We did NOT see this coming.
The Pats will also have to pay a $1 million fine and lose their 2016 first-round and 2017 fourth-round draft picks.
In a scathing letter to Tom, the NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent wrote:
“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.”
Two Pats employees — officials’ locker room attendant Jim McNally and equipment assistant John Jastremski — were suspended indefinitely for their role in “Deflategate.”
The entire scandal has been an embarrassment for their team and especially their MVP.
Tom has yet to release a statement in response. His agent last week said there were “significant and tragic” flaws in the NFL report.
Ironically, Tom’s first game next season after his suspension is lifted will be against the Indianapolis Colts, the Pats’ AFC rivals who alerted the league about the deflated balls that prompted the investigation. Brady has three days to appeal the ruling.
His suspension is more severe than Ray Rice‘s — who only initially got a two-game suspension after video surfaced of him knocking out his wife.
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