The 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals denied New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and the NFL Players Association’s appeal for an en banc rehearing hence in the ongoing Deflategate case. The next step would be going to the Supreme Court on this, but should the Supreme Court hear this case?
Deflategate Again – Three seasons and going
We all know they did it, but taking this to the Supreme Court? I mean, there are more important issues to be dealt with at the Supreme Court than a dispute on this. Yes we know they are trying to get it as broad as a Labor Law issue, really? It all seems as the fight is more on the four dates Brady would have to sit out at the beginning of the season, and trying to change the Commissioner’s right as the disciplining officer under Article 46 of the collective bargaining agreement. This article allows him to preside over hearings “at his discretion.”
We adressesd Deflategate over a year ago, and it is still in the news today.
The NFL Players Association released a statement saying: “We are disappointed with the decision denying a rehearing, as there were clear violations of our collective bargaining agreement by the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell,”
So if the Supreme Court decides to hear the case, Brady may possibly play during the proceedings, which could take up to a couple of years. So Deflategate could actually cover 5 seasons.
The Patriots open the season Sept. 11 at Arizona. If Brady remains suspended, backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to take his place against the Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans and Buffalo Bills.
We say Brady should just stop here, take the four games on the bench, and move on. What do you think?