After NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the suspension of Tom Brady for the defelategate scandal, the NFL also immediately filed a lawsuit in Federal Court in New York in anticipation of an appeal by the NFL players association. Tom Brady’s camp then filed a federal suit in Minnesota. The judge in Minnesota has gotten rid of the suit claiming:
“Brady plays for a team in Massachusetts; the union is headquartered in Washington, D.C.; the NFL is headquartered in New York; the arbitration proceedings took place in New York; and the award was issued in New York. In the undersigned’s view, therefore, it makes eminent sense the NFL would have commenced its action seeking confirmation of the award in the Southern District of New York. Why the instant action was filed here, however, is far less clear.”
It is very interesting that Brady continues to go forward with this case where his credibility seems to have suffered significantly. Locker room staffers emails seemed to indicate he was complicit in deflating footballs before the game and, significantly, as the NFL conducted their investigation, Mr. Brady destroyed his telephone and presumably the texts and other messages it contained.
More than likely, the appeal will focus on the length of the suspension which currently stands at four games at the beginning of next season. The argument could well be that the time of the suspension is unprecedented for the nature of the infraction.