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A Big Win for NFL Players

Adam Giladi's picture
Sep 05, 2015
Some of them make millions and get caught up in the nonesense of superstardom, but not all players in the NFL are wealthy and, in fact, it's a tough life and not many working people can relate to what these people have to go through just to put food on the table. Below is UCOMM Blog Sports Correspondent Adam Giladi's take on the recent decision by a judge to lift the Tom Brady deflatagate suspension. After your done reading it ponder this: word on the street is that of all the player's unions in this country, the NFLPA is arguably one of the weakest. Is this, at long last, the decision that signals to players that they need to organize now and take on one of our country's wealthiest and largest employers? 
Sí se puedes, NFLPA, sí se puedes. — Kris LaGrange
        A Federal judge in New York vacated the four-game suspension levied against Tom Brady, as the Patriots quarterback decisively destroys Roger Goodell and the NFL after months in court. The ruling means an incredible loss for the league, especially Goddell, whose outrageous, egregious punishments have gone unchecked for too long. Judge Bermans’s decision also means a huge on-field victory for Brady himself, who will now be under the lights for the season opener next Thursday night against the Steelers.

        This was always a case about the process in which the NFL investigated and punished Brady based off of a flimsy Wells Report. Federal judges rarely ever overturn the decision of an ‘independent’ arbitrator, however, the league failed on multiple occasions to show that it applied Article 4 of the CBA in a fair, consistent manner.

        The NFL made many mistakes when it came to this entire ridiculous process. They never informed Brady of the punishment he faced or what he was actually accused of doing. The NFLPA stuck with Tom throughout the lengthy battle both in and out of the courtroom. “

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,” NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said in a statement following the decision.

        Commissioner Goodell has announced today that the NFL filed an appeal to the Judge’s ruling, citing an attempt to keep "integrity" in the game. Legal experts say it could take months, if not years to resolve itself in court. Deflategate continues...

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