Judge Overturns Brady Suspension, Garoppolo Once Again BackupSeptember 3, 2015 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory - Comments are closed
New York Judge Richard Berman overturned the NFL’s four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady regarding the “Deflategate” scandal Friday, meaning he will start the season as the starting quarterback for the team. While the ruling is a big victory for the Patriots and the NFL Players Association, it’s bittersweet for Jimmy Garoppolo fans who wanted to see what skills the young player had at the quarterback position as a starter. The NFL is expected to appeal the ruling, but that appeal most likely won’t be heard during the upcoming NFL season. Barring injury, Brady should start every game of this season for the Patriots.
Berman’s ruling is over 40 pages long, and is very critical of the NFL in general. In the ruling, Berman states that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell created “His own brand of justice”. Berman also added that he thought the league’s independent investigation into the scandal wasn’t actually an independent investigation at all. His ruling was clear in this passage:
“The Court finds that no player alleged or found to have had a general awareness of the inappropriate ball deflation activities of others or who allegedly schemed with others to let air out of footballs in a championship game and also had not cooperated in an ensuing investigation, reasonably could be on notice that their discipline would (or should) be the same as applied to a player who violated the NFL Policy on Anabolic Steroids and Related Substances.”
The NFL issued the following statement regarding Berman’s decision:
“We are grateful to Judge Berman for hearing this matter, but respectfully disagree with today’s decision. We will appeal today’s ruling in order to uphold the collectively bargained responsibility to protect the integrity of the game,” Goodell wrote. “The commissioner’s responsibility to secure the competitive fairness of our game is a paramount principle, and the league and our 32 clubs will continue to pursue a path to that end. While the legal phase of this process continues, we look forward to focusing on football and the opening of the regular season.”
Patriots fans and NFL players everywhere are celebrating this huge victory for the team and the rights of players in general. It is certainly an unprecedented ruling, as many thought that the NFL keeping the case in New York would work in the league’s favor. Fans of Garoppolo certainly want what’s best for the Patriots, which honestly is Tom Brady as the team’s starting quarterback, but it would’ve been nice to get a glimpse of the up and coming quarterback as a starter for a major NFL franchise. Even if it was just four games Garoppolo would’ve started, it would’ve been a huge test for him and a good gauge of how he could play as a starter in the league. For now, Garoppolo fans will have to keep waiting. Garoppolo hasn’t commented yet on this situation, but we will update this story if he does, so keep checking jimmygaroppolo.net