New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is currently in New York City appealing his four game suspension, and that hearing is underway right now. Despite him being asked by the NFLPA to recuse himself from the proceedings, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is serving as the neutral arbitrator in Brady’s appeal.
According to several media reports, Ted Wells, the author of the Wells report, and Brady, along with his legal team, are the only people scheduled to take part in the closed hearing. It could take several days for the appeal process to take place, so it will be curious to see if a ruling is made by Goodell by the end of this week.
Should Brady and his legal counsel ultimately be dissatisfied with Goodell’s decision following the quarterback’s appeal, we might could see this process continued in the courts.
According to ESPN.com, Brady’s side plans to argue that the suspension that the quarterback received from the league are “grossly inconsistent” with past disciplines of similar alleged conduct. Additionally, Brady’s counsel will reportedly detail how the Wells report “grasps at dubious, contradictory and mischaracterized circumstantial evidence.”
The NFL announced on May 11 that Brady was to be suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season without pay for conduct detrimental to the integrity of the league for his role in the Deflategate scandal. while the reigning Super Bowl MVP wasn’t fined, he’ll lose out on about $2 million in salary during his four-game suspension.
The Patriots are scheduled to open the 2015 regular-season at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the annual Thursday night primetime kickoff game.