The 18-month 'Deflategate' saga looks to have come to a definite conclusion following Tom Brady's latest Facebook post indicating he will 'no longer proceed with the legal process' against the NFL.
Way back in January 2015 it was first reported that the NFL were looking into the New England Patriots' use of deflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
The 38-year-old four-time Super Bowl champion was suspended for four games without pay back in May of last year and has been fighting his case ever since.
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On Friday he posted on Facebook his thanks to those who have supported him through the process and accepted he will not challenge the authorities any further.
"I'm very grateful for the overwhelming support I've received from Mr. Kraft, the Kraft family, coach Belichick, my coaches and teammates, the NFLPA, my agents, my loving family and most of all, our fans," Brady said. "It has been a challenging 18 months and I have made the difficult decision to no longer proceed with the legal process. I'm going to work hard to be the best player I can be for the New England Patriots and I look forward to having the opportunity to return to the field this fall."
Brady's last chance was the U.S. Supreme Court, and no matter how innocent he may have believed he is, missing four games would probably be cheaper than pursuing his case.
Now that the quarterback has accepted his punishment, Brady will be eligible to return to the field against the Cleveland Browns on Oct 9.