FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Two days after Tom Brady and the NFL Players Association’s petition for a rehearing was denied by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the New England Patriots quarterback on Friday said he would not appeal his “Deflategate” case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In a post on Facebook, Brady thanked the Patriots owner, his coaches, teammates, the NFLPA, agents, family, and friends before saying he made the “difficult decision” to not proceed with the legal process.
I’m very grateful for the overwhelming support I’ve received from Mr. Kraft, the Kraft family, coach Belichick, my coaches and teammates, the NFLPA, my agents, my loving family and most of all, our fans. It has been a challenging 18 months and I have made the difficult decision to no longer proceed with the legal process. I’m going to work hard to be the best player I can be for the New England Patriots and I look forward to having the opportunity to return to the field this fall.
The move means Brady will be suspended for the first four games of the NFL season for his role in the deflation of footballs in the AFC Championship Game in January 2015.