BOSTON (CBS) – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will hear Tom Brady’s appeal on his four-game suspension for his role in the deflategate controversy.
The Patriots quarterback filed his appeal earlier Thursday, and asked that a neutral arbitrator hear the appeal, such as a judge.
“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,” the NFLPA said in a statement Thursday.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Roger Goodell can appoint himself or even someone with close ties to the NFL.
Before Brady filed his appeal, the Patriots released a counter-attack on the Wells Report.
The appeal may not be heard until June. The Ray Rice appeal took 73 days.
UPDATE: The NFLPA filed a letter to Troy Vincent stating it planned to call Goodell as a witness in the hearing, and therefore Goodell cannot serve in his role as arbitrator.
Adam Jones On Goodell Hearing Brady’s Appeal: