Aaron Rodgers on Brady ruling: ‘I think it’s a good day for the players’
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers not surprisingly had a favorable opinion of the ruling in the Tom Brady/Deflategate case in which the New England Patriots quarterback’s four-game suspension was nullified by U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman.
Rodgers, speaking from the sideline during the Packers’ final preseason tuneup against the New Orleans Saints, told the Packers TV network that the decision bodes well for him and and his professional football-playing brethren, even though he never specifically identified his pal Brady by name.
“I think it’s a good day for the players,” Rodgers said, via ESPN.com. “I think that anytime we can get one of our own back, that’s a good win for us. I think there is maybe a little bit of the, too much absolute power that frankly the players, we had a chance in 2011 to really make a difference in the CBA, and we didn’t. We left the commissioner in charge of a lot of those things, but our unions did a good job of appealing and helping our guys out.”
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, to no surprise, indicated in a statement Thursday that the league would appeal the ruling, but the decision cannot be viewed of anything short of an embarrassing loss for both himself as well as the Shield.
The notion that an player would view the outcome of Thursday’s ruling as a positive is of course not a revelation. After all, a poll of 100 NFL players indicated that most of them oppose how Goodell is the judge, jury and executioner in disciplinary actions, as 88 percent of those surveyed answered “no” when asked if the commissioner should decide discipline.
It leaves one to wonder the identity of the 12 players who replied “yes” in the poll. There’s a good chance they play for one of the Patriots’ AFC East rivals. Or more likely than that, they are on the roster of one of the four teams who will now have to face Tom Brady in opening quarter of the season.