Tom Brady’s 4-game “deflategate” suspension has been overturned.
After weeks of speculation about the NFLPA’s appeal, Judge Richard Berman made the final decision Thursday, just one week before the New England Patriots are set to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in the regular season opener. It was a 40-page ruling, which you can read in its entirety right here:
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport provided a Spark Notes version:
FOX Sports’ Mike Garafolo highlighted one particularly interesting section of the ruling in which Berman rejected the NFL’s comparison of this case to steroids, meaning there was not an “adequate notice of discipline to Brady”:
There are still many who believe the NFL will indeed appeal this decision and take the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. However, that’s a long process, and it’s not likely to affect Brady’s standing this season:
Since tearing his ACL, Brady has played 16 games in six consecutive seasons, and it doesn’t look like that streak is going to end for the 38-year-old.