Tag Archive: deflategate

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Logical Reasonings / 4.25.16

A. Law school official tells school he’s going to a conference, appropriates funds, never signs up for conference, and spends it at Hooters. Like. A. Boss. Orlando Sentinel

B. A federal appeals court has reinstated the 4-game suspension handed to Tom Brady for Deflategate that was struck down by a federal district court. Why, again, are federal courts a part of this? ESPN

C. The City of Cleveland is paying the family of Tamir Rice, the unarmed black 12-year-old shot by police, $6 million, but admitting no wrongdoing. Isn’t paying $6 million an admission of wrongdoing? People

D. John Kasich and Ted Cruz have decided to team up to deprive Donald Trump of the 1,237 delegates he needs to secure the Republican presidential nomination. Not surprisingly, Donald Trump went on to say mean things about them. NBC News

E. Aaaand… Florida Man is at it again. Again. CNN

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Does the NFL’s ‘Deflategate’ Ruling Make Legal Sense?

On May 6th, the NFL released the Wells Report (named for its chief author, Ted Wells of the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP), a summary of the NFL’s investigation into the events popularly known as “Deflategate.” (If you don’t know what “Deflategate” is, stop, take a minute to read this, and then come back.) The findings detailed in the Wells Report were unflattering for the Patriots organization and, somewhat surprisingly, condemnatory of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Despite Brady’s insistence that he had “no knowledge of any wrongdoing,”[1] the NFL found not only that it was probable that Patriots personnel acted deliberately, but also that it was “more probable than not that Brady was at least generally aware” of the wrongdoing.

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Law Student Perspective: Deflategate

Hey there, sports fans! Today’s post is dedicated to a topic that has dominated headlines and social media for the last week—Deflategate. You’ll get perspective from one law student (me) on fallacies and misinterpretations from the media, as well as the potential ramifications for the Patriots organization.

Before we go any further, there’s one pet peeve I feel compelled to address: this habit of adding “gate” to the end of any word associated with a scandal really needs to stop. Not only does it not make sense (Watergate was the actual name of the hotel where the Nixon scandal began—it wasn’t Watergate-gate), but it is also an unoriginal way for the media to sensationalize an issue without putting in any effort.