NEW YORK (AP) — Unless he decides to appeal, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will have to serve a four-game suspension after all. It was imposed by the NFL after Brady was found to have used under-inflated footballs in a playoff game.
An appeals court today overturned a lower judge and ruled that Brady must serve the suspension.
The court said it isn't ruling on whether Brady took part in a scheme to deflate the footballs, or even on whether the suspension is justified. It's only finding that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was acting within his authority, and that he didn't deprive Brady of "fundamental fairness."