New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady can play Week 1 after federal judge Richard Berman overturned his four-game Deflategate suspension.
The NFL says it will appeal the decision but will not seek a stay of the order. Thursday’s developments mark the biggest news in the Deflategate saga since Brady was initially suspended on May 11.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the suspension on July 28, and since then, both Brady and the league filed lawsuits in federal court. Judge Berman pushed the sides to consider a settlement, but that had not happened by Monday; the league never made Brady a formal settlement offer, the New York Daily News reported.
So now Brady can play. Predictably, social media responded in kind on Thursday morning.
Players' rights win again.— George Atallah (@GeorgeAtallah) September 3, 2015
God bless America.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) September 3, 2015
I learned today that, sometimes, a poorly planned and executed sting operation/witch hunt/smear campaign does NOT hold up in federal court.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) September 3, 2015
Great day for Tom Brady but I feel really bad for that Dom Grady guy that was gonna start in his place. Stay ready, Dom. Be a professional.— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin32) September 3, 2015
From day 1 Tom made it clear there would NEVER be a 'deal', love that he stood by his principles/integrity, and won. Now? GO STEELERS!— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) September 3, 2015
The "deflate gate" Ruling is monumental for the players and it's defense against "potential" grievances against the nfl!!! 😎✊🏽✊🏽— DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB) September 3, 2015
Lesson learned from Tom Brady appeal....Anytime anyone wants to see your phone & it might incriminate you.....BREAK THAT $%^&— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) September 3, 2015