Well this day eventually had to come, the conclusion of deflategate which was short lived because the NFL announced they plan to appeal the decision. The decision that came out earlier today that had coworkers slapping high fives and I'm like are you guys Patriots fans and they said 'no we're just glad it's over'.
U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman believed NFL commissioner Roger Goodell overstepped his authority when he punished Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
Judge Berman said, "Because there was no notice of a four game suspension in the circumstances presented here, Commissioner Goodell may be said to have dispensed his own brand of justice. The court finds that Brady had no notice that he could receive a four game suspension for general awareness of ball deflation by others."
Incredible! In other words, yeah you're the commissioner and all but you can't be making up the rules and punishments as the season progresses.
Afterwards Patriots owner Robert Kraft said, "As I have said during this process and thoughout his Patriots career, Tom Brady is a classy person of the highest integrity. He represents everything that is great about this game and this league. Yet, with absolutely no evidence of any actions of wrongdoing by Tom in the Wells report, the lawyers at the league still insisted on imposing and defending unwarranted and unprecedented discipline. Judge Richard Berman understood this and we are greatly appreciative of his thoughtful decision that was delivered today. Now, we can return our focus to the game on the field."
Absolutely no evidence of wrongdoing? Easy Robert! He wasn't found not guilty, the judge said he shouldn't have received four games. The judge even said he had 'general awareness' that someone was screwing with the footballs. Do you honestly believe two equipment managers are going to do anything to the NFL MVP's footballs without his knowledge? Sure you don't.
Oh and by the way Goodell said he's not done, "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."
So Brady will start next week against Pittsburgh which is good news if you're a New England fan but the bad news for all of us is that Deflategate continues in appeals court, nearly a year of this nonsense and it won't go away...