A federal appeals court ruled that Tom Brady must serve an NFL four-game suspension from the “Deflategate” controversy in 2015, reports confirmed on Monday.
The New England Patriots quarterback was originally suspended by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after the league’s investigation of alleged underinflated footballs in a Patriots game against the Indianapolis Colts in January 2015. Brady contested the suspension with a lower judge and won.
The new ruling had a three judge panel in Manhattan with two judges voting against Tom Brady, who has yet to comment on the new development. The Patriots QB is set to lose about a quarter of a million dollars due to the suspension.
“First of all let’s start by saying leave Tom Brady alone. Leave him alone. Leave him alone he’s a great guy,” Trump, who is a known Brady supporter, said according to Herald-Tribune. “It’s enough. It’s enough.”
“Deflategate” happened during the 2015 NFL AFC Championship game between the Patriots and Colts with the former winning 45-7. Goodell suspended Brady in May that year but was overturned September the same year.
The Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX that season beating the Seattle Seahawks, 28-24 in the championship game.
The ball is now in the hands of Goodell, who is expected to to uphold the new ruling and suspend Tom Brady for the first four games in the upcoming 2016 NFL regular season.
Tom Brady would have faced the Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans and Buffalo Bills in his first four games in the upcoming NFL season.
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