Although it seems that nothing will come of it, settlement discussions have occurred regarding New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension in the #Deflategate saga, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
Florio says a few owners are putting pressure on Goodell to keep the four-game suspension in place, while there is fear that a federal judge will step in and overturn the league’s ruling completely – which is a very real possibility.
PFT: ‘Attorney Gregg Levy, who was one of the finalists for the job Goodell received in 2006, participated in the Brady appeal hearing as a legal consultant to the Commissioner. It’s believed that Levy has been warning Goodell that it will be difficult to make a suspension stick in court, even under the heightened standard that applies to challenging the outcome of a private arbitration agreement.‘
The best case scenario for Goodell it seems is to do just that – hold firm and let a court wipe out the suspension. Goodell basically washes his hands of the matter and the Patriots get what they want.