This is obviously exactly the sort of punch in the nuts we’ve all been dreading since the Second Circuit Court took up this case months ago. The fact they curb-stomped Tom Brady’s argument isn’t just bad for the Patriots, it’s chilling news for anyone who works for a living.
All the dopes out there who think this is a cause to celebrate because they think this will cost the Patriots some games had better hold off on hiring the caterer and renting the party tent. Because what’s happening to Brady in this can happen to their quarterback, their franchise player and, if the the precedent stands, to them. What the court is basically upholding is the NFL’s case that Roger Goodell has absolute power. That he can suspend any player for any cause for any length of time, demand Prima Noctae with their wives, turn their parents into Soylent Green and put their children into his sweatshops sewing gear for NFL Properties and there’s not a damned thing anyone can do about it.
But there’s hope. The Founding Fathers, bless them, saw despots like Goodell coming 200 years down the road and did something about it. By all accounts, this is not the end of the legal road. Not by a damned sight. Because this now puts the Supreme Court in play, which is where this was destined to wind up from the beginning.
Tom Brady is a winner. Winners want the ball in their hands on the biggest stage, so why not SCOTUS? No more screwing around with these rinky dink lower courts. Get TB12 in front of the august body who decided Plessy v. Ferguson and Marbury v. Madison and let them hear Brady v. The Most Corrupt Organization in America.
And after that, take it to the World Court, the Vatican, the United Nations, the Galactic Senate and the tribunal that runs the universe in the future of “Bill & Ted.”
But that’s for down the road. We’re taking this one court at a time. For now, we’re on to SCOTUS.