NEW YORK (AP-WWLP) — The wait is on in the Deflategate scandal, with a federal judge expected to rule as early as Tuesday on whether the NFL’s four-game suspension for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will stand.
Brady and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell both attended a hearing in New York on Monday, but were unable to settle the dispute, meaning Judge Richard Berman would have to make the ultimate determination. Berman said Monday that he was in the process of putting the finishing touches on his decision, and said that he hoped to have it out by Tuesday or Wednesday.
No matter what he decides, the release of a decision this week will give the Patriots time to prepare for their regular season opener next Thursday.
Months ago, the NFL hired investigator Ted Wells to look into claims that the Patriots used inusfficiently-inflated footballs during the AFC Championship game, in which they defeated the Indianapolis Colts. Following the investigation, Goodell announced Brady’s suspension in July, claiming he was at least “generally aware” of the underinflation. Brady and the players’ union have fought the suspension.