Tom Brady Deflategate Update: NFLPA Angered By NFL Claims Of Phone Destruction
Tom Brady and the NFLPA suffered a jolt in their move to clear the NFL’s 4-match suspension on the Patriots’ quarterback as U.S. District Judge Richard H. Kyle in Minnesota ordered Thursday that the NFLPA’s lawsuit be transferred to the Southern District of New York, according to the league sources.
Judge Orders Suit To Be Moved To NY
“This court perceives no reason for this action to proceed in Minnesota,” Kyle wrote in his ruling.
On Wednesday, the Player’s Union filed a lawsuit claiming three points: the suspension of Brady was unfair, the appeal hearing “defied any concept of fundamental fairness,” and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was partial in his decision to uphold the suspension.
The Association also decided to file the suit in Minnesota where they had won the previous litigation against the NFL.
“Indeed, the Court sees little reason for this action to have been commenced in Minnesota at all,” Kyle wrote. “Brady plays for a team in Massachusetts; the Union is headquartered in Washington, D.C.; the NFL is headquartered in New York; the arbitration proceedings took place in New York; and the award was issued in New York.”
Players Association’s council Jeffrey Kessler downplayed the decision in front of the media.
“It really doesn’t matter to us where the case is,” Kessler said. “What we finally have is a neutral forum. Before a neutral forum, we are very confident in our position.”
‘Cell Phone Destruction Misrepresented,’ says NFLPA
Kessler also spoke against Goodell’s misrepresentation of the destruction of Brady’s old cellphone.
“It’s just grasping at straws to try to divert attention from their complete lack of evidence or legal process to justify what’s happened here,” Kessler told press. “You heard the outrage today from Mr. Kraft. That was completely justified. I’ve never more agreed with Robert Kraft in my life, about anything.”
As per his interview with an investigator, Brady said he regularly destroys old cellphones when he gets new ones. The NFLPA now can’t re-argue facts of the case in court. But Kessler made it clear that he is utterly displeased about the way Goodell “misrepresented” and “overplayed”the issue.