New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft released a statement Thursday following U.S. District Judge Richard Berman's ruling nullifying Tom Brady's four-game suspension.
"As I have said during this process and throughout his Patriots career, Tom Brady is a classy person of the highest integrity," Kraft said in the statement. "He represents everything that is great about this game and this league. Yet, with absolutely no evidence of any actions of wrongdoing by Tom in the Wells report, the lawyers at the league still insisted on imposing and defending unwarranted and unprecedented discipline. Judge Richard Berman understood this and we are greatly appreciative of his thoughtful decision that was delivered today. Now, we can return our focus to the game on the field."
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the NFL doesn't plan to seek a stay to keep Brady off the field during the appeal process.
The legal quandary, however, will press on in the background.