NFLPA Asks Roger Goodell to Recuse Himself from Tom Brady Deflategate Appeal

May 19, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Commissioner Roger Goodell won his first battle in the Deflategate punishment controversy Tuesday, with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft saying in a press conference the team would not appeal its fine or draft-pick penalties. The NFLPA made it clear within hours it has no similar plans, formally requesting Goodell recuse himself from hearing Tom Brady's appeal.
"Given a process that has contained procedural violations of our collective bargaining agreement, the commissioner's role as a central witness in the appeal hearing and his evident partiality with respect to the Wells report, the commissioner must designate a neutral party to serve as an arbitrator in this matter," the NFLPA said in a statement.
Tom Pelissero of USA Today reported from the NFL that "there is no basis for the union's action."
The NFLPA also cited Goodell's inconsistency in dishing out punishment, calling him "ill-suited" to hear the case. Independent arbitrators have come dow...

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