Brady, through the
The union asked for a neutral arbitrator to hear the case.
"Commissioner Goodell will hear the appeal of Tom Brady's suspension in accordance with the process agreed upon with the
Brady's punishment was announced Monday, days after a report by independent investigator Ted Wells stated the Patriots quarterback was "at least generally aware" that locker room staff were deflating balls for the 2014 AFC championship game.
During his one public appearance since the report was released, Brady said he had no reaction to the findings and was still "digesting" the information. Before that, he maintained his innocence.
The team and fans have Brady's back.
"Tom Brady has our unconditional support," said team owner Robert Kraft in a statement released Monday following the Wells report. "Our belief in him has not wavered." The team then changed social media profile photos to pictures of Brady's jersey.
Fans have vehemently defended Brady, and some even started an online crowdfunding page to pay the $1-million fine the team was slapped with, in addition to being docked two draft picks, in relation to the scandal.