NFL commissioner upholds Brady’s four-game suspension
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.”
New England quarterback Tom Brady was the Super Bowl MVP in February.