Tom Brady four-game suspension stands. That’s right, Brady’s appeal to the United States Appeals Court to reconsider “Deflategate” has been refused. As a result, if Brady doesn’t continue to appeal he will be suspended the first four games of next season.
— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) July 13, 2016
Federal appeal court rejected Tom Brady's appeal; Brady's four-game suspension stands.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 13, 2016
An image of the Second Circuit's denial of Tom Brady's petition is very brief but very to the point: pic.twitter.com/T29Y1O8LIp
— Michael McCann (@McCannSportsLaw) July 13, 2016
So what does this mean exactly? Let’s go quickly back to the beginning of the court’s involvement.
On September 3rd of 2015, Judge Richard M. Berman vacated the four-game suspension due to “legal deficiencies.” This led to the NFL appealing to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and on April 25, 2016, that Court reinstated the suspension for the upcoming season. A month later in May, Brady appealed to the full 2nd Circuit.
That brings us to today. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reviewed the case and denied Brady’s appeal thus meaning the suspension stands. Now Brady faces this decision: serve the suspension or appeal the ruling.
What could make this situation a little more ridiculous and crazy than it already is, is that if Brady chooses to continue fighting this, the next step would be appealing to the Supreme Court.
That’s right, we are officially on the doorstep of “Deflategate” being heard by the justices of the Supreme Court of the United States.