NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – In a career full of victories, Tom Brady got another one Thursday, when his four-game suspension was overturned- but that doesn’t mean the “Deflategate” saga is over.
The National Football League has appealed Judge Richard Berman’s ruling, meaning fans can expect another year of lawyers and legal battles. The ruling also stopped short of declaring Brady innocent, and the debate over whether he was involved, “generally aware,” or completely innocent with regard to deflated footballs will go on.
In the end, it was more about the lack of direct evidence, and Commissioner Roger Goodell’s not following the current collective bargaining agreement when he appointed himself to preside over Brady’s appeal.
Fans told 22News they think the episode will change the way that the NFL handles future discipline. “They’ll sit back and look at a case more thoroughly before they go and try and accuse people of things that they don’t have evidence to back up,” Charles Kokoros of Braintree said.
Commissioner Goodell’s past punishments against Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy, and the New Orleans Saints over the “Bountygate” scandal were also either reduced or overturned.
As for the Patriots, you may remember the team was fined $1 million and lost two draft picks. ESPN is reporting that the team will not try to have those league actions overturned.