Jul. 13, 2016|By Gregory B. Collins
Earlier today, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals denied New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and the NFL Players Association’s request for en banc rehearing in the Deflategate case, National Football Management Council v. National Football Players Association, 820 F.3d 527 (2nd Cir. 2016). Sports fans and legal commentators have been weighing in with their opinions regarding the next steps here. As explained below, despite the Second Circuit Court of Appeal's ruling today, there is a very real chance that Tom Brady plays on September 11, 2016, when the Patriots take on the Cardinals in Arizona on Sunday Night Football.
UPDATE: On July 15, 2016, Tom Brady announced that he will not be requesting that the Supreme Court hear the case. He'll serve his suspension the first four games of the NFL season.