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:
If only NFL players that beat their wives got as big a punishment as Brady did for deflating some footballs #DeflateGate
— Lily Pearsall (@lilypearsol) May 12, 2015
Suspend Brady. Go ahead. But you know a worse integrity problem? A commissioner displaying willful ignorance during a domestic violence case
— Mike Wise (@MikeWiseguy) May 12, 2015
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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