Tom Brady will accept 4-game suspension, won’t continue appeal

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FILE – In this Jan. 22, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speaks at a news conference in Foxborough, Mass. The players’ union has proposed a settlement on Brady’s four-game suspension last week, but has not gotten a response from the NFL. A person familiar with the proposal tells The Associated Press […]

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (WWLP) – Tom Brady’s four-game suspension will stand, as the New England Patriots quarterback announced Friday that he will not continue with the legal process to overturn it. Earlier this week, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Brady’s attempt to get a new hearing on his case, and his only option going forward was to try to get the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his case.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Brady after a league-commissioned report found that Brady was “at least generally aware” of underinflated footballs at the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts in January of 2015. Brady and the NFL Players Association fought back, and a federal judge threw out the suspension, allowing Brady to play the entire 2015-16 season. The league did not give up, however, and in April, a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court reinstated the punishment. Brady then attempted unsuccessfully to have the entire court hear his case.

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Brady made his announcement Friday through Facebook, saying that he is thankful for the support he has received from fans, teammates, Coach Bill Belichick, and the players’ union, as well as owner Robert Kraft and his family.

“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,” Brady wrote.

Backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to take his place for the first four games of the 2016-17 season.

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