In breaking sports news at this hour…Tom Brady wins again!
This time, the New England Patriots quarterback who is used to winning on the field, has taken on and beaten the NFL. A judge in New York has ruled in Brady’s favor Thursday morning essentially letting the air out of the league’s punishment in the ‘Deflategate’ court case. The judge, U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman tossed out Brady’s four-game suspension stemming from Brady’s use of under-inflated footballs–and his knowledge of them–in the AFL championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Brady has insisted he played no role in a conspiracy to deflate footballs beneath the allowable limit during that game to give himself an advantage against the Colts. Today’s decision will allow Brady to prep for the Pats’ Sept. 10 season opening game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. This ruling, on an incident the NFL feels threatens professional football’s credibility, was also a surprise to some legal experts who believe the judge was attempting to pressure the NFL to settle when he criticized the league’s handling of the investigation and discipline over the last eight months.
The NFL and its commissioner Roger Goodell stand by their punishment of Brady, particularly in light of Brady destroying his cell phone and the 10,000 text messages it contained immediately before he was questioned by the commissioner during the one-on-one part of their probe. Despite Judge Berman’s ruling this morning, the controversy and dispute may not end. The NFL can appeal Berman’s ruling in an attempt to re-instate Brady’s punishment.
Recapping…the four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, has been overturned.
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