Tom Brady Comments on Suspension, Decision to Drop Deflategate Appeal

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistAugust 5, 2016

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) passses during an NFL football training camp practice Friday, July 29, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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Following his decision to accept an NFL-imposed suspension for his alleged role in the Deflategate scandal, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady commented on the matter at training camp Friday. 

Brady will miss the first four games of the 2016 NFL regular season, and he had the following to say regarding the reasoning behind his choice to stop the appeals process, according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald:

The future Hall of Famer is also trying to live in the moment rather than letting the impending suspension impact his preparation for the season, per Ben Volin of the Boston Globe"I'll deal with that when it comes."

Brady was originally slated to be suspended for the first four games of the 2015 campaign, but that ruling was overturned by an appeals court.

The suspension was then reinstated this offseason, and when Brady's second attempt to appeal went in favor of the NFL, he opted against taking the case all the way to the United States Supreme Court.

With Brady unavailable for the first month of the season, third-year man Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to take over as the team's temporary starter.

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He has just 188 passing yards and one touchdown to his credit in his young career, as opposed to 58,028 yards and 428 touchdowns for Brady.

Should the Pats struggle out of the gate with Garoppolo under center, Brady may return to action in Week 5 with little or no margin for error to play with.

   

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