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Brady’s lawyer says they made a “compelling case” at appeal hearing

Attorney Jeff Kessler representing New England Patriot’s quarterback Tom Brady, leaves the NFL headquarters Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)


Tom Brady had plenty to say behind closed doors as he spent all of Tuesday at the NFL offices appealing his four-game Deflategate suspension. Brady still hasn’t said anything publicly, however, and his lawyer made only a brief comment after exiting the appeal hearing.

I think we put in a very compelling case,” attorney Jeffrey Kessler told reporters after walking out of the hearing.

That case centers on two key points: The Ted Wells report is flawed and fails to prove that Brady violated NFL rules by ordering footballs to be deflated, and the punishment of a four-game suspension far exceeds punishments for similar rules violations.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will now decide whether he agrees that Brady’s side made a compelling case. If he does, he could reduce Brady’s suspension, or even rescind it entirely.

Brady wants the suspension rescinded entirely, and if Goodell doesn’t do that, Brady’s next step may be to sue the NFL, and attempt to make a compelling case in court.