Appeal hearing for NFL’s Brady begins in New York
Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game NFL suspension for participating in a scheme to deflate footballs during last season’s playoffs began on Tuesday (June 23) at NFL headquarters.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who approved the suspension, is the arbiter of the appeal by the New England Patriots quarterback, who was found by a league-hired investigator to have been aware of the plan.
The Patriots were fined $1 million and forced to surrender two draft choices for deflating footballs in a 45-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in January’s AFC championship, which put New England in the Super Bowl.
New England defeated the Seattle Seahawks, 28-24, in the Super Bowl, a title now viewed by some as tainted. Deflating a football below NFL standards could enable a quarterback to grip the ball better, especially in the raw conditions in which the AFC title game was played.
A four-game suspension against the 37-year-old Brady could harm his legacy as one of the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks ever. He has denied any knowledge of a plan to deflate the balls.