The following is a re-typed version of a NFL discipline column I wrote about Roger Goodell for the now defunct sports blog, FanHouse. Originally, when AOL sold the name, we were told that the links would remain live. That turned out to be not true. While it was still live, I printed off quickly a few of my favorite pieces I wrote. This is one of them. I’ve re-typed the piece in its original form without the original links that explained extra context. [the text was too small for an accurate pdf conversion] Is Roger Goodell an ‘Unthinking Moralist’ (originally written by […]Continue Reading →
Blog posts can serve as time capsules, and this one focuses on the legal implications of the Judge Berman ruling. I’ve grouped together a collection of real time tweets from when the ruling was made and afterwards and have added additional commentary. Be sure to hit the read next page button at the bottom of the screen because the entire Storify does not show up on the blog posts. I’ve been receiving a lot of questions about Deflategate legal issues as they happen, and it is easiest to collect them in one place. If you haven’t already read them, please check out […]Continue Reading →
During the Texans Team Luncheon, Texans owner Bob McNair answered a variety of questions from Houston Sports Radio 610’s Mike Meltser and Seth Payne. Of greater interest to national fans were the Bob McNair Deflategate comments. The comments aren’t surprising, except that he talked about the situation in more depth than most owners would. I do not think he was expecting those questions. In general, McNair tends to be open with his comments, often more open than what his coaches sometimes would prefer. This is likely one of those times given that the Texans play the Patriots this season. McNair’s Comments Perfectly […]Continue Reading →
This is a time capsule of Deflategate legal thoughts. The focus is on the August 14 NFL/NFLPA Memorandums in Opposition, the August 12th settlement hearing and related issues. I’ve been receiving a lot of questions about Deflategate legal issues as they happen, and it is easiest to collect them in one place. If you haven’t already read them, please check out my FAQ recaps on earlier events on my blog. If you scroll down a bit, you can find blog posts about other NFL disciplinary issues as well. Warning; These posts may cause feelings of severe deja vu. (Please note: In order for the […]Continue Reading →
On August 7, 2015, the NFL and NFLPA offered their Deflategate filings– motions and memorandum of law to federal court Judge Richard Berman of the Southern District of New York. Previously, I collected a legal snapshot of views after the Deflategate transcript that was released. By request, I’ve collected various legal snapshot of views for the Deflategate filings below, specifically the NFL and NFLPA Memorandum of Law. Also added some additional comments. It makes it easier to read and further discuss the contents by putting these things in one place. It also serves as a time capsule. [View the story “Deflategate NFL […]Continue Reading →
On August 4, 2015, the Deflategate transcript of Tom Brady’s arbitration hearing in front of NFL commisioner Roger Goodell was released widely on the internet. Many people crowd-sourced discussed this as it happened. Much to the unhappiness of some my Twitter followers, and happiness of others, I live-tweeted my thoughts as I read it. So that they were not completely lost to the universe, I created a Storify to collect them and other attorney’s views I thought made sense and were useful to know. So, this is easier to read version of that night, for people who have better things to […]Continue Reading →
This is a law-focused discussion of Deflategate legal FAQs based on recent questions I’ve received about a possible settlement between Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and the NFL. I will also discuss my proposed parameters for a NFL – Brady settlement based on stakeholder interests. I think the best result for all is a no suspension, with or without a fine. If you want to see my reasoning for that, please skip near the bottom of this post. Please read my previous post first, Answering Your Deflategate Legal Questions. It was written July 30, 2015 before Judge Richard Berman of the Southern District of New York […]Continue Reading →
Here’s a law-focused Q&A based on the Deflategate legal questions I get from journalists and on Twitter (@StephStradley). (Update: This was written July 30, 2015. There is a follow up post that is more focused on Tom Brady – NFL settlement issues.) Why do you know about this stuff? I have written about the Texans and the NFL since 2006. I’ve been a lawyer most of my adult life, clerking for large law firms, working in-house for large corporations and then on my own. After Roger Goodell became commissioner, there was a greater reader demand for informed discussions about player discipline issues, […]Continue Reading →
You likely know people who tend to beat themselves up a lot. Maybe that’s you. Think everyone does it to some degree, but it’s destructive when it becomes a habit not even noticed. And what I want to say is this: Self-respect is being kind to yourself and your future self. Being kind to yourself, in that the things you say to yourself should never be harsher than what a good and kind and true friend would say. And kind friends forgive after people make inevitable mistakes. Being kind to your future self, in that the things you do now, should help […]Continue Reading →
Understatement to say that the NFL and its teams are struggling to fashion appropriate discipline for allegations of NFL player misconduct. As I’ve written before, these problems were completely foreseeable when sports leagues take a bigger role in extra-judicial punishments. And sell to the public that it is appropriate for them to do so. Everybody has an opinion on this, and I will share mine. I have a unique perspective as I’ve worked for large companies as an in-house lawyer, dealing with crisis management and employment law among other issues. In addition, I’ve worked with my husband who is a former assistant district attorney and […]Continue Reading →
From 2006 to 2011, I wrote for a now-defunct sports blog called, FanHouse. When I first started writing about NFL for them, I didn’t mention that I was a lawyer. It didn’t seem relevant. But then I told them after Roger Goodell’s new personal conduct policy put player criminal justice issues into the spotlight. I ended up writing about a lot of sports and legal issues. The following is what I wrote on July 1, 2009. It no longer exists as a link because AOL killed FanHouse, but I found it in the Wayback Machine. I am reprinting it here […]Continue Reading →
The word “provocative” has often been used in articles describing the tactics of Open Carry Texas. A Google search of “Open Carry + provocative” leads to about 15,000 results. For those unfamiliar with them, “Open Carry Texas” is the organization which seeks: 1. to promote awareness that the open carry of long rifles is legal in Texas; 2. to make people feel more comfortable with the safe and legal exercise of that right; 3. to change state law to make less restrictive open carry laws. They promote their cause by openly carrying rifles at rallies in public places. According to the Houston Press, “Open Carry Texas Says it […]Continue Reading →
A lot of times when people ask me about unjust legal results, they ask, “Isn’t that unconstitutional?” Or, “How can that be fair?” If the answer was just answering a law school exam, I’d write out the pros and cons of the constitutionality of a law. As for fairness, the law like life is often not fair. The least fair part of the legal system involves the expense of defending your rights. If you think you have a right but don’t have money to defend that right, well then, you have nothing. You may think have a legal right to do something, but […]Continue Reading →
FEAST! The best eating I’ve ever done was at a party where everybody was supposed to bring the best thing they cook. You know, the food that everybody begs you for the recipe. So everybody brought the food that they were famous for and feasted. (When we buy a bunch of food and cook it all day and call our buds to come over last second, we call it “FEAST.”) Blog posts as index cards. One thing you can do with blog posts is to create a repository of things. Like a place to share recipes. Blog posts can also be a spot to do […]Continue Reading →
Does Houston have the coldest restaurants in the nation year round? I think so. I can’t think of any place I have travelled that has such cold restaurants. And it isn’t an air-conditioned Texas-wide thing. Restaurants in Austin and San Antonio are not nearly as cold as Houston ones. I don’t go to Dallas. For all the obvious reasons. You have to have a sweater or sweatshirt in your trunk at all times. Wearing a sleeveless dresses to a Houston restaurant without some sort of cover up results certain suffering for fashion. After suffering a restaurant that I won’t name so […]Continue Reading →
Thinking of filing a property tax protest? Reports suggest 2014 may see one of the biggest property tax increases in Houston ever. To see a map of the 2014 tax increase in your area, click on this HCAD map. Ugly. I am not a property tax protest expert. Just a homeowner who believes the computerized tax assessments on my home value are always off-base. I’ve found the most helpful information in protesting my taxes was talking to friends about what has worked for them. Wanted to use this blog post as a forum to share my (non legal advice) experiences, and […]Continue Reading →
In his reddit AMA with Saints fans, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was asked whether there was any chance the Saints would get their second round pick back. To date, he had not answered this question publicly. His answer? "No, the penalty will continue to include the 2nd round draft choice in 2013." This was news to Saints fans because after the Saints and the coaches appealed the penalty, the NFL released the following statement rejecting the appeal (from April 2012) that suggested that the pick might not be forfeited if the team cooperated with the NFL: "The club and individuals […]Continue Reading →
A true story. My late sister Deb lived her life as a very responsible American. To take care of herself and her young daughter, she had a responsible job at a big company, which meant that she had about the best insurance an American can have unless you are in Congress. One day she woke up with a terrible headache and her arm numb. She went to the ER and discovered she had a rare form of leukemia. This meant immediate treatment and vast amounts of time in the hospital. She could no longer work, so she kept getting paid […]Continue Reading →
Received a number of questions about the former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' declaration about so-called "Bountygate." (A "declaration" is similar to an affidavit as it is legally binding but not notarized). This blog post hopes to answer these questions. What is The Content of The Gregg Williams Statement? Here's a copy of the Gregg Williams' declaration that you can read for yourself. Declarations and affidavits are typically written by lawyers to reduce a person's recollection/views to written form. They are often written in a self-serving way, to avoid saying things that look bad for a person, and the Gregg […]Continue Reading →
Sadly, sensible legal maneuvers are often incompatible with common sense. That is likely reason 2,366,254,863 people don't like lawyers. The posturing involving Saints "Bountygate" makes little real sense, but settlement of the lawsuit is very difficult due to issues of ego, power, opposite viewpoints, and lawyering. I have a hard time figuring out what the NFL's goals are other than a demonstration of power over the NFL Player's Association. For example…. Increasing Punishment Based on Retaliation? This weekend Jason Cole wrote on Twitter that NFL sources suggested Jonathan Vilma's suspension would have been reduced to maybe 4 games instead of […]Continue Reading →
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