Law professor weighs in on Brady ruling

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FILE - In this April 31, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady leaves Federal court in New York. Brady can suit up for his team's season opener after a judge erased his four-game suspension for "Deflategate." (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — 24-Hour News 8 spoke with IUPUI law professor and former sports lawyer Gary Roberts about a federal judge’s ruling to essentially erase Tom Brady’s four game suspension.

“The appropriate remedy is to get the collective bargaining agreement changed not to have judges re-write it,” Roberts said. “District judges tend to overreach. No district judge wants to say they don’t have authority to do something and they also have a tendency to say I’m going to do what i think is fair and worry if the law supports me later.”

The ruling was a shot to the gut for many Colts fans. But the scandal is still a scandal here in Indianapolis.

“I think it’s pretty clear. All of the circumstantial evidence is he let the low-level guys cheat for him so his fingerprints wouldn’t be on it but he would still get what he wanted,” one fan said.

“Slightly surprising. I thought it would be reduced rather than completely erased,” another fan added.

But it’s not over yet. The NFL announced they will appeal.

“If the appellate court should reverse, which it probably won’t come to that for a year, he could be suspended next year or if it came quicker than that, he could be suspended this year, but that’s highly unlikely,” Roberts said

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