The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York has reinstated Tom Brady’s four-game suspension.
The three judges overseeing the appeal ruled 2-1 on Monday that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, “properly exercised his discretion under the collective bargaining agreement” to suspend Brady for four games.
The ruling overturns federal Judge Richard Berman’s September ruling to throw out Goodell’s original punishment.
The appeal was based on whether Goodell actually had the authority to suspend Brady, and not whether or not Brady had any knowledge of deflategate.
Here’s what NFL.com printed of the decision:
The Commissioner was authorized to impose discipline for, among other things, “conduct detrimental to the integrity of, or public confidence, in the game of professional football.” In their collective bargaining agreement, the players and the League mutually decided many years ago that the Commissioner should investigate possible rule violations, should impose appropriate sanctions, and may preside at arbitrations challenging his discipline.
The NFL had filed an appeal immediately after Berman’s ruling. However, that appeal was delayed for the 2015-2016 season, allowing Tom Brady to play for the entire season.
The latest ruling means Deflategate is over or now. Brady could decide to appeal the ruling which would push it to the Supreme Court. If they refuse to hear the case Brady will be forced to serve his four game suspension.