“Deflategate” Decision: Tom Brady Four-Game Suspension Overturned
Tom Brady’s suspension for the first four games of the 2015-2016 season without pay, stemming from “Deflategate,” was overturned on Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman. As Gossip Cop previously reported, the New England Patriots quarterback was set to be sidelined for the beginning of the season after the Wells Report concluded Brady was “aware of the inappropriate activities” involving the under-inflated footballs during the Patriots-Indianapolis Colts AFC Champion game last January.
The issue went before the U.S. District Court after Brady, the NFL, and the NFL Players Association couldn’t reach a settlement following the quarterback’s appeal of the league’s decision. It seems Brady will suit up for the season opener on September 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, because Gossip Cop hears the NFL will not file an emergency injunction to halt the judge’s ruling. The NFL, however, will appeal the decision, and Brady may serve a suspension later on.
As Gossip Cop previously noted, in addition to Brady’s suspension, the Patriots were stripped of their first two draft picks and fined $1 million when it was determined that 11 out of 12 of the Patriots’ footballs during the Colts playoff game were inflated well below the allowed limit. Under-inflating the footballs supposedly made it easier for Brady’s teammates to grip and catch the ball during its win over the Colts.
Brady denied tampering with the footballs when the controversy first broke. At the time, he said, “When I pick those footballs out, at that point, you know, to me, they’re perfect.” The NFL’s Executive Vice President Troy Vincent, however, said when Brady was suspended that the Super Bowl champion’s behavior was “detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the game of professional football.”
Tom Brady has yet to comment on the court’s decision to throw out his suspension.