Tom Brady Appeals Deflategate Suspension: Latest Details and Comments

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent III

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The NFL suspended New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for four games as part of the team's punishment for Deflategate. The quarterback has appealed the punishment. 

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Brady Appeal Officially Filed

Thursday, May 14

The NFL Players Association released a statement regarding Brady's appeal, via Rachel Nichols of CNN:

Rachel Nichols @Rachel__Nichols

It's official: Players association files appeal of Tom Brady's 4-game suspension, asks #NFL for a neutral arbitrator http://t.co/DqlZkab0xW

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reported that Goodell is receiving the support of team owners with regards to the Deflategate punishments:

On April 13, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on The Herd With Colin Cowherd that a source believes Brady could have his suspension completely overturned.

"Brady's team is unreal," the source texted Schefter (h/t Doug Kyed of NESN). "Talented, big-name lawyers: Yee, Kessler, etc. Prediction=won't miss a game."

Joining Brady's team is the NFLPA, who will take the lead on his appeal, per Ed Werder of ESPN.

Brady's agent, Don Yee, released a statement on May 11 regarding his client's intention to appeal, per CBS News:


In statement, Tom Brady's agent calls four-game suspension "ridiculous," vows to appeal: http://t.co/YnDoPHcO0Z http://t.co/olrhkw2DL6

Those are strong words from Yee regarding the investigation conducted by Ted Wells, whose recent all-encompassing report on the Deflategate saga piled onto the perception of New England's rule-bending ways.

Public opinion outside of Foxborough and the rest of the Patriots fanbase may already view Brady as a cheater, but there's no denying he is one of the best to ever play the game regardless of what happened with deflated footballs.

LeGarrette Blount @LG_Blount


Yee presented some sound logic that could at least reduce the length of Brady's suspension.

The game in question regarding the deflated footballs is the AFC championship, where the Patriots crushed the Indianapolis Colts 45-7. Lost in the deflated-footballs fiasco is the fact that LeGarrette Blount gashed the Colts defense for 149 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

Blount wasn't too happy about his teammate's suspension, to say the least:

It's unlikely Brady will get away without missing at least some time to start the next regular season. That means 2014 second-round draft pick Jimmy Garoppolo will be under center. The sooner Brady can return, the less pressure will be on Garoppolo.

Carrying the weight of a franchise that has such high expectations isn't easy, especially fresh off a fourth Super Bowl triumph during Brady's time as the starting signal-caller. That's what Garoppolo seems on course for to begin his second year as a pro.


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