Hearing begins on Brady’s appeal of four-game suspension in ‘Deflategate’


NEW YORK — A hearing on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension in the “Deflate” case began Tuesday in New York.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is presiding over the hearing despite a request from the NFL Players Association that he recuse himself.

Brady received a four-game suspension after an independent report for the NFL, prepared by New York attorney Ted Wells, determined it was “more probable than not” that the football star was involved in a scheme to deflate footballs below league standards in the January 18 AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.

The NFL confirmed to CNN that Wells, whom the league hired as an independent investigator in the case, was also to attend the hearing. If past appeals hearings are any indication, a final ruling on the appeal will not come for several days, if not weeks, after Tuesday’s hearing.

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