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Roger Goodell statement on Tom Brady ruling; NFL will appeal

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement on Judge Richard M. Berman’s ruling nullifying the league’s suspension of Tom Brady:

“We are grateful to Judge Berman for hearing this matter, but respectfully disagree with today’s decision. We will appeal today’s ruling in order to uphold the collectively bargained responsibility to protect the integrity of the game. The commissioner’s responsibility to secure the competitive fairness of our game is a paramount principle, and the league and our 32 clubs will continue to pursue a path to that end. While the legal phase of this process continues, we look forward to focusing on football and the opening of the regular season.”

Doug Most can be reached at dmost@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Globedougmost