NFLPA Moves to Recuse Roger Goodell as Arbitrator in Tom Brady Appeal
For Immediate Release
May 19, 2015
NFLPA MOVES TO RECUSE ROGER GOODELL AS ARBITRATOR IN TOM BRADY APPEAL
The NFLPA has formally requested that Commissioner Roger Goodell recuse himself as the arbitrator in Tom Brady's disciplinary appeal. Given a process that has contained procedural violations of our collective bargaining agreement, the Commissioner's role as a central witness in the appeal hearing and his evident partiality with respect to the Wells report, the Commissioner must designate a neutral party to serve as an arbitrator in this matter. The players also believe that the Commissioner's history of inconsistently issuing discipline against our players makes him ill-suited to hear this appeal in a fair-minded manner.
If the NFL believes the Ted Wells report has credibility because it is independent, then the NFL should embrace our request for an independent review.
-- NFL Players Association