Bad news for Tom Brady and New England Patriot fans as his four-game Deflategate suspension was reinstated by the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, April 25, in the latest development between the football star and the National Football League.
The court ruled on Monday that commissioner Roger Goodell does in fact have the authority to suspend the NFL quarterback. The drama started back in May 2015 when Goodell issued Tom a four game suspension after a preliminary investigation revealed that the athlete was “at least generally aware” that Patriots staffers had deflated footballs prior to the team’s AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Tom, 38, has remained adamant that he had no part in tampering with the footballs and fought the league on the suspension. Tom was able to catch a break when just days before the Patriots’ 2015 season opener in September, a Manhattan federal judge tossed the four-game suspension.
Fast forward to Monday, and with the Judge overturning this ruling, it appears Tom will miss his team’s first four games in the 2016 season, against the Cardinals, Dolphins, Texans and Bills.
No word yet on whether Tom is planning another appeal though the chances of that are very slim.