Originally Posted by Saint_Ward
OK, I'd like to read it. I mean, I understand the idea that if you don't believe it will help, then don't set yourself in court. But, if you didn't do something, even if you can't prove it, how can it hurt you?
So, why not just explain away what they were shown? Then it just become's Goodell not agreeing with them. But hard to use against you in court.
Can't tell you exactly what the article said, but essentially the argument is that by presenting evidence or participating in the substance of the appeal, you are acknowledging his authority in the matter and giving up any challenge to it. In other words you can no longer challenge that he has the right to rule in the matter.