Tom Brady’s Deflategate Appeal Denied, Supreme Court Could Be Next
A federal court denied Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension in the latest installment of the never-ending Deflategate saga Wednesday.
The Patriots quarterback’s all-star team of lawyers, which includes renowned NFL Players’ Association ace Jeffrey Kessler and high-powered D.C. attorney Theodore B. Olson, asked for the full 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear his case, after a three-judge panel ruled in favor of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
This petition for an en banc hearing was denied, effectively affirming the wide-ranging powers granted to Goodell under the current collective bargaining agreement. The court’s decision was hardly surprising, given how rarely these hearings are granted.
The 2nd Circuit's denial of Tom Brady's petition was expected–his odds were under 1%. He still has one play left: the U.S. Supreme Court.
— Michael McCann (@McCannSportsLaw) July 13, 2016
Now, Brady’s only hope is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court. Get your popcorn ready—and maybe your Garoppolo jersey too, just to be safe.