The sports world is buzzing about the federal judge in the Deflategate case nullifying Tom Brady’s four game suspension, allowing the star quarterback to play in the Patriots’ season opener against the Steelers next Thursday. Not only was this a huge win for the Brady and the Patriots, it was a crushing defeat for the integrity and power of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Richard M. Berman of Federal District Court in Manhattan never said whether or not Brady tampered with footballs. Instead, his focus was on whether Goodell even had the right to inflict such a suspension on Brady with regards to the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the players union.
The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin gave us a piece of the court’s transcript that gets to exactly why the NFL lost:
Why Brady/NFLPA won: Brady had no notice of his penalties, Pash didn't testify on June 23, NFL didn't share notes pic.twitter.com/Y2YqsevhiC
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) September 3, 2015
- The NFL didn’t properly inform Brady of the punishment he faced, or even what he was accused of.
- The NFL didn’t let Brady’s camp question NFL executive and counsel Jeff Pash during his appeal
- The NFL didn’t give Brady’s side the opportunity to examine the evidence against him.
The judge went on to say that the NFL did not adequately educate Brady about the inflation of footballs rule that he was later accused of breaking.
The NFLPA made a statement shortly after the announcement, saying that “our Collective Bargaining Agreement does not grant this Commissioner the authority to be unfair, arbitrary and misleading.”
The NFL made this statement, stating that they plan to appeal:
Roger Goodell statement pic.twitter.com/KjkpsBhTBe
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 3, 2015