Tom Brady announced on Facebook this afternoon that he is no longer going to fight the four-game suspension Roger Goodell gave him for his role in Deflategate.
“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,” he wrote. “It has been a challenging 18 months and I have made the difficult decision to no longer proceed with the legal process.”
Here are the details of Brady’s suspension:
- It begins at 4 p.m. on Sept. 3.
- He cannot have contact with the team.
- He will lose four games of pay – $235K
- He is eligible to return to the field in Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 9.
Tom Brady is docked 4 games worth of pay, a total of $235K. His suspension begins Sept. 3 at 4 pm. He cannot have contact with the team.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 15, 2016
New England opens its 2016 season Sept. 11 against the Cardinals. The team will also face the Dolphins, Texans and Bills without Brady.
Bill Belichick’s team has won the AFC East seven years in a row.