New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady received some great news today from a New York judge: He won’t be suspended for the first four games of the season. After being allegedly apart of the deflategate, which was a scandal that accused Brady of taking part in using deflated footballs during a January championship game a judge overturned the ruling off NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Judge Richard M. Berman of Federal District Court in Manhattan didn’t rule on if Brady tampered with the footballs or not to gain competitive advantage. He ruled on whether or not the collective bargaining agreement between the union and the NFL players gave Goodell the authority to hand down the suspension.
There was a 40-page decision, which picked apart the NFL’s case and found a number of “significant legal deficiencies” that confirmed Berman’s skepticism throughout the court hearings.
Even if the league believed wrong doing on Brady’s part, by having the cellphone destroyed before it could be examined in-depth the judge sided with Brady’s argument that “there is no evidence of a record of past suspensions based purely on obstructing a league investigation.”
An underflated football is easier for a quarterback to grip and throw, which is why the scandal is/was such a big deal. Also the Patriots scored a lot in the second half, which furthered the Colts argument that the footballs had been tampered with. Indianapolis lost the game 45-7.
This ruling is a shocking blow to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who was tried to flex his authority by suspending players for any wrong doings that jeopardizes the integrity of the NFL.
As of now Brady is set to play in the Patriots opening game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 10.