Tom Brady has 11 career wins in New York/New Jersey. He’ll be in Manhattan Tuesday, attempting to earn one of the biggest victories of his pro football life.
The reigning Super Bowl MVP and the NFLPA will attempt to reduce his four-game Deflategate suspension in an appeal hearing at the NFL’s league offices. The proceedings will be heard by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. It’s been rumored that Brady and his team will only be satisfied if the entire suspension is wiped out.
A fresh piece of news related to the Brady appeal dropped Monday when it was learned that attorney Ted Wells, who authored the 243-page “Wells Report” on Deflategate, will be present at the hearing.
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Wells and Brady’s agent, Don Yee, got into something of a pissing match shortly after the Wells Report was released. Yee said the outcome of the report was “predetermined” and Wells shortly after conducted an unprecedented conference call to defend himself.
“All of this discussion that people at the league office wanted to put some type of hit on the most popular, iconic player in the league, the real face of the league … it just doesn’t make any sense,” Wells said. “It’s really a ridiculous allegation.”
The NFLPA claims that Goodell himself violated the collective bargaining agreement by allowing executive vice president Troy Vincent to determine the extent of Brady’s discipline. The NFLPA also says that the Wells Report is “wrought with unsupported speculation regarding Mr. Brady’s purported conduct.
“[The Wells Report] grasps at dubious, contradictory and mischaracterized circumstantial evidence merely to conclude that it is ‘more probable than not’ that Mr. Brady was ‘generally aware of inappropriate activities,’” wrote NFLPA lawyer Tom DePaso last month.
It is unlikely that Goodell will make a ruling anytime this week. In fact, Thursday of this week has been set aside by the NFL and NFLPA if there needs to be further appeal discussions.