Brady’s deflate appeal will be June 23

(AP) — A person familiar with the situation says Tom Brady’s appeal of his suspension in the deflated footballs scandal will be on June 23.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the date hasn’t been officially announced.

The New England Patriots quarterback was suspended four games after an NFL investigation found that he was “at least generally aware” of an illegal scheme to play the AFC championship game with improperly deflated footballs. The team was fined $1 million and docked two draft picks. Owner Robert Kraft said he would accept the punishment.

Brady has denied cheating. The reigning Super Bowl MVP has asked Commissioner Roger Goodell to step aside from the hearing. But Goodell says he wants to hear the appeal himself.

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