Tom Brady will continue his legal fight. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Ted Olson, one of several high-powered attorneys hired to represent Tom Brady, confirmed to ABC News on Monday morning that the quarterback will indeed appeal last month’s federal court ruling re-instating his four-game suspension.
“The facts here are so drastic, and so apparent, that the court should rehear it,” Olson told “Good Morning America.”
Olson lashed at NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, saying that he “completely ignored the schedule of penalties for equipment-related violations.”
Olson added: ”Our two primary arguments are that the commissioner in the first place conducted an investigation and then the commissioner imposed discipline. Then, the commissioner appointed himself as an appellate judge or an arbitrator — and then, decided something new in the appellate process, abandoning the grounds that were the original basis for the supposed discipline.
“That’s No. 1, and an appellate judge is supposed to look at the record and make a decision on the basis of what happened before. He departed from what happened before.
“Secondly, he ignored important provisions of the CBA about discipline that might be imposed for equipment violations. He departed from that completely and went off the track.”
Accordng to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Brady’s team will petition to rehear the case “en banc,” meaning that it would be reheard before the entire 2nd Circuit court bench. Seven of the 13 judges would have to agree that an en banc session is the right decision before a hearing is held. If the en banc session isn’t granted, Brady and his legal team could take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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