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Tom Brady drops his Deflategate appeal, will serve four-game suspension

Tom Brady drops his Deflategate appeal, will serve four-game suspension

Tom Brady is giving up the legal fight on Deflategate, meaning the New England Patriots quarterback will miss the first four games of the season.

Brady announced the decision Friday on his Facebook page, two days after a federal appeals court rejected his bid to get a new hearing in the matter.

“I'm very grateful for the overwhelming support I've received from [Patriots Chairman and CEO] Mr. [Robert] Kraft, the Kraft family, Coach [Bill] Belichick, my coaches and teammates, the NFLPA, my agents, my loving family and most of all, our fans,” Brady wrote. “It has been a challenging 18 months and I have made the difficult decision to no longer proceed with the...

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