Once again, the waiting game begins for
After appealing his four-game suspension for his alleged involvement in the Patriots' Deflategate scandal during a 10-hour hearing at NFL headquarters in New York on Tuesday, Brady must wait to find out whether the
No details were made available after the hearing, but Brady's attorney, Jeffrey Kessler, expressed confidence in the four-time Super Bowl champion's defense, saying "I think we put in a very compelling case."
The league hasn't said when NFL Commissioner
Last month, an NFL-commissioned investigation by attorney Ted Wells concluded it was "more probable than not" that Brady was "generally aware" of team attendants deflating footballs prior to the
In addition to Brady's suspension, the NFL fined the Patriots $1 million and took away a pair of future draft picks from the team.
Brady's appeal hinges on two key elements: whether Troy Vincent, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations, issued Brady's suspension, and if science supports findings made about deflated footballs in Wells' report. Brady's defense also maintains he received a harsher penalty than other players for similar violations in the past.
The NFL said Goodell authorized the penalties that were imposed by Vincent. The NFL Players' Assn. contends Vincent doesn't have the power to issue punishments based on the collective bargaining agreement.
Goodell dismissed the union's claim.
"I did not delegate my disciplinary authority to Mr. Vincent; I concurred in his recommendation and authorized him to communicate to Mr. Brady the discipline imposed under my authority as Commissioner," Goodell said in his letter to the Players' Assn. on June 2. "The identity of the person who signed the disciplinary letter is irrelevant."