Tom Brady DeflateGate suspension waved

Sean Callaghan, Sports Reporter

On September 3, it was announced that the suspension of Tom Brady, New England Patriots Quarterback, was nullified by a federal judge. Brady would have been suspended for the first four games of the 2015-2016 regular season if the suspension held up in court.

The DeflateGate scandal began this past January when it was announced that the NFL was investigating the New England Patriots for deflating game balls against the Indianapolis Colts to advance to the Super Bowl. Both the head coach, Bill Belichick and QB Tom Brady denied knowing anything about it. Later in May, the NFL hired an independent investigator, who said “it is more probable than not” that Brady was aware of at least some of the deflation actions.

In the next week, he was punished with a four game suspension, the Patriots as a team received two less draft picks along with a one million dollar fine. Soon after that, Brady filed an appeal releasing him from any wrongdoing, only to be denied by Goodell. The NFL said that they found that he destroyed his cell phone before the investigation most likely to hide key evidence of the scandal.

In the recent court case, Brady and his attorneys focused on the point that it was unfair for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to appoint himself as the appeal officer and hear his case in an effort to keep the suspension. The NFL also refused to let the league’s chief attorney, Jeff Pash, testify at Brady’s appeal. The NFLPA, who were defending Tom Brady, said that the punishment for the scandal is inconsistent compared to similar cases and that Goodell overstepped his bounds and did not have the authority to be so controlling about the case. It ended in the suspension being cancelled.


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