New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will likely have to sit out the first four games of the regular season. That is unless Brady appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court and by some miracle they pick up the case.
Back in April the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan reinstated Brady’s four-game suspension for his alleged involvement in DeflateGate, overturning Judge Berman’s decision from 2015 by a 2-1 vote. The four-time Super Bowl champion appealed that decision, which was denied by the Second Circuit on Wednesday.
Appellees, National Football League Players Association and Tom Brady, filed a petition for panel rehearing, or, in the alternative, for rehearing en banc. The panel that determined the appeal has considered the request for panel rehearing, and the active members of the Court have considered the request for rehearing en banc.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the petition is denied.
As mentioned earlier, Brady will likely appeal to the Supreme Court, but the chances of the case being picked up are even slimmer than the rehearing was. His fate rests in the hands of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who handles cases from the second court, according to Pro Football Talk.
I’m sure backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo has been hard at work this offseason preparing to take the reins at the start of the season. The Pats have the Cardinals, Dolphins, Texans and Bills on the schedule, with three of those games at home. It’s hard to imagine New England performing any worse than 2-2 during those games, even with Jimmy G behind center. So Brady likely won’t have much ground to make up when he returns in Week 5.