NFLPA issues statement ripping NFL upholding Tom Brady decision, will appeal

The NFL Players Association plans to appeal the decision by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to uphold New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension. The discipline stems from Brady's role in Deflategate, including the revelation that Brady destroyed his phone. "The Commissioner's ruling today did nothing to address the legal deficiencies of due process," the NFLPA said in a statement. "The NFLĀ remains stuck with the following facts:
  • The NFL had no policy that applied to players;
  • The NFL provided no notice of any such policy or potential discipline to players;
  • The NFL resorted to a nebulous standard of "general awareness" to predicate a legally unjustified punishment;
  • The NFL had no procedures in place until two days ago to test air pressure in footballs; and
  • The NFL violated the plain meaning of the collective bargaining agreement.
"The fact that the NFL would resort to basing a suspension on a smoke screen of irrelevant text messages instead of admitting that they have all of the phone records they asked for is a new low, even for them, but it does nothing to correct their errors. The NFLPA will appeal this outrageous decision on behalf of Tom Brady." Follow me on Twitter: @RavensInsider Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun
Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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