NEW YORK (AP): A federal appeals court has rejected Tom Brady’s attempt to get a new hearing on his “Deflategate” suspension.
The New England quarterback wanted the full 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear the case. A three-judge panel ruled in April that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was within his powers to suspend Brady for four games for his role in the deflated football scheme in the 2015 AFC Championship game.
The full court’s decision affirms the wide-ranging powers given to the commissioner by the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement. It is also a setback for organized labor groups arguing for due process in employee discipline.
Brady’s remaining hope is to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.