Though it may not be the way Patriots fans may have hoped, Deflategate is officially coming to an end after Tom Brady announced via his Facebook page that he has decided to not go proceed with the legal process involving a four game suspsion given to him for his alleged role in deflating footballs prior to the 2014 AFC championship.
Brady's Facebook post explaining he will no longer proceed with legal process. pic.twitter.com/2VhSI5UaSF
— Mike Grinnell (@MikeGrinnell_) July 15, 2016
“I’m very grateful for the overwhelming support I’ve received from Mr. Kraft, the Kraft family, coach Belichick, my coaches and teammates, the NFLPA, my agents, my loving family and most of all, our fans. It has been a challenging 18 months and I have made the difficult decision to no longer proceed with the legal process. I’m going to work hard to be the best player I can be for the New England Patriots and I look forward to having the opportunity to return to the field this fall.”
Brady will sit out games against Arizona, Miami, Buffalo and Houston and will be eligible. The four-time Super Bowl Champion will be eligible to return to the team Monday, Oct. 10, in preparation for New Englands game against the Cleveland Browns.
All signs point to Jimmy Garoppolo being under center Week 1 in Arizona for the Patriots.
Garoppolo has never started a regular season NFL game and is 20-31 for 188 yards with 1 career touchdown pass in his time on the field.
While Brady has decided to stop pursuing case, the NFLPA may not feel the same way. In a statement released by the NFLPA, the Player’s Association included that they will review all of their options leading some to think, they may proceed with the case.
“After careful consideration and discussion with Tom Brady, the NFLPA will not be seeking a stay of the four game suspension with the 2nd Circuit,” the NFLPA statement said. “This decision was made in the interest of certainty and planning for Tom prior to the New England Patriots season. We will continue to review all of our options and we reserve our rights to petition for cert to the Supreme Court.”