The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York today announced their decision in the ‘Deflategate’ case against Tom Brady, ruling that Judge Berman was wrong to vacate the suspension as Commissioner Goodell had acted within his power. Following a statement released by the NFL praising the decision the NFLPA released their own reaction via a statement that read,
NFLPA STATEMENT ON SECOND COURT DECISION
WASHINGTON D.C., April 25, 2016 – The NFLPA is disappointed in the decision by the Second Circuit. We fought Roger Goodell’s suspension of Tom Brady because we know he did not serve as a fair arbitrator and that players’ rights were violated under our collective bargaining agreement.
Our Union will carefully review the decision, consider all of our options and continue to fight for players’ rights and for the integrity of the game.
The options of the Union from here are numerous, and complex, and it is unlikely that the matter will be laid to rest. The Union could even opt to petition the Supreme Court of the United States to hear the case but it is unlikely to be granted that audience.
It is important to note again here that the 2nd Circuit was not engaged to determine the guilt or innocence of Tom Brady in this case but merely to determine whether Commissioner Goodell acted within the terms of the CBA with regards to the severity and determination of the punishment. It is for this reason that both the NFL and NFLPA have fought the case so hard, and that it is unlikely to end here.