This time last year, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season due to the Deflategate scandal and was looking to get the suspension overturned. After initially being successful, the suspension is back on for the 2016 season and he is now looking to get it overturned once again.
Last year, Judge Richard Berman overturned NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision to suspend Brady, but the U.S. Appeals Court overturned that decision in late April this year.
Brady plans on appealing the reinstatement of his four-game suspension this year, his attorneys announced Monday morning.
“The facts here are so drastic and so apparent that the court should rehear it,” NFLPA attorney Ted Olson said on “Good Morning America.”
The NFLPA plans to file a petition where the appeal would be heard by all 13 members of the Second Circuit. If that is denied, Tom Brady can take his appeal to the Supreme Court.
This makes a big difference as Brady might be allowed to play in Week 1 of the 2016 season. If the appeal is reheard, it would push back the enforcement of his suspension.
The Patriots open the season on Sept. 11 when they host the Arizona Cardinals. Backup Jimmy Garrappolo is scheduled to make the start in the absence of Brady.
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