Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke Tuesday at the NFL Spring Meeting, and (surprise, surprise) he didn’t have many interesting things to say.
Goodell was asked about the petition Tom Brady and the NFL Players Association filed Monday to appeal the New England Patriots quarterback’s four-game Deflategate suspension. Brady and the NFLPA are appealing Goodell’s decision to uphold the four-game suspension that first was vacated by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman and then reinstated by U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals Judges Denny Chin and Barrington Parker.
“Listen, I respect the NFLPA’s ability to appeal if they choose to do that,” Goodell said. “They did. That’s a matter for the lawyers. We’ll see how things progress. But I’m really not focused on that at all, so.”
The case has become just as much about Goodell’s power as an arbitrator as it has ever been about deflated footballs or Brady missing four games, so you’d think the commish would be paying more attention. Alas.
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