The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York finally reversed a federal judge’s ruling and restored the suspension of Tom Brady. The New England Patriots quarterback, who was involved in the “Deflategate”, will serve a “four-game” suspension for his involvement.
As per the Reuters reports, the two-time “most valuable player” was allegedly involved “in a scheme to deflate footballs used in a 2015 playoff game.” The NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision to penalise Brady was overturned by the federal’s judge but it didn’t long for the U.S. Circuit court to issue the verdict.
U.S. Circuit Judge Barrington Parker said, “Under the players’ collective bargaining agreement, Goodell had ‘especially broad’ authority as an arbitrator to decide whether to confirm Brady’s suspension.
“Our review of the record yields the firm conclusion that the Commissioner properly exercised his broad discretion to resolve an intramural controversy between the League and a player,” Parker wrote.
Neither the Patriots nor representatives for Brady were immediately available to comment on the ruling. The National Football League Players Association, the union which pursued the court challenge, said in a statement it was disappointed and would “consider all of our options.”
According to the Fox Sports reports, the decision could have been “even more costly for Brady had he not reworked his contract with the Patriots in February.”
Brady has already signed a two-year extension along with a huge signing bonus of $28 million. He was to receive a $9 million base salary but under the current contract he will get only $1 million as his base salary, but the signing amount remains huge.
The source speculated that his salary would “jump back up to $14 million in 2018 and 2019.” The source also quoted, “With a significantly lower base salary, Brady’s forfeited game checks for the first four games add up to just over $200,000 in lost salary.”
Stay tuned for more updates.