Federal judge: Not sure Roger Goodell understands there is a CBA

Wednesday August 26th, 2015

While Tom Brady's Deflategate suspension is still working its way through a New York court, other judges who have dealt with the NFL are taking notice of the case. 

U.S. District Judge David S. Doty, who is hearing a contempt motion filed by the NFLPA in Minnesota with regards to the Adrian Peterson case, took a shot at Rodger Goodell during Wednesday's proceedings. 

“I'm not sure the commissioner understands there is a CBA,” said Doty, according to USA Today's Tom Pelissero. Doty agreed in February with Judge Barbara Jones, who ruled against the NFL in the Ray Rice case, that Goodell overstepped his authority by suspending Peterson indefinitely last November. 

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Peterson was reinstated by the NFL in March. 

Doty said he was curious to see how Judge Richard M. Berman will rule in the Brady case. 

Brady and the NFLPA attempted to have the Deflategate suspension case heard in Minnesota, but the NFL filed in New York first. Judge Berman is expected to make a ruling—if the sides don't reach a settlement—before the start of the regular season.


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