Tanguay: No chance Brady vs. Goodell isn't headed to court


Get ready for one heck of a battle, and I'm not talking about on the field. Brady vs. Goodell in Deflategate is going to court. There's no doubt in my mind.

ABC News reported that the NFLPA is taking the NFL to court if Brady’s suspension isn't lifted completely. The sources even say that if the suspension is completely vacated and Brady is only fined, he still may file suit.


Brady would actually consider going to court over a fine, as opposed to thanking his lucky stars?

This illustrates the mentality of the NFLPA and Brady’s camp. They're all in.

It had been reported that Goodell wanted an assurance that Brady wouldn't sue the league if the four-game suspension was reduced. Obviously, Goodell has received no such guarantee.

As matter of fact, I think the NFLPA knows what Goodell’s decision is going to be, and went on the offensive through ABC News.

There's no chance Brady and the NFLPA are on different pages. The union can say it's driving this bus, but Jeffrey Kessler, Brady’s attorney, is firmly planted behind the wheel with his foot on the floor. The NFLPA doesn't leak this to ABC News without knowing that Brady is going to the wall. Furthermore, they don’t pursue a court case unless the Brady is fully invested in his cause.

So -- unless the unthinkable happens and Goodell completely drops all punishment -- we appear to be headed to court.

Who wins?

No one knows. If some loudmouth claims to, he or she is full of . . . air.

Tom Brady doesn't have as strong a case as Adrian Pederson, Ray Rice and Greg Hardy. Certainly, their crimes of domestic abuse dwarf letting air out of a bunch of footballs, but, legally, Brady has a tougher argument to make.

In the family violence cases, the NFL changed the rules after the crimes were committed; an obvious violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

According to the ABC report, Brady will argue the following:

-- The PSI rules were meant for club personnel, not players.

-- The “general awareness” term in the Wells Report is not convincing.

-- The NFL does not have proper standards and techniques for measuring the PSI in footballs.

-- Goodell should have recused himself from the appeal, seeing as how he'd made the original ruling.

In my humble opinion -- and I'm not a lawyer -- the best leg for the Brady camp to stand on his number three: The NFL doesn't have proper standards and techniques for measuring footballs.

Frankly, it all may come down to the type of judge selected to hear the case. A pro-labor Tom Brady fan will side with Brady. The NFL will win with a pro-business Patriot hater on the bench.

No guarantees who wins. But I do guarantee this mess isn't going away, and is headed straight for court.

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