UPDATE: Tom Brady, legal team have not filed ‘Deflategate’ appeal, report clarifies
A report that Tom Brady planned to appeal his “Deflategate” suspension has been rebutted.
A story that originally appeared on NECN said Brady and his legal team had appealed a decision reinstating his suspension. However, NECN has retracted that report:
An earlier story on necn.com stated that the legal team of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had appealed the NFL’s decision to uphold his four-game “Deflategate” suspension. An appeal was filed this week on behalf of Brady’s suspension, but it was not filed by Brady or any of his lawyers. Rather, the appeal was filed by another party. We regret the error.
Last month, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 to uphold Brady’s four-game suspension. A lower court had nullified the suspension in a ruling last year, saying NFL commissioner Roger Goodell overstepped his bounds in disciplining Brady.
Goodell suspended Brady after an investigation into claims that the Patriots quarterback knew about improperly inflated footballs during the 2015 AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts. The commissioner also said Brady obstructed the NFL’s investigation into the matter.
The Patriots won the game 45-7 and went on to win the Super Bowl.
After the April 25 ruling, Brady had two weeks to file an appeal and ended up getting an extension. The NFLPA, which represented Brady in the case, said it would explore all legal options in the case.