Tom Brady's lawsuit against the NFL in which he wants his four-game suspension overturned will be heard in New York instead of Minneapolis.
Brady and the players' union filed their suit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis. But the NFL already had filed papers Tuesday in New York, moments after announcing that Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the suspension for Brady's involvement in the use of underinflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game.
U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle ordered the transfer. He wrote that he "sees little reason for this action to have been commenced in Minnesota at all." He noted that Brady plays in Massachusetts, the union is headquartered in Washington and the NFL in New York, Kyle added that "the arbitration proceedings took place in New York and the award was issued in New York."
Kyle added the court "strongly suspects the union filed in Minnesota because it has obtained favorable rulings from this court in the past."
Judge Richard M. Berman, who has been assigned to the case, told all sides to "tone down their rhetoric."
"The earth is already sufficiently scorched, in the Court's view," Berman wrote.
Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson, already suspended four games by the NFL for drug use, is now facing trouble with the law.
He was charged in St. Charles County, Mo., with resisting arrest and multiple traffic violations for an incident on July 14, just two weeks after his NFL-issued drug suspension for marijuana use.
According to a release issued by the St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Richardson was driving at "exceedingly high rates of speed" on Interstate 64 in "what appeared to be a road race." In the incident report, an officer stated Richardson and the other vehicle were traveling at speeds as high as 143 miles per hour. When the officer attempted to make routine traffic stops on the vehicles, Richardson sped away.
• Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, suspended without pay for the first four games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, said he's not sure how the substance got into his body, although he believes it could have been while he was cleansing his system in the offseason.
• Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who lost his right index finger in a July 4th fireworks accident, did not report for the first day of training camp, and team co-owner John Mara said the team had no information on the condition of their best defensive player.