Tom Brady celebrated his Deflategate victory not by cracking champagne or throwing a party, but instead by playing in the backyard with his kids.
This week the New England Patriots quarterback won a court battle against the NFL after Roger Goodell handed down a four-game suspension for Tom’s role in the Deflategate scandal. A federal judge reversed the punishment this week, ruling that the NFL was unfair in the way it handled the process and allowing Tom to start the season for the Super Bowl champion Patriots.
Not long after the Deflategate ruling, Tom Brady’s wife Gisele Bundchen shared a sweet picture of the quarterback spending some quality time with his daughter.
“And my heart melts,” she wrote on Instagram. “#biggestlove #family❤❤❤.”
Tom Brady also shared his thoughts on Deflategate on Facebook, writing a long message thanking those who supported him. Tom even gave kudos to U.S. District Judge Richard Berman, the one who ultimately overturned the suspension when many thought Brady’s case was a long shot.
“The regular season starts tomorrow morning and I can’t wait to fully commit my energy and emotion to focus on the challenges of the 2015 NFL season,” Brady wrote, via NBC Sports.
Tom Brady also said he was sorry for the Deflategate process and the damage it may have caused the league.
“While I am pleased to be eligible to play, I am sorry our league had to endure this,” he said. “I don’t think it has been good for our sport – to a large degree, we have all lost. I am also sorry to anyone whose feelings I may have hurt as I have tried to work to resolve this situation.”
Roger Goodell said he respected the decision, though disagreed with the ruling. He also said the league planned to appeal, meaning it is likely that the case will stretch into 2016 without resolution. In the meantime, Tom Brady will be free to play for the New England Patriots.
“We will appeal today’s ruling in order to uphold the collectively bargained responsibility to protect the integrity of the game. The commissioner’s responsibility to secure the competitive fairness of our game is a paramount principle, and the league and our 32 clubs will continue to pursue a path to that end.”
With Deflategate behind him, Tom Brady can now focus on helping the Patriots defend their Super Bowl title. The team opens the season Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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