By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)
Tom Brady will be under center when the New England Patriots host the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL’s season opening game on September 10 in Foxborough.
U.S. District Judge Richard Berman nullified Brady’s four-game suspension earlier today, citing that there was no proof that the former NFL MVP had any knowledge of inappropriate ball deflation.
The ruling served as a clear victory for Brady, who had apparently considered accepting a one-game suspension previously, as per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.
The defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots will now be a 6-point favorite when they play host to the Pittsburgh Steelers next week.
The NFL Players Association, which aided in Brady’s defense, released the following statement regarding Brady’s victory on Thursday morning:
“The rights of Tom Brady and all of the NFL players under the collective bargaining agreement were affirmed today by a Federal Judge in a court of the NFL’s choosing. We thank Judge Berman for his time, careful consideration of the issue and fair and just result.”
“This decision should prove, once and for all, that our Collective Bargaining Agreement does not grant the commissioner the authority to be unfair, arbitrary or misleading. We are happy for the victory of the rule of law for our players and our fans.”
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell later announced that the NFL would appeal the judge’s decision.
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