What had to be good news for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots organization when the league approved the QB to be ready for the start of next season because of their initial ruling in the ‘Deflategate’ investigation. That news came September 3rd of last year.
Today the ruling was overturned in favor of the NFL by Judges Denny Chin and Barrington D. Parker, while Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann ruled for Brady.
“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,” the NFL said in a statement. “That authority has been recognized by many courts and has been expressly incorporated into every collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and (the NFL Players Assocation) for the past 40 years.”
The NFLPA, which represented Brady said this in a statement about the ruling:
“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. “Our Union will carefully review the decision, consider all of our options and continue to fight for players’ rights and for the integrity of the game.”
Brady will serve his 4-game suspension at the start of this year’s 2016 regualar season.