NFL denies NFLPA request, Roger Goodell will hear Tom Brady appeal

The National Football League rejected a demand from the NFL Players Association that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recuse himself from hearing New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady's appeal of a four-game suspension for his alleged role in Deflategate. So, Goodell will hear the appeal. And it's unlikely that Goodell will overturn the suspension. Goodell said during the NFL league meetings that he wanted to "hear irectly from Tom if there is new information or there is information that can be helpful to us in getting this right.' The union has said it intends to call Goodell as a witness in the appeal hearing, saying he's not impartial. "The players also believe that the Commissioner's history of inconsistently issuing discipline against our players makes him ill-suited to hear this appeal in a fair-minded manner," the NFLPA wrote. "If the NFL believes the Ted Wells report has credibility because it is independent, then the NFL should embrace our request for an independent review." Follow me on Twitter: @RavensInsider Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun
Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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