Wells was appointed by the NFL to investigate Brady and the New England Patriots' alleged improper game ball deflation during the 2015 AFC Championship game. The investigation concluded 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." The report said Brady was also “at least generally aware” of the ball manipulation.
Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Brady for the first four games of the coming season. Brady appealed the suspension to no avail, and has remained firm on his stance that he will not admit guilt or serve a suspension. The four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback said he would pay a fine.
Brady and Goodell will appear in court on Wednesday for a hearing before Judge Richard M. Berman.
- Christopher Chavez