Monday, a federal appeals court decided Tom Brady must serve a four-game suspension rendered in the original Deflategate decision.

The suspension was overturned by a federal judge in September.

ESPN reports:

Monday’s ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals to reinstate New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s suspension doesn’t come as a surprise after what unfolded during the March 3 hearing. That wasn’t a good day for Brady, which set the stage for this ruling.

A Patriots spokesman said the team will not have a comment on the ruling. Meanwhile, the NFL Players Association said in a statement:

“The NFLPA is disappointed in the decision by the Second Circuit. We fought Roger Goodell’s suspension of Tom Brady because we know he did not serve as a fair arbitrator and that players’ rights were violated under our collective bargaining agreement.

“Our Union will carefully review the decision, consider all of our options and continue to fight for players’ rights and for the integrity of the game.”

According to Yahoo:

The US Court of Appeals in New York in a 2-1 ruling found that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had acted properly in issuing the sanction and did not “deprive Brady of fundamental fairness.”

Remind me — why is the federal government involved in football?

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