After eleven long hours, word reached media members that Tom Brady's Deflate Gate appeal had finally ended. On May 11th it was announced that Brady had been suspended for four games without pay for his role in deflating footballs in the AFC title game against the Indianapolis Colts on January 18th.
In the past few weeks, controversy has arisen over NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appointing himself to be the judge in the hearing. Many believe it is a conflict of interests for him to judge the suspension that he dealt out himself. The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) published an official motion for Goodell to step down as the judge, however he denied this request.
During the early hours of the appeal, reports surfaced that Brady would have four hours to make his case, with an additional hour if his case was compelling. However, this claim was refuted and it is unclear if there was a time limit. An official NFL source reported that Brady would have to prove his innocence using new evidence that he had not yet shared with the NFL or investigator Ted Wells. His agent Don Yee and NFLPA attorney Jeffrey Kessler accompanied Brady to the appeal. Also, Brady reportedly testified under oath, meaning he would be risking criminal charges by lying.
After the appeal hearing had concluded, Kessler told reporters that they "put in a very compelling case." Another source said that Brady offered explanations in all areas in questions and he had an A+ performance. While specific details of Brady's argument have not yet been released, it is thought that his main points were that the Wells Reports does not prove that Brady did anything wrong, and that the penalty was much harsher than other instances with similar violations.
Goodell's decision about Brady's suspensions has not yet been announced and there is no timetable for it, however many believe it could come as soon as this week. Many believe that if the suspension is not completely overturned Brady will sue the NFL in federal court.