Update: Brady gives NFLPA go-ahead to go to court


UPDATED: 5:39 p.m.

The NFLPA is raring to go. And now it's been given the go-ahead from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to challenge the NFL in federal court. 

According to a report by NFL Media's Albert Breer, the players union was waiting to hear from Brady before taking his case to the courts. Late Tuesday afternoon, the union received that permission.

The union released a statement in which it said . . . 

The Commissioner's ruling today did nothing to address the legal deficiencies of due process. The NFL remains stuck with the following facts:

• The NFL had no policy that applied to players;
• The NFL provided no notice of any such policy or potential discipline to players;
• The NFL resorted to a nebulous standard of "general awareness" to predicate a legally unjustified punishment;
• The NFL had no procedures in place until two days ago to test air pressure in footballs; and
• The NFL violated the plain meaning of the collective bargaining agreement.

The fact that the NFL would resort to basing a suspension on a smoke screen of irrelevant text messages instead of admitting that they have all of the phone records they asked for is a new low, even for them, but it does nothing to correct their errors.

The NFLPA will appeal this outrageous decision on behalf of Tom Brady.

Brady's four-game suspension was upheld by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday, the league announced. In the announcement, the league noted that it found Brady deliberately destroyed potentially-relevant evidence when he destroyed his cell phone on or around March 6 -- the same date he was scheduled to meet with Ted Wells and other investigators.

To the league, that constituted an act that "went beyond a mere failure to cooperate in the investigation and supported a finding that he had sought to hide evidence of his own participation in the underlying scheme to alter the footballs."

The NFLPA represented Brady in New York during his June 23 appeal hearing and has made it clear that it would be prepared to defend Brady in federal court if any part of his suspension was upheld. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported on Tuesday evening that the union would make its filing in Minnesota, which is thought to be a labor-friendly state. 

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