The Second United States Circuit Court of Appeals announced today that they would not be hearing Tom Brady’s request to over-turn his four-game suspension imposed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. For all intents and purposes this puts our long, national nightmare known as “Deflategate” to an end. Or does it?
In the immortal words of Lloyd Christmas, “So you’re saying there’s a chance?”
Why yes Lloyd, there is a chance this isn’t over. Ironically, the one United States Supreme Court Justice who has been in the news this week, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, oversees the second district. It will be her call as to whether or not she will propose it to her brothers and sisters on the highest bench in the land.
Ginsburg made headlines over the last 36 hours for her politically-charged comments about Presidential hopeful Donald Trump. Justices of the Court are normally very guarded with their words especially when it comes to politics.
This situation however might be just as volatile if you’re a Patriots’ fan or an NFL fan in general. For the most part, the vast majority of us are sick and tired of hearing about Deflategate. We have all come to our own opinions, but most of us no longer give a crap to be quite honest. Still, because Brady is so polarizing, Ginsburg’s choice suddenly carries a lot more weight than usual.
Even if she chooses to present it to her fellow justices, the likelihood that they hear the case is very, very slim. But…. Here comes Lloyd Christmas again because the chance exists. I figure that if Ginsburg was willing to air her views of a presidential candidate the way she did then would it surprise any of us if the case were taken by SCOTUS?
It sure wouldn’t surprise me. Justices have been far more willing to discuss things in recent years than their predecessors ever were. Perhaps it’s the culture we live in which is so dominated by social media. Perhaps the Court is ready to become more accessible and “out-front” than ever before. What better way to do so than by hearing a case that so many Americans are aware of?
In the end, I don’t think SCOTUS hears this. Brady and the Pats’ faithful will cry foul while Giselle tweets a fiery tirade at the League. That in and of itself may be worth watching more than anything but who knows?
After all, there’s always a chance.