A federal judge from the courts erased New England quarterback Tom Brady’s four game suspension who was part of the “Deflategate” scandal.
This was going on for most of the year since the AFC Championship. The Patriots are known to go over the rules and get an edge over the competition. Although other teams try to do that and somewhat had success, the Patriots had more success.
According to Fox News U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman said Commissioner Roger Goodell went too far on the initial punishment for Super Bowl winning quarterback in Brady.
“No NFL policy or precedent notifies players that they may be disciplined (much less suspended) for general awareness of misconduct by others,” said Berman.
The investigation went on since New York based attorney Ted Well reported back in May. The report stated that Brady was “more probable than not” that Brady was generally aware of the balls being deflated. Berman provide more saying on the decision.
“With respect to ‘general awareness’ of others’ misconduct — which is the principal finding in both the Wells Report and the Vincent Letter — Brady had no notice that such conduct was prohibited, or any reasonable certainty of potential discipline stemming from such conduct,” Berman wrote in his decision according to Fox News. “The court concludes that, as a matter of law, no NFL policy or precedent notifies players that they may be disciplined (much less suspended) for general awareness of misconduct by others.”
Brady will now play in his season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept 10, the first game of the NFL season. Goodell will appeal against the decision and doesn’t want to lose his reputation and power than Brady taking a hit on his legacy.