Brady has three days to file his appeal

AP

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will have three days to file an appeal of the four-game suspension he was given for his role in Deflategate.

Under Article 46 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Brady is entitled to an appeal before either NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell or someone else designated by Goodell.

There’s no question that Brady will appeal, but there are major questions about what form that appeal will take. Will Goodell hear the appeal himself, or will he appoint someone else as an appeals officer? Will Brady be forthcoming with evidence as part of his appeal, showing the phone records that the NFL says he failed to provide to investigator Ted Wells?

And perhaps most importantly, what will Brady do if he loses the appeal? Would Brady take the NFL to court?

This is a long way from over.

69 responses to “Brady has three days to file his appeal

  1. So Brady has been suspended one game for each of the Patriot organization’s 4 asterisk-tainted Lombardi trophies….that sounds about right.

  2. Brady’s lawyer probably had a process server standing outside 345 Park Ave.

  3. The only Hall of Fame QB to be suspended for cheating. Now THAT’S a legacy. But hey, it’s the Patriot Way after all.

  4. I’ll take Bob Costas, Dan Patrick, Rich Eisen, and dozens of other former and current NFL players and coaches who say this is all about nothing, rather than dozen of message board trolls who opinions mean nothing.

  5. I keep hearing trolls talk about 4 asterisk for the Patriots. Funny thing is no website on the entire web or the NFL’s have them! Its like they don’t exist!!

  6. The Falcons got a $250,000 fine for piping in noise and the Pats get this for deflation of balls what a joke the NFL is nothing but a joke

  7. NFL =’s joke. This is far from over & Brady will appeal and possibly sue. He should. This is way over the top and the NFL is making an example of the wrong player. Try doing it with your wife beaters, kid beaters, or rapists.

  8. What a terrible precedent the league is setting — I can’t believe they are punishing cheaters! They should give them warnings, ask them to stop cheating “pretty please,” not expect them to be honest or forthcoming during the investigation, and give them jury trials using a “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard. How unfair!

  9. Goodell undoubtedly had Vincent issue the punishment so he can hear the appeal.

    I can see this ending up in court though. Goodell will want to look tough

  10. @magnumpimustache

    Integrity of the game?!?! Please. This suspension and loss of picks are because the Patriots give zero cares about the “integrity of the game”.

  11. Blatantly cheat for 10 years (4 games)
    Maybe fight with girlfriend (25 games, 15 paid, 10 unpaid)

    So much for attempting to maintain the integrity of the game.

  12. The lack of understanding of “more probable than not” is strange.

    “More probably than not” means more than 50% likely.

    It is the standard used for most all civil trials in the US. If someone gets fired from a job, if someone’s car is in an accident, if someone has a dispute with the company painting his house, then those disputes would go to civil courts, not criminal courts. Those disputes would also follow the same “preponderance of the evidence” or more than 50% likely standard that the Wells Report was based on.

    People can disagree with the Wells Report’s evaluation of the evidence, but the standard was the same standard that would have been used in a civil court. Employee terminations and other business disputes are civil matters, not criminal matters. “Proved beyond a reasonable doubt” is not the standard used in civil disputes. I think a lot of people on this website don’t understand this point.

  13. I can’t believe the number of people who say the report twists science(and they forget the discrepancy between Pats and Colts ball measurements, regardless of gague used)… but then they ignore “the deflator”(May 2014!!!) and all those texts that are very compromising.

    The Patriots guy took the balls to the bathroom. Consider the number of “coincidences” that happened on that night… yeah… it was all twisted and the work of the NFL… because the NFL obviously wants to punish the biggest name in the league.

    Without those texts, no one would make a big deal out of this… but with them… anyone who reads the report forms the idea that it was a continued practice… and of course… Brady opted not to cooperate.

    Four games is a slap in the wrist. He should have been gone for half the season at least. I don’t think deflating the balls is a drastic advantage, but I think lying and not cooperating is unforgivable.

  14. And the two schlubs who did his bidding get to be fired and effectively blackballed at all levels of the game. Hardly seems fair.

  15. He should skip the appeal and go straight to the lawsuit. Save us all some time.

  16. Brady got off light: You think he just started deflating footballs last year? He’s been doing it for YEARS! Pats have been cheating for years. You can bet that the Belichick & Co. have scrutinized any and every NFL that, if bent or broken, might give the Pat a competitive advantage–one and off the field. Dirty tricksters–that’s what the Pats are.

  17. Retire, and take this to civil court. Your legacy is on the line. Worth far more than any playing time you have left. Otherwise take your punishment and shut up. and if the league truly feels the Patriots were cheating; they should have nullified the Superbowl and all their wins they’ve concluded involved deflated balls. Brady aside, this league is integrity pretenders!

  18. Wow. Watch Tom beat the living crap out of EVERYBODY and win Superbowl 50/ 55-0. Thanks guys. Patriots will shove balls down every teams throats with a mean vengeanance. Patriots Revenge Ball 2015 will destroy the opposition. Thanks for the bullitin board material Goodell! Handicap us to level the playing field. So what? Patriots are the best! Ever! Still!

  19. He should skip the appeal and go straight to the lawsuit. Save us all some time.
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    I’m not sure he can. He probably has to appeal and lose before the courts would hear the case.

  20. It is the standard used for most all civil trials in the US. If someone gets fired from a job, if someone’s car is in an accident, if someone has a dispute with the company painting his house, then those disputes would go to civil courts, not criminal courts. Those disputes would also follow the same “preponderance of the evidence” or more than 50% likely standard that the Wells Report was based on.
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    But these civil court are actually trials. The Wells Report and the NFL process isn’t. The accused doesn’t get to actually defend himself until the appeal hearing.

  21. A ball boy nicknamed deflator, Brady saying the balls have always felt like that, unusually low team fumble statistics…. They should vacate the 2014 playoff wins and Super Bowl win and all players should return the post season win bonuses. Ridiculous.

  22. It’s nonsensical to suggest Brady or the team will file a lawsuit. If a lawsuit were filed the NFL could subpoena for evidence all those text messages and emails Brady refused to turn over. You really think Brady and the team want that to happen?

  23. Giants played in GB in neg 23 and the balls didn’t deflate.

    The Pats ball boy is named, “the Deflator”

    Brady didn’t take questions about deflategate after the AFCCG because he was sooooo focused on the SB. – -> Yet had a half dozen convos with, “the Deflator” and the other bumbling idiot

    the Deflator took the balls in the bathroom

    Brady gave them swag

    He’s so innocent that he won’t turn over his cell phone.

    — You Pats fans sound like the jibronis who defended Casey Anthony because she wasn’t caught red-handed holding the dead baby.

    You should be thanking your lucky stars it’s only 4 games.

  24. If Brady has any class, he won’t appeal. He stayed quiet during the investigation so it is now time to keep quiet. He certainly isn’t going to miss the money much. His wife owns Ft. Knox.

  25. It’s nonsensical to suggest Brady or the team will file a lawsuit. If a lawsuit were filed the NFL could subpoena for evidence all those text messages and emails Brady refused to turn over. You really think Brady and the team want that to happen?
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    He can’t be punished twice (see Ray Rice), so I don’t think discovery worries him any longer. Also, courts have strict controls, and stricter sanctions about unauthorized leaking of evidence from trials before them.

  26. — You Pats fans sound like the jibronis who defended Casey Anthony because she wasn’t caught red-handed holding the dead baby.
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    You know she was acquitted, right?

  27. If Brady appeals, he should be forced to produce his phone. It seems antithetical to claim one was wrongfully “convicted” while purposely withholding and concealing evidence of one’s guilt or innocence.

  28. This is such an outrage. Goodell needs to resign NOW. I hope the Patriots fight this tooth and nail. I hope Brady and Kraft both sue the league as they should. I think Patriots fans should boycott the 1st game next season to express their displeasure with the NFL front office.

    Punishing Brady like this when all the evidence against him is CIRCUMSTANTIAL?? Taking away draft picks to hurt the whole team when it was 2 employees that did the wrong thing? Goodell must be on crack cocaine. Or perhaps he took some stupid pills. To treat this like football’s 9/11 as Bill Maher called it, is the most disgusting thing I have ever seen, especially when EVERY QB in the NFL scoffs up footballs, as Aaron Rodgers freely admitted.

    The NFL had it out for the Patriots from Day 1 and was pre-disposed to find them guilty. John Harbaugh clearly was in cahoots with the NFL front office and Chuck Pagano to go after them. I’d love to wipe that sick smile off John Harbaugh today.

  29. If Brady appeals, he should be forced to produce his phone. It seems antithetical to claim one was wrongfully “convicted” while purposely withholding and concealing evidence of one’s guilt or innocence.
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    The nature and content of the appeal is up to the appellant. The NFL can ask for it, but he can still say no. If he intends to file a lawsuit, he’ll keep the phone under his hat until the NFL asks for it in discovery. There’s no sense in giving it to them now. Once it’s in court, it won’t be leaked. Judges don’t like that kind of thing.

  30. I love this!! Problem is – with the Patriots secondary and no Brady – even Geno Smith will be throwing bombs for TD’s vs the Pats!

    gibbo3884 says:
    May 11, 2015 6:49 PM
    Wow. Watch Tom beat the living crap out of EVERYBODY and win Superbowl 50/ 55-0. Thanks guys. Patriots will shove balls down every teams throats with a mean vengeanance. Patriots Revenge Ball 2015 will destroy the opposition. Thanks for the bullitin board material Goodell! Handicap us to level the playing field. So what? Patriots are the best! Ever! Still!

  31. Brady doesn’t want this in Court. His phone would then be subpoenaed, and we would see his personal texts on terezowens, Or get the real scoop about Walt Anderson’s missing Balls. This has been Scrodell’s leverage the whole time. Ask for the phone, and he won’t do anything.

  32. You people that say that the pats 4 superbowl are tainted than steelers 6 or however many they have are tainted they used steroids all those years and Jerry rice superbowls are tainted you to be an idiot who believes only pats cheat and cheat for those rings and guess so shut up and stop being ignorant

  33. A court case would involve discovery and formal dispositions. If guilty, this would not be in Brady’s interest. If innocent, he would welcome it.

  34. That man ought to thank his lucky stars and let it drop NOW. If he backs the NFL into a corner, they might just find a way to make him surrender his electronic records and then they’d know the true depths of his cheating. GOAT? Not so much. More like SOAT (slimiest of all time).

  35. smasonsmith says:
    May 11, 2015 7:13 PM
    — You Pats fans sound like the jibronis who defended Casey Anthony because she wasn’t caught red-handed holding the dead baby.
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    You know she was acquitted, right?
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    Yeah. You, Pats fans and the 11 dopes sitting on that jury were the only ones.

  36. Go ahead and sue them Tommy Shady. Then you will be “legally obligated” to turn over your private life and cell phone. No way he does this!! By the way, suing your employer rarely ever works out.

    I just love how up in arms the dopey Pats fans are over this. With Bullygate half the NFL fans were for and the other half against the the whole nonsense scandal. In this case, not one single fan of the other 31 Teams is on the Patriots side. He was wrong and has to pay the price. Justify Cheating all you want… tell your Kids that cheating is OK even if you were going to win by many points anyway and then it is not cheating? What!? It’s like saying it is OK to Steal as long as it is a pack of gum and not a car. Great Lessoning… what a Fan Base!

  37. Not going to get reduced unless he answers the questions or gives up his phone, if you want something you have to give something

  38. restoreintegritytonfl says: May 11, 2015 7:51 PM

    Pats fumbling data:

    2000-06 one fumbel every 42 touches
    2007-14 one fumble every 74 touches

    Cheaters have been cheating for years.
    ****
    Tried to look up the stats myself but ended up on the 538 site the stats site that predicted stuff.

    They also side with this and have some info on the wells report. Google “Pats fumbling data:
    ” it is the 3rd result.

  39. Yeah. You, Pats fans and the 11 dopes sitting on that jury were the only ones.
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    Oh yeah…. All the Orlando-based Patriots fans.

  40. Good luck on that appeal. Can you say no appeal without electronic texts already!
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    That’s not how it works. The appellant chooses what argument to make and what evidence to submit.

    You are thinking of discovery in a trial. All in due time…

  41. He can appeal, and he can continue to refuse to produce the electronic data. That will basically lose the appeal for him automatically.

    Frankly, I think they should have tagged him not only for the cheating (4 games), but for the obstruction (4-5 games). The League looks weak for the light sentence.

  42. Like him or not be realistic the punishment is much to severe . Why penalize the franchise ? They are innocent right ? Just shows you how biased the NFL is being .

  43. At the end of the day… The NFL needs Tom Brady more than he needs the NFL. He’s worth $120,000,000 and his wife’s net worth is $360,000,000.

    If I were him I would tell The power’s that be… Make this trumpted up charge go away, clear my legacy of this taint or I will go devote my time to me kids and retire.

    Checkmate!

    Then what does the NFL got to sell? The Brady vs Manning battle has made the NFL owners a Trillion dollars!

  44. Why do you imagine that they need him more? He’s close to retirement as it is, it’s not like they can make all that much more off of him playing. As for his net worth, it’s a drop in the bucket to the NFL’s yearly gross, let alone total value.

    Let him retire. He can then deal with the consequences of whether they want to ban him from the HOF for weaseling out of his punishment.

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