A group of Patriots fans have taken to Change.org and started a petition to get back the Patriots their first and fourth-round draft the NFL took away because of Deflategate:
MA CONSUMER COMPLAINT Filed 2015/02/05 UNDER MA GENERAL LAWS 93A (Section 2 & Section 2a):
On behalf of Consumers of the National Football League (NFL) in MA, I/we claim that the NFL has breached Chapter 93A, Section 2 & 2a of the MA General (Consumer) Laws by wrongfully taking away the 1st and 4th round draft picks (2016) of the New England Patriots, who were absolved of wrongdoing (see Ted Wells Report re: Team & coaches [lack of] involvement). …
By denying the team of aforementioned draft picks as punishment without guilt, the NFL has, in essence, created an unfair method of competition for the Patriots and the consumer, when compared to the other 31 NFL franchises and consumers who likewise, have not warranted such punishment. …
We hereby assert that the NFL’s action of taking away the two draft picks of the New England Patriots, without warrant, has unfairly altered the competitive fairness and consumer expectations of same!
I’m not typically a big petition-signer. Maybe I’ve just been approached one too many times by some hipster with white guy dreds handing me some clipboard with a document meant to give him something free at my expense. Or it could be the fact I’ve get to see anyone start a petition designed to make life easier for aging working guys with car payments, a mortgage who spend weekends doing all their own yardwork because their kids won’t help. Or maybe I’m turned off by all the stupid other petitions that have been floated out there like the Colts fan trying to put an asterisk on all the Patriots Super Bowls. But this is different. This is a pure good.
Sure, you can say, “What’s the point?” But great social movements have begun with less. This is the city where a small band of malcontents dumped the king’s tea into the drink and started a nation. A group of dissatisfied Dutch mill workers tossed their shoes, called sabos, into the gear works, creating the first act of sabotage. Upton Sinclair wrote “The Jungle” about the meat-packing industry and started a revolution in food safety. Lambda Lambda Lamdba won the school talent contest over the bully jock fraternity and ushered in a new era in geek culture. A nerdvana.
So there is no limit to what a motivated, downtrodden and abused group of people can do when they set their minds to it. Will it work? Will the NFL capitulate, reinstate those plundered draft picks and bring justice to the world? I cannot say. But I know it’s worth signing, if for no other reason than to say with one voice we will not go quietly into the night. We will not vanish without a fight. I’m signing this thing because for once someone has written a petition that benefits me and all I hold dear.
You make up your own mind. But you’re either with us, or you’re with the NFL.