Tom Brady’s Appeal Hearing Concludes After 11 Hours
After 11 hours, Tom Brady’s appeal for his four-game suspension with commissioner Roger Goodell ended on Tuesday evening at 8:30 p.m. in New York. No further hearings will be there. A large gathering of media persons was witnessed Tuesday morning ahead of Brady’s arrival outside Park Avenue, the NFL headquarters in New York city.
On May 11, NFL announced quarterback Brady’s suspension for violating the integrity of the game. Independent investigator Ted Wells found that it was “more probable than not” that Brady was “at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities” regarding ball deflation during Patriots’ AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Brady’s team was given a guideline of 4 hours for presentation of the case, but the hearing lasted far longer than that, according to NFL insider reporter Ian Rapoport.
“I don’t know what timetable will be, but we presented a very compelling case.” Brady’s attorney Jeffrey Kessler said Tuesday evening. Brady though was unavailable to speak with the media.
Robert Kraft, Patriots owner who is out of the country, offered a written statement in Brady’s support.
Sources reveal that the hearing went well for Brady.
“I reached out to someone just recently that had a direct line into that room [where the appeal was being heard], close to Tom Brady,” ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss said. “Their feeling was that it went very well this morning, but also an acknowledgement that the NFL holds all the cards here.”