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DeflateGate: Tom Brady preparing to go to court

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Reports indicate Tom Brady is preparing to go to federal court if his suspension appeal results in any suspension remaining.

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Just when you thought DeflateGate was getting close to the end, Tom Brady is preparing to make this a long, long process. On June 23, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell head the New England Patriots quarterback's appeal of a four-game suspension stemming from the use of under-inflated footballs in the first half of the AFC Championship Game. Reports today, beginning with ABC News' Ryan Smith, indicate that the NFL Players Association and Brady are preparing to challenge the results of that appeal if any portion of Brady's suspension remains whenever Goodell announces his decision.

It really is not a surprise that Brady, who has been adamant that he is innocent, would be preparing to take the appeals process to federal court. Brady has been looking for the NFL to clear him of any wrong-doing in this case; the league will likely still want some form of punishment, especially since Brady was less than forthcoming in the original investigation, according to the report from Ted Wells.

It does appear, unless Brady is fully cleared by Goodell, DeflateGate may not be going any place any time soon.