked him, would it make a difference? he said absolutely without a doubt it would make a big difference if they're under inflated enough especially in the weather conditions that were present at game time. so that's a bold 125i789 from a hall of fame guy in the league caught a lot of passes. >> wow. >> there was a competitive advantage. you always hear about commissioner goodell talking about competitive balance, competitive advantage.
this is a case where the patriots are seeking that in this instance. >> can you sort of compare this to baseball? >> rachel could you do that? >> i want to make that distinction for you. >> okay. go ahead. >> yeah. yeah. you talk about doctoring the ball in baseball, right? that's something that we hear a lot. we've heard a couple quarterbacks like matt linert say balls are messed with in the nfl. like in basketball there are different things that you can do with the ball that are legal or not. in football balls can get scuffed up during the week. each team provides the balls for its own offense. part of the reason is as matt linert says quarterbacks like to do things to their football. there's a number of things that they can do that are legal. they can scuff up the ball and get all that waxy stuff, that new ball smell out of it so that it's easier to smell. a lot of teams soak the ball in water so that the football will already be prepped for water and won't soak as much up during the game however, you cannot under
inflate the football. so there is a line. there is a rule there for a reason and so when you hear some players kind of casually mention, hey, we mess with the balls all the time there are some balls -- there's some amount of messing with the football that is legal. it's okay. this is not legal and did does make a big difference when you catch the ball. it makes a big difference also for running backs. think about it if you're holding on to a ball while you're running in a pile and it's a little bit more easy to squeeze and tuck in under your arm, it's going to be harder for someone to punch that ball out. this is significant. okay. so going back to the baseball analogy for just a second because there are things that are done illegally in baseball flight kenny rogers in 2006 in the world series he was using pine tar. there was no doubt about that but nothing happened and the tigers went on to win that game. so what is the difference? what is the distinction? >> well getting caught. getting caught is the difference. you saw paneda get caught with pine tar, he got thrown out of the game.
if the patriots did it and if they got caught the nfl has to take some action there. and, again, the difference here also is we're not talking about one ball. you know if they did this if they did something wrong, they did it systemically. they did it to all balls but one. a lot of patriots fans like me are looking at this saying, please let it have been the weather. please let there have been a faulty gauge. maybe, maybe that was it. we don't know yet. but it's highly highly suspicious. >> okay. so coy, do you think anyone -- like i have responses from my twitter fans at the bottom of the screen and many of them seem very angry at the new england patriots but when all is said and done coy, do you really think people care? >> i think so, and there's a specific group of people who i think will care greatly, that's the 31 other teams, the 31 other owners who are going to be watching the decision of roger goodell if they are have found to have tampered with the
footballs purposefully to get a competitive advantage. this is the second advantage of john's patriots trying to get an advantage. i think that there are a lot of people who are going to be watching very closely what type of punishment is dealt out to the patriots and bill belichick if they did, indeed, tamper with those footballs. >> all right. i'm going to have to leave it there for now. i hope all of you will stick around. bill belichick is running late apparently. he takes his place behind the podium we'll take you back to boston live. i'd like to keep the conversation going on as well. if the pats are guilty what should their punishment be? tweet me @carol/cnn or facebook.com/carolcnn. i'll be right back. ♪ your dad just kissed my mom.
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i had no knowledge of the various steps involved in the game balls and the process that went through -- that happened between when they were prepared and went to the officials and went to the game so i've learned a lot about that. i obviously understand that each team has the opportunity to prepare the balls the way they want, give them to the officials and the game officials either approve or disapprove the balls and that really was the end of it for me. until i learned a little bit more about this the last -- the last couple of days. let me just say that my personal coaching philosophy my mentality has always been to make things as difficult as possible for players in practice and so with regard to footballs, i'm sure that any
current or past player of mine will tell you that the balls we practice with are as bad as they can be wet, sticky cold slippery. however bad we can make them i make them. and any time that players complain about the quality of the balls -- footballs, i make them worse and that stops the complaining. so we never use the condition of the footballs as an excuse. we play with whatever or kick with whatever we have to use and that's the way it is. that has never been a priority for me, and i want the players to deal with a harder situation in practice than they'll ever have to deal with in the game and maybe that's part of our
whole ball security philosophy. i'm trying to coach the team and that's -- that's what i want to do. i think we all know that quarterbacks kickers, specialists have certain preferences on footballs. they know a lot more about it than i do. they're a lot more sensitive to it than i am and i hear them comment on it from time to time but i can tell you and they will tell you that there is never any sympathy whatsoever from me on that subject. zero. and tom's personal preferences on his ball -- footballs are something that he can talk about in much better detail and information than i could possibly -- than i could possibly provide. i can tell you that in my entire
coaching career i have never talked to any player staff member about football air pressure. that is not a subject that i have ever brought up. to me the footballs are approved by the league and game officials pregame and we play with what's out there and that's the only way that i have ever thought about that. i've learned about the inflation range situation. obviously with our footballs being inflated to the 12.5 pound range, any deflation would then take us under that specification limit. knowing that now, in the future
we will certainly inflate the footballs above that low level to account for any possible change during the game. so as an example, if a ball deflated from 13.2 to 12.9 it wouldn't matter but if it deflated from 152.5 to 12.3 it would so -- as an example. so we will take steps in the future to make sure we don't put ourselves in that type of potential situation again. the national football league is investigating the situation. we have cooperated fully, quickly, and completely with
every request that they have made continue to be cooperative in any way that we can. i have no explanation for what happened and that's what they're looking into. so i can't comment on what they're doing. that's something that you should talk to them about. again, my overall knowledge of football specifications the over all process that happens on game day with the footballs is very limited. let's say that during the course of the game i honestly never -- probably has happened on an incomplete pass or something i've never touched a game ball. that's not something that i have any familiarity with on that. and, again, i was completely and
totally unaware of any of this that we're talking about in the last couple of days until monday morning. so based on what i know -- knew sunday sunday night thinking back on this which i have done several times, i really can't think of anything that i would have done differently based on what i knew then based on what i know now. i told you the one change we would make in the initial start level of the football pressure, but that's -- that's really about it. and it's unfortunate that there's a story coming off of two great playoff victories on our football team, our players but, again, we've been cooperative with the nfl investigation, we'll continue to do so, and we will turn all our attention and focus onto the
seattle seahawks a very well-coached talented, tough, competitive football team. we've spent the last four days three days with our preparations and so forth for the trip and those are coming to a conclusion. we're wrapping that up. and we're starting our preparations today with the seahawks and practicing through the weekend. so we'll have a good solid opportunity there to get ourselves ready to go before we head down there. again, i have no further comment on the nfl investigation and i have told you all i know about the subject from my perspective so that's where we are.
>> the nfl investigation, in your own investigation did you find whether or not anyone -- >> i've told you everything i know. >> coach, where do you -- >> i have nothing -- i don't have an explanation. >> coach, what do you -- >> understanding what you've said here today, a lot of people were questioning your integrity. you say -- >> i've told you everything i know. >> what do you say to critics who are challenging your character? it goes well beyond the sport of football. >> i've told you everything i know. >> any message to the fans who are watching all of this? >> i've told them everything i know. >> coach, how do you -- >> i assume you've had conversations with tom about this issue and what happened -- >> i have no explanation. >> coach, why do you think these controversies continue to follow you? >> i don't have an explanation for what happened. >> the super bowl and
distractions come with the territory. what do you say to your younger players who don't have the experience being in the spotlight like this? >> none of them are involved in this. >> coach, do you -- >> tom brady involved after the inspection of the balls? >> those are all questions that should be directed to the league and that's part of what they are doing. that's not what i'm doing. >> is it possible that someone on your sideline even though you may not know it happened deliberately altered a ball? >> i don't have an explanation for what happened. i've told you all that i can tell you from my point of view and anything coming from the investigative side from the league needs to be directed toward them. >> why do you want to over inflate the balls unless you think that somehow it happens naturally? >> so that there is no opportunity for a small margin
of error that would put us under the specifications. >> do you see any other circumstance -- coach, do you see any circumstance where the 12 footballs could have accidentally leaked? >> i don't have an explanation for what happened. >> we know how much you care about obviously what's going on. what's it been like for you since you found >> i know how much you care about what's going on. what's it been like trying to deal with everything going on? >> as i said i've learned a lot about the process. i had no idea how the balls got from the official's locker room out on the field and so forth and so on and all that. that's not something that i had ever thought or concerned myself about at game day. i've concerned myself with preparing and coaching the team. so some of the things like that that have been talked about that have happened i'm totally unaware of.
all right. thank you. >> all right. bill belichick has left the podium. for a full nine minutes he stood there and said he had nothing to do with deflate gate nothing to do at all. he also said he has no explanation as to why this happened. he also said he'll make sure it doesn't happen again and he will fully cooperate with the nfl investigation. he talked a little bit about tom brady, but not much. he said we'll leave it to tom brady to tell you all how hard he likes his footballs i guess. let's talk more about this with c rachel nichols, john berman and coy wire. welcome back to all of you. it did strike me john berman that bill belichick came out and he was ready to talk. he doesn't talk often at these press conferences. >> in a way he doesn't talk ever at these press conferences. i've never heard him speak so
much at one time without interruption. clearly he wanted to get something off his chest. he said something interesting. he didn't leave a lost of wiggle room. he said flat out, i didn't even know what the process was with footballs before this. he said he didn't know how it even worked until monday morning when this was a controversy. he went on to say he has no explanation for what happened. he did not answer direct questions about what he's talked to brady about, whether he's talked to his offensive coaches. that seems to be a big question right now. one thing i do want to point out. this is a little bit inside football as it were inside baseball. belichick is a defensive coach. offense is not his area of expertise. so what happens with quarterbacks and balls and plays wouldn't necessarily be something he has vast knowledge of over his career because that hasn't been an area where he's been focused. no wiggle room here at all. >> no wiggle room. rachel nichols, i found it
interesting what he said about tom brady. in light of what john madden said he said if this happened tom brady was to blame. >> well we don't know yet who is to blame. he did throw tom brady front and center into this. look i don't know what bill belichick did or didn't know about the pressure of footballs before this incident happened. it is unusual for bill belichick not to know every detail of his operation. he is known as a micro manager. that is one of the most important qualities of him as a football coach. it was interesting to me that not only did he say he wasn't involved in this but he didn't even know about it. tom brady, however, would certainly know every quarterback is familiar with how a football feels. they did an interesting thing on espn yesterday, the blind taste test. they did a blind football test with some of the players, jerome bettis mark brunell. every single one they tested
could blind test it of what is overinflated under inflated or normal. they got every one of them right. tom brady is also known as a micro manager. "sports illustrated" did a great piece last month about how his food training and stretching plan is done for the next three years. this is a guy who has what food he's going to eat planned out for the next three years according to this article. again, detail oriented people in this organization. we don't know for sure what any of them knew. that's what nfl is investigating. we know how they approach football in general. it's part of what makes this such a big question mark. you're telling with nothing more important than the football you're throwing. you have to think at least the quarterback is aware of what's going on and maybe the coach. we'll have to see. >> coy, i'm sure the new england patriots members of the team are watching this news conference. what do you think they thought? >> it's obvious he's passing
blame here. john we talked about this. it's similar to what lane kiffin did when he was head coach of usc when the trojans were found guilty of underinflating the footballs when they played against oregon. they were fined $25,000. lane kiffin said i knew nothing about it. this was basically a rogue equipment manager to give his team a competitive advantage. that student manager was then fired. we're going to see, is the nfl going the find that tom brady was in on this and he knew about it only or was it an equipment manager? it's going to be interesting to see. >> still, how can you totally excuse bill belichick? couldn't you argue he's created this climate where it's okay to come right up to the line and maybe sometimes to cheat. you can't get away with that if you're bill belichick. >> you remember from covering bounty gate sean payton said ignorance is not an excuse was
the quote. you're responsible for what happens on your sidelines on game day. >> roger goodell has come out and said the head coach is responsible for anything that happens in the organization to the point where, as coy points out, sean gay pay ton who was cleared in the bounty gate scandal was taken off the field for a year from his team. that's a significant penalty. we want to go back to spygate, bill belichick had a somewhat similar defense. there was a, i didn't really know what the rules are with this i'm not aware of what the videotape rules are. the only person who got fired from the patriots for spygate -- remember that the only person that got fired was the kid running the video camera. so they've done the acted-alone thing before. we'll have to see if that comes into play. >> he did not jump to tom brady's defense. he said he didn't know anything. he didn't make sure that no one
else did. what he said exactly was tom can talk about his preferences in greater detail about how he likes the footballs. tom can talk about his own preferences in greater detail. really directly passing the buck here and putting a lot of these questions directly on tom brady. >> which probably means tom brady at some point is going to come out publicly and talk about this. he almost has to right? >> i would have to. >> i'll leave it right there. the next hour of cnn "newsroom" after a break. (vo) theraflu starts to get to work in your body in just 5 minutes. (vo) theraflu breaks you free from your worst cold and flu symptoms. (vo) theraflu. serious power.
our warships at the ready. >> the legacy of ferguson will be determined by what we do next. >> also ready to clear officer daryn wilson. >> the justice department has begun crafting recommendations that no charges be brought. >> he's out of the woods when it comes to being charged either by the feds or by the state. >> how will ferguson react this morning. and laid off. >> ebay announced 2400 job cuts about 7% of the workforce. american express is cutting 4,000 jobs. >> major american companies cutting workers as the price of oil drops further. how long can the american worker hold on? did you get the sense you were able to grip the ball better than the colts last night? >> also deflate gate. did the patriots cheat? >> i really don't know what to say or know anything about what we're talking about here. >> thursday morning quarterbacking as we hear from
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