Days after a lengthy report found it was “more probable than not” that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady knew of rule-breaking, the NFL has issued its punishment: a four-game suspension for Brady and a $1 million fine for the Patriots.
Brady will sit out the first four games of the 2015 regular season without pay, the NFL says, citing “conduct detrimental to the integrity of the NFL.”
The Patriots will also lose their first-round pick in next year’s draft, along with a fourth-round pick in 2017, over the incident known as “Deflategate,” in which Brady was accused of using underinflated footballs during last season’s AFC Championship Game. The Patriots won that game handily and went on to win the Super Bowl.
Update at 7:55 p.m. ET: Brady’s Agent Calls Suspension ‘Ridiculous’
Don Yee, Brady’s agent, says the decorated athlete will appeal the NFL’s decision.
Yee released a statement Monday saying, “The discipline is ridiculous and has no legitimate basis. In my opinion, this outcome was pre-determined; there was no fairness in the Wells investigation whatsoever. There is no evidence that Tom directed footballs be set at pressures below the allowable limits.”
He later added, “The NFL has a well-documented history of making poor disciplinary decisions that often are overturned” upon review.
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