FOXBORUGH, Mass. -- Tom Brady may have been officially benched, but the fallout from Ballghazi is far from over. Brady's attorneys filed his appeal Thursday in an effort to overturn the ruling -- or at least reduce the number of games he'll be forced to miss.
As it stands, Brady won't play his first game until Week 6, meaning he'd miss the Week 5 matchup against the Cowboys.
One thing Brady's attorneys will surely raise is the fact that Roger Goodell delegated the decision to Executive Vice President of Football Operations, Troy Vincent. Language in the current collective bargaining agreement, under article 46, states the commissioner must take action against a player, not someone else.
The buzz is that Goodell delegated to deflate the situation due to his close ties to Pats owner Robert Kraft. The Pats are already launching a defense on their website in a nearly 20,000-word rebuttal. They are calling the investigation 'incomplete' and 'incorrect.'
In that rebuttal, the Patriots claim one of the equipment managers accused of helping Brady deflate footballs was referring to himself as the deflator in those text messages because he's a 'big fellow' and in the process of losing weight.
So, if you think Tom Brady and the Pats are going down without a fight, fat chance.