Brady Football Suspension Removed, NFL Appeals Decision
Some great news for Patriots fans has recently come to light as Judge Richard Berman acquitted Tom Brady of his 4-game football suspension that was put in place by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Starting on September 10, Brady will now be able to start in the regular season games, where his presence is needed if they want to beat the Steelers in Week 1 and the Cowboys in Week 5; as they have a bye in Week 4, it wouldn’t have counted against his suspension.
Seeing as how the Patriots have been blessed and have not had any serious injuries during the preseason and training camps, they are looking very healthy against teams that have been rattled with suspensions and injuries, like the Steelers who will have three main players sitting on the sidelines for at least four games. This gives them a clear advantage to start out the season with a winning streak.
The main reason for Brady’s prompt release from his suspension was due to how the NFL and the commissioner presented themselves during the trial, which was pointed out by the judge. “The court finds that Brady had no notice that he could receive a four-game suspension for general awareness of ball deflation by others or participation in any scheme to deflate footballs, and noncooperation with the ensuing investigation,” Berman wrote. He went on to state, “there is no evidence of a record of past suspensions based purely on obstructing a league investigation,” due to the allegation that Brady destroyed a cell phone that could or could not have had evidence of any involvement in Deflategate.
As you can probably imagine, this decision did not go over too well with Commissioner Goodell and the NFL, as they have just appealed the ruling. The good news is that while the appeal process is going on, they will not seek a stay to keep Brady from playing. Hopefully all of this can get resolved without further incidents, as it would be a shame to ruin a season of football over this.
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