The legal team representing Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has announced that they will appeal a federal court ruling that had reinstated a four-game suspension related to the Deflategate scandal.
On Monday, Brady attorney Ted Olson told “GMA” that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell fumbled the case and that Brady’s legal team will be seeking a hearing in front of the entire Second Circuit Court of Appeals, WCVB reported.
“The facts here are so drastic and so apparent that the court should rehear it,” Olson was quoted by WCVB.
Monday was the deadline for Brady to file documents to appeal the four-game suspension, WHDH reported. Without an appeal, Brady would miss four games at the start of the season.
“[Goodell] completely ignored the schedule of penalties for equipment-related violations,” Olson’s appeal was quoted by WCVB. “He appointed himself to review his own decision and then he affirmed his own decision on different grounds than he specified the first time around.”
Now, seven of the 13 judges on the Second Circuit Court must agree to the hearing, Fox25 stated. If the hearing is deemed unnecessary by that court, Brady’s next appeal could be to the Supreme Court.