The biggest NFL news of the week came today as Tom Brady’s four-game suspension by the NFL for his apparent involvement in Deflategate was nullified by Judge Richard Berman today, meaning he will be able to play week one of the new season against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Whilst the case involving the New England Patriots quarterback finally came to it’s conclusion today, another case still continues. Not one that is to be settled in the courts, but in the voices of the fans, players, coaches, and owners alike over whether or not Roger Goodell should still be NFL Commissioner, the judge, jury, and executioner on all matters in the league.
In light of the rulings by Judge Berman today, the NFL has officially filed a notice of appeal. They say they are doing so, according to Ian Rapoport, ‘in order to uphold the collectively bargained responsibility to protect the integrity of the game.’
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A typical response you might say for a side which had the rulings go against them today, but it’s another mistake by the NFL Commissioner. It’s only going to end in another defeat like it has done today and so many times in the past.
There have been too many cases in the past few years where Goodell’s ruling has been defeated on issues of discipline and enforcement. The investigations of the Bountygate scandal, the Ray Rice domestic abuse scandal, and the Adrian Peterson child abuse scandal all had their penalties reduced after an appeal was filed in each case, and now Tom Brady’s case joins that list.
The victory for Brady today will entice other players to appeal their disciplines as well. Dallas Cowboys’ Greg Hardy could appeal his four-game suspension for a domestic violence incident in 2014, and could be discussing with the NFLPA to see if he should appeal his suspension.
Ultimately, Goodell is looking like he is unfit for office more and more as each day passes by. He's made too many bad decisions during his time as NFL Commissioner and change needs to happen now. The NFL needs a new Commissioner that can properly enforce the rules with authority and accuracy so that the league keeps it’s integrity and order.