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Deflategate Verdict: 4 Game Suspension For Tom Brady, $1M Fine For Pats

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The NFL has suspended Patriots QB Tom Brady without pay for the first four games of the season, fined the New England Patriots $1 million and taken away two of their draft picks as punishment for the “Deflategate” incident, in which the team was found to have used underinflated footballs for an advantage in the playoffs.

Two equipment staffers believed to have carried out the plan were also indefinitely suspended, including one who called himself “The Deflator.”

The punishment comes after last week’s release of a report by attorney Ted Wells, who was hired by the NFL to investigate the incident. Wells’ report said “it is more probable than not” that Brady was “at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities” of the locker room attendant and equipment assistant.

As a result, the Pats will face off against the Steelers, Bills, Jaguars, and Cowboys without Brady – Unless he wins his appeal. Given the reaction from fans, sportswriters and celebrities alike, it looks like Goodell might be pressured to reduce Brady’s suspension. Here are just a few of the gems posted on social media:

Sounds fair, since the NFL clearly thinks that “maybe” deflating footballs is the same as taking steroids, and worse than beating up women. – Morgan Smith

Regardless of how this plays out, it’s kind of hard to feel sorry for Tom Brady. After all, he’s got 4 Super Bowl rings, a supermodel wife who he bangs on the reg, and a pool of money like Scrooge McDuck. Must be nice..

What do you think of the NFL’s verdict?

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  1. Michael Smiley

    May 25, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Did Tom Brady cheat?

    I was out golfing the other day and I hit this great drive down the middle of the fairway. The ball just jumped off the club-head, soaring down the fairway to just a chip shot to the green and an easy par. It was a thing of beauty.

    So I walk up to the ball and there it sits nestled in to an unrepaired divot the size of a baby Grand Cannon. Damn, no way this is fair. I like my balls cleanly placed on the fairway ready for my next shot. So I gave it a little toe tap. Hit my next shot and skulled the damn thing into the sand trap. Skulled the next shot over the damn green and I ended up with a double bogie.

    But I did finish with the best score of the day by about 8 strokes anyway. Then some poor looser tells me I cheated because I moved the ball out of the divot. Well I don’t feel like I cheated. I mean I still won and hit all those other great shots. I know, let’s ask Tom Brady if he thinks I cheated.

    Michael

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