REPORT: NFL To Uphold Tom Brady’s Four-Game Suspension
Usually when Stephen A. Smith hears something, it's his own voice, droning on into a noise-cancelling headset clamped to his head while he sleeps. This time it's more relevant: "Brady’s 4-gm suspension will likely be upheld by the NFL," he tweeted out Tuesday morning. That's huge, considering that just yesterday Pro Football Talk was reporting that he had found a way around the suspension and instead would take a fine as punishment.
I’m hearing that Brady’s 4-gm suspension will likely be upheld by the NFL.
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) July 28, 2015
The NFL and NFLPA had engaged in settlement talks revolving around Tom Brady's involvement in the deliberate under-inflation of footballs used by the New England Patriots in the 2014 AFC Championship Game. Brady's reluctance to accept Roger Goodell's punishment -- a four-game suspension handed down after the season ended -- combined with Goodell's reluctance to exonerate Brady are apparently leading the Deflategate saga straight to the court system where it can drag on until the sun burns out.
A pending court case would delay any punishment, giving Brady the green light to start the season.