Patriot fans are rejoicing this morning after a judge’s ruling to overturn Tom Brady’s four-game suspension.
Brady was initially suspended for the first four games of the season after being accused of underinflated balls he used in a January championship game. But according to Judge Richard M. Berman of Federal District Court in Manhattan, there were several reasons why the NFL’s decision to suspend the athlete should not be carried through.
One argument that lead Berman to the decision was that the league did not properly inform the quarterback of the consequences. In the 40 page decision, the judge stated that “The Court finds that no player alleged or found to have had a general awareness of the inappropriate ball deflation activities of others or who allegedly schemed with others to let air out of footballs in a championship game and also had not cooperated in an ensuing investigation, reasonably could be on notice that their discipline would (or should) be the same as applied to a player who violated the NFL Policy on Anabolic Steroids and Related Substances.”
NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, was unhappy with the ruling and released a statement claiming that he will appeal “in order to uphold the collectively bargained responsibility to protect the integrity of the game.”
In the meantime, Brady is set to hit the field for the Patriots opening game next Thursday.
Celebrities have been sharing their reaction to the ruling via social media, and the collective response is awesome.
Tom Brady right now… https://t.co/q12B26PsRA
— Lolo Jones (@lolojones) September 3, 2015