July 28, 2015 - Aaron Wilson
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 NFL 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.