Brady's Deflategate Appeal Denied (Again)
ESPN - The Patriots open the season Sept. 11 at Arizona. If Brady remains suspended, backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to take his place against the Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans and Buffalo Bills.
Despite the court's denial, the Patriots remain the odds-on favorite -- at 6-1, with a regular-season win total of 10.5 -- to win Super Bowl LI, according to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.
Brady, who signed a two-year contract extension during the offseason that dropped his 2016 salary from $9 million to $1 million to save himself almost $2 million in lost salary during the suspension, would then make his regular-season debut in Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns. His renegotiated deal deferred $8 million of his 2016 salary to later in the contract.
What began as an accusation of cheating in the 2015 AFC Championship Game has grown into a multimillion-dollar legal battle over three NFL seasons involving not just an MVP quarterback but also some of the elite lawyers and scientists in the country.
As it developed, it evolved from a dispute about the air pressure in footballs into a referendum on the powers of a sport's commissioner and the right of all unionized employees to due process in a disciplinary hearing.
Coming from a New York Giants football fan, enough is enough.
This whole process has been dragged on for too long, and it's honestly ridiculous. For me, it's baffling that a guy who won his appeal last year has since been re-suspended. Once you lose it's over, there's no do-overs. That is, unless, you ARE Roger Goodell.
If it was not already evident in the past, it is now clear Roger Goodell has a personal vendetta against Tom Brady. Coming from an unbiased NFL fan, it's honestly embarrassing for the league. Just let it go, Tom Brady playing football games is just as entertaining as it is marketable for your business, Roger.
So stop the bullshit, and stop wasting all of this money. You're truly beating a dead horse. There's children starving across the face of this planet, shit, people in Flint, Michigan don't even have water.
Let's look at the bigger picture here one time, because this is preposterous.