NFL scores last in ‘Deflategate’ saga

In a federal appeals court ruling on Monday, the NFL’s decision to suspend Tom Brady was upheld. Here’s how both sides communicated their efforts.

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New England Patriots’ golden boy, Tom Brady, will more than likely ride the bench this season—for four games.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals court has upheld Brady’s four-game suspension for the role that the league says he played in deflating footballs prior to the AFC Championship game in 2015—a saga known as Deflategate.

The court issued a lengthy decision on Monday, which comes nearly seven months after a district court overturned the suspension.

CNN reports that Monday’s ruling reverses a federal judge, Richard M. Berman, who had nullified Brady’s four-game suspension in September because of “several significant legal deficiencies” in how Goodell investigated accusations that footballs were below league-mandated minimum pressure levels.

The federal appeals court’s decision included this justification for its ruling:

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