April 25, 2016 - Aaron Wilson
Tom Brady four-game suspension reinstated
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension for Deflategate was reinstated by the U.S. Court of Appeals. The decision was announced Monday, reversing the decision of a U.S. District Judge. Brady is suspended for his alleged role in intentionally deflating footballs prior to the 2015 AFC championship against the Indianapolis Colts. The decision follows a March 3 hearing in which Judges Robert A. Katzmann, Barrington Parker, Jr. and Denny Chin relentlessly posed difficult questions to NFLPA general counsel Jeffrey Kessler, during a 76-minute session. During that hearing, Judge Chin called the evidence against Brady “compelling, if not overwhelming.” Neither Brady, nor NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell were present for the March 3 hearing. Brady's suspension originated from an investigation last year by Ted Wells, an NFL-appointed attorney who found that the two-time league MVP was “at least generally aware” of the alleged intentional deflation of the footballs in the 2015 AFC title game. Brady and the NFL Players Association have the right to appeal the decision. Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.