Many would hope that a settlement would be reached between the NFL and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady regarding his re-instated four-game suspension from Deflategate. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Brady is in the process of appealing his four-game suspension, which was overturned by Judge Richard Berman ahead of the 2015 season. That appeal was then overturned by the US Appeals Court and his suspension seemed to be back on before the quarterback announced a second appeal of that suspension.
ESPN’s Mike Rodak reported Monday morning that NFL Commissioner said there are currently no talks of a settlement between the league and Brady.
Roger Goodell says there are no settlement talks on Tom Brady. Adds courts will make their decision.
— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) June 6, 2016
A settlement could have made this situation a lot easier to deal with going into the 2016 season as Tom Brady could have accepted a shorter suspension and the Patriots would not have been hurting. However, this process could be lengthy, which means he may not face any punishment until the 2017 season, if it happens at all.
If anything, this appeals process is just going to draw more ire from fans around the league and would put more criticism on Goodell if the suspension were to get overturned for a second time.
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