The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied Tom Brady’s appeal in regards to the four-game suspension for his part in the “deflategate” event during the 2014 AFC Championship Game.
The court upheld Brady’s suspension in April and this deals a huge blow to his chances of having it overturned.
Brady’s last opportunity to lift the suspension would be in the US Supreme Court – it remains to be seen if Brady’s legal council will explore that route or not.
Brady was initially suspended four games by the NFL in 2015 after an NFL-commissioned report by Ted Wells concluded that it was “more probable than not” that Brady was “generally aware” of Patriots deflating the football. However since then independent scientific inquiries have shown the natural way the Patriots football could have been unintentionally underinflated.
Brady would miss games against the Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans and Buffalo Bills. Leaving backup Jimmy Garoppolo to face 3 of the toughest defenses the NFL has to offer. While many fans feel Jimmy Garoppolo is a capable NFL quarterback he is no Tom Brady. With a tricky schedule in 2016 the Patriots can not afford any slip ups, and if they start poorly then Brady may have a mountain to climb in the final 12 games of the season.
Of course there is another potential outcome of the suspension, that the league will once again be at the mercy of an angry, pissed off Tom Brady. In 2007, after the “Spygate” scandal the Patriots came out and put together the only 16-0 regular season in NFL history as Brady broke the record for single season passing touchdowns and the Patriots scored the most points in NFL history.