Andrew Brandt, ESPN's Business analyst, just got off ESPN's Mike & Mike.
news regarding the Bountygate scandal.
Originally Posted by @ADBrandt, Twitter
The NFLPA has filed a grievance vs. the NFL challenging Commissioner Goodell's authority to suspend the four players he did. More to come.
What's the NFLPA's argument?
The argument is that the new CBA, which was signed at the Hall of Fame Aug 4, has a provision in there that says the commissioner cannot levy discipline against conduct PRIOR TO THE CBA. You have the CBA Aug. 4, 2011, and then you have bounty gate WAY before. So anything before Aug. 4, this grievance says, is immune to the commissioner ruling against it.
Even if that argument fails, the NFPA argues that bountygate shouldn't be in front of Goodell. It should be in front of Ted Cottrell and Art Shell, who are designated parties to hear what goes on ON-THE-FIELD, esp. these big, violent hits.
Their strategy all along is to get this out of Goodell's control, and it appears as if they will be able to.
This is a paraphrase of Andrew Brandt, who again is on Mike and Mike right now.