NFLPA undecided on further appeals in Tom Brady, Adrian Peterson cases

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With the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruling in favor of the NFL in connection with the discipline imposed in 2014 on Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, the league has now secured two major victories in cases involving player rights. As to both Peterson and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, the plans of the NFL Players Association regarding further appeal are unclear.

“Our union pursues all claims because we believe in due process, fundamental fairness and in the spirit of collective bargaining agreements,” the NFLPA said in a statement issued Thursday. “While the NFLPA disagrees with the decision, we accept this loss. When negotiation or collective bargaining fails to resolve our differences, we will always fight and pursue every recourse for our players’ rights.”

The loss can be accepted and still challenged via the pursuit of “every recourse.” In Peterson’s case, a petition for a rehearing would be the first step. Ultimately, the union will be facing the same decision it currently faces as to Brady: Should the case be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court?

If the NFLPA had won in Peterson’s case, Brady’s chances of persuading the Supreme Court to take up his case would have been enhanced, due to the ensuing disagreement among two different federal circuits on the powers of the NFL under the same labor deal. Even with the league winning both cases and Brady having a wafer-thin chance of getting to the Supreme Court, it makes sense to try.

The union ultimately hopes to persuade the league to do what it agreed to do two years ago regarding the substance-abuse policy and the PED policy: Refer all internal appeals to neutral arbitration. From a bargaining standpoint, the league currently has more leverage because the court decisions have given the Commissioner more power. If that power can be undermined via a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court favorable to the players, it then becomes easier, in theory, to secure via negotiation neutral arbitration for appeals arising under the Personal Conduct Policy or punishment implemented for conduct detrimental to the league.

Brady, as PFT previously has reported, has authorized the union to appeal his case to the Supreme Court. Peterson surely would do the same with his. For now, the NFLPA hasn’t decided whether to do that. The commitment to “pursue every recourse” for player rights seems to suggest that, in both cases, the union will.

74 responses to “NFLPA undecided on further appeals in Tom Brady, Adrian Peterson cases

  1. The NFLPA is far and away the weakest of professional sports unions, even the NFL earns far and away the most money…more than double what the NBA earns.

  2. looks like we are heading for a lock-out at the next collective bargaining contract. The players screwed themselves and now they are going to have to fight to get a fair and independent arbitrator when Hier Goodell uses emotion instead of facts for his rulings.

  3. accept it NFLPA you lose, The NFL has created a bargaining chip our of thin air and now you will play 18 games and have a team in London because you let Goodell punk you.

  4. What do the NFL, FIFA, and the Olympics have in common?
    The most corrupt, private organizations with no one over seeing them.
    They can do whatever they please.

  5. “Even with the league winning both cases and Brady having a wafer-thin chance of getting to the Supreme Court, it makes sense to try.”

    Sure, if you are a lawyer obsessed with a point and have no regard for what it costs. This attitude – so reminiscent of Mr. Trump – helps clog our legal system.

    At some point, however, a rational person should step in and assess the best strategy for achieving whatever the client’s goals are, such as organizing the players in advance of the next CBA negotiation. Players have the power, if they truly feel this is critical. Just color me skeptical over the players holding fast on this point.

  6. Why appeal Brady? Everybody knows he’s guilty. That’s why he’s suspended.

  7. I support the NFL and Roger Goodell 100% If you don’t want repercussions, don’t be a criminal or an idiot.

  8. Neutral Arbitration makes complete sense across the board. If the NFL believe they are right, why would they not want a fair process to show they are right as opposed to one sided process that everyone thinks is completely unfair whether it actually is or not.

  9. Well. one guy whipped his boys genitals. The other one was never proven to have done a darned thing. Science proved the balls deflated naturally. But hey, ya’ll know it all so I defer to all you law experts out there. I’ll worry about getting AFCCG tickets and Super Bowl tickets too……again.

  10. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Aug 4, 2016 3:49 PM

    Why appeal Brady? Everybody knows he’s guilty. That’s why he’s suspended.

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    Go look at wrongful convictions on Wikipedia. Not everyone that is found guilty is actually guilty. That’s why there is an appeals process.

  11. Haha these Pats fans thinking Goodell is the enemy. You do know it was the owners, Kraft played a big role, in getting the CBA rolling. Sure it promised MONEYbut it also gave Goodell power to do a lot but MONEYso if you are ever in trouble Money you wont get a MONEY fair trial MONEY.

    See that? All players and the NFLPA saw was more dollar signs but didn’t read the entire CBA so now your soul belongs to the NFL.

  12. pittsburghdamned says:
    Aug 4, 2016 3:46 PM

    Brady who?

    Jeanine Garofalo has the keys now.

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    If they keep delivering Ws then who cares.

  13. Well there’s still some money in the NFLPA’s accounts and you don’t get a $2000/hr lawyer like Ted Olson to sign on unless you guarantee him a big pay day in billable hours.

    It’s a certainty that they are both going to be appealed. At least the lawyers will win, in that they get paid. The lawyers always win.

  14. What a travesty of justice as far as Tom Brady is concerned. There was no tampering or proof of tampering. Where is the outrage over the fact that the NFL lied about the PSI levels? That should be focus, why did the NFL lie?
    What goes around comes around, plenty of people have it coming to them for their participation in this framegate.
    Science PROVES there was no tampering. The only people who believe Tom is guilty obviously don’t understand 7th grade science.

  15. Why appeal Brady? Everybody knows he’s guilty. That’s why he’s suspended.

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    Have you been paying attention at all to either the evidence (there is none) or the basis of the appeals (has nothing to do with guilt or innocence). By know if you are this disconnected you should just not even comment.

  16. Awsome! – I can’t wait to hear what the league will do to Aaron Rodgers when they hear not just about his being “more probable than not generally aware” but about his 2015 actual admission of a actual long running scheme of improper psi-levels in his footballs! And I can’t to see what will happen to the Colts when the league notices that their balls were also out of spec at that AFCCG! And the NFLPA can’t protect them – hahaha! IN-TEG-RITY! AT LAST!

    What? Wait, when? They did? They didn’t? Oh…

  17. It really warms my heart to see so many cybaby Patriot fans whining about this. I love how they now think all the players are going to rally around Brady, at their own expense, just to get a concession that few of them will ever use because they follow the rules. So please, keep the Goodell Nazi references flowing, I need the laughs.
    Science, lmao.

  18. When you have a favor ability rating as low as goodells any small victory is good. Doesn’t change the fact how he usurped his power and created such animosity between players and owners. Worst commissioner ever in American sports bar none.

  19. The league isn’t going to revisit the discipline process, they now hold all the cards. Two different federal circuits have upheld Goodell’s actions. The only way the owners might even consider renogiating would be if the Supreme Court granted certiorari in one of the cases. And anyone who has even a modicum of professional experience with that Court knows the chance of that happening is essentially non-existent.

  20. orange and blue own the nfl says:
    Aug 4, 2016 4:29 PM

    It really warms my heart to see so many cybaby Patriot fans whining about this. I love how they now think all the players are going to rally around Brady, at their own expense, just to get a concession that few of them will ever use because they follow the rules. So please, keep the Goodell Nazi references flowing, I need the laughs.
    Science, lmao.

    ………

    What is funny is that your team is actually the one of the worst at following the rules, so be very careful what you wish for. The NFL will be knocking on Denver’s door AGAIN soon enough.

    And that is the funny thing about science. Even though you laugh or don’t believe in it, science doesn’t care and it just keeps rolling along being true.

  21. Better chance with Peterson’s case, I think. They violated their own guidelines while making up the rules as they went along. I would suggest that the supreme court might even take this case given it deals with whether their are limits on arbitration, ever.

  22. As long as we stay away from ex Raiders and ex Patriots, we’ll be just fine, thanks. Two of the scummiest franchises in all of sports.

  23. jstamper3377 says:
    Aug 4, 2016 4:25 PM

    Have you been paying attention at all to either the evidence (there is none) or the basis of the appeals (has nothing to do with guilt or innocence). By know if you are this disconnected you should just not even comment.
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    You’re wasting your time with that bozo. He doesn’t even believe that temperature has an effect on things filled with air.

  24. No decision is a decision. A Supreme Court loss would kill the PR value of the debate. And, if they beleived they would win, the filing would have already been submitted. Truth is, the NFLPA is going to do everything possible to keep this in the media…without inducing another Court loss. They have no grounds to support a winning decision & they know it.

  25. orange and blue own the nfl says:
    Aug 4, 2016 5:34 PM
    As long as we stay away from ex Raiders and ex Patriots, we’ll be just fine, thanks. Two of the scummiest franchises in all of sports.
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    So a Broncos fan speaking of scummy franchises? There is no proof of Brady doing anything. And contrary to popular belief, the Patriots did not film walk through practices – if you think they did, show me the proof or where they were fined.

    But in 2010, the Broncos WERE fined $50,000 for filming a walk through 49ers practice. Not to mention multiple fines for PEDs and salary cap violations.

    Pot calling the kettle black…?

  26. followme2boston says:
    Aug 4, 2016 5:50 PM

    i guess Goodell isn’t the despot he is made out to be. His decisions have been upheld twice in a row now.
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    Of course he is. The guy is in Federal court all of the time. He was bound to find some judges that would accept his bribes sooner or later.

  27. “But in 2010, the Broncos WERE fined $50,000 for filming a walk through 49ers practice. Not to mention multiple fines for PEDs and salary cap violations.”

    ****

    And who was the coach responsible?
    Josh McDaniels! Gee, wonder where he learned it from??

    Oh, the cameraman was also an ex Patriot, fyi

  28. plum54 says:
    Aug 4, 2016 5:41 PM
    “A certain Denver fan is as bad as a certain Miami fan, the Pat’s sure live in your head!”

    ****

    What lives in my head is Brady cowering in fear from Von Miller. I will never forget that 🙂

  29. orange and blue own the nfl says:
    Aug 4, 2016 6:32 PM
    “But in 2010, the Broncos WERE fined $50,000 for filming a walk through 49ers practice. Not to mention multiple fines for PEDs and salary cap violations.”

    ****
    And who was the coach responsible?
    Josh McDaniels! Gee, wonder where he learned it from??

    Oh, the cameraman was also an ex Patriot, fyi
    _____________
    So then you are not denying that the Broncos cheated? Just easier to try and shift the blame even though the only evidence of this type of cheating was in Denver.

    No comment on the salary cap violations and Von Miller’s suspension? And he even tried to cheat the urine test.

    Then HGH delivery to Peyton Manning’s wife? Nothing to see there, right?

    Sounds to me like the Broncos have a scummier track record than the Raiders and Patriots combined.

  30. It’s funny that the “Bronco fan” has been busy posting under every Brady\Patriots articles but zero postings under Bronco articles.

    Seems that there are only 2 conclusions:

    1. Someone became a bandwagon fan
    “Bronco fan” sometime during or after the 4th quarter on February 7 2016 and then created a bandwagon username just for post nonsense under the articles of other teams.
    2. Someone is obsessed with everything Brady.

    (1 and 2 are not mutually exclusive)

    The only thing more pathetic than that would be if a Dolphin fan created fake patriot fan usernames just for posting nonsense under Patriots articles. But that could not happen because no one is that pathetic.

  31. orange and blue own the nfl says:
    Aug 4, 2016 6:35 PM

    What lives in my head is Brady cowering in fear from Von Miller. I will never forget that:)

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    Its funny to see someone that probably wants to be thought of as an adult repeating the same lame kindergarten—my daddy can beat up your daddy— arguments as he trolls using an obvious bandwagon username.

  32. Rolf, who turned Belichick in for his cheating? Mangini. How did he know? Explain that. How did he know to tattle on his former boss?
    HE WAS IN ON IT AS A PATRIOT!!
    That’s how.

    McDaniels brought that filth and disease here from the cesspool that is the Patriots.

    Listen to Revis, he said the same thing.

  33. orange and blue own the nfl says:
    Aug 4, 2016 7:10 PM
    Rolf, who turned Belichick in for his cheating? Mangini.
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    So you are referring to the filming of in-game coaches signals from an “unauthorized location” in the stadium? Sure, Mangini was doing this as was Belichick, as was Jimmy Johnson and many other teams. But if they filmed from the coaches booth instead of on the field, there would be no violation.

    Are you comparing this to the cheating through PEDs, Salary Cap, and the Broncos taping of opponents practices? Or how about Mike Shanahan putting speakers inside the linemens helmets?

    I don’t think any team can compete with the numerous violations by the Broncos.

  34. orange and blue own the nfl says:
    Aug 4, 2016 6:35 PM

    What lives in my head is Brady cowering in fear from Von Miller. I will never forget that:)

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    You must not have watched the game. Because I don’t recall that Brady missed a single snap due to a Von Miller hit.

    It took a bunch of liars that didn’t understand science to convince those on the left side of the Bell Curve that the rain and cold can’t affect the pressure in footballs to make Brady miss games because 31 teams are afraid of him.

    And those liars had to keep the PSI information collected during the 2015 season secret.

    Because even some of the dupes would wonder how one person could deflate footballs in multiple stadiums at the same time. And why that person only deflated footballs in outdoor stadiums when it was cold.

  35. I’ll say this for Patriots fans, they can dish it out but they can’t take it, lol.

  36. Oh, and rolf, I wouldn’t bring up PEDs if I were you. Most of us remember how doped up Rodney Harrison was as a Patriot. That guy perspired HGH. And he was quite crucial to those first few championships….. Just saying.

  37. This DEN turd is totally clueless or he’s about 10 years old. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and go with the latter. That would explain his total lack of knowledge as pertains to NFL history and his team’s history in particular.

  38. Will Josh McDaniels ever get another HC job? Funny, after he was fired in Denver for cheating, nobody wanted him on any level except the Pats. Now why is that exactly?

  39. Here we go again just another patriot article filled with trolls
    Just one more question sir if you have nothing to hide why would you smash your phone ???
    Lol

  40. orange and blue own the nfl says:
    Aug 4, 2016 8:10 PM
    Oh, and rolf, I wouldn’t bring up PEDs if I were you. Most of us remember how doped up Rodney Harrison was as a Patriot. That guy perspired HGH. And he was quite crucial to those first few championships….. Just saying.
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    I think we should bring up PEDs, as the Broncos lead the league in PED violations (10 since 2003, not counting Peyton Manning).

    And Von Miller brought PED violations to a whole new level:
    “Suspended Denver Broncos Pro Bowl linebacker Von Miller unsuccessfully attempted to corrupt the NFL’s drug-testing program with the help of a urine collector before each was caught”

  41. The most Ironic thing is……
    NFL suspends Brady. Due to the rules (unfair and very unamerican) Brady has to appeal to the same guy that suspended him. Then has to File with the courts. He wins…. Then the NFL Appeals to someone else… the very thing that is wrong with the NFL appeal process. I really do not care what Brady did or did not do. He should be able to have a fair appeal process. Something the NFL is 100% not for. a fair hearing.

  42. vikesr4reel says:
    Aug 4, 2016 8:54 PM
    Here we go again just another patriot article filled with trolls
    Just one more question sir if you have nothing to hide why would you smash your phone ???
    Lol
    ____________________
    Why would any sane and rational player hand over his personal cell phone to someone as untrustworthy as Goodell? Did you see all the leaks from the league – most of which were outright lies? So you really think this is what players should do?

  43. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Aug 4, 2016 3:49 PM
    Why appeal Brady? Everybody knows he’s guilty. That’s why he’s suspended.
    ******************
    Obviously everybody doesn’t since half of the judges who heard the cases ruled on his behalf.

  44. orange and blue own the nfl says:
    Aug 4, 2016 8:10 PM
    Oh, and rolf, I wouldn’t bring up PEDs if I were you. Most of us remember how doped up Rodney Harrison was as a Patriot. That guy perspired HGH. And he was quite crucial to those first few championships….. Just saying.
    ****************************
    Rodney Harrison was in San Diego when the Patriots won their first title. Just saying.

  45. “Are you comparing this to the cheating through PEDs, Salary Cap, and the Broncos taping of opponents practices? Or how about Mike Shanahan putting speakers inside the linemens helmets?”

    ****

    No, I’m comparing it to the Patriots cheating through PEDs (Harrison, Spikes, Cunningham, Bolden, and then signing known PED user Browner), their taping of walk throughs against both the Rams and Panthers (where McDaniels and Scarnecchia learned their trade), Spygate, bugged locker rooms, drones, plowing snow for a field goal, fake injury reports, etc, etc, etc. Let’s not forget the frequent “headset malfunctions.”
    It’s not so much a question of IF the Patriots cheat, but if they’ve ever won an honest game in Belichick’s tenure.

  46. Arbitration by its very meaning is impartial. Goodells is trying to change the meaning of the word to what he wants. A guy who lied in federal court has no respect from fans, players and those that respect labor management relations. Worst commissioner ever in pro sports, bar none.

  47. Vikes, same reason your irrelevant team got caught cheating warming up footballs on TV. Because you guys sk nothing was done but if you live long enough and see a SB championship which most likely will never happen then you might have more scrutiny by the corrupt NFL.

  48. If you cheat or beat your kid we should make sure to use as much of our legal system as possible to make sure you don’t suffer any or much consequence, because, you know, it’s not like they have anything else going on or the taxpayer dollars could be spent on more important things.

  49. Because Tom’s cell had texts from Ben Affleck’s Nanny who Tom had been messing around with. Google: Brady, Cheating, Nanny, Divorce.

  50. “Rodney Harrison was in San Diego when the Patriots won their first title. Just saying.”

    ****

    You’re right, my bad. It’s hard to keep track of all the different episodes of cheating related to the Patriots. Thanks for the clarification.

  51. I guess if my team’s QB was 39 I’d be whining about him playing every game he has left too, no matter what he does to get a win or an advantage. Just like GB, as soon as Brady retires, the team is done.

  52. orange and blue own the nfl says:
    Aug 4, 2016 9:30 PM

    No, I’m comparing it to the Patriots cheating through PEDs (Harrison, Spikes, Cunningham, Bolden, and then signing known PED user Browner), their taping of walk throughs against both the Rams and Panthers (where McDaniels and Scarnecchia learned their trade), Spygate, bugged locker rooms, drones, plowing snow for a field goal, fake injury reports, etc, etc, etc. Let’s not forget the frequent “headset malfunctions.”
    It’s not so much a question of IF the Patriots cheat, but if they’ve ever won an honest game in Belichick’s tenure.
    ________________
    1. Broncos lead the league in PED violations, so can’t compete with their track record

    2. Taping of walk throughs – wrong, the Broncos are the ONLY team that has been penalized for taping walk throughs. The original Patriots story on this was retracted with an apology after it was shown to be false.

    3. Spygate was about filming coaching signals from an “unauthorized location” in the stadium, so completely overblown and over-penalized because it was Belichick

    4. Bugged Locker Rooms – wrong, this is all fantasy as BB is in the heads of so many teams and coaches

    5. The snow plow game – now that was a classic, but what rule was broken?

    6. Headset malfunctions – this is controlled BY THE LEAGUE, and happens in many stadiums. Maybe you will say the league is trying to help the Patriots, but I think not.

    You really need to read beyond the headlines and separate fact from fiction.

  53. Rolf, you got it wrong on so many levels. First, PEDs is on the individual player, not the team or the organization. It is all on the player. Second, there has never been any proof that the Rams walk through was in fact taped. However, the Pats did have their film crew in there and they watched the Rams walk through and went to the coach and gave him the details. Either way, the Pats’ had inside information. Third, Josh McDaniel explained the difference between Skygate I and Spygate II. You know, sneaking into staduims, how well the scheme was coached. It has never been permissionable to video or tape coaches hand sign als. Fourth, when Spygate broke, the Pats were in violation of the number of radio frequencies. In other words, the NFL frquency shuts off 15 seconds before the play. Patriots had a frequency that continued live through out the play. And you should thank your Daddy Roger Goodell for ignoring this.

  54. limakey, how about some references for your theories.

    So PED violations don’t count as cheating, because it is on the player – don’t you think the team benefits greatly by having players who use illegal substances?

    And on this one:
    “It has never been permissionable to video or tape coaches hand signals”

    The 2007 Game Operations Manual states that in-game videotaping locations “must be enclosed on all sides with a roof overhead.”

    So if the taping had occurred in the coaches booth it would have been perfectly legal. The reason this blew up was the Belichick ignored the memo reinforcing this, which ticked off the commissioner and league.

  55. Ok, rolf, I’ll be expecting that billion dollar defamation lawsuit and player solidarity walkout then, lmao. Best of luck.

  56. orange and blue own the nfl says:
    Aug 5, 2016 9:58 AM
    Ok, rolf, I’ll be expecting that billion dollar defamation lawsuit and player solidarity walkout then, lmao. Best of luck.
    __________________
    No lawsuit will be necessary, just ring #5 for Brady will be more than sufficient.

  57. Rolf needs references

    Guess he can’t consult a certain book full of footnoted new stories

    🙂

    Cheetahs forever

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