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Deflategate is over? New England Patriots Super Bowl QB Tom Brady suspended 4 games, $1 million, forfeiture of draft picks

The wait is over. Tom Brady was suspended for four games, but not fined, by the NFL Monday afternoon. In addition, the New England Patriots were fined for $1 million and lose of 1st round in 2016 and fourth rounder in 2017.

The NFL went on hard on Brady and the New England Patriots on the “Deflategate” in which the NFL had found that the Patriots used deflated footballs that were below 12.5 PSI in the AFC title game against the Indianapolis Colts.

After five days of speculations over Brady’s involvement on the Deflategate scandal, the NFL stated:

“We reached these decisions after extensive discussion with Troy Vincent and many others,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “We relied on the critical importance of protecting the integrity of the game and the thoroughness and independence of the Wells report.”

In a letter sent to Brady by NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent, it stated:

“With respect to your particular involvement, the report established that there is substantial and credible evidence to conclude you were at least generally aware of the actions of the Patriots’ employees involved in the deflation of the footballs and that it was unlikely that their actions were done without your knowledge,” Vincent wrote. “Moreover, the report documents your failure to cooperate fully and candidly with the investigation, including by refusing to produce any relevant electronic evidence (emails, texts, etc.), despite being offered extraordinary safeguards by the investigators to protect unrelated personal information, and by providing testimony that the report concludes was not plausible and contradicted by other evidence.”

Brady was uncooperative during the investigation by not allowing his emails and text to be check by the investigators. The three-time Super Bowl MVP denied all the allegations just before the Super Bowl. However, the NFL finished the investigation after 100 days and attorney Ted Wells, who led the probe, said on the report:

“We have concluded that it is more probable than not that Jim McNally (the Officials Locker Room attendant for the Patriots) and John Jastremski (an equipment assistant for the Patriots) participated in a deliberate effort to release air from Patriots game balls after the balls were examined by the referee.

“Based on the evidence, it also is our view that it is more probable than not that Tom Brady (the quarterback for the Patriots) was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities of McNally and Jastremski involving the release of air from Patriots game balls,”

Brady can appeal the suspension and it can probably be reduced into for games. Assuming that the four games will stand, Brady will miss the games against the Steelers, Bills, Jaguars and Cowboys, with the Buffalo and Dallas games both coming on the road.

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