FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI/AP) — After Tom Brady’s latest appeal of his four-game suspension was denied by a federal court on Wednesday, Patriots fans told Eyewitness News they were upset by the latest development
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan issued a one-sentence rejection of requests by the National Football League Players Association Wednesday and Brady to reconsider an April decision that reinstated the suspension.
The court’s action left intact a 2-to-1 ruling by a three-judge panel that found NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell acted within his powers by upholding the suspension of the star quarterback for his role in a scheme to doctor footballs used in a January 2015 playoff game.
Fans said they ultimately think the quarterback’s suspension could be overturned.
“I’m still holding out hope, obviously,” said Peter Pepler of Boston.
Skylar Giguere of Blackstone said Brady should continue to fight. Even a Denver Broncos fan, Jasmine Dasilva, told Eyewitness News she thought Brady’s punishment was too harsh. “I think it’s stupid,” Dasilva said.
Jason Spooner, of Pawtucket, said he thinks the suspension will be a good opportunity for Jimmy Garappolo, who will be filling in during Brady’s absence.
“Good tryout for him,” he said. “As much as I hate to say it, it’s like sacrilege, but Brady isn’t going to be here forever.”
Pepler said he won’t be worried if Garappolo has to play.
“If he has to start, I’m not worried,” he said. “He’s going to be good.”
Ticket price impact?
Back in April when Brady’s suspension was reinstated, it affected ticket prices for the games he’ll miss and his first games back.
If his suspension stands, the first game he’ll play in is October 9 in Cleveland.
Eyewitness News checked the ticket price on some resellers’ websites – they start at $76 on Boston-based Ace Ticket and $72 on StubHub.
Pepler said he was buying Pats gear Wednesday because he was fired up by the court decision. He said if the four-game suspension holds up, he’s ready for Game 5.
“I’ll probably go to Cleveland. I’ll have to go out there and support him,” Pepler said. “I’ll take a bus trip out there. Tom Brady will be fired up more than usual if that’s possible.”
Prices for Brady’s first game back at Gillette are starting at more than $200 on the resale sites. Prices for that game are currently selling for more than any of the home games he’ll miss.
There’s still one more chance – albeit slim – that Brady can take his case to the United States Supreme Court. Game 1 is September 11.
If you still want to score tickets to any of those home games – with or without Brady – the Patriots are putting a limited number of single-game tickets on sale Thursday at 10 a.m.