BOSTON (CBS) — Social media isn’t a friendly place for anyone involved in the recent DeflateGate mess, but that didn’t stop Troy Vincent from holding a Twitter chat on Monday.

The executive vice president of the NFL and the man behind Tom Brady’s four-game DeflateGate suspension (along with commissioner Roger Goodell), held the chat with former NFL player Coy Wire, and was bombarded by questions about DeflateGate.  But Vincent only responded to a couple of the DeflateGate inquiries (ignoring ones that had less-than-flattering language) and borrowed a common phrase of Goodell’s when answering.

Asked what he would change about the case, Vincent borrowed from the Goodell playbook and said it’s his job to preserve the integrity of the league. He added that he hopes the NFL can learn and improve their process, as they try to do after every case.

Vincent was also asked about Jim McNally and John Jastremski, the two New England employees who were suspended by the team following the release of the Wells Report. The NFL ordered the two be suspended, and Vincent would have to sign off on them potentially being reinstated to their positions. He said such a request has not been made by the Patriots at this time.

Brady appealed the league’s four-game suspension in federal court, with Judge Richard Berman vacating the ban last Thursday. The NFL has appealed that decision, but Brady is eligible to play in New England’s season opener Thursday night at Gillette Stadium against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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