Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski does not think Tom Brady’s suspension for his alleged involvement in Deflategate will cause him to miss any games in 2016, he said on ESPN’s SportsCenter on Thursday.
Brady’s four-game suspension for his alleged awareness of a Patriots scheme to deflate balls before the AFC Championship Game in 2015 was overturned before the beginning of last season, allowing him to play in all 16 games. The suspension was reinstated late last month, which Gronkowski said came as a surprise.
“I was actually surprised. It was a surprise to everyone,” Gronkowski said, according to NFL.com. “I thought it was totally done and it was crazy to see it happen again. It’s kind of getting stupid to the point where it’s at now. Why it’s still going on now...but I think he’s going to play 16 games again. That’s the way it’s been going on, that’s the way it’s worked, so hopefully that’s true.”
Brady appealed the reinstatement of the suspension, and was recently granted an extension on his request for a rehearing. Brady and the NFLPA now have until May 23 to file the request.