Fans react to Brady’s appeal of deflategate punishment

FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is appealing his punishment handed down by the NFL earlier this week, and his fans continue to be outspoken about the entire controversy.

As it stands, Brady is facing a four-game suspension for allegedly having equipment managers deflate footballs to his liking, which is below the league standard. The Patriots were also docked two draft picks and fined $1 million.

The NFLPA filed an appeal on Brady’s behalf just before Thursday’s 4 p.m. deadline. The appeal came as no surprise to Patriots fans, who have been very outspoken about the penalty since it was handed down by the league on Monday.

“I think if they’re smart, they’ll put him in the first game, they’ll give Bob Kraft $1 million and they’ll give us back our draft picks,” said Patriots fan Karen McCluney-Jackson.

The man who’s receiving most of the criticism from fans is NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who will be the one to hear Brady’s appeal.

“I just think he came down way too hard, and I don’t think the patriots deserve to go a quarter of their football season without their quarterback,” said fan Stephane McGowan.

It’s been a back-and-forth between the Patriots, Brady’s agent, the NFL and Ted Wells since his report was released last week. The report said it’s “more probable than not” the team’s personnel broke the rules during last year’s playoffs.

“He hasn’t slugged his wife in an elevator, he hasn’t beat his kids, he hasn’t done anything, and you’re going to take four games from him and draft picks and a million dollars…really?” McCluney-Jackson asked of Brady.

Brady has made one public appearance since the Wells report was released. During an event at Salem State University, he said the controversy has not taken away from his Super Bowl win.

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