Tom Brady Drops Appeal, Suspended First 4 Games of Season
It has been 18 months since the New England Patriots defeated the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game and what will forever be known as “Deflategate.” After a legal battle that has gone back and forth to see Commissioner Goodell suspend Brady for four games in 2015 — only to see that suspension overturned by a court of appeals — Tom Brady has finally ended his efforts and accepted a four game suspension to start the 2016 season.
After Brady’s initial suspension was overturned just before the 2015 season, Goodell and the NFL appealed that decision and it took a very long time for the court of appeals to reach a decision on that appeal. After the decision in Brady’s favor was overturned by the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Brady’s only legal recourse would’ve been to pursue a decision in his favor by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Brady said it was a difficult decision to end his legal battle, but it had taken a toll on him over the past 18 months. It’s probably for the best because having the highest court in this country taking the time to hear the case of deflategate just seems a bit outlandish.
So much has been made of this ordeal over the past year and a half. Many people, including Brady, are just ready to put it in the rear-view mirror. We can argue until the cows come home whether or not he was complicit and whether or not Belichick knew, but the bottom line is it’s over and nothing is going to change the outcome of the game. Cheating or not, the Patriots dominated the Colts that day and went on to defeat the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl.
They’ll take four games without Brady and whatever fine and punishment the league wants to hand down in exchange for a Super Bowl. I think any fan base would make that trade. Now that it’s finally over, everyone moves on and the Patriots are good enough that they’ll survive for four games with Jimmy Garoppolo at the helm.
The league should probably be more worried than happy about Brady’s suspension because he and the Patriots come back from adversity better than anyone. Even at the age of 39, “Tom Terrific” is the last guy in this league that anyone wants to see with a chip on his shoulder.
After coming in second for MVP a year ago, I wouldn’t think twice about predicting a similar performance in 2016, even while playing only 12 games.
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