US appeals court reverses district court decision, upholds Brady’s suspension

Tom Brady will have to serve a four-game suspension after the United States Court of Appeals for the Second District reversed a district court judgment Monday and reinstated the NFL’s initial ruling.

In court documents, the appeals court said, “We hold that the Commissioner properly exercised his broad discretion under the collective bargaining agreement and that his procedural rulings were properly grounded in that agreement and did not deprive Brady of fundamental fairness.”

The decision went on to say, “Accordingly, we REVERSE the judgment of the district court and REMAND with instructions to confirm the award.”

The case stems from the “Deflategate” scandal. Brady’s suspension was to have begun before the 2015 season, butU.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman vacated the punishment in September.

In early 2016, the NFL and NFL Players Association duked it out in court again. Chief Judge Katzmann dissented in the opinion of the court decision to reinstate.

After Monday’s decision, Brady will be allowed to return to the game in October.

Read the court documents here: 15-2801_complete_opn