Judge Berman has nullified Tom Brady’s four game suspension, according to The Associated Press!
Tom Brady will play for the Patriots to open the season next week against the Steelers, and then against the Bills, Jaguars, and Cowboys.
The NFL wanted the court to uphold their four game suspension of Brady, to prove it was a fair process, but throughout the hearing in New York, the Judge kept questioning their motives.
Rodger Goodell handed down the four game punishment in May for deflategate to Tom Brady, a decision Brady appealed, but Goodell held firm by declining his appeal. The shocking thing was he didn’t even reduce Brady’s suspension, something that happens 90% of the time during the appeal process. This also came on the heels of the NFL reducing DE Greg Hardy’s 10 game suspension to 4 games, after assaulting his girlfriend.
So, Brady and the NFLPA took Goodell and the NFL to court for the sole purpose of getting his four games reduced to none. Brady was willing to work a deal out with the NFL, but the NFL refused if Brady didn’t admit guilt, so the battle played out, and now it is the NFL with a big egg on their face.
The NFL will most likely appeal the decision, but that doesn’t matter, because it will take a long time for that appeal to work out, so deflategate is finally something we can put behind us.
Below, is the line from Berman overturning the NFL’s four game suspension of Tom Brady.
Berman cites lack of fairness as one of the reasons the decision was overturned.
The Judge also didn’t like Goodell refusing to listen to important evidence.
Berman highlights the three key legal deficiencies in the NFL’s case.
Berman also didn’t like the fact the deflategate suspension never really stated exactly what Brady was suspended for.
Another reason for the overturn was Berman did not like or get how the NFL could compare Brady’s deflategate scandal to steroids.
Berman then offered this harsh statement on Goodell.
Berman did not think it was fair that Wells Report editor Jeff Pash was not allowed for testimony during the hearing.
We posted the tweets from Stephen Brown’s Twitter, which highlights the key points in the ruling by Judge Berman.
You can see the full 40 page report HERE.