NFL files papers to lay groundwork for ‘Deflategate’ appeal

Brady was suspended and the Super Bowl champions were docked $1 million and two draft picks

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell waves as he arrives on the field before an NFL football game between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has filed documents with an appeals court, saying why it disagrees with a federal judge’s ruling in “Deflategate.”

The 200-page filing with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday consists almost entirely of exhibits from the district court. In that case, Judge Richard Berman vacated NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

The NFL has said it will appeal Berman’s ruling. The league says the judge erred in his analysis of the law and precedents in at least three instances.

Brady was suspended and the Super Bowl champions were docked $1 million and two draft picks after a league investigation found the team provided improperly inflated footballs for the AFC title game against the Indianapolis Colts in January.

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