Friday May 29th, 2015

The appeal of the four-game Deflategate suspension administered to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will reportedly be held June 23, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter. It may also be continued June 25.

Brady was suspended on May 11 for the first four games of the upcoming season, and the Patriots were fined $1 million and docked two draft picks, after a report by independent investigator Ted Wells found that “it is more probable than not that New England Patriots personnel participated in violations of the Playing Rules and were involved in a deliberate effort to circumvent the rules" and that Brady “was at least generally aware of... the release of air from Patriots game balls” during the AFC Championship Game win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Bill Belichick deflects Deflategate questions: ‘We're on to next year’

Brady’s agent, Don Yee, called the suspension “ridiculous” shortly after it was announced. In a previously scheduled speaking engagement shortly after the suspension was announced, Brady himself largely dodged questions about the punishment, but said it did not “taint” the Patriots’ Super Bowl XLIX victory.

The NFL Players Association filed an appeal on Brady’s behalf on May 14. Later that day, the NFL announced commissioner Roger Goodell would hear the appeal himself.

• SI's complete coverage of Deflategate

The NFLPA formally requested on May 19 that Goodell recuse himself from the process, but The Boston Globe’s Shalise Manza Young reported on Friday that no official decision has been made yet on who will hear the appeal.

According to the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement, appeals must be heard within 10 business days of their filing. That deadline passed this week, as widely expected, although the league and the filing party may agree to delay hearings.


- Mike Fiammetta

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