On Thursday, it was reported that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension this year had been turned down by the US Appeals Court.
There were reports that he would appeal it to the Supreme Court, but it doesn’t look like that will happen now.
On Friday, Brady took to his Facebook page and announced that he would not appeal his suspension, which was laid down following the Patriots’ win in Super Bowl XLIX in 2015. It was originally supposed to happen last season, but it was overturned and then reinstated following the end of the 2015 season.
“I’m very grateful for the overwhelming support I’ve received from Mr. Kraft, the Kraft family, coach Belichick, my coaches and teammates, the NFLPA, my agents, my loving family and most of all, our fans,” Brady wrote on his page. “It has been a challenging 18 months and I have made the difficult decision to no longer proceed with the legal process. I’m going to work hard to be the best player I can be for the New England Patriots and I look forward to having the opportunity to return to the field this fall.”
This means that he will sit out the first four games of the 2016 season, leading to Jimmy Garoppolo getting his first in his NFL career. It will also be Tom Brady’s first absence from a regular season game since tearing his ACL in the first game of the 2008 season.
This is rough news for all the Patriots’ fans in the league today as they go through the first quarter of the season with an unproven quarterback. For the haters, it must be a pretty good way to start the weekend.