Legal experts: Brady's odds slim

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit has ruled to reinstate Patriots QB’s suspension for his alleged involvement in Deflategate.
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Tom Brady isn’t completely out of legal options to fight the four-game suspension that was re-instated Monday by a panel of judges in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, but the New England Patriots quarterback’s odds of having his appeal heard again are slim, legal experts told USA TODAY Sports.

“The takeaway is that Brady lost. Brady lost everything,” Raffi Melkonian, a partner at the Houston firm of Wright & Close said after reviewing the 2nd Circuit ruling.

Melkonian said Brady’s most likely recourse is to ask the court for a stay of the suspension while his legal team pursues an en banc session from the 2nd Circuit. This means Brady would request that 13 active judges in that circuit all review Monday’s ruling, which was issued by a three-judge panel.

“He would need to get a majority of those judges to…

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