Deflate Gate to Now, My View on Tom Brady vs. the NFL

Tom Brady walked away from trial court with a clean record and absolutely no suspension. Roger Goodell and the NFL plan to take deflate gate to another level. Where do the Patriots sit in the middle of all this drama?

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Tom Brady walked away from trial court with a clean record and absolutely no suspension. Roger Goodell and the NFL plan to take deflate gate to another level. Where do the Patriots sit in the middle of all this drama?

Austin McIntosh, Staff Writer

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On September 14, six time AFC Champion and four time Super Bowl Champion Tom Brady walked out of trial court and waited for Judge Richard Berman to make a decision about Roger Goodell’s (National Football League’s Commissioner) arrangement for him to serve a lengthy four game suspension. Just three days later, Judge Berman ruled in Brady and the Player Association’s favor, and he nullified the suspension completely, for now. This case will most likely lead to a trend of players taking the National Football League (NFL) to court, even though every NFL player signs a contract that grants the commissioner full power.

The idea of a single player beating the man with full power in court sounded like nonsense until it actually happened. The suspension came upon Brady in August after the NFL discovered the New England Patriots footballs were deflated below the legal limit in the AFC Championship. No one could argue that it is easier to throw and catch a lighter football, but the New England Patriots footballs were barely below the limit. The NFL’s legal pressure for a football ranges from 12.5-13.5 PSI’s. The lowest of the Patriots’ balls discovered was 10.5 PSI’s, and the majority of them hovered between 11.5 and 12 PSI’s. This reports sounds an awful lot like the Patriot’s equipment manager should be blamed, not Brady.

According to an anonymous source close to the case, “There are reasons the league can and probably will succeed in its appeal of Berman’s ruling.” This official believes, without question, the NFL will take the case to the appellate court, even though nothing is yet confirmed. For now, Tom Brady and the Patriots are off the hook.

Assuming the NFL fights the case until the legal death, Tom Brady may very well be forced to face a suspension in the future, but he is completely clear for the current season. The appellate court could take more than a year to conclude because all information from the defense and the judge’s decision will need to be reviewed.

The New England Patriots enter the new season as the reigning Super Bowl Champions, so winning in the trial court was a clear victory for them. Behind Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady, the Patriots currently have a roster similar to the one that won the championship a year ago. Patriots fans can sleep tight knowing that Brady plans to play for “another 7-8 seasons,” so it is very unlikely that he would retire five years early due to deflate gate.

The Patriots continue to dominate every opponent in front of them as they stand 3-0 a quarter of the way through the season. It appears the team will continue their dominance behind quarterback, Tom Brady.