NFLPA seeks injunction in Brady’s suspension appeal

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) warms up before the NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Glendale, Ariz. Tom Brady is expected to file an appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in deflating footballs for the AFC championshjip game. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — The NFL Players Union will seek an injunction Friday, appealing Tom Brady’s four-game suspension handed down by the NFL, according to Brady’s lead attorney Jeffrey Kessler.

Judge Richard Berman would have to agree Brady has a reasonable chance to win the case in order to get the injunction.

Brady would be allowed to start the season, but the injunction can become risky since he cannot control the timeline of the lawsuit.

In turn, if the suspension is upheld late in the season or the playoffs, Brady must immediately carry out the suspension upon the ruling.

The league announced Tuesday that Commissioner Roger Goodell decided to uphold the suspension amid an appeal by the New England Patriots quarterback.

After the decision, Patriots Owner Robert Kraft attacked the league in a press conference, regretting not taking legal action against the NFL.

Brady was suspended by the league for his alleged role in a scheme to deflate footballs in the AFC Championship win against the Indianapolis Colts.

The union also released a 54-page filing to the court arguing the handling of the situation.

The Wells report did not find that Brady actually knew about any ball deflation at the AFC Championship game; it did not find that Brady directed or authorized any ball deflation; nor did it find that Brady even had any knowledge of the competitive integrity policy pursuant to which he was punished…”

A settlement remains a possibility in the case.

The next deadline in the case is set for August 13, when the NFLPA will be due to file its response to the league’s request for the court to confirm Brady’s suspension.

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