Earlier today, the New England Patriots released a website attacking each point of the Wells report, which stated that it was more probable than not that the team purposely deflated footballs in the AFC Championship game. The Patriots have denied any wrongdoing and Tom Brady is fighting his four-game suspension.
The NFL Players Association has officially filed an appeal on behalf of Tom Brady. This is the statement that the NFLPA released on the matter:
“Given the NFL’s history of inconsistency and arbitrary decisions in disciplinary matters, it is only fair that a neutral arbitrator hear this appeal.
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.”
ESPN reporter Adam Schefter has a source that believes Brady’s suspension will be overturned, but it’s more likely that it will be reduced, if anything.
But no matter what happens, the war has just begun.