NFLPA appealing Tom Brady’s 4-game suspension

Union cites past decisions they call "inconsistent" and "arbitrary"

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady holds up his Pete Rozelle Trophy during a news conference after the NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, in Phoenix, Ariz. The Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24. Brady was named the game’s most valuable player. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

(WWLP) – The union that represents professional football players has filed an appeal on behalf of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, days after the NFL ordered a four-game suspension against the Super Bowl MVP. The NFL Players Association announced the appeal Thursday afternoon.

The suspension was announced after an NFL-commissioned report by investigator Ted Wells said that Brady was most likely aware of the deflation of game balls below the allowable PSI range.

In a brief news release, the organization criticized what they claim to be inconsistent and arbitrary decisions by the league with respect to player conduct, and they say the matter needs to be overseen by a “neutral arbitrator.”

“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.

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