Before Tuesday’s unexpected release of the Tom Brady appeal hearing transcript, it was believed that neither the NFL nor the NFLPA wanted the transcript to be released.
As it turns out, the NFLPA did.
“I would like the NFL to think about this,” NFLPA attorney Jeffrey Kessler said at page 343 of the transcript. “We have had this issue back and forth and we propose that there not be confidentiality in this matter and the NFL said they wanted confidentiality and we agreed to something and it was there. I would like to propose on behalf of the Union that we can release this transcript of this [hearing] today. I would like the NFL to think about that. That’s our proposal. . . .
“I think there is a great public interest in this and in the interest of transparency, that would be something that we would like to see done.”
The NFL declined. And maybe after studying the transcript we now know why.