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Goodell has no regrets suspending Tom Brady: 'Rules apply to everyone'

Thursday, October 8, 2015 10:13:51 AM America/Los_Angeles

It was just over a month ago that Tom Brady's four-game suspension for Deflategate was overturned by United States District Court Judge Richard Berman.

The only reason the Patriots quarterback was in court is because NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had upheld Brady's four-game suspension after a June 23 appeal hearing.

It's a good thing Brady doesn't have to deal with Goodell anymore because if the NFL commissioner had to do it all over again, it sounds like he'd definitely hit Brady with another four-game suspension.

During the owners meetings in New York on Wednesday, Goodell said that he doesn't regret suspending Brady and that the NFL's rules "apply to everybody."

"I have a lot of respect and admiration for Tom. I know him personally. I admire him tremendously, and he's a future Hall of Fame player," Goodell said. "But our rules apply to everybody. They apply to every single player."

Goodell said the league will never play favorites.

Although Deflategate dragged on for almost nine months and cost the NFL over $5 million to investigate, Goodell has no regrets suspending Brady.

"I don't regret that, and we will continue to uphold the integrity of the game, and we'll do that as vehemently as we can," Goodell said.

The NFL is appealing Judge Berman's decision and a big reason the league is doing that is because Goodell wants to make sure he has the power he was given when the players and owners negotiated the Collective Bargaining Agreement in 2011.

If you were hoping you'd never hear the words Deflategate again, that's not going to happen. The NFL's appeal is expected to be heard as early as Feb. 1, right around the time that Brady could be playing in the Super Bowl.

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