Judge Nullifies Patriots’ Tom Brady Suspension
Tom Brady will be on the field for the NFL’s opening game next week. According to reports, a Federal judge has just nullified the Patriots’ star quarterback’s four-game suspension for his role in the heavily debated “Deflategate.”
Wining the Super Bowl usually brings a fruitful off-season for NFL teams. The Patriots this season, however, have spent the last few months wondering if their future Hall of Fame quarterback, Tom Brady, would even be allowed to start the upcoming season. A Federal judge this morning eased the mind of all of New England.
After last year’s AFC Championship against the Indianapolis Colts, Tom Brady was accused of letting the air out of the game-used footballs in his team’s victory. According to the NFL, Brady purposely violated league rules. While the outcome of the game could not be changed, NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell levied a four-game suspension against Brady which was to being Week 1 of this season. Begin – “Deflategate.”
Brady denied any wrongdoing, challenging the imposed ban. An independent investigator, Ted Wells, presented evidence to both parties. Scientific air-pressure facts and alleged text messages made to team equipment managers all placed in front of US District Judge, Richard Berman, whom just moments ago lifted the four-game ban. You can read the full, official courtroom document on the ruling here.
After months of speculation and preparing to play Week 1 without Tom Brady, the defending Super Bowl Champions will have their star QB under center Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers as they kick off a brand new season.
How do you feel about the judge’s decision? Should Tom Brady’s suspension have been lifted?