6 takeaways from the Deflategate appeal hearing

According to ’s legal expert Michael McCann, Thursday’s hearing didn’t go well for Tom Brady’s team.

The NFLPA’s team of lawyers met with the NFL’s team of lawyers in court Thursday.
The NFLPA’s team of lawyers met with the NFL’s team of lawyers in court Thursday. –Getty Images

Deflategate was back in court Thursday.

Three judges — Robert Katzmann, Barrington Parker, Jr., and Denny Chin — grilled NFL and NFLPA lawyers in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York. The oral arguments lasted roughly an hour. Lawyer Paul Clement provided the oral argument for the NFL, while lawyer Jeffrey Kessler argued for Brady and the NFLPA.

Here are some takeaways from the hearing.

1. Legal reporters and experts believe that two of the judges appeared to lean against judge Richard Berman’s ruling to overturn Brady’s suspension.

2. Judge Paker seemed unimpressed with Brady’s explanation for destroying his cellphone.

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3. Judge Chin says the evidence of football doctoring was “compelling, if not overwhelming.’’

4. Judge Parker notes Brady’s prestige could work against him.

5. At the center of the discussion, as expected, is Roger Goodell’s power to hand out punishment.

6. Deflategate could be far from over.

Timeline of Deflategate Controversy

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