Patriots fans file lawsuit over lost Deflategate draft picks


Patriots fans file lawsuit over lost Deflategate draft picks

Just when you thought Defategate couldn't get any more bizarre, Patriots fans take it to another level.

It's been apparent from the start that Patriots fans have been extremely upset (and apparently some have gone crazy) over the entire Deflategate proceedings and the punishment handed down by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The punishment that suspended Tom Brady for four games for the 2015-16 season was overturned in court, but the Patriots were still docked a 2016 first round pick, a 2017 fourth round pick, and fined $1 million.

That's where seven Patriots fans come in. They are suing the NFL over lost Deflategate draft picks.

According to Reuters, the fans have sued the NFL and asked a judge to reverse the decision by the NFL to strip the Patriots of their first round pick this year. They contend that Goodell acted unlawfully.

From Reuters:

The fans who brought the lawsuit, which alleges the league violated the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, a charge typically levied against mob bosses, are residents of Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey and Florida.

Lead plaintiff and Patriots season ticket holder Todd Orsatti, of Bristol, Connecticut, said in the filing that his seven-year-old daughter was so distraught by the league's Deflategate decision that she will no longer go to games with him.

And then there is this from WHDH:

In the motion, the attorney representing the seven plaintiffs wrote: 

'We are facing a modern tyrant who has used his power in a most un-American way- to purposely, arbitrarily and capriciously hurt the New England Patriots for untoward and unfair reasons. Namely to appease jealous owners and fans of the other 31 teams who the patriots have spanked over the past 15 years.'

"... who the Patriots have spanked over the past 15 years." Classic lawyer speak right there.

It's highly unlikely (see: no chance) that this lawsuit goes anywhere. For starters, the draft is later this month - hardly enough time to make a decision of that magnitude. Secondly, I mean, come on . . .

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.

Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.

The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.

More to come...

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment. 

Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".

Click here to listen and see how he did.