Appeal to be filed by Tom Brady’s legal team over reinstated ‘Deflategate’ suspension

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  • Tom Brady and legal team appeal reinstated “Deflategate” suspension
  • Appeals court ruled in favor of NFL in April and reinstated Brady’s four-game suspension
  • Lower court nullified Brady’s suspension last year
  • League investigation said Brady had knowledge of underinflated footballs

NEW YORK – Tom Brady’s legal team will file an appeal in his Deflategate case, and this time it’s for real.

Brady’s lawyers want the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reexamine the decision that reinstated Brady’s four-game suspension surrounding underinflated footballs. They filed a petition Monday for a rehearing en banc. An en banc rehearing would put the matter before all judges in the 2nd Circuit.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Brady and his legal team had appealed his reinstated suspension. However, it turned out a third party unrelated to Brady and his defense team had filed an appeal on his behalf.

In April, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 to uphold Brady’s four-game suspension. The decision overturned a lower court ruling in September 2015 that nullified the league’s punishment. The lower court judge said 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 said Brady obstructed the NFL’s investigation into the matter; the league’s investigation found it was “more probable than not” that Brady was “at least generally aware” of the deflated footballs.

The Patriots won the game 45-7 and went on to win the Super Bowl that season.

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.

The Patriots were fined $1 million and had to give up two draft picks as part of the league’s punishment for Deflategate.

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