Report: Goodell will not recuse himself from Brady appeal

Things could get even uglier now that Roger Goodell reportedly has rejected a request to recuse himself from Tom Brady's appeal.
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By Doug Kyed

Roger Goodell wants to be the judge, jury and executioner in Tom Brady’s suspension appeal.

The NFL rejected the NFL Players Association’s request that Goodell recuse himself as arbitrator in Brady’s appeal, CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported Friday.

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said Friday on ESPN that the union would “increase the volume” of their request if Goodell didn’t respond by the end of next week.

It’s unclear what steps the NFLPA will take now that the league has rejected their motion. This likely increases the chances that Brady’s appeal winds up in court, where anything could happen.

Goodell said at the NFL Spring Meeting earlier this week that he wants to get the discipline “right” if the Patriots quarterback can bring any new information that wasn’t included in the Wells Report. That likely means he wants to see the texts and emails Brady wouldn’t forfeit to Ted Wells.

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