Judge Sides With Tom Brady, Overturns DeflateGate Suspension
Looks like DeflateGate is finally over.
In the wake of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell failing to reach a settlement in federal court, Judge Richard M. Berman made the decision to void Brady’s four-game suspension. Although the NFL is expected to appeal this ruling in circuit court, there’s a possibility that Brady could be on the field at the start of the regular season after all.
The original suspension was handed down following an investigation that claimed Brady “more likely than not” knew that the footballs used in the AFC Championship game this year were under-inflated, which would have provided an unfair advantage to the Patriots. But even if no evidence had been found, the NFL still would have levied some form of punishment against Brady simply for his uncooperative attitude.
For instance, Brady more or less obstructed the investigation from day one, from destroying evidence on a phone, to generally refusing to cooperate with criminal attorney Ted Wells, whose research into the deflating claims ultimately led to Brady’s suspension. However, the fact remains that there is no definitive proof that Brady knew about the deflated footballs, so Judge Berman had no choice but to void the punishment.
That said, we wouldn’t exactly be surprised if the NFL took this thing all the way to the Supreme Court. Say what you will about star power in professional sports, but I would imagine the NFL will get just as much publicity for the new season with Brady off the field as on it.
But what do you think of the ruling? Do you side with Tom Brady or the NFL? Sound off in the comments!
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