Tom Brady, who lost two Super Bowls to Eli Manning and has almost definitely been cheating as a member of the New England Patriots for more than a decade (allegedly), will very likely continue the charade that he is not a cheater.
Deflategate just won’t go away. Brady, who destroyed his cellphone during the investigation and wants us to believe the “deflator” nickname has to do with weight loss because he thinks we’re idiots, is expected to file an appeal Monday of his reinstated four-game suspension for deflating footballs during the 2015 AFC Championship Game.
Here’s what Brady lawyer Theodore B. Olson said Monday morning, via the Washington Post:
“Our two primary arguments are that the commissioner in the first place conducted an investigation and then the commissioner imposed discipline. Then the commissioner appointed himself as an appellate judge or an arbitrator and then decided something new in the appellate process, abandoning the grounds that were the original basis for the supposed discipline,” Olson said. “That’s number one, and an appellate judge is supposed to look at the record and make a decision on the basis of what happened before. He departed from what happened before. Secondly he ignored important provisions of the CBA [collective bargaining agreement] about discipline that might be imposed for equipment violations. He departed from that completely and went off the track.”
As you can see neither of the two primary arguments are, “My client didn’t do this.” Because he did it. It’s at least refreshing that the lawyer of an obviously guilty person is arguing about investigation ethics and CBA language instead of claiming his client is innocent. Although maybe that’s the third primary argument.