New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has decided to not push his appeal of the four-game suspension he was given for his role in the DeflateGate scandal to the Supreme Court of the United States. The news comes a day after his request for a re-hearing or a hearing en banc with the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals was denied.
Brady will officially serve a four-game suspension to start the 2016 season.
This also means, DeflateGate, the scandal caused when the Patriots were found to be using under-inflated footballs during the 2014 season’s AFC Championship Game, should finally be coming to a close. The NFL Players Association could still consider making an appeal on the basis of a union versus a business, but that would not impact the actual four games Brady will miss at the start of this season.
Included in those games will be the Miami Dolphins visiting the Patriots in Week 2 of the season. Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to take over as the starting quarterback until Brady returns.