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.
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.
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 . . .