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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Tom Brady's 'Deflategate' Suspension Thrown Out by Judge, NFL Will Appeal

Tom Brady will be taking the field after all on Sept 10 when the New England Patriots play the Pittsburgh Steelers.  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell conceded several months ago that Patriots quarterback, Brady played a major part in "deflategate" and that his team in essence cheated to help ensure that they would be playing in last season's Super Bowl. While Goodell has stopped short of saying that Brady himself cheated, he did try to impose a four-game suspension on the star player, one that was challenged and ultimately thrown out of court this morning.

“Based upon the foregoing and applicable legal authorities, the Court hereby denies the Management Council’s motion to confirm the Award and grants the Players Association’s motion to vacate the Award, thereby vacating the four-game suspension of Tom Brady immediately,” U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman wrote in Thursday’s opinion.

"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." said Goodell in a statement following the ruling.

Goodell really has his work cut out for him this season, especially after last years parade of scandals that rocked the league. He is in a position where he needs to restore faith in the fairness of the game and even when he has tried to lay down some type of punishment, it has been shot down in court. Do you think Brady's suspension should have stuck? Is the league's problem far bigger than just this once instance?

Will the NFL end this coming season looking better than they did this past year?

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