Tom Brady says he’ll drop legal action in Deflategate case, will face 4-game suspension

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It’s over. It’s really, really, finally over.

Tom Brady said he will no longer pursue his remaining legal options in the Deflategate case. A federal appeals court dealt Brady and his legal team the final blow this week when it refused to hear Brady’s appeal. Brady and his team could’ve tried to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“I’m very grateful for the overwhelming support I’ve received from (Patriots owner Robert) Kraft, the Kraft family, coach (Bill) Belichick, my coaches and teammates, the NFLPA, my agents, my loving family and most of all, our fans,” Brady wrote on Facebook Friday.

“It has been a challenging 18 months and I have made the difficult decision to no longer proceed with the legal process. I’m going to work hard to be the best player I can be for the New England Patriots and I look forward to having the opportunity to return to the field this fall.”

Brady will serve a four-game suspension after an NFL investigation said Brady was “generally aware” of a scheme to deflate footballs. The discovery was made during the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts, a game the Patriots won handily by a score of 45-7.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Brady for four games after a league investigation, but a federal judge overturned the decision, saying Goodell overstepped his bounds as commissioner. The NFL appealed that ruling, leading to a decision by an appeals court panel to reinstate Brady’s punishment.

Brady’s subsequent appeal was rejected, leading to Brady’s announcement Friday. He will miss the first four games of the NFL season. Backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to start in Brady’s place.

The NFLPA also weighed in on the matter:

After careful consideration and discussion with Tom Brady, the NFLPA will not be seeking a stay of the four game suspension with the 2nd Circuit. This decision was made in the interest of certainty and planning for Tom prior to the New England Patriots season. We will continue to review all of our options and we reserve our rights to petition for cert to the Supreme Court.

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