NFLPA: Brady Made the NFL an Offer They Could Refuse, So They Did
Earlier this week, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the original four-game suspension handed down to Tom Brady for his “more probable than not” involvement in the Deflategate scandal. It was a somewhat surprising turn of events, given the optimism expressed by Brady’s people, and given the optics of suspending a guy who deflated footballs for the same number of games as a guy who beat the crap out of his girlfriend. Now the two sides are preparing to make their cases before a federal judge.
It didn’t have to be this way, though. In the days leading up to Goodell’s re-decision, Brady and the NFLPA tried to engage the league in settlement negotiations.
Their initial offer? According to NFLPA spokesperson George Atallah, who appeared on the “Dan Patrick Show” on Wednesday, they went in with a low-ball offer of a fine and no suspension.
Obviously, there was no way the league was going to accept that. But that’s how negotiations work. You start lower than you think the other side will go, then you haggle.
Unfortunately, in this case the NFL felt they had public opinion on their side, and thus that they had all the leverage. So they didn’t even respond to Brady’s offer, let alone make a counter-offer.
.@GeorgeAtallah said NFLPA made settlement offer of no suspension and a fine for Brady and NFL did not respond or make counter-offer.
— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) July 30, 2015
Now the league and the NFLPA are complaining to a federal judge like spoiled children complaining to their parents.
Hat Tip – [NESN]