Patriots owner Robert Kraft issued a statement Thursday afternoon, shortly after Judge Richard Berman cleared quarterback Tom Brady.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft issued a statement Thursday afternoon, shortly after Judge Richard Berman cleared quarterback Tom Brady.

“As I have said during this process and throughout his Patriots career, Tom Brady is a classy person of the highest integrity. He represents everything that is great about this game and this league. Yet, with absolutely no evidence of any actions of wrongdoing by Tom in the Wells report, the lawyers at the league still insisted on imposing and defending unwarranted and unprecedented discipline. Judge Richard Berman understood this and we are greatly appreciative of his thoughtful decision that was delivered today. Now, we can return our focus to the game on the field.”

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Tom Brady has every reason to celebrate after beating the NFL in court. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)Roger Goodell thought he could make up the rules as he went along.



Shortly after Judge Richard Berman made his decision in the Deflategate case Thursday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell issued the following statement through the league:

Shortly after Judge Richard Berman made his decision in the Deflategate case Thursday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell issued the following statement through the league:

We are grateful to Judge Berman for hearing this matter, but respectfully disagree with today’€™s decision. We will appeal today’€™s ruling in order to uphold the collectively bargained responsibility to protect the integrity of the game. The commissioner’€™s responsibility to secure the competitive fairness of our game is a paramount principle, and the league and our 32 clubs will continue to pursue a path to that end. While the legal phase of this process continues, we look forward to focusing on football and the opening of the regular season.

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Following Tom Brady‘s four-game suspension being vacated, the NFLPA released a statement thanking Judge Richard Berman and also said it is “happy for the victory of the rule of law for our players and our fans.”

The full statement reads:

Following Tom Brady‘s four-game suspension being vacated, the NFLPA released a statement thanking Judge Richard Berman and also said it is “happy for the victory of the rule of law for our players and our fans.”

The full statement reads:

The rights of Tom Brady and of all NFL players under the collective bargaining agreement were affirmed today by a Federal Judge in a court of the NFL’€™s choosing. We thank Judge Berman for his time, careful consideration of the issue and fair and just result.

This decision should prove, once and for all, that our Collective Bargaining Agreement does not grant this Commissioner the authority to be unfair, arbitrary and misleading. While the CBA grants the person who occupies the position of Commissioner the ability to judiciously and fairly exercise the designated power of that position, the union did not agree to attempts to unfairly, illegally exercise that power, contrary to what the NFL has repeatedly and wrongfully claimed.

We are happy for the victory of the rule of law for our players and our fans. This court’€™s decision to overturn the NFL Commissioner again should signal to every NFL owner that collective bargaining is better than legal losses. Collective bargaining is a much better process that will lead to far better results.

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Tom Brady stood taller than NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and beat him in court. (D Dipasupil/Getty Images)Justice prevails.

Two simple words that sum up the nine-month nightmare that was Deflategate.



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Tom Brady's four-game suspension was nullified by Judge Richard Berman. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Tom Brady‘s four-game suspension was nullified by Judge Richard Berman. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Judge Richard Berman ruled in favor of Tom Brady and vacated his four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate. Berman issued his ruling in a 40-page document, which can be found here.

Here are the biggest takeaways:

— “There were several legal deficiencies, including inadequate notice to Brady of both his potential discipline (four-game suspension) and his alleged misconduct; (B) denial of the opportunity for Brady to examine one of two lead investigators, namely NFL Executive Vice President and General Counsel Jeff Pash; and (C) denial of equal access to investigative files, including witness interview notes.”

— The NFL and Roger Goodell said they based the four-game suspension as an equivalent to a suspension for steroids. The court did not back that claim, stating, “Brady also had no notice that his discipline would be the equivalent of the discipline imposed upon a player who used performance enhancing drugs.” It added, “it cannot, as a matter of law, serve as adequate notice of discipline to Brady. It also cannot reasonably be used as a comparator for Brady’s four-game suspension.”

Also, Berman writes it is “law of the shop” to give players notice for potential discipline and matters and Brady wasn’t given any.

— The ruling also goes into the “general awareness” aspect of the case, which was the main finding of the Wells Report. Berman says,”as a matter of law, no NFL policy or precedent notifies players that they may be disciplined (much less suspended) for general awareness of misconduct by others. And, it does not appear that the NFL has ever, prior to this case, sought to punish players for such an alleged violation.”

— Berman also had an issue with the NFL claiming Ted Wells was an independent investigator, as five times in the document quotation marks were used around the word “independent.”

— The NFL didn’t have co-lead investigator Jeff Pash at the arbitral hearing, which Berman called “fundamentally unfair.” He added, “It is also problematic to the Court that there was no specification by Goodell as to the ways Pash’s testimony would have been ‘cumulative.'”

With Pash not at the hearing, Berman says Brady was “prejudiced.”

— The conclusion reads: “For the reasons stated herein, the Management Council’s motion to confirm the arbitration award [ECF No.4] is denied and the Players Association’s motion to vacate the arbitration award [ECF No. 28] is granted. Brady’s four-game suspension is vacated, effective immediately.”

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In the immediate aftermath of Thursday’s decision clearing Tom Brady for his alleged role in Deflategate, several players — Patriots and otherwise — took to Twitter to comment on the ruling:

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