The New England Patriots quarterback was suspended earlier this week after an NFL investigation reported that Brady “at least generally aware” of Patriots employees deflating footballs below the prescribed pressure levels found in the NFL rules during the AFC Championship Game win over the Indianapolis Colts. The NFL concluded that it was “more probable than not” that at least one Patriots equipment person deflated the balls in a “secretive” manner.
“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 in appealing the suspension.
Investigator Ted Wells produced a report in excess of 130 pages from the findings of his investigation, with text messages between Brady and Patriots employees serving as evidence that Brady knew of the improperly inflated football and perhaps encouraged it.
“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,” the NFLPA said.
The appeal is to be heard in the next 10 days.
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