By Maya Rhodan
September 5, 2015

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady broke his silence after the deflategate ruling, writing a lengthy Facebook post that was both a thank you note and an apology.

Brady wrote the post just days after a judge ruled he would not serve the NFL’s prescribed four-game suspension resulting from the deflated football scandal known as deflategate. In the post, he first thanked fans, Judge Richard Berman, who ruled against the NFL, and his team, but went on to say there is no real winner in the affair.

“While I am pleased to be eligible to play, I am sorry our league had to endure this. I don’t think it has been good for our sport – to a large degree, we have all lost,” Brady wrote. “I am also sorry to anyone whose feelings I may have hurt as I have tried to work to resolve this situation.”

Brady and the Patriots will play their season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday.

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