'Deflategate' Turns 5: How NFL Discipline Has Evolved

By Zachary Zagger (April 23, 2021, 9:28 PM EDT) -- Five years after the NFL "Deflategate" case highlighted the "unorthodox" way the league's commissioner can wield player discipline, attorneys say the initial media frenzy has given way to a more modest legacy, with court challenges to the system now rare and players securing only limited reforms.

In April 2016, the Second Circuit reinstated a four-game suspension of then-New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for allegedly taking part in a scheme to manipulate the inflation of game footballs. The case, which became known as "Deflategate," was one of the most closely watched sports legal dramas of all time, owing in part to...

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