NFL lawyer: Judge can’t toss Brady’s Deflategate suspension

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FILE - In this June 23, 2015, file photo, New England Patriot's quarterback Tom Brady arrives for his appeal hearing at NFL headquarters in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

NEW YORK (WPRI) — As the legal battle surrounding Tom Brady’s Deflategate suspension unfolds, both sides have been on a court document filing spree, in an effort to help the judge make his decision.

Most recently, NFL attorney Daniel Nash filed a letter to Judge Richard Berman, arguing that the judge has no grounds to overturn Brady’s four-game suspension.

“These cases confirm that courts vacate arbitration awards only in extraordinary circumstances, none of which are present here,” the document stated. “While no one disputes that judicial deference to arbitration awards is not absolute…the Union’s statement that ‘arbitrations of this type have been set aside’ grossly distorts legal precedent.”

The letter is referencing a list the Players’ Union submitted to the court, listing 19 cases where the judge had vacated arbitration awards.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Brady’s suspension back in May, accusing the quarterback of conspiring with two Patriots employees to deflate footballs to gain a competitive edge during the AFC Championship game.

Goodell also heard Brady’s appeal and upheld the four-game suspension.

Judge Berman – who has repeatedly encouraged both sides to reach a settlement agreement warned the NFL during the last court hearing that he could toss the suspension.

The case is due back in court next Monday. The judge has ordered Brady and Goodell to be there.

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