The details in this case are interesting in that the judge ruled that the NFL didn’t properly follow its collective bargaining agreement. The commissioner was wrong and overreaching in his suspension of Brady.
A federal judge has nullified the NFL’s suspension of Tom Brady, which means that the New England Patriots’ star quarterback is eligible to play in the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 10.
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U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman ruled that the NFL did not properly follow its collective bargaining agreement with players when it suspended Brady for his alleged role in using underinflated footballs in a postseason game.
Brady was suspended four games and the Patriots were fined $1 million and lost two draft picks because of what the league found was a scheme to provide improperly inflated footballs for the AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Brady denied any wrongdoing, and the NFL players’ union took his suspension to court after Commissioner Roger Goodell rejected the star quarterback’s appeal.
In late July, Brady posted a 507-word statement on Facebook with a firm denial, writing: “I did nothing wrong.”