U.S. judge tosses quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game NFL suspension
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s “Deflategate” suspension has been thrown out by a U.S. federal judge in New York, following a seven-month standoff between the National Football League and its players union.
U.S. District Judge Richard Berman overturned NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision in July to uphold Brady’s four-game suspension over his alleged role in a scheme to deflate footballs used during a January playoff victory.
Goodell’s ruling, Berman found, was plagued by “several significant legal deficiencies,” including a failure to notify Brady beforehand that his alleged conduct could be punished by suspension.
“The court finds that Brady had no notice that he could receive a four-game suspension for general awareness of ball deflation by others or participation in any scheme to deflate footballs,” Berman wrote.
The NFL can appeal Berman’s decision, a process that will take months to resolve.
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