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Appeals Court Reinstates Brady's 4-Game 'Deflategate' Suspension
Updated April 26, 2016 6:24 AM | Filed under: Sports
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(NEW YORK) - An appeals court ruled Monday that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady must serve a 4-game suspension for "Deflategate."

In September, a lower court threw out Brady's suspension after a pair of hearings in August. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman said in the previous decision that the NFL had botched the investigation into the case, which erupted after the AFC Championship Game in 2015. The league investigated allegations that Brady had used underinflated footballs in a 45-7 thrashing of the Indianapolis Colts.

The Patriots won the Super Bowl that season. Berman took the NFL to task for inconsistently applying punishment in the case, not allowing Brady and his legal team to examine lead investigator Jeff Pash and failing to give Brady and his legal team equal access to investigative files.

Berman said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell "dispensed his own brand of industrial justice" concerning the Deflategate scandal.

But the saga wasn't over yet. The NFL appealed last year's ruling, and attorneys for both side presented their arguments in March. A three-judge panel in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the NFL Monday.

The decision could end the legal debate over the long-simmering case.

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