Tom Brady drops DeflateGate appeal, accepts four-game suspension

BREAKING NEWS - Tom Brady says he will NOT appeal #DeflateGate ruling to Supreme Court, accepts 4-game suspension. Brady announced the decision on his Facebook page Friday. 

“I’m very grateful for the overwhelming support I’ve received from Mr. Kraft, the Kraft family, coach Belichick, my coaches and teammates, the NFLPA, my agents, my loving family and most of all, our fans. It has been a challenging 18 months and I have made the difficult decision to no longer proceed with the legal process. I’m going to work hard to be the best player I can be for the New England Patriots and I look forward to having the opportunity to return to the field this fall.”

The move means that Jimmy Garoppolo will start the season at Arizona on September 11th as the Patriots starting QB.  The other three games of the suspension are at home against the Dolphins, Texans and Bills. 

The NFLPA released the following statement: 

"After careful consideration and discussion with Tom Brady, the NFLPA will not be seeking a stay of the four game suspension with the 2nd Circuit. This decision was made in the interest of certainty and planning for Tom prior to the New England Patriots season. We will continue to review all of our options and we reserve our rights to petition for cert to the Supreme Court."

So, the NFLPA could still appeal to the Supreme Court, but Brady will no longer be involved. 

As far as Brady goes, he can be with the team during training camp and take part in preseason games. His suspension officially begins September 3rd and is over on October 3.  Brady, who will lose $235,941 in pay, is not allowed to be in contact with any members of the Patriots organization during the suspension. 

The CW