Tom Brady had his day in front of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and evidently made the most of it.
Someone who attended Brady’s Deflategate suspension appeal hearing told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday that the New England Patriots quarterback was his own “greatest ally.” Brady reportedly “offered explanations in all areas” during the marathon session at NFL headquarters in New York.
Schefter’s sources said Brady “came off as very genuine, earnest and persuasive,” with one of them calling it “an A+ performance.” One source also said Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s letter supporting Brady had “almost a holy feel to it.”
Brady didn’t address reporters, but attorney Jeffrey Kessler told The New York Post’s Bart Hubbuch that the quarterback “was there until the bitter end” and “we feel like we made a very compelling case in there.” Kessler wasn’t sure how long it would take Goodell to rule on Brady’s four-game suspension, but CNN’s Rachel Nichols pointed out the commissioner doesn’t exactly move quickly in these matters.
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Brady and the Patriots would love a quicker timeline than that, of course, with training camp just one month away. But the wheels of justice — or injustice, as some believe in this case — move slowly.
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