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The Deflategate saga is far from over

Even Patriots fans are sick of Deflategate, Ideal Gas Laws and this twice imposed and once rescinded 4-game


Even Patriots fans are sick of Deflategate, Ideal Gas Laws and this twice imposed and once rescinded 4-game ban. However the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) is not. Spokesman George Atallah, on the Dan Patrick Show today, stated: “It seems like it won’t end. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it doesn’t seem like it’s going to end any time soon if Tom [Brady] decides he wants to pursue any further options it’s our obligation to fight that, and we’ve done that over the course of many, many, many years now.” The New England Patriots quarterback has 14 days to decide if he wants to appeal the reinstatement of his 4-game ban for allegedly having knowledge of the Patriots efforts to intentionally under inflated their footballs during the AFC Championship game in 2014, as well as for not cooperating with the investigation that the NFL conducted. Should Brady appeal the suspension will once again be stayed during the process and Brady would be free to play until the appeal is heard, either the entire panel of 21 judges in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals or even the U.S. Supreme Court. This protracted battle between the Commissioner Roger Goodell and Brady has gone far beyond the simple underinflation of footballs however, the real battle is over the powers of the Commissioner to be the judge, jury and executioner of disciplinary action over the players. Under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) Goodell’s powers are very wide ranging, but this is not the only case in which the NFLPA and the Commissioner are coming to blows over his powers to punish. Both Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson have had issue with their process through the disciplinary machine of the NFL. This fight, and others like it, may well continue until the CBA comes up for negotiation again after the 2020 season, at which point all out war will be declared.    

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Toby Durant

A passionate and opinionated writer, I am currently the NFL editor for RealSport. However, I also contribute to F1, WWE, Football, and other sections of the site, and I have covered the NFL International Series for RealSport and previously contributed to SB Nation.

 

I also have 10 years playing and coaching experience in American football, starting at the University of Nottingham and including a stint as defensive coordinator at Oxford Brookes University. I may be a Patriots fan but all aspects of the sport interest me, from guard play to special teams.

The Deflategate saga is far from over

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