Two days after a judge overturned the NFL’s four-game suspension of Tom Brady for his role in “Deflategate,” the New England Patriots quarterback penned a Facebook post thanking his supporters and apologizing for how the ordeal became the biggest story of the offseason. “While I am pleased to be eligible to play, I am sorry our league had to endure this. I don’t think it has been good for our sport — to a large degree, we have all lost,” Brady wrote.
“I am also sorry to anyone whose feelings I may have hurt as I have tried to work to resolve this situation,” Brady wrote. “I love the NFL. It is a privilege to be a member of the NFL community and I will always try to do my best in representing my team and the league in a way that would make all members of this community proud.”
On Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman struck down the NFL-imposed suspension, saying the punishment was “premised upon several legal deficiencies.” Berman also criticized NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for handing out “his own brand of industrial justice.” The NFL have promised to appeal Berman’s decision, but that won’t prevent Brady from suiting up Week One when the Patriots face off against the Baltimore Ravens on September 10th to kick off the 2015 season.
“I look forward to the competition on the playing field and I hope the attention of NFL fans can return to where it belongs — on the many great players and coaches who work so hard every week, and sacrifice so much, to make this game great,” Brady wrote. “Most importantly, I look forward to representing the New England Patriots on Thursday night in our season opener. I hope to make all of our fans proud this year … and beyond!”
While Brady carefully chose his words in the Facebook post, his father Tom Brady, Sr. was less discreet when he called into a San Francisco sports talk station KGO Friday afternoon to defend his son. According to Deadspin, Brady Sr. accused the NFL of running a “kangaroo court,” referred to “Deflategate” as “Framegate” and called Goodell a “flaming liar.”