According to Goodell, the court upheld reinstatement because the CBA gave the commissioner complete authority to render judgement on issues of player discipline.
“Well, this wasn’t about the actual violation.” Goodell said when it was noted that no violation had occurred and, therefore, Brady’s suspension was unnecessary and, if enforced, unjust. “This was,” Goodell continued, “about the rights we had negotiated in our collective bargaining agreement, that we had in our collective bargaining agreement, and that we wanted to make sure we retained.”
Well, fine, Mr. Goodell. Now you’ve got your authority back, be an honest administrator – a good tyrant – and acknowledge what the entire world knows is factual and true: that Deflategate and the NFL’s process and behaviour were fraudulent and ridiculous. Return the Patriots’ draft picks and eliminate Brady’s suspension. Let the games begin honestly, for once, without league office and whiny, oft-losing owner interference.
If Goodell shows guts and integrity himself in this matter then he might convince somebody that he gives a damn about the integrity of the game and not just the League’s profit margin.
Brian D. Sadie
Thursday, 28 April, 2016