Tuesday 25 July 2017

Tom Brady appeals against four-game ban over 'deflategate' scandal

Tom Brady
Tom Brady

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has appealed against his four-game suspension from the NFL.

The Super Bowl winner was banned after independent investigator Ted Wells' report concluded he was "at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities" regarding his team's use of deflated game balls in last season's AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.

A statement released through the NFL Players' Association read: "Given the NFL's history of inconsistency and arbitrary decisions in disciplinary matters, it is only fair that a neutral arbitrator hear this appeal.

"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 NFL came under fire last season for its handling of the suspensions of running backs Ray Rice for striking his then-fiancee in a casino elevator and Adrian Peterson for disciplining his son with a tree branch.

As well as Brady's ban, the Patriots were fined 1million US dollars and docked two draft picks including next year's first-round pick.

They have yet to confirm whether they will appeal against those sanctions but did provide a link on their website to wellsreportcontext.com, a site carrying their logo and featuring rebuttals from their lawyer Daniel L Goldberg to the conclusions of the Wells Report.

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