Brady Arbitrator: Roger Goodell [VIDEO]
Late Thursday afternoon the NFL Players Association filed an appeal on behalf of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Thursday night the league named the arbitrator who will hear the appeal.The NFL announced that Commissioner Roger Goodell will preside and rule on the appeal by Brady relating to his four game suspension as a result of the deflategate investigation. Brady's attorney's requested that an independent arbitrator be selected to hear the case.
"Given the NFL's history of inconsistency and arbitrary decisions in disciplinary matters, it is only fair that a neutral arbitrator hear this appeal," the union said in a release Thursday afternoon. "If Ted Wells and the NFL believe, as their public comments stated, that the evidence in their report is 'direct' and 'inculpatory,' then they should be confident enough to present their case before someone who is truly independent."
Many legal analysts believe this move by the league could lead to Brady an his team bringing a suit to a court of law pending the outcome of the appeal hearing. The collective bargaining agreement states that Goodell has the ability to appoint himself as the arbitrator for any appeal hearing that involves a player suspension. That hearing should take place within the next 10 days.