NFL suspends Brady 4 games, docks Patriots $1M and 2 picks
The NFL brought the metaphorical hammer down on the New England Patriots organization Monday for its perceived role in the Deflategate scandal during this past season’s AFC Championship Game. The Patriots have been fined $1 million and have had two draft picks – a 2016 1st rounder and 2017 4th rounder – taken away. QB Tom Brady has also been suspended four games for his role in the scandal.
The Ted Wells investigative report, released last week, revealed that Patriots personnel more likely than not took part in violating NFL rules regarding proper inflation of game balls.
"Based on the evidence developed in connection with the investigation and summarized in this Report, we have concluded that it is more probable than not that New England Patriots personnel participated in violations of the NFL Playing Rules and were involved in a deliberate attempt to circumvent those rules," the report said.
It was not only the Patriots’ personnel that was implicated, though. Brady was also specifically named in the report.
"Based on the evidence, we also have concluded that it is more probable than not that Tom Brady was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities of [Jim] McNally and [John] Jastremski involving the release of air from Patriots game balls," the report said.
The Patriots are expected to accept their punishment as it
stands, though many believe Brady will appeal his suspension.