In breaking news, U.S. Deflategate judge Richard Berman has nullified the four-game suspension for Patriots’ QB Tom Brady. Breathe easy Patriots fans.
While the judge had said he saw merit in both arguments, he had pushed for the two sides to settle the issue on their own. He finally said that Brady’s punishment was based on “several significant legal deficiencies.” This included failure to provide Brady with adequate notice of “both his potential discipline and his alleged misconduct,” all of which is required by the league’s collective bargaining agreement with the players.
In his conclusion, the judge said, “Based upon the foregoing and applicable legal authorities, the Court hereby denies the Management Council’s motion to confirm the Award and grants the Players Association’s motion to vacate the Award, thereby vacating the four-game suspension of Tom Brady, effective immediately.”
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