Tom Brady is Free
By Peter Santo
At long last, Tom Brady is free. What began as a farfetched accusation by the Indianapolis Colts eventually turned into a saga that lasted over six months and distracted many from the Patriots fourth Super Bowl championship.
In a 40 page decision released Thursday, Judge Richard Berman overturned Brady’s four game suspension citing several significant legal shortcomings.
“The Award is premised upon several significant legal deficiencies, including (A) inadequate notice to Brady of both his potential discipline (four-game suspension) and his alleged misconduct; (B) denial of the opportunity for Brady to examine one of two lead investigators, namely NFL Executive Vice President and General Counsel Jeff Pash; and (C) denial of equal access to investigative files, including witness interview notes,” the decision read.
While Berman agreed with the NFL’s findings that there was “general misconduct” by both Brady and the Patriots organization, he sided with Brady and the NFLPA’s argument that they had no knowledge such conduct was illegal.
Berman also sided with the logical argument that many fans have presented over the past six months, that Brady’s “misconduct” and failure to cooperate with investigators deserved the same discipline as Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson for their offenses.
Overall, this is a great day for Tom Brady and the NFLPA, and a terrible day for the NFL. Everything fans have been saying for so long, that this entire process is a sham, and that Goodell has handled this all wrong, has been proven true.
It is great to see that justice has prevailed, and we can now move on to football. The Patriots open the season September 10th against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and TB12 will be under center.