Impact News: In case you are the type of sports fan that lives under a rock, Roger Goodell and the NFL have upheld the original four game suspension handed down to Tom Brady. Almost every “expert” believed it would have been reduced but Goodell and crew did see any evidence that they believed changed anything.
Short Term Impact: Well it has been said for a while and now it can be expected, this is heading to Federal Court. Brady has authorized the NFL Players Association to appeal the decision and the NFLPA has released a statement that predictably denounced the ruling while Brady’s agent, Don Yee called the appeal process a “sham.” To counter, and not surprisingly, the NFL has already asked the New York Federal Court to uphold the suspension.
Long Term Impact: Okay so we know the NFL upheld the suspension through the appeal process. Clearly this was a lose-lose and why Goodell never should have heard the appeal. But it is what it is, and now the Federal Courts will hear the case. But what does this mean?
If Brady had not appealed to the courts, he would have missed games against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars and Dallas Cowboys. They probably would have managed a .500 record and put themselves in a decent spot to challenge for yet another AFC East crown.
Instead you can expect Brady and crew to look for an injunction that would keep the suspension on hold until the case is heard and decided. For those that do not know, an injunction is basically an order that pauses a person’s punishment from being implemented and this, at a high level, is asked for by the plaintiff, in this case Brady. There is more to it but that gets the point across.
If successful, the NFL timetables and the timetables of Brady are irrelevant and it falls to the whim and schedule of the courts. If the courts find that Brady should not be suspended then you can expect a probable appeal by the NFL. It is not unreasonable to expect this to drag out throughout the whole 2015-2016 NFL season which would keep Brady on the field the whole time.
Of course it is possible that the courts could hear the case earlier and Brady could miss time towards the end of the season which could factor in the team’s run to or in the playoffs. However, it is not a team thing right now, not for Brady, this is all about legacy. He will not accept anything short of full exoneration. Of course this might not be the case.
No matter what this is far from over. Brady is appealing through the NFLPA to a court system that has been seen as light on players, depending on judge, over the years. Will he win? We will see but one thing is sure, this is not even close to over.
Regardless I expect the injunction to go in affect and I expect to see Brady suited up for the Patriots when the season opens against Pittsburgh. But how long he stays on the active roster is anyone’s guess right now.
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