Tom Brady's 'Deflate-Gate' Ban Tossed

Judge allows quarterback to play season opener
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2015 9:52 AM CDT
This Sept. 3, 2015, image shows Judge Richard M. Berman's decision to overturn NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's four-game suspension of Tom Brady.   (U.S. District Court of New York via AP)
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(Newser) – Tom Brady can let out some air after a US district judge tossed his four-game suspension for "Deflate-gate" today, reports the AP, clearing the way for the quarterback to play in the New England Patriots' season opener. He was initially suspended after the NFL found he used underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game in January. Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the ban, which Brady fought.

Talks between the NFL and players union had been ongoing for more than a month under pressure from Judge Richard Berman, who previously condemned the NFL's handling of the case. The Patriots were fined $1 million and lost two draft picks over the scandal, but didn't appeal, reports the Guardian. Despite rumors that the controversy has taken a toll of Brady’s marriage to now-retired supermodel Gisele Bundchen, a source tells E! they aren’t headed for divorce anytime soon. (Read more Tom Brady stories.)

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