Deflategate is far from over, the NFL decided to put the hammer down on Tom Brady but the legal process has just begun.
According to reports from ESPN, Tom Brady has given the NFLPA the green light to take Deflategate to federal court. As far as the NFLPA is concerned, they feel they have a good chance to give Roger Goodell a run for his money. Real question is what is Brady going to argue in court?
Lets start off with cellphonegate, or in other words, Brady's shady disposal of his cell phone. Back in the spring the NFL asked Brady to share his emails, text messages and many other forms of electronic media, Brady refused. According to reports, Wells gave Brady "extraordinary protections" meaning that Brady's lawyers could turn over messages that they deemed necessary to the investigation. Still, Brady refused and this has played a major role in why he is still suspended. On the other hand, Brady claims to dispose of his phones every four months, and subsequently even one right before his meeting with the investigators. Also, under the collective bargaining agreement players do not have to turn over any forms of electronic media.
Despite cellphonegate Tom Brady and his legal team have a lot of ammunition against the NFL with regards to Deflategate. Brady and his team are going to argue that Roger Goodell should not have been appointed as the arbitrator in this case. The NFLPA pushed for a third party arbitrator but Goodell was given the responsibility. On top of that VP Troy Vincent had no authority to hand down the punishment. Vincent's extensive punishment gave Roger Goodell sheen impartiality in the appeal. Vincent's actions are a clear violation of the personal conduct policy that was created in 2011.
After all is said and done Brady still has a chance to play in week one against the Steelers. Tom Brady and his lawyers are expected to seek an injunction and hold out the suspension until it can be decided in court. Only problem is they have to prove that the NFL has done "irreparable harm" to Tom Brady.
Its time to lawyer up and get down to business.