NFLPA files petition on behalf of Tom Brady

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The NFLPA has officially filed a 54-page petition against the NFL on behalf of Tom Brady in the United States District Court of Minnesota.

The petition looks at the procedure in which the NFL took to enforce the rules and says the league violated the collective bargaining agreement with Brady's suspension.

In a press release the NFLPA highlighted their case with the following points:

- There was no direct evidence in the Wells Report so the discipline was based on a made up “general awareness” standard to justify such absurd and unprecedented punishment.

 

- Roger Goodell delegated his disciplinary authority to Troy Vincent, violating our Collective Bargaining Agreement, and then as the “arbitrator,” he ruled on his own improper delegation, botching basic arbitration law and fundamental fairness.

 

- A collectively bargained policy already exists regarding tampering with equipment that provides only for fines, not suspensions. Troy Vincent ignored this policy when he issued his initial discipline. The policy that Vincent did apply to Brady only covers teams and team executives, not players. The NFL once again violated players’ right to advance notice of discipline to try to justify unprecedented punishment.

 

- No player in NFL history has served a suspension for “non-cooperation” or “obstruction.” And, in this case, the evidence is paper-thin.

 

- The appeals hearing held on June 23, 2015 defied any concept of fundamental fairness and violated the principles of our CBA.

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