Just like in the AFC Championship game against the Broncos, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady appears headed for defeat.
The decision of a federal appeals court to reinstate Brady’s four-game suspension for Deflategate was a major blow to his legal battle. Here’s what Brady could do now:
1. Brady could request a hearing in front of the full 2nd Circuit Court, or the Supreme Court. However, legal experts have indicated the odds were against Brady having his case heard by another court.
2. Brady could ask for an injunction regarding Monday’s ruling, allowing him to remain eligible to play while he continues his legal fight.
3. Brady could reach a settlement with the NFL over the matter, an option that seems unlikely.
4. Brady could accept the four-game suspension and finally put the legal battle to an end.
Gabe Feldman, director of the Tulane Sports Law Program, told NFL Network that the odds were stacked against Brady escaping suspension.
“I think Tom Brady’s first step might be to get a stay to try to get the suspension put on pause essentially while this continues to wind its way through the courts,” Feldman told NFL Network. “But Tom Brady’s next step is to make an en banc appeal to ask the entire second circuit to hear that – those are very rarely granted. And even more rare is the Supreme Court to hear this case. So Tom Brady is almost out of chances. I think any chance he has left is very slim.”
Sounds like Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo should be preparing to play.