The NFL Players Association is filing an appeal against the NFL for its four-game suspension (without pay) of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for his involvement in the Deflate Gate controversy.
“Given the NFL’s history of inconsistency and arbitrary decisions in disciplinary matters, it is only fair that a neutral arbitrator hear this appeal,” the NFLPA said. “If Ted Wells and the NFL believe, as their public comments stated, that the evidence in their report is ‘direct’ and ‘inculpatory,’ then they should be confident enough to present their case before someone who is truly independent.”
That statement appears to indicate that the Wells Report was not an independent investigation, similar to the allegations levied by Patriots owner Robert Kraft earlier this week.
The league now has 10 days to find an arbitrator and schedule a hearing for Brady.
Brady was suspended on Monday and received the following letter from NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent:
“With respect to your particular involvement, the report established that there is substantial and credible evidence to conclude you were at least generally aware of the actions of the Patriots’ employees involved in the deflation of the footballs and that it was unlikely that their actions were done without your knowledge.”
UPDATE: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will hear the appeal.
Once again, NFL source tells me Roger Goodell will hear Tom Brady's appeal. This is really huge and unexpected development in case.
— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) May 15, 2015