NFLPA, Tom Brady's legal team issue statements in wake of decision to file petition

May 23, 2016 - 12:44 pm

Both the NFLPA and Tom Brady's legal team have issued statements in the wake of their filing a petition for a rehearing of his suspension case against the NFL before the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York. NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith: "This Union has always stood for protecting the rights of our members. Our filing of this appeal today on behalf of Tom Brady and all NFL players is no different. He was not afforded fundamental fairness and due process as guaranteed by the collective bargaining agreement and case law. We also know that the NFL propped up a now completely de-bunked 'independent' report with a made-up standard as the basis for his suspension. For sixty years we have affirmed the right to seek redress for our members and we will always hold the NFL accountable." Former US Solicitor General and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Partner Theodore Olson: "The divided panel of the Second Circuit reached erroneous legal conclusions under an unfair and unjust standard. The decision and the standards it imposes are damaging and unfair -- not only to Tom Brady -- but to all parties to collective bargaining agreements everywhere. Commissioner Goodell cannot sit as an appellate arbitrator and then affirm the league's initial disciplinary decision based upon a new theory and imagined evidence and pretend to be an unbiased decision-maker."