Deflategate has come back to haunt New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
The U.S. Second Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the NFL on Monday when it reinstated Brady’s four-game suspension. The suspension will be effective for the first four games of the upcoming 2016 season.
“We are pleased the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled today that the Commissioner properly exercised his authority under the collective bargaining agreement to act in cases involving the integrity of the game,” the NFL said in a statement. “That authority has been recognized by many courts and has been expressly incorporated into every collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and (the NFL Players Assocation) for the past 40 years.”
Brady’s original suspension was dealt by the NFL following a controversial scandal known as Deflategate where Brady was connected to deflated footballs used in the AFC Championship Game in January 2015. That suspension was nullified by U.S. District Judge Richard Berman back in September just weeks before the Patriots’ first game of the season.