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Should the Patriots and NFL's Deflategate documents be made public or kept sealed?

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New England Patriots' Tom Brady will appear in court on August 12 in New York City for the first of two settlement conferences regarding his Deflategate punishment, according to sources.

The four-time Super Bowl winning quarterback has a court date of August 12 in New York City for his Deflategate settlement in front of U.S. District Judge Richard Berman.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld Brady's four-game suspension for his involvement in the Deflategate scandal that occurred during the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts last season.


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The three-time Super Bowl MVP immediately filled an appeal with the NFLPA for a trial in Minnesota but this was later moved to New York City.

According to ESPN, Brady's lawyers said the 54-page filing the league's decision "violates fundamental arbitral principles concerning fairness and arbitrator bias." They also said his punishment violates the "law of shop," as he was never made aware of the disciplinary that would be set upon him.

Albert Breer was one of the first to announce the news on twitter that Brady might not be appearing to the hearing in person. Instead, he could try and attend the hearing by phone but would have to have a good reason to do so.

Breer later confirmed though it was always the plan for Brady to appear at the hearing in person.

Where did these reports come from then that he wasn't going to attend in person?

It is likely Brady threw up the idea to the NFLPA of not attending in person, but the NFLPA may have gone against it. After all, it wouldn't be wise to disobey the orders of a U.S. District Judge!

The next part of the case now will be the judge's orders over whether or not documents involved in this case are to be made public or kept private.

If they to be made public, we would then be able to know the transcript of Brady's June appeal hearing with Goodell, and also the full extent the conversation involving the cellphone the league claims Brady destroyed after their investigators asked for it.

In the cases of Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice, these documents remained sealed. Whether or not the documents in this case will remain private as well is yet to be seen.

As this case has received a lot of public interest because of the repercussions it has had, i.e. the Patriots winning the Super Bowl and Brady being suspended, the documents should be made public.

The first of two settlement hearings is to take place on August 12, the day before the Patriots first preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. The second will take place on August 19.

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