Deflategate Scandal: US Appeals Court Restores Tom Brady's Suspension
The NFL was victorious on Monday after a federal appeals court restored the four-game suspension of New England Patriots star player Tom Brady in relation to the "Deflategate" case he is facing. The camp of the quarterback expressed their disappointment on the recent decision.
CNN reported that Judges Barrington D. Parker and Denny Chin favored the decision of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to slap Brady with the suspension. The league has released a statement saying that this justifies the correct decision of the commissioner in dealing with the Deflategate scandal.
"That authority has been recognized by many courts and has been expressly incorporated into every collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and (the NFL Players Association) for the past 40 years," read the NFL's statement. In September last year, federal judge Richard Berman revoked Brady's suspension saying the NFL did not properly investigated the case.
The scandal stemmed from the AFC Championship Game in January last year where Brady's participation in the tweaking of the pressure of the footballs "below league-mandated minimum" is being investigated. According to an earlier NBC News report, Brady was probably aware at what the Patriots team personnel did with the balls during the playoff game versus the Indiana Colts.
The NFLPA mentioned in a New York Times report that they were disappointed with the court's decision. "We fought Roger Goodell's suspension of Tom Brady because we know he did not serve as a fair arbitrator and that players' rights were violated under our collective bargaining agreement," the association said in a statement.
It was added in the same report that if a higher court will not overturn the recent ruling, Brady will have to serve his four-game suspension. This means that he may not be able to join their opening game against the Arizona Cardinals and the next three matches versus the Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans and the Buffalo Bills.