NFL com­mis­sioner up­holds Brady’s four-game sus­pen­sion

Winnipeg Free Press - Section D - - SPORTS -

a state­ment Tues­day it would ap­peal in court.

“The NFL re­sorted to a neb­u­lous stan­dard of ‘gen­eral aware­ness’ to pred­i­cate a legally un­jus­ti­fied pun­ish­ment,” the union said, adding, “the NFL vi­o­lated the plain mean­ing of the col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment.”

Mo­ments af­ter an­nounc­ing Good­ell’s de­ci­sion, the league filed ac­tion in U.S. Dis­trict Court in New York against the union, say­ing the NFL com­mis­sioner has the right un­der the labour agree­ment to hand out such dis­ci­pline “for con­duct that he de­ter­mines is detri- men­tal to the in­tegrity of, or public con­fi­dence in, the game of pro­fes­sional football.”

Good­ell men­tioned ex­actly that in the con­clu­sion of his ap­peal de­ci­sion.

“Es­pe­cially in light of the new ev­i­dence in­tro­duced at the hear­ing — ev­i­dence de­mon­strat­ing that he ar­ranged for the de­struc­tion of po­ten­tially rel­e­vant ev­i­dence that had been specif­i­cally re­quested by the in­ves­ti­ga­tors — my find­ings and con­clu­sions have not changed in a man­ner that would ben­e­fit Mr. Brady,” Good­ell said.

But Yee ar­gued Brady’s side was given only four hours to present a de­fence, and when he asked for doc­u­ments from Wells, that re­quest was re­jected on the ba­sis of priv­i­lege.

“We there­fore had no idea as to what Wells found from other wit­nesses, nor did we know what those other wit­nesses said,” Yee said.

Yee adds the elec­tronic data pre­sented in Brady’s de­fence was ig­nored dur­ing the ap­peal hear­ing.

Brady and the Pa­tri­ots have de­nied know­ingly us­ing de­flated foot­balls in the AFC ti­tle game win over the In­di­anapo­lis Colts. The Pa­tri­ots went on to beat the Seat­tle Seahawks in the Su­per Bowl and Brady was the game’s MVP.

In its state­ment, the team said: “We can­not com­pre­hend the league’s po­si­tion in this mat­ter.”

ELISE AMEN­DOLA / THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILES

New Eng­land quar­ter­back Tom Brady was the Su­per Bowl MVP in Fe­bru­ary.

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