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The Importance of Independence in Internal Investigations: Deflategate

By: David A. Holley

The now historic National Football League (“NFL”) scandal involving the inflation levels of the footballs used by the New England Patriots during the 2014 AFC Championship Game – “Deflategate” – attracted national attention and filled countless hours of debate amongst friends, colleagues and perfect strangers. While early watercooler discussions centered on the intersection of weather, science and professional football, later dialog had been around more nuanced legal issues, such as the interpretation of collective bargaining agreements, tampering with or destroying evidence, and the role of judges in reviewing, what was essentially an arbitration ruling.

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