As of right now, Tom Brady is still suspended for the first four games of the 2016 NFL season.
The New England Patriots quarterback had his petition for a hearing to appeal against the ban denied by the second court of appeals today in what is a big blow to Brady himself and the Patriots as a whole.
The chances of Brady's petition being heard were apparently slim. He now has two courses of action left, accept the courts' decision and get on with his life and career, or go to the United States' highest court of law, the Supreme Court.
SIGN UP NOW
Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250-word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay4
"Gabe Feldman, director of the Tulane Sports Law Program, said the chances of the Supreme Court deciding to hear the case would be very slim," NFL.com wrote.
Brady and his legal team are still likely to try it, though.
If the Supreme Court were to hear the case, Brady almost certainly would be eligible to play the entire 2016 season due to how long the whole thing would take to go through.
If the Supreme Court do not accept Brady's case, however, he will finally have to serve the suspension, having exhausted all his legal avenues.
Brady was suspended by the NFL all the way back in May 2015 for his role in Deflategate, where it was concluded that Brady was "generally aware" of Patriots equipment managers deflating footballs prior to the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts.
That decision was nullified by a judge a week before the start of the regular season in September 2015. However, an appeals panel reversed that ruling, finding in favor of Goodell and the NFL.
That's how we got to where we are now. Do not expect this to be the end of things.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms