NFLPA chief De Maurice Smith was on “The Dan Patrick Show” Monday, and had some harsh words for Roger Goodell and his handling of Deflategate.

First, he was asked about Goodell’s ability to be a neutral arbitrator:

He also touched on what he called the intellectual hypocrisy and the “general awareness” claim from the league.

And he also commented on a settlement offer that was made by Tom Brady.

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Christopher Price

In the latest It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price talks with Comcast’s Phil Perry about the latest Deflategate news, what’s next for Tom Brady and what chance he might have when it comes to playing in the opener. The two also take a look at some guys on the roster bubble and which rookies have the best chance of having an impact in 2016 and beyond.

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WEEI

On the day the NFLPA and Tom Brady will once again appeal the quarterback’s four-game suspension, the NFLPA continues

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith continued to blast Roger Goodell. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith continued to blast Roger Goodell. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

On the day the NFLPA and Tom Brady will once again appeal the quarterback’s four-game suspension, the NFLPA continues to attack commissioner Roger Goodell and the case.

Appearing on The Dan Patrick Show, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith blasted Goodell and said the NFLPA would do the same for any player, not just Brady.

“You know on this side that it is never just about the player,” Smith said. “Every player is going to be subject to a rule where a commissioner is upholding discipline based on his belief that a player was generally aware of someone else’s conduct.

“Have you ever heard of anything like that before? It’s unbelievable. It borders on intellectual hypocrisy. It’s Tom Brady today, but if your employer wanted to fire you and you ask why and the employer said I believe you were generally aware of somebody else’s conduct, you wouldn’t say that is a Tom Brady issue, you would say that is a player issue.”

Smith once again laid out the case against Goodell and the league, saying the commissioner acted unfair.

“Basically the argument is that the collective bargaining agreement and Roger’s decision to cloak himself as the arbitrator meant that he also cloaked himself in case law that means he must follow industrial due process,” Smith said. “At its core, it means once the commissioner decided to be the arbitrator, it also means an arbitrator can’t simply go rogue. And in this case, he heard evidence based on discipline that he based on facts and then after the hearing decided to base the discipline on why. We believe when he chose to the the arbitrator in this case, which is different than choosing to be the disciplinarian, when he chose to be the neutral arbitrator, when he chose to cloak himself neutrality, that also means he cannot choose then to be unfair.”

Added Smith: “In this case it was an abuse when he chose to be the arbitrator and then chose to be an unfair arbitrator. Look at it this way: If an employer decides to impose punishment, an employer has a wide range of options to punish employees. When that employer also says in this case I am going to choose to review that punishment and I am going to step into the role of neutral arbitrator that also means you have to be neutral. You have to be unbiased. You have to be fair. In this case, it is clear Judge Berman found ‘Roger Goodell was going to impose his own brand of industrial due process.’ When you choose to be an arbitrator, you cannot do that.”

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Ryan Hannable

The mutual respect between Tom Brady and Ed Reed is abundantly clear.

Ed Reed loved facing Tom Brady and the Patriots (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

Ed Reed loved facing Tom Brady and the Patriots. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

The mutual respect between Tom Brady and Ed Reed is abundantly clear.

Over the years Brady has raved about how good Reed was with the Ravens, especially in the NFL Network’s A Football Life with Bill Belichick when Brady and Belichick broke down film watching Reed play and Brady noted you always have to know where Reed is on the field — more so than any other opponent.

Reed talked about facing Brady and the Patriots in an interview with Talk of Fame Network.

“Those games were awesome,” Reed said. “You knew you were going against the best. You knew the outcome could be either way. You knew it was going to be a close game for the most part. You can only control so much, but those are the best games because you’re going against the best. Who didn’t want to play against the best players at the time – especially at the quarterback position. With myself being the safety and Brady being the quarterback … I loved that matchup any day. It’s just that those guys are so good you had to be on point, you had to mind your p’s and q’s all the time.

“And I had so much respect for them as an organization and team … as coaches and players for what they stood for and what they accomplished. That’s what you wanted to go against.”

Reed, now an assistant coach with the Bills, was 3-5 against Brady and the Patriots, including the playoffs. Those wins didn’t come easy as five of the games were decided by six points or less.

“There’s a reason why we talk about him being one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time,” Reed said. “Because of the matchups and what he did against us and how he won. We might’ve done some great things, but he moved the football … It was always a physical game and mental matchup going against the man. You’ve got to like that.”

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Ryan Hannable

Now that it’s learned Tom Brady and the NFLPA will file its appeal Monday afternoon, the biggest question is what is next?

The Tom Brady appeal decision will take roughly a month. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

The Tom Brady appeal decision will take roughly a month. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Now that it’s learned Tom Brady and the NFLPA will file its appeal Monday afternoon, the biggest question is what is next?

Speaking on SportsCenter Monday morning, ESPN business analyst Andrew Brandt said it should be roughly a month before a decision is reached.

“If they accept the appeal, then we’re in for months more of arguments and rehearing and that whole thing,” Brandt said. “If they deny it, the suspension is back on hold. I am projecting about a month before they even decide if they are going to take the case or not.”

Brandt later was more specific saying it will be roughly a 3-6 week process.

As it relates specifically to whether or not the case will actually be reheard, he said it is a “long shot.”

“It is an uphill battle, it’s a long shot,” Brandt said. “Courts are very hesitant to take these cases that have been decided by three other judges. It was a 2-to-1 decision. The sliver of hope for Brady’s side is that one — that dissenting opinion was one from the Chief Judge of the Second Circuit in Judge Katzmann. They are holding on to a sliver of hope there. Really, this is running the clock. Now, the suspension is stayed again.

“We’ll see how long this takes and if they get a negative decision on this end maybe they go to the Supreme Court and try to run the clock again. I wouldn’t classify it directly as a Hail Mary, but it certainly is a long shot for Brady to get this case accepted for rehearing by the full Second Circuit.”

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Ryan Hannable
Tom Brady and the NFLPA continue to argue Roger Goodell's ruling was incorrect. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady and the NFLPA continue to argue Roger Goodell’s ruling was incorrect. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports)

On Monday afternoon, Tom Brady and the NFLPA will file a petition that will request the case be reheard before the entire Second Circuit court bench.

While the official appeal will not be released until later Monday afternoon, a draft of the en banc petition has been obtained by The White Bronco.

Here are a few highlights of what Brady and his team are saying. Click here to view the entire document.

— The petition continues to say Brady’s four-game suspension is “severe and unprecedented.”

— It acknowledges Roger Goodell had the authority to hear the appeal because he’s commissioner, they say Goodell punishment was based on different grounds that weren’t the basis for his original decision.

— It says a rehearing is warranted because the panel opinion conflicts in two respects with the decisions of the Supreme Court and other courts of appeals. The first conflict relates to Goodell acting within his authority to uphold the suspension. It says “an arbitrator’s authority depends on an affirmative grant of authority by the parties not, as the panel majority held, the agreement’s ‘silence’ or an absence of express limits on the arbitrator’s power.”

It adds, “Chief Judge Katzmann had it exactly right when he explained that when the Commissioner ‘changes the factual basis for the disciplinary action after the appeal hearing concludes.'”

— Secondly, the petition brings the case back to it being an equipment violation and Goodell “completely ignored” the penalties in the CBA as it relates to equipment violations. The petition continues to question why Goodell imposed four games for such a minor violation.

— It also goes into how this case impacts more than just Brady. It states this “will harm not just NFL players, but all unionized workers who have bargained for appeal rights as a protection not as an opportunity for management to salvage a deficient disciplinary action by conjuring up new grounds for the punishment.”

— It concludes with: The panel decision stands in stark conflict with fundamental rules of labor law and undermines the rights of union members and employers alike. This Court should grant rehearing.

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Ryan Hannable

Ted Olson, one of several high-powered attorneys hired to represent Tom Brady, confirmed to ABC News on Monday morning that the quarterback will indeed appeal last month’s federal court ruling re-instating his four-game suspension.

“The facts here are so drastic, and so apparent, that the court should rehear it,” Olson told “Good Morning America.”