Tom Brady’s 4 game suspension has been reinstated by the US Court of Appeals. The ban, stemming from the “Deflategate” scandal during the 2014 AFC Championship Game, was originally overturned by a federal judge, but on appeal by the NFL it has now been reinstated. The New England quarterback is now scheduled to miss the first 4 games of the 2016 season: @ Arizona, Vs Miami, Vs Houston and Vs Buffalo. The Patriots, who went on to win the Super Bowl in 2014, had accepted the loss of their first round pick in this week’s draft as well as a hefty fine in the hope that Roger Goodell would not seek further action. However the NFL Commissioner decided to ban the 2-time league MVP & 4-time Super Bowl Champion quarterback. Tom Brady, who has maintained his innocence in this matter from day 1, was originally handed the 4 game suspension on May 2015. The NFL claimed he had knew the deflation of footballs was happening and he failed to cooperate with league investigators. Brady appealed first to Roger Goodell himself which was denied before ending up in front of Judge Richard Berman. On September 3 Judge Berman threw out Brady’s suspension due to a lack of fair due process. Since then the majority of NFL fans, analysts and pundits have grown tired of the debate about who knew what and if the Ideal Gas Law applies to footballs in frigid conditions. This latest twist in the “deflategate” saga will only serve to highlight the issues in the current NFL disciplinary process and exacerbate the talking heads who have to rake over these coals once again.
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