Tom Brady opted to miss first four games over later four games

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So why did Patriots quarterback Tom Brady decide not to seek a stay of his suspension pending an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court? The reasoning was simple: He chose to miss the first four games instead of potentially being forced to miss four games at some later point in the season.

If Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had granted a stay of the suspension, the stay would have expired the moment the Supreme Court decided not to take the appeal. And if that had happened at any point before the end of the team’s season, Brady would have been yanked off the field for four games at that moment.

So Brady, as a source with knowledge of the situation explained it to PFT, specifically opted to take the four-game suspension to start the season — an approach that coach Bill Belichick surely preferred. This way, Jimmy Garoppolo can be prepared to handle the first 25 percent of the season, which also happens to be the portion of the season when offensive lines are working out the kinks that come from reduced offseason and training camp practice time.

Of course, there’s a chance Brady’s suspension ultimately would have been overturned. Brady wasn’t willing to take that slim chance, given the very strong likelihood that he would have been suspended four games at some point during the season, with one or more of those games possibly landing in the postseason.

67 responses to “Tom Brady opted to miss first four games over later four games

  1. Remember 2010 when Roethlisberger got railroaded for four games? I predict a similar outcome for the Pats.

  2. He seems like superman and keeps himself in great shape year round, but 39 is 39. I’m not too upset about keeping him fresh. Better in September than risking December or January.

  3. Unfortunately for us this still isn’t over. All media outlets will continue this story, all summer, all training camp and preseason. Every TV and radio announcer will talk of the suspension each and every game he sits out.

    When he comes back for the fifth game it will be a lovefest that he is back. It won’t be until the sixth week of the season before our national nightmare of “deflategate stories” is finally over.

    I want to be put into an induced coma until Week 6. I can’t take it anymore.

  4. So the Patriots will be 3-1 when Brady gets back. Meh.

    I’m just glad this thing is over.

  5. Awesome news! Now Pretty Boy the cheater & all the blind Cheater fans are forever stuck with the FACT that their superhero was suspended for cheating. Cry all you want…he will forever be finally and formally adjudicated as a cheater & suspended for it!!! So their coach is a cheater. Their QB is a cheater. They are devoted fans of cheaters. Enjoy your legacy!

  6. To all the Haters out there….

    Watch Belichick and the Patriots turn Garoppolo into a bunch of draft picks from a Quarterback needy team during his 4 week audition…

    Because that’s how they roll…

    Go Pats!!!!

  7. Brady has lost all self respect and will to play because of his guilty conscious. 15 years of cheating and getting away with it was too much for him. This is his way to make amends with the league and the fans. Finally taking his punishment like a man. It’s only a start.

  8. My beef is with the people that said there was no evidence. You had deflated balls, testimony from the guys that deflated them that they did so on Brady’s instruction, you had a destroyed cell phone. And an owner that admitted guilt and took the penalty. Of course that was evidence.

  9. The union can’t be happy. Not the first time he has chosen. the team over the NFLPA

  10. @mswravens

    Coming from a fan of a team that lied and blatantly covered up Ray Rice knocking out his fiance it doesn’t surprise me you have no real football knowledge.

    Funny that you don’t seem to have any regrets about that incredibly disgusting incident.

    Just like the NFL, domestic violence fine with Ravens fans. Unproven allegations against Brady are wonderful to you.

    Ravens fan, perhaps the most disgusting, bottom feeding fans of all the NFL.

  11. No matter what his reasoning is, You don’t give up the fight if you know you’re right.

    Brady is tainted.

    And I WAS a Pats fan…goddamn it.

  12. greymares says:
    Jul 15, 2016 1:58 PM
    My beef is with the people that said there was no evidence. You had deflated balls (Both the Colts and the Pats balls were under 12.5 PSI)
    testimony from the guys that deflated them that they did so on Brady’s instruction. (This never happened. Wells interviewed them on 4 occasions.)

    you had a destroyed cell phone. (After the NFL said they were done with it and made all his texts public.)

    And an owner that admitted guilt (He never said anything about guilt or innocence. He said moving on was “best for the NFL)
    and took the penalty.

    Of course that was evidence. (When asked by the judge, the NFL’s own lawyer said, they have “no direct evidence.” NFL’s lawyer not Brady’s)

  13. Refreshing to see all the hater comments here. Yesterday he was guilty for fighting too much and wasting everyone’s time. Today he is guilty for deciding not to pursue a less than 1% chance of getting this overturned.

    Anyone with a brain and without an agenda knows Brady is innocent and the balls were naturally deflated. You losers throwing out cheater and all tainted wins are pathetic……we are talking about 0.2 PSI. Aaron Rodgers has clearly played with deliberately overinflated footballs…….guess he is a cheater too.

    Brady will be back in week 5. Will likely put together an MVP-caliber season and the Pats will be contending for another SB. That is really all that matters.

  14. For those of us that couldn’t care less…..finally!

    The melodrama ends starring…the “dictator” commissioner, lying/cheating future HOF, and a union that messed up big time when they continued to agree (since ’68) in the far reaching implications and interpretations of Article 46.

    The only winners are the lawyers and we the fans take in the ….

  15. He should have served it last year when they didn’t get to the Super Bowl. He will miss four games this year and Pat’s fans still think they will be in the Super Bowl. Just like they thought Tom would play all 16 games. I read that from countless Pat’s fans on this site. And I’m sure that #1 Draft Pick will be returned soon too.
    Your tears taste extra sweet fermenting for all this time.

  16. Thank you Tom for serving your suspension early. If by any long shot we make the super bowl, we hope to see you on the field as opposed to anyone else.

    Sincerely,

    NY Giants

  17. All these haters are extremely I’ll informed Pats will still be in the Super Bowl and legacy will always be the best dynasty ever produced in free agent era. Ten years from now when the Pats are hosting up there 8th Belichick Trophy (obviously renamed for the greatest coach of all time) and you hear Goodell”something name you think of the worst commissioner of all time. Then the Pats will visit the White House and shake hands with President Brady.

  18. As a Bills fan, I still think this suspension is ridiculous, as was the loss of a first rounder. The Patriots got screwed. Any one of you would feel the same if it was your team.

    Shouldn’t have been anything more than a small fine for the Patriots along with a firmly worded letter to every team in the league that outlined the new and serious consequences that would follow any future equipment violations.

  19. This is actually good news for the Pats. As everyone knows, the Pats season really begins with the AFC title game. So taking Sept off is no big deal. in fact, if it were up to me, I would put Gronk in bubble wrap until Thanksgiving. furthermore, Pats will still probably go 3-1 or 4-0 so suck on that…

  20. Getoffmylawn! says:
    Jul 15, 2016 2:25 PM
    He should have served it last year when they didn’t get to the Super Bowl. He will miss four games this year and Pat’s fans still think they will be in the Super Bowl. Just like they thought Tom would play all 16 games. I read that from countless Pat’s fans on this site. And I’m sure that #1 Draft Pick will be returned soon too.
    Your tears taste extra sweet fermenting for all this time.

    Really it’s “just pats fans”

    Even with Brady missing 4 games Vegas has the Patriots as the odds on favorite to win the SB. Face it they are just better than the team you root for (chargers)

  21. The repetitive and pernicious cheating has finally caught up with this team and exposed them for what they are. They whined their way up to the nation’s highest court and were finally spanked in public for their obstinance. I would like to think this will teach the team a lesson but Belichick will no doubt take a microscope to the rule book and see what he can twist and turn, totally ignoring the spirit of good sportsmanship and fair play.

  22. The 4 time World Champion Patriots > your team.

    No matter who is behind center.

    That is all.

    Have a nice day cupcakes!

    🙂

  23. mswravens says:
    Jul 15, 2016 1:53 PM
    Awesome news! Now Pretty Boy the cheater & all the blind Cheater fans are forever stuck with the FACT that their superhero was suspended for cheating. Cry all you want…he will forever be finally and formally adjudicated as a cheater & suspended for it!!! So their coach is a cheater. Their QB is a cheater. They are devoted fans of cheaters. Enjoy your legacy!

    —————————————————–

    Dude, the formation was legal. Read the rule book.

  24. Shouldn’t have been anything more than a small fine for the Patriots along with a firmly worded letter to every team in the league that outlined the new and serious consequences that would follow any future equipment violations.


    A real NFL commissioner like Tags in private to the Patriots organization: “We received a report that your footballs were underinflated. This should not have happened and it better not happen again. Or else.”

    A fraud like Goodell calling a press conference while pounding his chest: “Look at me derp derp I’m Mr Integrity..I’m Mr Tough Guy Commissioner… I got da hammer… derp derp …It’s all about ME…I…Me…I…Me”

    Says it all doesn’t it.

    #SayMyBoardName
    #WhatsMyName

  25. Not a pats fan but people saying this will ruin his legacy are just haters and just personally want it to be ruined. He beat the seahawks vaunted defense in SB with league officials monitoring the balls and will go down as the GOAT when all said and done.

  26. mswravens says:
    Jul 15, 2016 1:53 PM

    Awesome news! Now Pretty Boy the cheater & all the blind Cheater fans are forever stuck with the FACT that their superhero was suspended for cheating. Cry all you want…he will forever be finally and formally adjudicated as a cheater & suspended for it!!! So their coach is a cheater. Their QB is a cheater. They are devoted fans of cheaters. Enjoy your legacy!

    There’s more proof that your hero was a murderer than there was that Brady was a cheater

  27. What about “the deflator”? He’s just collateral damage in this whole thing. Nowadays you cant just lose weight and take a private piss with game balls without being labeled a cheater.

  28. 1.) The NFL should be paying Brady for keeping the sport in the spotlight during the past couple of off-seasons.

    2.) Fans should boycott the NFL’s first four games of the season for any team not named the Patriots.

  29. Johnny Drunk says:
    Jul 15, 2016 1:56 PM
    Brady has lost all self respect and will to play because of his guilty conscious. 15 years of cheating and getting away with it was too much for him. This is his way to make amends with the league and the fans. Finally taking his punishment like a man. It’s only a start.
    ====================

    As his shrink aren’t you violating patient confidentiality posting that?

  30. Pats haters gloating over Brady being suspended means your normal. Thinking that there was any legitimacy to the claim that there was air missing from footballs in that AFCCG means you are dumb and aren’t one for fancy book learning.

  31. Finally he has come to his senses, and realized he isn’t winning this war.
    It’s taken him a year to wake up, but what do you expect?
    No one cares except Patriot fans, because he isn’t the most popular person out there.
    He may come back and be 1/3. and 0/2 in the division. Hope that is the case. because reading some of the stuff on here, people think it won’t affect them. Just wait and see how it affects them!!!!

  32. Obviously the punishment didn’t fit this crime as the deflating didn’t affect the outcome. But it seems their history caught up with the Pats. There were enough owners who wanted to send a message.

  33. To put in laymans terms, he knew Ginsberg could screw him over mid to late season by delaying until the appropriate time to get back at Trump.
    I was sure he would take his lumps now just because of her. Had it been someone else for that district, a different story.

  34. I also believe if the Pats get it handed to them in the first two games, the suspension ends sooner. The NFL does not want a premier team, entire team punished more than it has to be. They already lost picks and coin so this it Bradys part of it until it becomes the teams part – possible 4 loses to start the season.

  35. Sep 16, 2015: NFL quarterback Tom Brady of the New England Patriots has endorsed friend Donald Trump for president so Tom knows that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s obvious bias would keep her from approving a stay.

  36. For all of you people gloating, this is a devastating decision for unions, labor law and arbitration. It now stands as precedent that Joe the Pipefitter can be hauled in front of a biased arbitrator who makes up new rules not collectively bargained for and does whatever he wants with whatever evidence he invents, then issues an arbitrary punishment profoundly in excess of precedent. 4 games for Tom is nothing – this has a national, and profound, impact on blue collar union members everywhere, not just the NFL.

    And stop with the Ginsburg/Trump stuff – she would not destroy a distinguished and brilliant career to screw Tom Brady to get back at Trump. That’s absurd – she called him out directly for being a buffoon, she doesn’t need Tom to do it.

  37. I’ll be looking to take some weekend vacations the first four weeks of the season. The NFL is going to lose money with it’s marquee player at home during two nationally televised games featuring a backup QB. All for an incredibly incompetent circus situation where they are trying to save face by pursuing it all the way to this point, over an equipment guideline that they have never checked or enforced. I’ve never seen anything like it. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot.

  38. IN ORDER TO PROTECT THE INTEGRITY OF THE LEAGUE – A COUPLE OF DEFLATEGATE LOOSE ENDS NOW NEED TO BE ADDRESSED…

    Now it’s time for the NFL to take 2 draft picks away from the Colts and suspend Andrew Luck for 4 games since in the same game on January 18, 2015 three out of the four Colts footballs that were measured and were reported to be below the required 12.5 PSI:

    Colts football #1 12.35
    Colts football #2 12.30
    Colts football #3 12.50
    Colts football #4 12.15

    NFL rules stipulate that footballs are required to be at least 12.5 psi and no more than 13.5 psi.
    Those measurements were obtained after allowing the Colts footballs to warm up indoors while the Patriots footballs were measured twice.

    It’s also time for the NFL to publically release the PSI information that was collected during the 2015 season so that everyone can see the see what happens to the PSI in footballs when they are taken outside and used in cold weather. Since the court battle is over there is no reason for this information to be kept secret any longer.

  39. Among a vast majority of senior NFL writers and Hall of Fame voters, Tom Brady is the consensus Greatest Quarterback of All Time. That’s THEIR opinion trolls.

    Missing 4 games for no valid or just reason aint gonna change that pure and simple FACT.

    Time for a civil suit to expose the rigged-from-the-start, fraudulent witch hunt known as framegate that completely trashed by every true scientist, labor law expert, arbitration expert, and true football fans with half a working brain cell.

  40. If the Patriots still manage to win the Superbowl after having their first round draft pick wrongfully stolen from them by a criminal commissioner, and have their First Ballot Hall of Fame Quarterback unjustly suspended for no valid reason for 25% of the season, then……

    …….what will that say about how fricking great an organization that is?

    Maybe the commissioner should just order that Patriots players only are required to play with one hand tied behind their backs to make it a fair fight against the likes of the Bills and Colts of the world who they seem to destroy each and every time.

  41. So many idiots in the world. So little time to read all their inane posts. To the other 75%…. good job.

  42. As a Patriots fan I’m a little bummed 12 didn’t keep going. It is what it is. He’ll come back furious. Look out NFL.

  43. keep whistling past the graveyard, haters. Pats fans have the knowledge – we’ve read everything, from the infamous Wells Report, scientists’ reports backing Brady, legal briefs, hearing transcripts, and more,

    Rivals only have bitterness and whatever headlines they were fed from the league. Brady can sleep soundly at night, and so can we.

  44. mswravens says:
    Jul 15, 2016 1:53 PM
    Awesome news! Now Pretty Boy the cheater & all the blind Cheater fans are forever stuck with the FACT that their superhero was suspended for cheating. Cry all you want…he will forever be finally and formally adjudicated as a cheater & suspended for it!!! So their coach is a cheater. Their QB is a cheater. They are devoted fans of cheaters. Enjoy your legacy!
    ———-

    I am truly enjoying the “legacy” already, and looking forward to the Pats being listed among the all time dynasties in NFL history, with the greatest coach and QB combo that game has ever seen. Those are the actual facts.

  45. orrfnumberfour – Good posts.

    Remember 2008 when Brady was knocked out for the season in the game against K.C. The Pats went 11-5 and Cassell was the QB. People were saying that he was just a ‘system QB’, as if that somehow disqualified him.

    Duhh

    They missed the playoffs that year – 13 out of the last 15 years they’ve managed to win the AFC East.

    They now have 6 weeks to get Garopollo ready.

    Goodell better start praying now that the Pats don’t win the SB, because when they do it’s not going to be a good day for him.

    Haters, I readily concede that you are consistent –

    In not naming the team that you root for
    For your lack or originality
    For your ignorance of physical facts
    And, once intelligent people get past the consistent inanity of your posts, for ultimately being funny.

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