DeflateGate: NFL, Tom Brady Won't Re-Open Settlement Talks

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees sharply criticized National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday, one day after New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had his four-game suspension reinstated by a federal appeals court.

Fans and critics alike have decried the appeals court's ruling, which specifically said the decision only confirmed Goodell's disciplinary prerogative and had nothing to with Brady's innocence or guilt.

In May 2015, the NFL imposed the suspension on Brady after an independent investigator found it "more probable than not" that the Patriots quarterback was involved with locker room attendant Jim McNally and equipment assistant John Jastremski in the AFC Championship Game in a scheme to take air out of the footballs New England would use. The Patriots won that game over the Indianapolis Colts and would move on to win the Super Bowl.

It is uncertain whether Brady plans to ask the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to re-hear the case with a larger panel of judges.

Now, Brady and the NFLPA are left with two options if they want to continue fighting the (questionably) good fight.

"Unfortunately, the one owner who comes to mind at this point also happened to be on the receiving end of these penalties", Atallah said of the Patriots owner. That risk could be eliminated by agreeing on some sort of settlement while letting that ruling from the Second Circuit stand as the governing word on player discipline going forward, but it's apparently a risk the National Football League is willing to take. "Accordingly, we REVERSE the judgment of the district court and REMAND with instructions to confirm the award".

Due to the four-game suspension, Brady will miss the week one contest against the Arizona Cardinals, as well as the next three games against the Dolphins, Texans, and Bills. "It is ironic that a process created to ensure fairness to all players has been used unfairly against one player". Future negotiations with the NFL Players Association regarding the discipline process are not off the table, Goodell said. The three-judge panel sided 2-1 with the NFL, saying the league's discipline was properly grounded in the collective bargaining agreement and Brady was treated fairly, Huffpost Sports reports.

"We're not going to sit here and hypothetically talk about what we're going to do", Goodell said.

"This is something that we've had in our constitutional bylaws and our collective bargaining agreements for decades". "They can appeal this decision by requesting an en banc hearing before the Second Circuit or even seeking review in the Supreme Court".

The reinstatement of Tom Brady's four-game Deflategate suspension might have pleased the National Football League, but not every owner is happy about what's happening to Brady. Goodell insisted the suspension was deserved.

 

 

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