After months of speculation, debate, reports and court cases, we now finally have what appears to be a definitive conclusion to the Tom Brady deflategate saga.
As reported by The Associated Press, Judge Berman has found in favor of the New England Patriots quarterback in his federal court case against the NFL, completely overturning the four-game suspension handed down back on May 11.
The decision means that, rather than sitting out the opening four games of the 2015 NFL season, the Super Bowl MVP will likely suit up under center for the curtain raiser against the Pittsburgh Steelers next Thursday.
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The NFL handed down their original punishment in light of the Wells Report which asserted (without specific hard evidence) that Tom Brady was involved in the process that saw a number of game balls deflated prior to the Patriots' AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts last January.
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With the punishment overturned, there will likely now be serious questions raised about Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, as he faces up to the fact the US courts have completely rejected his handling of the situation.
Indeed, in making his ruling, Judge Berman specifically criticed the Commissioner's brand of justice, saying Goodell's decision was "premised upon several significant legal deficiencies."
"Because there was no notice of a four-game suspension in the circumstances presented here, Commissioner Goodell may be said to have 'dispensed his own brand of industrial justice,'" wrote Berman in official documents.
On the field
Turning to the gridiron, the result will delight New England Patriots fans who had been concerned how the team would cope with second-year quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo under center to begin the campaign.
Now with Tom Brady back in the fold much sooner than expected - there had been talk of a one-game settlement earlier this week - the Patriots have greatly improved their chances of beginning their Super Bowl defense in style.
NFL fans: Is this the right outcome, and does it mean Goodell must go? Have your say in the comments below...
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