Recent suspensions changed on appeal
Tom Brady's case is the NFL's fifth suspension reversal in the last year. The four others:
- Ray Rice: Indefinite suspension lifted
- Adrian Peterson: Indefinite suspension lifted
- Ndamukong Suh: 1 game to zero games
- Greg Hardy: 10 games to 4 games
Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN
Pats feeling 'vindicated' with decision
ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss: "There is a feeling within the organization that justice has been served today."
Judge deems NFL's process unfair to Brady
ESPN legal analyst Roger Cossack explains why he thinks Judge Berman made his ruling: "I think that basically what this judge has said is, in agreeing with the union, you know, this wasn't fair."
League to appeal Tom Brady ruling
The Patriots QB won't have to serve a four-game suspension for Deflategate, a ruling the NFL will "definitely" appeal, a league source told ESPN's Andrew Brandt. Live on ESPN
Adam Kilgore @AdamKilgoreWP
Field Yates @FieldYates
Brandt: A 'major rebuke' of Roger Goodell
ESPN's Andrew Brandt explains why the NFL is facing the ultimate "be careful what you wish for" moment.
New England's odds adjusted for Week 1
New England is once again a touchdown favorite over Pittsburgh for next week's season opener. New England was 3-point favorites before a judge nullified Tom Brady's suspension, and got bumped up to 6.5-point favorites after today's announcement at Nevada sportsbooks William Hill and CG Technology.
Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer
Former Saints LB Scott Shanle glad to see Roger Goodell being overruled. Shanle texted: "He rules with iron fist because the players union allowed him to be the czar in punishments. Players union is to blame more than anyone else. He is an arrogant individual who has been allowed to do it since he became commisioner. Finally a court and a judge are the players voice of reason when dealing with him. Everyone finds out how corrupt the NFL is in every case with lack of evidence and shady tactics when it comes time to prove evidence. The league office has to change their ways because public is tired of it as well."
Todd Archer @toddarcher
NFLPA responds to Brady ruling
Via their website, the NFL Players Association said, in part: "This decision should prove, once and for all, that our Collective Bargaining Agreement does not grant this Commissioner the authority to be unfair, arbitrary and misleading. ... We are happy for the victory of the rule of law for our players and our fans."
Pats now able to get back to football
Tom Brady's suspension was overturned. What's it like at Patriots headquarters right now? It is a day of vindication, writes Mike Reiss. Sweet victory
Watch: Brady reaction on ESPN
Adam Schefter on SportsCenter: "Tom Brady expected this. Tom Brady did think he was going to win." Coverage on ESPN
Court nullifies Brady suspension
The last page of Judge Richard Berman's ruling clearly states his decision to overturn the NFL's four-game suspension of Tom Brady.
Key points from Tom Brady ruling
- The court found that Brady had no notice that he could receive a four-game suspension for general awareness of ball deflation by others
- Brady also had no notice that his discipline would be the equivalent of the discipline imposed upon a player who used PEDs
Blake Griffin @blakegriffin32
Schefter: Bad two years for the NFL
Adam Schefter on SportsCenter: "From the league office perspective, last year went as bad as it could. This season is about to kick off and this is a damning decision. This is a slap in the face of the NFL."
Kevin Negandhi @KNegandhiESPN
- Jan. 18: Allegations begin with AFC Championship Game
- May 6: Wells report finds "more probable than not" that Patriots personnel deliberately deflated footballs
- May 11: Brady suspended 4 games, Pats fined $1 million and docked 2 draft picks
- July 28: Brady suspension upheld by NFL
- Today: Judge Berman nullifies Brady suspension