Tom Brady’s 4-Game Suspension Over Deflategate Lifted By Federal Judge
Is Tom Brady really beyond reproach?
A federal judge erased New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension Thursday for a Deflategate controversy that the NFL claimed threatened football’s integrity.
U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell went too far in affirming punishment of the Super Bowl-winning quarterback, criticizing him for dispensing “his own brand of industrial justice.” Brady has insisted he played no role in a conspiracy to deflate footballs below the allowable limit at last season’s AFC Championship Game.
“Justice!” one Patriots source said.
Berman’s ruling will not end the dispute, as commissioner Roger Goodell said the league will appeal.
“We are grateful to Judge Berman for hearing this matter, but respectfully disagree with today’s decision,” Goodell said in a statement. “We will appeal today’s ruling in order to uphold the collectively bargained responsibility to protect the integrity of the game. The commissioner’s responsibility to secure the competitive fairness of our game is a paramount principle, and the league and our 32 clubs will continue to pursue a path to that end.”
An appeal will take place in the U.S. Appeals Court, 2nd Circuit.
Looks like Patriots fans will get #12 for opening day. Yayyy…smh.
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