Tom Brady’s strategy of mounting continuous legal appeals until he decides to retire from the game has come to an end, maybe.
He has only the United States Supreme Court left before which to plead as he tries to avoid a four-game suspension handed down by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for his role in the 2015 NFL AFC final against the Indianapolis Colts. After the Patriots and Brady had decimated the Colts 45 – 7, reports surfaced that Brady may have been complicit in instructing Patriots’ equipment managers to supply under-inflated balls that he preferred for being easier to grip.
The latest legal setback was at the hands of the second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City.
Appealing to the Supreme Court is the last gasp in an endless series of last gasps that has created a rift between the NFL authorities and the National Football League Players Association, the union that represents Brady and all NFL players.
The ever-cagey Brady took measures some time ago to prevent the suspension, if upheld, from costing him financially. He restructured his contract for the upcoming season to pay him “only” $1 million, so if he does have to sit out four games at the beginning of the season, it will cost him only $250,000, the rough equivalent of his super model wife’s weekly clothing budget.
Observers think that the Supreme Court will decline to hear the case and will instead try to enforce a four-election suspension on presumptive Republican Party Presidential nominee Donald Trump, or at least get him to shut his trap for four minutes.