I was reading through non-football news today and received a facepalm-inducing reminder of how the league pushed DeflateGate until it got way out of hand.
Back in the final days of DeflateGate, when the NFL Players Association was considering bringing the labor dispute to the Supreme Court, both the NFLPA and the NFL hired big name lawyers to help their cases.
The NFLPA hired Ted Olson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher to serve as counsel after the Second Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the decision by Judge Richard Berman and reinstated the four-game suspension of New England Patriots QB Tom Brady. Olson represented the NFLPA during the 2011 lockout and won more than 75% of his Supreme Court cases.
The NFL hired Paul Clement of Kirkland & Ellis, one of the most expensive lawyers on the planet with the most experience arguing Supreme Court cases since 2000.
Again, the two sides made these hires with eyes on bringing the case to the Supreme Court. This alone shows the ridiculous heights (valleys?) of DeflateGate.
And now both Olson and Clement are linked again because the White House was looking to hire either lawyer and their respective firms to represent President Donald Trump in the investigation of his campaign’s ties to Russia. Both lawyers allegedly declined the opportunity.
So the President of the United States wanted to hire the same top-dollar lawyers that Brady and the NFLPA or the NFL used during the DeflateGate saga. The fact that the NFL created a scandal that 1) almost reached the Supreme Court; and 2) used lawyers the President couldn’t land is just another reminder of how dumb the whole story was for two years of our lives that we won’t get back.