Key points from Tom Brady ruling
- The court found that Brady had no notice that he could receive a four-game suspension for general awareness of ball deflation by others
- Brady also had no notice that his discipline would be the equivalent of the discipline imposed upon a player who used PEDs
How having Tom Brady impacts Patriots
No surprise: New England's chances in each of its first four games are better with Brady than without him, according to ESPN's NFL Football Power Index.
- Jan. 18: Allegations begin with AFC Championship Game
- May 6: Wells report finds "more probable than not" that Patriots personnel deliberately deflated footballs
- May 11: Brady suspended 4 games, Pats fined $1 million and docked 2 draft picks
- July 28: Brady suspension upheld by NFL
- Today: Judge Berman nullifies Brady suspension
Cotton, metallic ink and ... freedom
Those are the ingredients in Julian Edelman's latest T-shirt according to a tweet sent after Tom Brady's suspension was overturned. Edelman was just one of many players to share their reactions on Twitter. See the tweets
Schefter: Bad two years for the NFL
Adam Schefter on SportsCenter: "From the league office perspective, last year went as bad as it could. This season is about to kick off and this is a damning decision. This is a slap in the face of the NFL."
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Robert Kraft on Tom Brady ruling
The Patriots owner released a statement that said: "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."
'Elation, vindication and relief'
ESPN's Mike Reiss said three words sum up the feelings at Gillette Stadium after Tom Brady's four-game suspension was overturned: "Elation, vindication and relief." He also reports Brady may play a snap in tonight's preseason game as a symbolic gesture. Live on ESPNews, WatchESPN
Is the offense holding the Chiefs back?
ESPN's Mark Schlereth says Kansas City's biggest weakness is that they can't stretch the field. The team had only four plays of more than 35 yards in 2014, the lowest in the NFL.
Roger Goodell statement on Brady ruling
"We are grateful to Judge Berman for hearing this matter, but respectfully disagree with today's decision. We will appeal today's ruling in order to uphold the collectively bargained responsibility to protect the integrity of the game. The commissioner's responsibility to secure the competitive fairness of our game is a paramount principle, and the league and our 32 clubs will continue to pursue a path to that end. While the legal phase of this process continues, we look forward to focusing on football and the opening of the regular season. "
Bruschi: Goodell is embarrassing NFL
On SportsCenter, Tedy Bruschi said of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell: "I'm embarrassed that the leader of the NFL ... is making the league look ridiculous."
Watch: Brady reaction on ESPN
Jackie MacMullan on SportsCenter: "I'm surprised. I didn't think that this would ever be overturned." Coverage on ESPNews, WatchESPN
Brady's fantasy stock soars
When the news of Tom Brady's suspension being overturned broke, around 75% of all roster changes in ESPN Fantasy Football leagues were Brady being moved into the starting lineup for Week 1. Brady's average draft position also dropped from around 75 to around 50. Play for free
A federal judge overturned the NFL's four-game suspension of Tom Brady in the Deflategate case, issuing a 40-page ruling that criticized commissioner Roger Goodell for dispensing "his own brand of industrial justice." [Credit: AP Photo/Mary Altaffer]
Mike Sando NFL Insider
If integrity of the game were truly the NFL's top priority in the Deflategate matter, all the league had to do before the AFC title game was put into place stricter protocols moving forward.
Fantasy impact of Brady ruling
Field Yates said on SportsCenter of Tom Brady's fantasy stock after his four-game suspension was overturned: "I had him at QB10, you can push him up to QB6 and he's certainly right on the heels of Drew Brees for QB5." Play for free
Schefter: The NFL's 'ship crashed'
ESPN's Adam Schefter discusses how the NFL's preparation ultimately doomed the league in the case.
Recent suspensions changed on appeal
Tom Brady's case is the NFL's fifth suspension reversal in the last year. The four others:
- Ray Rice: Indefinite suspension lifted
- Adrian Peterson: Indefinite suspension lifted
- Ndamukong Suh: 1 game to zero games
- Greg Hardy: 10 games to 4 games