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Tom Brady Faces Four Game Suspension for ‘Deflategate’

Tom Brady Faces Four Game Suspension

Tom Brady Faces Four Game Suspension For His Involvement in ‘Deflategate’

Tom Brady Faces Four Game Suspension

Tom Brady Faces Four Game Suspension

Tom Brady faces four game suspension after a federal appeals court on Monday ruled in favor of the NFL in the “Deflategate” case. The ruling officially reinstates New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s original four-game suspension imposed by the NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell.

The NFLPA, which represented Brady, said in a statement it is disappointed in the decision:

“We fought Roger Goodell’s suspension of Tom Brady because we know he did not serve as a fair arbitrator and that players’ rights were violated under our collective bargaining agreement,” the NFLPA said. “Our Union will carefully review the decision, consider all of our options and continue to fight for players’ rights and for the integrity of the game.”

Deflategate is No Longer About Tom Brady

Deflategate stopped being about Tom Brady shortly after Roger Goodell handed down a four-game suspension to the New England quarterback in July 2015 for his role in the scandal.

Then Deflategate became all about the process and precedent — both of which would be established in a court of law.

The Brady camp appealed the process in U.S. District Court in September 2015, arguing that the quarterback did not get a fair shake from the league. Brady’s legal team argued that Ted Wills was not an independent investigator, nor

Tom Brady Faces Four Game Suspensionwas Goodell a neutral arbiter. Judge Richard Berman agreed and the suspension was lifted, resulting in Brady not missing any games last season.

The NFL then took the matter to the U.S. Appeals Court and, on Monday, finally won. The appeals court ruled that Goodell did in fact have the power to hand down such a suspension and pointed out that the NFLPA, of which Brady is a member, gave him that power through collective bargaining. So Brady must now sit the first four games of the coming season against the Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans and Buffalo Bills.

Neither court weighed in on Brady’s guilt or innocence. This was no longer a football issue. It was a legal issue.

Winners and Losers

The loser in this is clearly Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. The winner is the commissioner of the NFL — Goodell — and those who may follow in his footsteps. He now has legal precedent and the latitude to make future rulings based on what he considers “conduct detrimental to the game.”

Jimmy Garoppolo will step in as the team’s starter if Brady accepts his suspension. Garoppolo has appeared in 11 games since New England selected him with a second-round pick in 2014, throwing for 188 yards and a touchdown.

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