Brady suspended 4 games for DeflateGate

The NFL has handed down the harshest punishment to date Monday against the Patriots in the DeflateGate case.  QB Tom Brady has been suspended four games while the team is fined $1 million and has to forfeit a first round pick in 2016 as well as a 2017 4th round pick. 

The punishment is handed out by the league after the Ted Wells Report concluded that is was "more probable than not" that Patriots personnel deflated footballs before the AFC Championship and that Brady was "generally aware" of the actions. 

The two Patriots personnel, Jim McNally and John Jastremski, have been suspended indefinitely as well. 

Here's Patriots owner Robert Kraft's statement on the punishment Monday night: 



“Despite our conviction that there was no tampering with footballs, it was our intention to accept any discipline levied by the league. Today's punishment, however, far exceeded any reasonable expectation. It was based completely on circumstantial rather than hard or conclusive evidence.

“We are humbled by the support the New England Patriots have received from our fans throughout the world. We recognize our fans' concerns regarding the NFL's penalties and share in their disappointment in how this one-sided investigation was handled, as well as the dismissal of the scientific evidence supported by the Ideal Gas Law in the final report.

“Tom Brady has our unconditional support. Our belief in him has not wavered.”

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