NEW YORK (WWLP) — The “Deflategate” saga continues on Tuesday. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is at NFL Headquarters in New York City where his appeal is being heard.
Tom Brady arrived a little before 9:30am. NFL Commssioner Roger Goodell will preside over this appeal hearing. The NFL Players Association had asked Goodell to recuse himself from hearing the appeal because he could not be impartial and might be called as a witness. But Goodell said it was his responsibility to oversee the hearing to protect the integrity of the league.
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Brady is facing a four game suspension for violating the NFL policy on the integrity of the game. He’s accused of not cooperating fully with the league’s “deflategate” investigation because he did not hand over his cell phone records.
While the NFL sponsored Wells Report showed that it’s likely two Patriots employees more than likely played a role in deflating the footballs before the AFC championship game and Brady more than likely knew about, but there is no evidence that Brady ever told the staffers to tamper with the footballs after the NFL officials checked them.
If recent history plays any role in this, it could take 3-4 weeks before we find out the result of this appeal hearing, which could result in Brady’s suspension being reduced or eliminated. If Brady is unhappy with the decision, he could seek an injunction and take this case to federal court. That is another way he may be eligible to play week one against the Steelers.