Court denies Tom Brady en banc appeal
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied the appeal for an en banc hearing for Tom Brady, thus upholding his four-game suspension in the #DeflateGate matter.
Brady was suspended four-games by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for his alleged involvement in the deflating of footballs in the 2015 AFC Championship Game. The suspension had been vacated by Judge Richard Berman before being upheld by the 2nd Circuit by a 2-1 vote. The en banc hearing would've been held in front of the entire set of 2nd Circuit judges.
The only recourse is for Tom Brady to appeal to the Supreme Court, which is likely. He has 90 days to appeal to the Supreme Court, but would need a stay from the Courts to play.
If there is no appeal or stay to the Supreme Court, Jimmy Garoppolo would start for the Patriots against the Cardinals (at Arizona), Dolphins, Texans and Bills.
The NFLPA released the following statement Wednesday morning:
"The NFL Players Association is a labor Union that protects the rights of all of its members and pursues any violations of those rights by any means necessary. We are disappointed with the decision denying a rehearing, as there were clear violations of our collective bargaining agreement by the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Despite today’s result, the track record of this League office when it comes to matters of player discipline is bad for our business and bad for our game. We have a broken system that must be fixed.
We will review all of our options carefully on behalf of Tom Brady and all NFL players."