The Deflategate investigation was a long, painful, aggravating process for Patriots fans. It would end up with a ridiculous penalty of $1 million, loss of first-round draft pick, a fourth-round pick in 2017, and a Tom Brady four-game suspension.
It is now well known that Brady would eventually win his appeal and have his four-game suspension rescinded in dramatic fashion (for now). Judge Richard Berman laid the hammer into Goodell and the league for penalizing Brady. Tom would return to the Patriots for Game 1 and they would make a deep postseason run — coming up just short of the Super Bowl.
Today there is new evidence that the Patriots might fight back for their lost picks.
When the Wells report was released, New England countered with a website countering the NFL’s findings: www.wellsreportcontext.com. Since Brady won his appeal the website had been largely forgotten.
Today that changed.
Two new “Wells Report Critical Articles” have been recently added to the website. And while other stories have been added in the past few months, these two both address the subject of why the NFL should give the Patriots their draft picks back.
One is the Peter King’s MMQB from Monday that is titled, “Why the NFL should give the Patriots pick back (but won’t)”.
Yesterday, an additional article was also posted to the site that was written by a Texas lawyer named Steph Stradley. The piece was titled, “Best Argument for giving the Patriots picks back”.
On May 19, 2015, Patriots owner Robert Kraft famously said: “I’m going to accept, reluctantly, what he has given to us, and not continue this dialogue and rhetoric. And we won’t appeal.” When the Brady appeal was originally denied by Goodell, Kraft was infuriated: “The decision handed down by the league yesterday is unfathomable by me. […] I was wrong to put my faith in the league.”
Now the NFL combine is beginning and all focus has been placed on the future of the Patriots. Scouts and personnel are focused on the draft. Are the Patriots about to put up a fight against Goodell to get back their pick? The new argument and articles posted to the Wells Report Context website created by the Patriots may be evidence of a brewing battle between Robert Kraft and Roger Goodell. In addition, the NFL’s appeal of Berman’s ruling on Brady takes place next week in New York City in the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.
Get your popcorn ready.