“Tom is Free”…and he says thank you.
New England Patriot’s quarterback, Tom Brady, took to Facebook Friday night to thank his fans, teammates, and family for their support after a federal judge reversed his four-game suspension in the Deflate-Gate scandal. He also took the time to thank U.S. Discrict Judge Richard Berman, who made the decision on his case.
Read the full statement below:
“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. I want to thank my family, my friends, all of the fans, past and current players and my teammates for the support they have given me throughout this challenging experience. I also want to thank Judge Berman and his staff for their efforts to resolve this matter over the past five weeks. I am very grateful. My thanks also to the union’s legal team who has fought so hard right along with me. While I am pleased to be eligible to play, I am sorry our league had to endure this. 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. I love the NFL. It is a privilege to be a member of the NFL community and I will always try to do my best in representing my team and the league in a way that would make all members of this community proud. I look forward to the competition on the playing field and I hope the attention of NFL fans can return to where it belongs – on the many great players and coaches who work so hard every week, and sacrifice so much, to make this game great. Most importantly, I look forward to representing the New England Patriots on Thursday night in our season opener. I hope to make all of our fans proud this year … and beyond!”
The NFL suspended the 38-year-old NFL player after deciding there was indeed a conspiracy between Brady and two of the team’s equipment managers to let air out of footballs prior to the team’s January AFC championship game.
Patriot’s Chairman and CEO, Robert Kraft, released a statement on the matter as well, stating, “As I have said during this process and throughout his Patriots career, Tom Brady is a classy person of the highest integrity. He represents everything that is great about this game and this league. Yet, with absolutely no evidence of any actions of wrongdoing by Tom in the Wells report, the lawyers at the league still insisted on imposing and defending unwarranted and unprecedented discipline. Judge Richard Berman understood this and we are greatly appreciative of his thoughtful decision that was delivered today. Now, we can return our focus to the game on the field.”
Brady is set to return to the field, opening the NFL season Thursday night in a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The NFL has appealed Judge Berman’s decision to relieve Brady of his suspension.