NFLPA plans to call Roger Goodell as witness in Tom Brady appeal

The NFL Players Association plans to call NFL commissioner Roger Goodell as a witness in an appeal of New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension. The union wrote in an appeal letter it "will seek recusal and pursue all available relief” if a neutral arbitrator isn't named. Goodell plans to hear the appeal personally, though. Goodell and Troy Vincent will be witnesses. “You both will be called upon to testify about, among other things, the circumstances surrounding the purported delegation of disciplinary authority from Commissioner Goodell to you in this matter and the factual basis for that purported delegation,” the letter said.“You also will both be required to testify about when you became aware of the Colts’ complaints about ball deflation and what decisions and steps were thereafter taken to set up what may have been a ‘sting operation’ to try to implicate the Patriots and Mr. Brady. The latter conduct would present an additional ground for setting aside the discipline imposed. “The credibility and testimony of both you [Vincent] and Commissioner Goodell will be at issue in the hearing as well as numerous procedural issues regarding your testimony and the testimony of the Commissioner,” the union’s letter says. “Thus, this matter is similar to the Rice appeal, where Commissioner Goodell properly concluded that a neutral with no ties to the League, Judge Barbara Jones, should be appointed as Hearing Officer to afford Mr. Rice a lawful hearing before an impartial and to maintain the integrity of the proceedings.” 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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