According to the complaint, the league and Goodell relied on “false premises and biased ‘investigations'” in handing down punishment, which also included a $1 million fine and a four-game suspension for quarterback Tom Brady. Brady’s suspension remains under appeal.
The lawsuit claims the NFL violated the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act by “wrongfully revoking the Patriots’ 2016 first round draft choice.” It says Kraft could have fought harder to restore the draft pick, “but he chose his fellow billionaire owners above the Plaintiffs and fellow fans.”
The suit also alleges breach of contract, interference with contractual relations, common law fraud, negligence, racketeering and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
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“Plaintiffs have dealt with embarrassment, ridicule and depression due to the rest of the country who is jealous of the Patriots ‘piling on’ and criticizing the Patriots and their fans for being ‘cheaters,'” the suit says.
The plaintiffs in the case include Patriots fans Todd Orsatti, of Bristol, Connecticut; David Vacarro, of Plainville, Massachusetts; Michael DiMauro, of Orlando, Florida; Fairuz Zen, of Cambridge, Massachusetts; Ken Wlodarczyk, of Sewell, New Jersey; Joseph Payne, of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; and Feihua Chang, of Newton, Massachusetts.
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The Patriots and league declined to comment Wednesday to The Associated Press.
“Keep your eye on the ball.”
A San Diego cul-de-sac has been transformed into a concrete baseball diamond, home to the Zimmer family’s annual Thanksgiving game for about 22 years.