Transcript for Tom Brady Appeals His Suspension
We have breaking news this evening on Tom Brady, just hours before the deadline, he is now officially appealing his suspension, as his tame comes to his defense tonight. The new England patriots blasting the report, saying the text messages between workers were noent be funny. As we now hear tonight from another key player on the team, and here's ABC's Ryan smith. Reporter: Tonight, Tom Brady officially fighting back, appealing his four-game suspension for deflategate. The NFL players association saying the NFL and lead investigator Ted wells "Should be confident enough to present their case before someone who is truly independent." This, after the NFL report on the matter concluded "It was more probable than not that Brady was at least generally aware of inappropriate activities to release air from game balls." The patriots also defending their quarterback, saying there's no evidence that Brady was aware of any actual or even attempted effort to tamper with game footballs. And as for texts between staffers about Brady during an earlier game that the NFL cited as evidence of Brady's awareness, texts like this -- "Tom sucks. I'm gonna make that next ball an Balloon." The team says they, "Obviously are jokes, exaggerations and sarcasm." And one of Brady's teammates, rob gronkowski, speaking out. He's an unbelievable player and he has full support. Reporter: But so far, the public doesn't appear convinced. Tonight, in a new espn/abc news poll, 76% of avid fans support the NFL's sanctions against Tom Brady and the patriots. Now, the ball's in roger Goodell's court. He has to decide if he wants to hear the case, or designate someone else. The players association and Brady, again, wanting a neutral third party. David? Ryan smith, thank you. Now, to the severe weather.
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