After a prolonged legal battle against the National Football League, one that spanned more than an entire season, and nearly went to the highest court in the land, it appears that both Tom Brady and the National Football League Player's Association have thrown in the towel.
Brady released the following statement:
I'm very grateful for the overwhelming support I've received from Mr. Kraft, the Kraft family, coach Belichick, my coaches and teammates, the NFLPA, my agents, my loving family and most of all, our fans. It has been a challenging 18 months and I have made the difficult decision to no longer proceed with the legal process. I'm going to work hard to be the best player I can be for the New England Patriots and I look forward to having the opportunity to return to the field this fall.
This of course means that Brady will now be forced to serve the initial four game suspension that was handed down by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, and it's expected those will be the first four games of this upcoming regular season.
Brady had previously been offered deals by the NFL which would have reduced his suspension, and it's unclear now why he chose to decline those only to drop the case and serve the full punishment later on.