Try as he might Tom Brady must serve his 4 game suspension in relation to Deflategate. The federal court of appeals reinstated the NFL’s original suspension. In a 2-1 decision the Court of Appeals overturned last year’s ruling by U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman. The ruling didn’t determine that Brady was guilty but rather that Commissioner Goodell has the power to instate the suspension.
This all circles back to Article 46 of the collective bargaining agreement that says that the commissioner can discipline a player whom he “reasonably judges” to have engaged in “conduct detrimental the integrity of, or public confidence in, the game of professional football.”
The NFLPA that started the appeals process is unhappy with the ruling. They believe that Goodell was an unfair arbitrator and violated players rights.
The next move would be to seek an injunction and request to be heard before the full Second Circuit Court. Additionally, it could be brought all the way to the Supreme Court. This does seems unlikely because Brady’s contract has already been restructured to take the 4 game loss in stride.
The Patriots restructured Brady’s contract so that the bulk of the money he makes is in the form of a bonus. The base salary is a measly million, so the four games would take only $235,000 away from Brady.
This wasn’t merely foresight, this was knowledge that in the game of football- Goodell is God