U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump came to his friend Brady's defense shortly thereafter at a campaign rally in Warwick, Rhode Island.
"Leave Tom Brady alone," said Trump in front of hundreds of supporters, per the Associated Press (via The Score). Trump added Brady is a "great guy" and said "it's enough" regarding the Deflategate saga.
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Trump also stuck up for Brady last August as the legendary QB was going through the appeals process to overturn the four-game ban.
Brady said in September it would be "great" if Trump were to be elected the next U.S. president, further fortifying the high-profile friendship.
As NFL Network's Albert Breer reported Monday, Brady can seek an injunction and either appeal to the Supreme Court or ask for a rehearing before the full 2nd Circuit Court. Otherwise the suspension will be upheld.
The Patriots have already lost their 2016 first-round pick and a 2017 fourth-round pick and have been fined $1 million as part of the Deflategate punishment. If the NFL's latest bid to suspend Brady succeeds, 2014 second-round draft choice Jimmy Garoppolo will be in line to fill in under center.