When the initial allegation was made following the AFC Championship, Revis was a member of the
When asked by the New York Daily News about the issue, Revis didn't say his old teammate should get a pass.
"Everybody's blowing it up because it is Tom Brady," Revis said. "I understand that. But if (the NFL) feels he did the crime or he did something and they want to penalize them, then that's that. (The Patriots) have a history of doing stuff. You can't hide that. ... Tom was there when they did that stuff in the past."
Revis added that if Brady wins his appeal and his suspension is reduced it should be due to new evidence, not because of who he is in relation to the NFL's brand.
"If I fail a drug test, then I fail a drug test. If I get a DUI, I get a DUI," Revis said. "If Tom gets caught with a DUI, it's a DUI. ... If they are saying that he did what he's done, then the suspension is the suspension. I'm not the commissioner and don't make the rules. If they want to change (the suspension) based on new information or new evidence, then okay, but it should have nothing to do with Tom being the face (of the NFL)."
The statement from the NFL read, "Commissioner Goodell will hear the appeal of Tom Brady's suspension in accordance with the process agreed upon with the NFL Players Association in the 2011 collective bargaining agreement."
Brady's suspension was handed down by NFL Executive Vice President Troy Vincent, not Goodell.
Citing perceived inconsistencies in previous disciplinary rulings by the league, the NFL Players Association has filed an appeal on behalf of
Brady has been suspended four games for his alleged role in Deflategate. The Wells Report based on an investigation ordered by the league claimed it was "more probable than not" that he had knowledge of footballs being deflated for his benefit before the AFC title game against Indianapolis.
The NFLPA has called for a neutral arbitrator to hear the appeal. It further stated that if the evidence that went into the Wells Report is "direct" and "inculpatory" then the NFL should have no qualms about presenting its case before an independent judge.
Brady and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) have answered by hiring noted labor attorney Jeffrey Kessler to help with the expected appeal, The Associated Press has reported. Kessler has a long history of success in litigating sports antitrust cases. He was also instrumental in helping establish free agency in the NFL.
The veteran quarterback has until 5 p.m. Thursday to file the appeal.
The NFL has banned Brady for the first four games of the 2015 season after the Wells Report concluded that he was likely aware that footballs were being deflated for his benefit before the AFC Championship game against Indianapolis.
The NFL not only suspended Brady, but fined the Patriots $1 million and stripped them of a first-round draft pick in 2016 and fourth-rounder the following year.
Brady agent Don Yee has made it quite clear that his client plans to appeal.
"I am very confident the Wells Report will be exposed as an incredibly frail exercise in fact-finding and logic," Yee claimed via the Indianapolis Star. "The NFL has a well-documented history of making poor disciplinary decisions that often are overturned when truly independent and neutral judges or arbitrators preside."
Wells fought back at allegations that his investigation was biased.
"The conclusions in the report represent the independent opinion of me personally and my team, and those conclusions were not influenced in any way, shape or form by anyone at the league office," Wells claimed.
In addition, New England will lose their first-round draft pick in 2016, a fourth in 2017 and the team was fined $1 million. Brady was considered to have a "more probable than not" knowledge of the deflating of footballs during the 2014 season, including the AFC Championship game against the Colts, according to the Wells Report.
Brady will be able to participate in all off-season, training camp and pre-season activities.
The two team employees, John Jastremski and James McNally have also been suspended indefinitely without pay by the team. Commissioner Roger Goodell came to the decision after consulting multiple parties.
"We reached these decisions after extensive discussion with Troy Vincent and many others," Goodell said. "We relied on the critical importance of protecting the integrity of the game and the thoroughness and independence of the Wells report."
"From the exchanges I've had with Jimmy, I can tell you Tom's been great with him, and helping him understand NFL defenses, along with the offense," Christiansen said. "He's got nothing but great things to say about the whole situation. He feels very fortunate."
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|2001||New England Patriots||15||14||413||264||63.9||2843||6.88||91||18||12||41/216||32||6||86.5|
|2002||New England Patriots||16||16||601||373||62.1||3764||6.26||49||28||14||31/190||37||3||85.7|
|2003||New England Patriots||16||16||527||317||60.2||3620||6.87||82||23||12||32/219||44||8||85.9|
|2004||New England Patriots||16||16||474||288||60.8||3692||7.79||50||28||14||26/162||52||10||92.6|
|2005||New England Patriots||16||16||530||334||63.0||4110||7.75||71||26||14||26/188||59||9||92.3|
|2006||New England Patriots||16||16||516||319||61.8||3529||6.84||62||24||12||26/175||46||8||87.9|
|2007||New England Patriots||16||16||578||398||68.9||4806||8.31||69||50||8||21/128||56||15||117.2|
|2008||New England Patriots||1||1||11||7||63.6||76||6.91||26||0||0||0/0||1||0||83.9|
|2009||New England Patriots||16||16||565||371||65.7||4398||7.78||81||28||13||16/86||43||12||96.2|
|2010||New England Patriots||16||16||492||324||65.9||3900||7.93||79||36||4||25/175||53||9||111.0|
|2011||New England Patriots||16||16||611||401||65.6||5235||8.57||99||39||12||32/173||71||14||105.6|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||16||637||401||63.0||4827||7.58||83||34||8||27/182||57||8||98.7|
|2013||New England Patriots||16||16||628||380||60.5||4343||6.92||81||25||11||40/256||49||8||87.3|
|2014||New England Patriots||16||16||582||373||64.1||4109||7.06||69||33||9||21/134||44||8||97.4|
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|2001||New England Patriots||15||14||36||43||1.2||12||0||0||7|
|2002||New England Patriots||16||16||42||110||2.6||15||1||0||20|
|2003||New England Patriots||16||16||42||63||1.5||11||1||0||11|
|2004||New England Patriots||16||16||43||28||0.7||10||0||0||12|
|2005||New England Patriots||16||16||27||89||3.3||15||1||0||16|
|2006||New England Patriots||16||16||49||102||2.1||22||0||1||13|
|2007||New England Patriots||16||16||37||98||2.6||19||2||0||14|
|2008||New England Patriots||1||1||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2009||New England Patriots||16||16||29||44||1.5||9||1||0||8|
|2010||New England Patriots||16||16||31||30||1.0||9||1||0||10|
|2011||New England Patriots||16||16||43||109||2.5||13||3||0||20|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||16||23||32||1.4||7||4||0||11|
|2013||New England Patriots||16||16||32||18||0.6||11||0||0||5|
|2014||New England Patriots||16||16||36||57||1.6||17||0||0||11|
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|2001||New England Patriots||15||14||1||23||23.0||23||0||1||0||1|
|2002||New England Patriots||16||16||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2003||New England Patriots||16||16||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2004||New England Patriots||16||16||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2005||New England Patriots||16||16||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2006||New England Patriots||16||16||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2007||New England Patriots||16||16||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2008||New England Patriots||1||1||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2009||New England Patriots||16||16||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2010||New England Patriots||16||16||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2011||New England Patriots||16||16||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||16||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2013||New England Patriots||16||16||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||New England Patriots||16||16||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2000||New England Patriots||1||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2001||New England Patriots||15||3||3.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2002||New England Patriots||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2003||New England Patriots||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2004||New England Patriots||16||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2005||New England Patriots||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2006||New England Patriots||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2007||New England Patriots||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2008||New England Patriots||1||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2009||New England Patriots||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2010||New England Patriots||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2011||New England Patriots||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||New England Patriots||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||New England Patriots||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2003||New England Patriots||16||1||36||36||36.0||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||36.0|
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|2009||New England Patriots||16||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||---|
|2010||New England Patriots||16||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||---|
|2011||New England Patriots||16||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||---|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||---|
|2013||New England Patriots||16||1||32||32||32.0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||32.0|
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|2001||New England Patriots||15||12||3||0||4||0||0||4||0|
|2002||New England Patriots||16||11||5||0||5||0||0||5||0|
|2003||New England Patriots||16||13||5||0||3||0||0||3||0|
|2004||New England Patriots||16||7||5||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2005||New England Patriots||16||4||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2006||New England Patriots||16||12||4||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2007||New England Patriots||16||6||4||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2008||New England Patriots||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2009||New England Patriots||16||4||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2010||New England Patriots||16||3||1||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2011||New England Patriots||16||6||2||0||3||0||0||3||0|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||2||0||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2013||New England Patriots||16||9||3||0||5||0||0||5||0|
|2014||New England Patriots||16||6||3||0||1||0||0||1||0|
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