Tom Brady’s 4-Game Deflategate Suspension Reinstated by US Appeals Court
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
"We hold that the Commissioner properly exercised his board discretion under the collective bargaining agreement and that his procedural rulings were properly founded in that agreement and did not deprive Brady of fundamental fairness. Accordingly, we REVERSE the judgement of the district court and REMAND with instructions to confirm the award," the court said in their statement.
Brady will be eligible to play in the preseason and in training camp but will not play his first regular season game until Sunday, October 9 when the Patriots visit Cleveland.
Tom Brady's original 4 game suspension was overturned in September of 2015 by Judge Richard Berman. The NFL then decided to appeal further.
The Patriots signed Brady to a two-year extension in February that would keep him in New England through 2019.
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Related Slideshow: What is the Media Saying About Deflategate?
Here is what many of the top sports voices throughout the country have been saying about Deflategate.
The Indy Star
Doyel has had some choice words for Brady and the Patriots throughout the whole scandal. Here is some of his most recent ramblings:
"He got away with it. Tom Brady did. So did the Patriots. They got away with it, all of them, because what they did was cheat the Colts in the AFC championship game."
Photo courtesy of The Indy Star
Colbert I. King
The Washington Post
King took it upon himself to question Brady’s good-boy image.
"Smooth faces, toothpaste smiles, every hair in place — manly men, skilled warriors and cut as clean as can be. All that’s seen on the surface — and so superficial. Folks out there, keep judging a book by its cover, and see what you get.
Photo courtesy of The Washington post
The New York Times
New York, New York
Waldstein seriously questioned the Patriot’s response to the Wells Report.
"The Patriots’ rebuttal, which sets the team on a course directly at odds with the league, mirrored the Wells report in one way, by diminishing the impact of its arguments by including some questionable claims — most notably the deflator weight-loss argument, which only invites ridicule.”
Photo courtesy of Waldstein's Twitter account (@DavidWaldstein)
The LA Times
Los Angeles, California
Knoblauch recently reported that Senator Harry Reid of Nevada wondered why the NFL treats the Patriot’s conundrum with more scrutiny than the Washington Redskin’s controversial name.
"A day after the NFL suspended New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for four games and took away draft picks and fined the team, Reid suggested on Twitter that the league needs to get its priorities straight."
Photo courtesy of The LA Times
Banks shed light on the lack of perspective the NFL displayed when dishing out the respective punishments to Brady and the Patriots.
"Punishment was certainly in order. But it should have been a punishment that remotely fit the crime, not an over-the-top reaction to a practice that is thought to be all but part and parcel with playing quarterback in the NFL - that is, each passer’s never-ending search to create his best possible comfort zone with his most important piece of equipment, the football."
Photo courtesy of Sports Illustrated
Shalise Manza Young
The Boston Globe
While many reporters throughout the country have been blasting New England, Young reported on former Patriot Matt Light’s supportive comments.
"Asked what he would say to those who believe Brady is a cheater, Light, who played with Brady for 11 years, replied, 'Well, you can say whatever you want in this world until you get punched in the mouth. Things change at that point, right?’”
Photo courtesy of Young's Twitter account (@shalisemyoung)
Dan Le Batard
The Miami Herald
Sports Columnist and Radio Host
Le Batard highly criticized the credibility of the NFL and Roger Goodell, especially considering how they handled scandals like Deflategate.
"That his random punishment system, making up the rules as he goes, keeps negative stories in the news cycle longer than normal as we debate and await over-punishment is not great for that image and integrity he’s trying so zealously to protect.”
Photo courtesy of Adweek
Armour suggested that the Patriots attempts to clean up from the Deflategate scandal demonstrates desperation.
"The New England Patriots should have quit while they were ahead.”
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The Sun Sentinel
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Hyde sheds light on the toll Deflategate has taken on the famed "Patriot Way".
"For all their trophies, for all their slogans, and for all the manner Kraft has built a winning organization on and off the field, there's only one way to view the Patriots now: They're this generation's Al Davis Raiders. 'If you're not cheating, you're not trying,' those Raiders said."
Photo courtesy of The Sun Sentinel
The Dallas Morning News
Cowlishaw believes that Brady's punishment is merely a result of the league's perpetual conquest for punishment.
"We live in the era of Great Punishment, and Tom Brady is merely the latest to fall victim to our punitive wishes."
Photo courtesy of ESPN
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