The Deflategate scandal that started during the 2014 AFC playoffs just continues to grow and will gain steam over the coming months. Despite New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady being cleared of any wrongdoing and being able to play, it looks like the case could be opening back up very soon.
The NFL filed an appeal of Judge Richard Berman’s decision, which ruled that Commissioner Roger Goodell overstepped his power in Brady’s four-game suspension and allowed him to play the entire 2015 season. That appeal will soon be heard and it looks like the Patriots could be ready for him to lose and be forced to serve his suspension in 2016.
The Boston Globe reported that this could be a big reason why the team only gave him $1 million over the next two seasons on his contract, which they extended earlier this month.
‘Between the Patriots dropping Brady’s base salaries to $1 million the next two seasons, and the release on Friday of an 8,000-word opus debunking the top 15 myths about Deflategate on ‘The Wells Report In Context,’ the Patriots sure seem like a team that is bracing for Brady to lose the appeal and serve his four-game suspension.”
The Patriots were more than ready to have Jimmy Garroppolo start in place of Tom Brady last season, but it looks like he will have to be ready to go this season.
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