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What they're saying about Tom Brady's nullified suspension

A federal judge on Thursday nullified New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension stemming from "Deflategate." Here's how some reacted.

Make no mistake, the Patriots didn't need to cheat to beat the Colts on Jan. 18. They probably didn't need to cheat to beat the Colts 45-7. Brady was actually more effective with legal footballs than with the illegal ones ... But make no mistake, the victorious Tom Brady appeal, with all its minutiae and legal jargon – and, let's be honest, its legitimate overall outcome – is merely a sideshow.

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Now, because common sense plays no part in the judicial system or in the NFL's way of conducting business, Brady is off the hook for something he likely did. He got off on technicalities and the NFL's incompetence, not because he's innocent.

With this win in his pocket, if I'm Bob Kraft, I'm taking the NFL to court to get my $1 million and two draft picks back.

That's an embarrassment for the NFL.

The ruling is a complete disaster for the NFL even if the case is not over. ... If the NFL accepts the decision, a dangerous precedent will have been set and the league will have effectively opened the door for future punishments of players to be challenged in court instead of just in an appeal hearing.

The DeflateGate saga has mercifully written its final chapter. No more talk of PSIs. No more endless, ridiculous spins. And no more unflattering Tom Brady courtroom sketches.

Brady's colleagues past and present reacted with a mix of astonishment and — in the case of Rob Gronkowski — pure joy.

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