DeMaurice Smith Calls Roger Cossack Idiotic During DeflateGate Argument
NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith is riding a surge of adrenaline today, so we don't blame for getting a little feisty on live television. He's earned it. Oh, and in case you just woke up, first of all good morning, also, a U.S. District Court struck down the NFL's four-game suspension of Tom Brady this morning, after a report determined Brady to be generally aware of the illegal under-inflation of the Patriots' footballs, as well as uncooperative in the NFL's DeflateGate investigation.
ESPN legal analyst Roger Cossack argued with DeMaurice Smith today on "Outside The Lines" as to whether the NFLPA had grounds to appeal the NFL's internal arbitration ruling when they agreed to let Roger Goodell -- a biased party -- review his own ruling.
"You agreed to a process that I didn't call an arbitration -- an arbitrator, as I understood it, is a neutral, impartial person," Cossack said. "Agreeing to let Roger Goodell, the enemy, be the arbitrator as well as the person who reviews and is the appellate reviewer of his own decision was a way of saying we are not interested -- we know we won't get a fair hearing and we will live with it. that is what the collective bargaining agreement is, to allow him to be the final arbitrator."
"What first you said is true but what you said earlier is idiotic," Smith responded.
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Watch two lawyers verbally strangle each other over the dumbest controversy in sports history, below.
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