Report: Tom Brady Authorizes NFLPA To Appeal His Case In Federal Court

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Tom Brady, the NFL and the NFL Players Association aren’t done yet — not by a long shot.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the New England Patriots quarterback’s four-game suspension Tuesday. Shortly after the announcement, ESPN’s Jim Trotter cited a source in reporting Brady has authorized the NFLPA to appeal his case in federal court.

This really shouldn’t come as a surprise. Brady reportedly has maintained his innocence all along, and plenty of people — not just Patriots fans — believe the NFL’s case might not stand up in a court of law. Also, by appealing the decision, Brady and the NFLPA can delay the suspension, which means the QB could be on the field to start the 2015 season.

The NFL reportedly is positioning itself for a court battle, as Bloomberg’s Scott Soshnick reported the league has asked a federal court to confirm the Brady suspension.

That complaint was filed in Manhattan, which is a very important piece to the puzzle. It was reported that Brady’s camp and/or the NFLPA wanted to file suit in either Massachusetts or Minnesota. The desire to file in Minnesota would be notable, as Judge David Doty ruled favorably for the union during the 2011 NFL labor dispute.

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