BREAKING: Ruling Reached In Tom Brady Suspension Appeal, Internet Explodes With Jokes
Tom Brady's four-game suspension was overturned after US District Court Judge Berman ruled that the NFL doesn't know what the hell it's doing when it punishes players, or investigates anything, or hires an objective arbitrator.
Via the AP:
"NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell went too far in affirming punishment of the Super Bowl winning quarterback. Brady has insisted he played no role in a conspiracy to deflate footballs below the allowable limit at last season's AFC championship game."
OFFICIAL: In a 40-page decision, Judge Berman rules in favor of Tom Brady and the NFLPA. Four-game suspension vacated pic.twitter.com/qhJ1YcZGH8
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) September 3, 2015
The NFL Player Association weighed in on the ruling, saying that it establishes the limits of the league's power in relation to the CBA.
The rights of Tom Brady and of all NFL players under the collective bargaining agreement were affirmed today by a Federal Judge in a court of the NFL’s choosing. We thank Judge Berman for his time, careful consideration of the issue and fair and just result.
This decision should prove, once and for all, that our Collective Bargaining Agreement does not grant this Commissioner the authority to be unfair, arbitrary and misleading. While the CBA grants the person who occupies the position of Commissioner the ability to judiciously and fairly exercise the designated power of that position, the union did not agree to attempts to unfairly, illegally exercise that power, contrary to what the NFL has repeatedly and wrongfully claimed.
We are happy for the victory of the rule of law for our players and our fans. This court’s decision to overturn the NFL Commissioner again should signal to every NFL owner that collective bargaining is better than legal losses. Collective bargaining is a much better process that will lead to far better results.
-- DeMaurice Smith
NFLPA Executive Director
The NFL can still appeal the decision in an appellate court, which it probably shouldn't because we're all sick of this story and no one cares anymore (which means they probably will because it's just the kind of bad idea Roger Goodell loves).
The NFL is appealing the appeal.
Goodell: "We will appeal today’s ruling in order to uphold the collectively bargained responsibility to protect the integrity of the game."
— Bob Glauber (@BobGlauber) September 3, 2015
- The decision has opened the floodgates for other suspended players who'd like to not be suspended players so that they can collect something called "money." Apparently Greg Hardy is one of those people. (FYI: Hardy was charged with assault after beating up a woman and is currently serving an 18 months of probation.)
Source says #Cowboys DL Greg Hardy will discuss with union whether to appeal his 4-game suspension now that Brady overturned
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) September 3, 2015
Congratulations to Tom Brady on yet another great victory- Tom is my friend and a total winner!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 3, 2015
Tom Brady be like https://t.co/BdVe5d4LBo
— WEEI (@WEEI) September 3, 2015
Yes Brady is free pic.twitter.com/rfMyR8Ad8B
— Sauce #390 (@jockafloka) September 3, 2015
— John Buccigross (@Buccigross) September 3, 2015
— SB Nation (@SBNation) September 3, 2015
— Keegan Bradley (@Keegan_Bradley) September 3, 2015
Thank G-d. I can go back to hating the Patriots and Brady again.
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) September 3, 2015
Tom Brady gets the news about his suspension being overruled. pic.twitter.com/CkqDSJu5Of
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) September 3, 2015
tom brady pic.twitter.com/5bDGDoOzZq
— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) September 3, 2015
— Kevin Negandhi (@KNegandhiESPN) September 3, 2015
Live look-in at Tom Brady’s home, Brookline, MA: https://t.co/qDREiCOILe
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) September 3, 2015
Tom Brady like... pic.twitter.com/C1Kpxrv0br
— Chris Watkins (@christopherbw) September 3, 2015
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) September 3, 2015
Tom Brady captured by courtroom artist moments after US District Court Judge overruled the NFL's 4-game suspension. pic.twitter.com/yb23HCWL7i
— Jake O'Donnell (@_JakeODonnell) September 3, 2015
HEY RAWDJAH pic.twitter.com/r3hsQDrRi1
— Mike Tunison (@xmasape) September 3, 2015
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