New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady announced on his Facebook page that he is no longer going to fight his four-game suspension stemming from Deflategate in the legal system.
He will serve the suspension to start the season.
“I'm very grateful for the overwhelming support I've received from Mr. Kraft, the Kraft family, coach Belichick, my coaches and teammates, the NFLPA, my agents, my loving family and most of all, our fans,” Brady wrote in the post Friday afternoon. “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.”
On Wednesday, the 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals denied his request for an en banc rehearing after a three-judge panel reversed a decision from a lower court to affirm Brady’s suspension.
Last September, U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman had vacated Brady’s suspension.
Now, Brady will be forced to miss games against the Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans and Buffalo Bills. Backup Jimmy Garoppolo will start in his place, but Brady will be eligible to return Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns.
Source; USA Today