Federal Judge Tosses Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension
A federal judge has tossed Tom Brady’s four-game suspension, ruling against the NFL in the “Deflategate” controversy.
David Lee Miller reported today that the judge’s 40-page decision nullified the suspension, which means that Brady could be on the field for next week’s opening game.
U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell went too far in affirming punishment of the Super Bowl winning quarterback. Brady has insisted he played no role in a conspiracy to deflate footballs below the allowable limit at last season's AFC championship game.
"This decision should prove, once and for all, that our Collective Bargaining Agreement does not grant this Commissioner the authority to be unfair, arbitrary and misleading," the NFL Players Association said in a statement. "While the CBA grants the person who occupies the position of Commissioner the ability to judiciously and fairly exercise the designated power of that position, the union did not agree to attempts to unfairly, illegally exercise that power, contrary to what the NFL has repeatedly and wrongfully claimed."
Goodell pledged to appeal the decision in a statement:
“We are grateful to Judge Berman for hearing this matter, but respectfully disagree with today's decision. We will appeal today's ruling in order to uphold the collectively bargained responsibility to protect the integrity of the game. The commissioner's responsibility to secure the competitive fairness of our game is a paramount principle, and the league and our 32 clubs will continue to pursue a path to that end. While the legal phase of this process continues, we look forward to focusing on football and the opening of the regular season.”
Sportscaster Jim Gray said that Goodell's power and authority has been weakened by the decision. Hear more of what he had to say below.