It seems Deflategate will continue to drag on into the summer for the NFL and the New England Patriots. The appeal for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension will begin June 23 and the time between now and the appeal will be full of speculation about how the investigation will conclude. The suspension is the result of Brady’s alleged role in the tampering of game balls before the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts last season.
The league denied the NFLPA’s request for Commissioner Roger Goodell to recuse himself from being the arbitrator due to his role in the investigation, but Goodell will be at the helm of yet another controversy in the NFL. The appeal date announcement comes weeks after Patriots owner Robert Kraft decided to begrudgingly accept the steep penalties handed down to his organization. BuzzFeed wrote the punishment is the harshest in NFL history and will include a $1 million fine, loss of a first-round draft pick in 2016, and fourth-round draft pick in 2017.
If Brady’s suspension stands, the four-time Super Bowl Champion will be held out of the first quarter of the season. The NFL controversy has gained national attention in a time when the league and its commissioner are under scrutiny for the way it has handled investigations in the past year. With the appeal scheduled for June 23, there seems to be no end in the near future for the Patriots or the league.