The 4-time NFL Super Bowl Champion has battled the NFL in the court room to dismiss his 4-game, “Deflategate,” suspension for next season. On Jan. 18, 2015, the league tested the footballs for the AFC title game against the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots. The investigation found them to be underinflated which sparked the “Deflategate,” saga. After 544 days of legal battles, the U.S. circuit court of appeals recently denied Brady’s request for rehearing his case, the Patriots QB has thrown in the flag and has announced that he will accept his 4 game suspension.
Tom Brady says,
“I’m very grateful for the overwhelming support I’ve received from Mr. Kraft, the Kraft family, coach Belichick, my coaches and teammates, the NFLPA, my agents, my loving family and most of all, our fans. It has been challenging 18 months and I have made the difficult decision to no longer proceed with the legal process. I’m going to work hard to be the best player I can be for the New England Patriots and I look forward to have the opportunity to return to the field this fall.”
Brady will be suspened for these following game of the 2016-2017 NFL regular season games,
So the Patriots will start someone other than Tom Brady at QB for first time in nearly 8 years. First 4 games: @ AZ, v. MIA, v. HOU, v. BUF.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) July 15, 2016
So happy we can now put “Deflategate,” behind us and get back to some real football. Brady and his team have dragged this out for much too long, 544 days to be exact. I think the Patriots can manage to win at least two of the four game Brady will be suspended for.
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