The letter was written before Goodell's decision, but it contains a summary of some of the arguments the player's union will make while arguing Brady's case. We'll include a brief summary of the letter:
- The appeal argues that NFL Executive VP Troy Vincent should not be able to determine discipline. It should have been Goodell or a hearings officer.
- It argues that the suspension is reliant on the Wells Report, which the union beieves did not definitively prove Brady was guilty.
- The Union argues that Brady's punishment is not consistent with past precedent. (The NFL would argue there is no true past precedent for this case.)
- Based on previous history between the player's union and NFL, the union says a neutral arbiter is necessary to hear the appeal.
Goodell clearly did not heed the last request when he appointed himself to hear Brady's appeal. In the letter, the NFLPA/Jeffrey Kessler wrote they intended to call Goodell as a witness in the appeal.