Breaking: Federal appeals court denies former Michigan QB Tom Brady’s appeal for a rehearing, 4-game suspension stands
Tom Brady’s four-game suspension handed down by the NFL as punishment for Brady’s role in “Deflategate” will stand.
A federal appeals court rejected Brady’s appeal for a rehearing, which means Brady’s four-game ban for the 2016 season remains intact.
Federal appeal court rejected Tom Brady's appeal; Brady's four-game suspension stands.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 13, 2016
BREAKING: Federal appeals court rejects quarterback Tom Brady's latest attempt to overturn 'Deflategate' suspension.
— AP NFL (@AP_NFL) July 13, 2016
This is an important victory for the NFL, but the same can’t be said for the New England Patriots. Brady was originally suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season before a court overturned the NFL’s ruling. The league took the issue to court once again, and in April the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in the NFL’s favor, upholding the four-game ban and sparking another controversy.
Brady has one final option, but it’s more of a Hail Mary. He could take his appeal to the Supreme Court, but it’s uncertain whether the case would even be heard.
It appears the Deflategate saga that began after the 2014 AFC Championship Game is coming to a conclusion. But this time, the resolution won’t make any Pats fans or players happy.