It has been 16 months since the Patriots manhandled the Colts in the AFC Championship game. You may remember the Deflategate scandal in which Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was accused of tampering with the footballs' air pressure. He was sentenced to a four game suspension, but has appealed it over and over. The latest appeal was on Monday. This will be his second hearing from the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals.
It seems like we hear about this case and a new appeal about once a month during the off season. I guess Brady has nothing better to do, except that he is married to Giselle, so he definitely has something better to do.
Brady may remind you of that kid we have always gone to school with that gets a 90 on an exam, but is publicly pissed off about it and always goes back to the professor to try to appeal his grade in the hopes of getting a few points back to save his "horrible" grade. We all know that guy, and we all hate that guy.
As you see from that gif, Brady has four Super Bowl rings and has obviously had a lot of success, just like that kid we know. Tom Brady was rightly accused of cheated on an exam (over a year ago) and keeps getting his (inevitable) punishment pushed back because he is the teacher's pet and face of the school (aka Goodell's pet and face of the NFL).
Brady is arguing that Goodell's appeal ruling was "biased, agenda-driven, and self-approving." Brady's legal team is arguing that this decision could have major implications for labor laws and the collective bargaining agreement. I'm not sure how this is an argument. The evidence points towards Brady for being the one responsible for the deflated footballs that gave the Patriots an advantage and he should man up and serve his suspension just like any other player who gets in trouble.
Look at Josh Gordon. The guy has been sitting out for two years because he can't stop smoking pot. He has been serving his time (after trying to argue second hand smoke) just like the rest of them. Just because Brady didn't target a player or fail multiple drug tests doesn't make his suspension less legitimate. In fact, it makes it more legitimate as it is a more serious issue for the integrity of the league, which Goodell is trying to protect.
This really has been quite the duel between these two men and if you love sports politics then this story has probably made you pretty excited. As Larry David says, this scandal has been:
However, it has been quite overblown and drawn out because of Brady's stubbornness and public displays of anger about his little four game suspension. If he delays this any longer, he will be allowed to play the full sixteen game schedule this season and you will be hearing about the NFL's version of the kid who appeals his A- more next summer.