Whether you love him or hate him, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is off the hook. Today in a New York City court, U.S. District Judge Richard Berman overturned a four-game suspension imposed on Brady back in May over the so-called Deflategate scandal. What appeared at first to be a cheating scheme from the New England team -- who were called out for under-inflating footballs in the last AFC Championship Game in order to gain an advantage -- seems now to be a lot of legal hot air.
The 40-page decision can essentially be reduced to the following: "No N.F.L. policy or precedent notifies players that they may be disciplined (much less suspended) for general awareness of misconduct by others,'' Berman wrote.
Still, risk-taking, bad behavior and cheating seem to follow professional football and its players. Here's a look at some of the on-field and off-field scandals that have plagued the NFL in recent years.