After a long summer of offseason distractions, the New England Patriots received the ultimate gift.
Judge Richard M. Berman ruled that commissioner Roger Goodell gave too harsh of a punishment while ripping him for having “his own brand of industrial justice.”
The NFL commissioner responded to Berman’s ruling with a statement.
“We are grateful to Judge Berman for hearing this matter, but respectfully disagree with today’s decision,” Goodell said.
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The reigning Super Bowl MVP was suspended for four games by the NFL for being considered to have likely played a role in deflating game balls during the AFC Championship.
Brady insists that he did not play a role in this controversy, which has hung over the Patriots’ heads since before the Super Bowl.
They managed to come away with a triumphant comeback victory over the Seattle Seahawks though, as Brady put together a flawless fourth quarter performance.
The defending Super Bowl champions will begin their season in the 2015 opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, which will take place on Thursday, Sept. 10.
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