Maine man hires plane to fly banner protesting Brady ruling

FILE - In this May 7, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady gestures during an event at Salem State University in Salem, Mass. Brady's four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game last season has been upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The league announced the decision Tuesday, July 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)
FILE - In this May 7, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady gestures during an event at Salem State University in Salem, Mass. Brady's four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game last season has been upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The league announced the decision Tuesday, July 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) – A man hired a plane to fly a banner over NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s vacation home in Maine, telling him to go back to New York.

WCSH6 television reports that Richard Pate of Biddeford, Maine, hired a local pilot and plane Saturday to protest the suspension of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Brady was suspended for his role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game in January. Goodell upheld the suspension Tuesday after Brady appealed.

Pate said the pilot was more than happy to help.

The banner instructed Goodell to “Jet back to New York.”

Pate wouldn’t say how much the plane cost, but said it was worth every penny.

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