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Thursday, April 22, 2004
 

Clarett Appeal Denied- End of the Road? As expected by most, Justice Ginsburg has denied Maurice Clarett's motion for an emergency lifting of the 2nd Circuit's stay that will prevent him from entering this weekend's NFL draft. Ginsburg focused on the NFL's willingness to hold a prompt supplemental draft for Clarett and Williams should the ruling be overturned, thus finding no risk of irreparable harm.

The Clarett team has not given up and has filed another emergency appeal with Justice Stevens. I am not sure why Justice Stevens would have any authority in this matter (Justice Ginsburg oversees the 2nd Circuit, thus, her initial involvement). But barring an unprecedented move by Stevens, the draft will continue without Maurice Clarett. And the word from the Ohio State camp is that he will not be welcome back on campus. Other options include Canada and a non-NCAA college.

The NFL still has yet to decide on the case of Mike Williams. As I stated previously, I think the NFL should grant an exception for Williams because of his reliance on the temporary rule change instituted by the league. The only leg the NFL would have is if it warned Williams that his fate was tied to Clarett's, but even then, the league really loses nothing by making an exception. It serves as no precedent, given the unique facts of the matter, and shows that the NFL really does have the players' interests in mind. If the NFL does not grant this exception, I think Williams has an excellent claim against the league for monetary damages.

Update: Justice Stevens also denied the Clarett appeal last night, meaning the decision is final: Clarett will not be in Saturday's draft.





1 Comments:

With the trades and acquisitions made going into the draft, plus the bulk of the team that is carried over from last season, and the trades and draft picks made during the draft, it sure seems like the Pats are going to be the team to beat in the AFC this season, and perhaps in all of the NFL.

Considering the Pats were almost in the Superbowl last season with a pathetic receiving corps and that they've added very talented players into said receiving corps this season, barring some nasty injury(ies), they look to be the team to take it all.I say injury(ies) because I think they could survive an injury or two to some positions, but if they lost Brady they'd probably have a hard time recovering.


I wish I could say that the Redskins did well in the draft and/or in free agency but so many holes still exist that I'm not sure they'll be significantly better than last season. I suppose on face they should be if they can keep their corners healthy. With Landry (argh, hard to type that name as a Redskin!!) back there with a healthy secondary they might be able to cheat up more and put more pressure on opposing QBs. Might.

They still have what should be a lot of talent in the receiving positions, and Campbell should be better, but they don't have the quality on either line (offense or defense) that I wish they'd have, so it could be yet another year of .500 at best, or worse.

Still, the NFC East looks to be the NFC Least again this season. None of the teams there look like they'll be that good, and none really look ready to step up and take the division.

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