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Brady’s appeal hearing to begin Tuesday morning


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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s appeal hearing of his four-game suspension for his alleged role in Deflategate will be held at the NFL offices beginning Tuesday morning.

According to Gary Myers of the New York Daily News, the appeal will be held at 345 Park Avenue beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET Tuesday.

Commissioner Roger Goodell will hear the appeal, having informed the NFL Players Association earlier this month that its request to get him removed from Brady’s appeal was denied.

The NFL suspended Brady for the first four games of the 2015 season in connection with the Patriots using underinflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts in January. The Patriots went on to win the Super Bowl.

The 243-page Ted Wells Report released May 6 concluded that the Patriots “more probable than not” violated NFL rules and Brady “was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities” of the deflated game balls.

Goodell previously indicated he has not prejudged Brady’s appeal.

“I have publicly expressed my appreciation to Mr. Wells and his colleagues for their thorough and independent work,” Goodell said. “But that does not mean that I am wedded to their conclusions or to their assessment of the facts. Nor does it mean, after considering the evidence and argument president during the appeal, I may not reach a different conclusion about Mr. Brady’s conduct or the discipline imposed.”

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