ABC News reported early Wednesday that Tom Brady and his players association representatives will fight in Federal Court any suspension that is given by Commissioner Roger Goodell when he hands down his appeal decision. In other words, Brady wants to be fully exonerated of any wrong doing or he will go to court.
Brady was originally suspended four games following the release of the Wells Report that stated it was “more probable than not” he knew of intentional ball deflation on the part of Patriots employees. He appealed the ruling and on June 23 was at the NFL offices for his appeal to be heard. Goodell has hinted that his verdict could come soon, and it is likely it would come before the last few days of July, when teams open training camp.
If Brady goes to court, he could file an injunction, which would allow him to play as the legal process plays out. If he is cleared, he would miss no time. If a court rules that he should serve his suspension, then he will begin serving upon the court’s ruling.
NFL players have had good fortune appealing discipline in Federal Court over the past 12 months, as both Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson had their suspensions overturned.