Re: Brady Gets Off
The report alleging air being let out was fundamentally flawed as to the measurements and that was actual evidence presented in court. At no point did the NFL present any evidence that Brady deflated any footballs, nor was he actually aware of any one doing so or complicit in the same, nor, in fact, that the balls were actually deflated (the report was fundamentally, factually, and scientifically flawed on that basis, across the board). With no evidence of deflation or of Brady's involvement, penalizing Brady would be akin to NASCAR penalizing Dale, Jr., for an allegation without scientific or actual proof that someone on his team may have altered tire pressure before a race without anything tying him to it or even knowing about it, and absent any actual evidence of the same.
As for the destruction of the phone, Brady had every record of his phone accounts - all of them - turned over directly from the service provider. Those records are far more comprehensive than anything on a phone, since information on a phone can be deleted or altered; the same is not the case from the service provider records.
The judge was also very clear in stating that at no time did the NFL inform Brady or the Union that Brady was subject to any penalty for destroying the phone (even after turning over the phone records which he was not asked nor obligated to do), nor did they inform him that he was subject to any penalty for allegedly (and without proof) possibly knowing that someone else may have done anything with the inflation levels of the footballs. Beyond that, at no point did the NFL disclose that the penalty - beyond what is within the NFL rules - would be akin to a player being found to have violated the league's substance abuse policy.
The court ruling essentially says that: 1) the NFL needs actual proof and not mere allegations; 2) the NFL has to inform players of the penalties they are facing and for what they might be facing penalties for; and, 3) the NFL has to actually follow it's own rules when penalizing players.
Seems rather straight forward.
The NFL lost this because of the arrogance of Goodall, no one man should be judge, jury and executioner.
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