The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Tom Brady’s four game suspension for the Deflategate scandal will be upheld. This decision should finally end the legal debate whether Brady’s suspension was proper or not.
The courts believe that commissioner Roger Goodell handled his role and the investigation properly in regards to Brady’s punishment. “We hold that the Commissioner properly exercised his broad discretion under the collective bargaining agreement and that his procedural rulings were properly grounded in that agreement and did not deprive Brady of fundamental fairness,” the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday in a 2-1 decision in New York.
While the legal debate may be over, the debate whether four games is the proper number of games for a suspension of this type will surely arise. This suspension can become a new precedent for other suspensions won the road that involve integrity of the game.
The NFL praised the decision of the courts in a statement released by the league. “We are pleased the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled today that the Commissioner properly exercised his authority under the collective bargaining agreement to act in cases involving the integrity of the game,”
While then NFL is surely glad with this outcome, the NFLPA is dissapointed with this decision. “We fought Roger Goodell’s suspension of Tom Brady because we know he did not serve as a fair arbitrator and that players’ rights were violated under our collective bargaining agreement,” the NFLPA said.
The debate over Brady’s suspension will never end. The New England Patriots will have to find a way to cope without Brady for four games whether or not the suspension was right.