For Immediate Release
May 23, 2016

 

The NFLPA has officially filed its petition with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals requesting the court rehear the Tom Brady matter En Banc.

Comment from NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith:

"This Union has always stood for protecting the rights of our members. Our filing of this appeal today on behalf of Tom Brady and all NFL players is no different. He was not afforded fundamental fairness and due process as guaranteed by the collective bargaining agreement and case law. We also know that the NFL propped up a now completely de-bunked “independent” report with a made-up standard as the basis for his suspension. For sixty years we have affirmed the right to seek redress for our members and we will always hold the NFL accountable."

Comment from Former US Solicitor General and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Partner Theodore Olson: 

"The divided panel of the Second Circuit reached erroneous legal conclusions under an unfair and unjust standard. The decision and the standards it imposes are damaging and unfair - not only to Tom Brady - but to all parties to collective bargaining agreements everywhere. Commissioner Goodell cannot sit as an appellate arbitrator and then affirm the league's initial disciplinary decision based upon a new theory and imagined evidence and pretend to be an unbiased decision-maker." 

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