Last year, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady got off pretty easy by having Judge Richard Berman nullify his four-game suspension stemming from his involvement in the “deflategate” scandal. The NFL has been fighting that by filing an appeal and it looks like it has finally worked out in their favor.
CNBC reported Monday morning that the US Appeals court had overturned Judge Berman’s decision and Brady would serve his four-game suspension just a year later. This is a huge win for the NFL and a crushing blow for the Patriots.
BREAKING: US Appeals court reinstates New England Patriots' Tom Brady's suspension over 'deflategate' – Reuters
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This means that New England must be prepared to start Jimmy Garoppolo for the first four games of the year. He was in line to do so last year before Brady’s suspension was overturned.
This is obviously not the last we have heard of this suspension as Tom Brady will likely attempt to fight this appeal. However, it does certainly look like he will miss a game for the first time since missing 15 games in the 2008 season due to a knee injury.
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