Court Rules Tom Brady Must Serve 4-Game Penalty Deflategate lives on By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Apr 25, 2016 10:58 AM CDT 35 comments Comments New England Patriots' Tom Brady will have to sit for four games. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File) (Newser) – A federal appeals court has ruled that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady must serve a four-game "Deflategate" suspension imposed by the NFL, overturning a lower judge and siding with the league in a battle with the players union, reports the AP. Monday's decision by the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals may end the legal debate over the scandal that led to months of football fans arguing over air pressure and the reputation of one of the league's top teams. It is also likely to fuel a fresh round of debate over what role, if any, the quarterback and top NFL star played in using underinflated footballs at the AFC championship game in January 2015. The appeals ruling follows a September decision by Manhattan Judge Richard Berman that went against the league.