In late March of 2016, attorney Seth T. Carey approached the Defenders of the Wall **to act as plaintiffs in a Lawsuit vs the NFL and Roger Goodell. After getting the initial summary of the complaint, several members of the Defenders agreed to be plaintiffs with one stipulation…That stipulation was that the negative language about Robert Kraft had to be removed in favor of simply mentioning that this action was being filed on behalf of the fans “because Owner, Robert Kraft’s hands were tied (by the NFL Owner’s Agreement). And thus, we pledged our support. Several members of Defenders submitted notarized affidavits to Carey as he made his final preparations to file the suit by April.
However, prior to the filing, we came across some concerning information regarding Mr. Carey that raised some red flags. After we received additional corroborating information, we concluded that it was not worth compromising our values and integrity or that of our members to support this action, and therefore extricated ourselves from the lawsuit. Soon after, we learned that there was an apparent stealth, last minute “switch-aroo” to the filing language that we were unaware of, with the sudden inclusion of Robert Kraft as a Defendant in lawsuit, which only further validated our decision.**
Most of the Defenders were able to get out of it in time, but one of us couldn’t and after learning of Kraft being named as a defendant, and standing as a plaintiff against him, he took immediate action – alongside the help of DOTW Vice-Chairman, Jimmy Derochea – to remove himself from the case.
We thought that’d be the last we’d hear from Carey…but it wasn’t. Despite the NFL denying him, he tried again…and again…and again. In recent news, the NFL sent Carey a letter demanding he pay for their lawyer fees, and in their letter to Mr. Carey, they noted that one of the plaintiffs being removed from the case for being lied to, was part of their reason to deny and demand attorney fees for extreme misconduct.
That man is Mike DiMauro. He is the Ambassador of the Defenders of the Wall. And, his action to remove himself from the case has turned him from the point of ridicule by the media to a hero within the Patriots Nation. No REAL Patriots fan would stand against Kraft for any reason whatsoever, and as a Defender of the Wall, you can’t stand against the people you defend, as it would be counterproductive and would make you a hypocrite. But it was DiMauro’s decision that would ultimately throw the case completely out the window, defending our faithful owner, and the integrity of the New England Patriots organization, in the most honorable and classy way. And, because of him, the Defenders of the Wall are now known at the highest level.
As the Vice-Chairman of the Defenders of the Wall, I know I speak for all of us that we are very proud to have someone like DiMauro with us. He has filed his own petition, he has written letters to Roger Goodell & the NFL and he’s constantly reminding the Defenders to step up and act in defense of the Patriots. He has been an incredible friend, a scholar of sorts and an inspiration to the Defenders. The best thing about him is that regardless of us, he’d stand up proud and walk tall in the face of adversity in ways we couldn’t. He has displayed a grand sense of honor, integrity, fairness and encouragement of action within DOTW and has proven to be a valuable asset to our cause in restoring fairness to the NFL in defense of the Patriots.
So on behalf of the official Defenders of the Wall, we would like to hereby award, our friend and fellow Defender, from Orlando Florida, the Ambassador of the Defenders, Mr. Mike DiMauro, as an Elite Defender! Thank you for all of your hard work, your perseverance, your pride and loyalty to the Patriots Nation! Now, we can focus on our collective goals and move forward effectively and efficiently! Here’s to you, Mikey!!!
Written by Nate “Kyng” Borges
(Vice Chairman & Director of Operations of the Defenders of the Wall)
**Jimmy Derochea’s Public Statement to the Defenders, April 5, 2016**
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