Tom Brady requests appeal extension, adds Supreme Court-tested lawyer

Friday April 29th, 2016

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady took steps Friday to fight his reinstated suspension, adding lawyer Theodore B. Olson and requesting an extension of his appeal window through the NFLPA.

Brady’s camp filed a notice announcing the addition of Olson, who according to CBS Boston has argued before the Supreme Court 62 times, winning more than 75% of his cases. He was solicitor general under George W. Bush from 2001-04 and was assistant attorney general from 1981-84. He argued in two Bush v. Gore cases in the resolution of the 2000 presidential election. He also worked for the NFLPA during the 2011 lockout.

The NFLPA and Olson filed a motion requesting an extension of the 14-day window for Brady to appeal the Second Circuit decision on his suspension, asking for 14 more days. The deadline would then move to May 23.

Brady’s suspension was reinstated this week, reversing an earlier ruling that allowed him to participate in the final 12 games of the regular season and the playoffs following the events of Deflategate.

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