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“When Brady exercised his right under the collective bargaining agreement to appeal the punishment to an arbitrator, Goodell appointed himself as the arbitrator and ‘affirmed’ the punishment he had just imposed.
“Goodell’s self-affirming ‘appeal’ ruling must be reversed.
“Even though his arbitral authority was limited to hearing appeals of disciplinary decisions, Goodell ‘affirmed’ Brady’s punishment based on different grounds that were not the basis for his original disciplinary decision. Nor did Goodell mention or discuss the collectively bargained penalties for equipment-related violations — the core of Brady’s defense.”
Holy crap. This is Ted Olson’s first time stepping onto the mat in this little karate tournament, sweeping the leg and putting the members of NFL dojo in a body bag.
This is obviously why Ted Olson makes the big billable hours. There’s no need to try to educate a star chamber of federal appeals judges on the Ideal Gas Law or whether a slightly squishy football is easier to throw. These guys spend all day every day with their noses in dusty law books obsessing over legal minutiae. So Olson hits them where they live.
He comes right out swinging with the fact Roger Goodell broke the law, period.
Goodell is a despot who made himself judge, jury, witch hunter, executioner and arbiter and in our America, you can’t get away with that, period. If you do, as Olson argues, you’ll hurt all union workers “who have bargained for appeals rights as a protection – not as an opportunity for management to salvage a deficient disciplinary action by conjuring up new grounds for the punishment.”
Boom. That is the sound of Ted Olson hitting Goodell, soon to be followed by the sound of Goodell hitting the canvas. And it is sweet music to the sound of Patriots fans who have never stopped Defending the Wall, even with Deflategate about to reach its 5ooth day.
Tom Brady does everything first class all the way. From comfortable footwear to presidential candidates, from maple-bound cookbooks to high quality mattresses, he spares no expense and gets nothing but the very best. And so far it’s pretty clear he hired the Tom Brady of federal appeals lawyers.
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Officials reviews the play and gave Green a flagrant foul 1 for the play. Green — who did not apologize to Adams during or after the game but said he plans to — is hopeful the call will get rescinded.
“I followed through on a shot,” Green insisted. “I’m not trying to kick somebody in the men’s section. I’m sure he wants to have kids one day. I’m not trying to end that on the basketball court. That don’t make sense. I brought the ball over the top this way [makes motion], he fouled me, and I brought my leg up. I mean, I know my core’s not strong enough to stop my leg halfway from wherever it was going.
“Honestly, I didn’t know I hit him. I walked to the 3-point line and clapped everybody’s hand, and I turned around and he was on the floor. I’m like, ‘What happened?’ I’m standing at the 3-point line, I look at [teammate Andrew] Bogut, and he looked at the replay, and he was like [cringes]. So then I looked at the replay, like, ‘Uh oh.’
“But like I said, I thought it would get rescinded because I’m not trying to kick him. I was following through on the shot, and my leg went up. So no, I don’t think I’ll get suspended. I don’t know how anyone could possibly say I did that on purpose, regardless of the way it looked.”
Green has his coach’s support.
“Stuff like that happens all the time,” Steve Kerr said. “There’s contact, people’s arms, legs flailing. If they think it’s on purpose, play the game, you know. This stuff happens all the time. [Russell] Westbrook kicks his feet out on every 3, and there is contact. I mean, that’s just part of the game. So I don’t understand how that can be deemed a flagrant 1. I think it should be rescinded.”
The Thunder, of course, have a different perspective, and the fact that Green kneed Adams in the groin on a drive to the basket in Game 2 makes them less sympathetic.
“I mean, it happened before, mate,” Adams said Sunday. “He’s pretty accurate, that guy.”
Added Thunder guard Bryant Westbrook: “Honestly, I think it’s intentional. That’s two times in the last two games. I don’t think you can keep [hitting] somebody in their private areas.”
— Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is keeping his options open regarding the race for president.
“If [Trump] asked me, I’d be like, ‘OK, Donald. That’s great. Let’s talk about it. But we’re both going to have to dig in and really look and understand the issues so we can come up with solutions,’ ” Cuban said.
Cuban also said he’d consider running with Democrat Hillary Clinton, as long as she would “go more to the center.”
Cuban said Trump has a “real chance to win” despite many people dismissing the controversial billionaire businessman. However, he’s not sure Trump will be able to make himself more appealing by better filtering what comes out of his mouth.
Said Cuban: “It’s possible for anybody to change, but I just don’t see evidence that he wants to change.”
Laraque was there to participate in a charity softball game when a 24-year-old man allegedly attempted to abduct a 7-year-old girl.
A group of 20-30 people, including the girl’s parents, detained the man and held him until police arrived.
“It was surreal,” Laraque said (via CBC News). “The park was full of people everywhere. Everybody saw it. There were so many witnesses when it happened. … I just wanted to make sure that if he got up that I was going to tackle him right away.”
Laraque, who played 12 NHL seasons, said the situation hit home, as he is a parent as well.
“I have twins and this could happen to anyone,” Laraque said. “We’ve heard stories of a child being abducted and to see [something] like that — it’s pretty scary.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 23, 1976, the Celtics beat the Suns, 98-87, in Game 1 of the NBA finals. Which Celtic led the way with 25 points and 21 rebounds?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Wish he would have retired last year. He’s kind of on a different level right now. It looks like he’s playing softball.” — Indians manager Terry Francona, joking about David Ortiz after the Red Sox DH went 4-for-4 in Boston’s 5-2 victory Sunday
STAT OF THE DAY: 41 — Points by which the Thunder led the Warriors in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals before settling for a 133-105 victory, four days after losing Game 2 by 27 points