Appeals court hears oral arguments in ‘Deflategate’ case

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady leaves federal court after appealing the National Football League's (NFL) decision to suspend him for four games of the 2015 season on August 12, 2015 in New York City. The NFL alleges that Brady knew footballs used in one of last season's games was deflated below league standards, making it easier to handle. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — NFL union lawyers who want New England quarterback Tom Brady to put “Deflategate” behind him for good are ready to make their pitch to a New York court.

NFL lawyers are asking the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan Thursday to reinstate the league’s four-game suspension of Brady. They say a lower-court was wrong to rule that the league bungled a probe of deflated footballs at the AFC Championship game in January 2015.

If the league wins, Brady may have to sit out the start of the upcoming season. If the union wins, it is likely he will play. Either way, the case is likely to be cited in labor law for years to come.

Brady will not attend the hearing. A ruling is unlikely for weeks.