Fans Want Patriots' Draft Pick Restored And Sue NFL To Make It Happen : The Two-Way The NFL took away the Patriots' first-round draft pick as punishment for Deflategate. Fans say the team shouldn't be penalized while the case is on appeal.
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Fans Want Patriots' Draft Pick Restored And Sue NFL To Make It Happen

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Fans Want Patriots' Draft Pick Restored And Sue NFL To Make It Happen

Fans Want Patriots' Draft Pick Restored And Sue NFL To Make It Happen

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And a group of diehard New England Patriots fans have gone to federal court trying to stop the team's punishment for Deflategate. The Patriots lost their first-round pick in the NFL draft after the league said the team had improperly deflated footballs in the 2014-2015 season. But fans say the team shouldn't be punished while the case is still on appeal. NPR's Tovia Smith reports.

TOVIA SMITH, BYLINE: Call it a Hail Mary. These Pats fans say they can't let their team be robbed of their first-round pick.

MIKE DIMAURO: That's not fair - you know? Like, we've got to think long-term here.

SMITH: Mike Dimauro is one of seven plaintiffs accusing the NFL of fraud, negligence and inflicting emotional distress. He says he's lost sleep and can't bear to follow his team.

DIMAURO: It's too bothersome for me. It leaves a big hole in my heart.

SMITH: Plenty Patriots Nation can relate.

NORM WRIGHT: Yeah, I actually - when I saw it I wanted to actually say can I have my name on that lawsuit?

SMITH: Norm Wright at a sports pub last night agreed the NFL has unfairly subjected Pats fans to taunting and ridicule.

WRIGHT: We didn't do anything wrong.

RICH SCHILLER: Whiners.

SMITH: So now there's even more public ridicule from New York fans like Rich Schiller.

SCHILLER: It's about the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard actually.

SMITH: Last fall Tom Brady got a judge to reverse his four-game suspension for Deflategate. But experts say they don't expect this suit to get very far down the field. Tovia Smith, NPR News, Boston.

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