Tom Brady will banished to the hell of hanging out on a yacht somewhere with his supermodel wife for the first four games of the upcoming NFL season. Today, the Second Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals denied Brady’s appeal for an en banc hearing regarding the Deflategate scandal, effectively upholding his four game suspension.
The Second Circuit decision read:
“The panel that determined the appeal has considered the request for panel rehearing, and the active members of the Court have considered the request for rehearing en banc.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the petition is denied.”
The ruling all but guarantees that Brady will be forced to serve the four game suspension originally levied by Roger Goodell for improperly deflating footballs. The scandal, which at this point has lasted longer than most major military conflicts, now appears to have arrived at its conclusion, barring a Supreme Court reversal of the Second Circuit decision. According to most legal experts, there’s a better chance of Bill Belichick celebrating a Patriot touchdown by dabbing in the end zone than the Supreme Court granting Brady’s appeal.
Nick Wright filled in for Colin in The Herd today, and thinks the Patriots can stay afloat during the Brady suspension by feasting on a relatively weak early season schedule.
“The Pats should be fine. If you’re a Patriot fan this morning, you’ve known this was a possibility. I think you are out of realistic hope hat Tom Brady is not going to be suspended, and you’re staring at the Cardinals, home for Dolphins, home for the Bills, home for the Texans, without Tom Brady.”
Another potential bright spot from the suspension is that the Patriots will get a prolonged look at back up Jimmy Garoppolo, who hasn’t seen any significant action since he was drafted in 2014. Garoppolo has impressed Patriots teammates with his demeanor and command of the offense, but will now have to prove himself under live fire.
Although the suspension will put the Patriots in a difficult position, it’s not unprecedented. Bill Belichick won 10 games with the untested Matt Cassel in 2008. Pats fans will have to, once again, trust in the hoodie to keep keep the season alive until Brady returns against the Browns in Week 5.
Here’s what the latest Deflategate decision means for Tom Brady.https://t.co/r57GiFyBPz
— Boston Globe Sports (@BGlobeSports) July 13, 2016