Oh how everyone misses the famous Deflategate suspension on New England Patriots’ Tom Brady. Now it has officially been reinstated, costing him the first four games of the season.
It didn’t come to a surprise, considering the aggressive approach of this case by NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell. He got what he wants and it was ruled at the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. This split decision over the long, dreadful scandal may officially be over. Chief Judge Robert Katzmann felt disappointed and disguised by the decision.
“I am troubled by the Commissioner’s decision to uphold the unprecedented four-game suspension,” Katzmann said according to Yahoo Sports. “The Commissioner failed to even consider a highly relevant alternative penalty.”
But the irony of this is what Brady did during the offseason. He made sure of having less money than everyone else on the team, only making one million, and getting a $28 million signing bonus. The Patriots are known to outsmarting others when it comes to these situations, but doesn’t spell well for their outcome on the first four games of the season.
The AFC East may have a different outlook on who is going to win the division. The Patriots dominated the AFC East, winning the division every year expect in 2008 when Brady suffered a torn ACL injury. Either the New York Jets, Buffalo Bills or Miami Dolphins can find themselves with confidence on taking the division title away from Brady. But the Patriots are the Patriots, and they will find a way to compete in those first four games of the season.
Once Brady comes back, expect a motivating quarterback eager to make a statement on the league, and setting his goal on fifth Super Bowl ring.