Brady accepts four-game 'Deflategate' suspension


Tom Brady will no longer fight his four-game suspension for his alleged role in the 'Deflategate' scandal.

The New England Patriots quarterback announced on Friday that he would not appeal the ban for his apparent involvement in deflating footballs in the 2015 AFC Championship Game to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Brady wrote on his Facebook page: "I'm very grateful for the overwhelming support I've received from [Patriots owner] Mr. [Robert] Kraft, the Kraft family, coach [Bill] Belichick, my coaches and team-mates, the NFLPA, my agents, my loving family and most of all, our fans.

"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."

However, the NFLPA hinted the matter may not be completely over.

An NFLPA statement read: "After careful consideration and discussion with Tom Brady, the NFLPA will not be seeking a stay of the four-game suspension with the 2nd Circuit [Court of Appeals].

"This decision was made in the interest of certainty and planning for Tom prior to the New England Patriots season. We will continue to review all of our options and we reserve our rights to petition for cert to the Supreme Court."

The suspension was reinstated by a three-judge panel of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in April. Brady filed a petition for a new hearing in May, but that appeal was denied earlier this week.

In Brady's absence, Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to start at quarterback for the Patriots against the Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans and Buffalo Bills. Brady is eligible to return in Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns.