Well, there you have it, guys. After a report came out connecting Tom Brady to the ‘Deflate-Gate’ cheating scandal, the quarterback’s been found guilty of having involvement and has been suspended from the NFL!
It’s a sad day for New England Patriots fans — and especially the team’s star player, Tom Brady, 37. After being called out for his involvement in the cheating scandal that rocked the NFL earlier this year, the sports association’s commissioner, Roger Goodell, 56, has decided to suspend the football star for 4 games. We have all the details!
Tom Brady Suspended After Deflate-Gate: Will Miss 4 Games
“Quarterback Tom Brady will be suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2015 regular season for conduct detrimental to the integrity of the NFL,” the league said on May 11. “Brady may participate in all off-season, training camp and pre-season activities, including pre-season games.”
Tom’s suspension comes 5 days after a 200+ page report came out, connecting the four-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback to the infamous Deflate-Gate schedule. While the report holds no hard evidence of Tom’s actual participation in the scandal, it does state that Tom was “generally aware” that “inappropriate activities” were going down.
Tom Brady addressed the scandal for the first time at a scheduled event at Salem State University on May 7. While being interviewed with sportscaster Jim Gray, the quarterback said,”I don’t have really any reaction. It’s only been 30 hours, so I haven’t had much time to digest it, but when I do I’ll be sure to let you know how I feel about it — and everybody else.”
Tom’s agent, Don Yee, released a statement on May 7, calling the report “a significant and terrible disappointment,” reports CNN.
A History Of The ‘Deflate-Gate’ Scandal
The NFL began their investigation into Deflate-Gate after the 2015 AFC Championship game between the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts showed that the Pats’ balls were severely under-inflated, making them easier to throw and catch.
The NFL report, compiled by NFL investigator Theodore Wells, outlined a systematic cheating operation between New England Patriots employees Jim McNally and John Jastremski. The report found that “it is more probably than not” that Jim and John carried out multiple successful attempts to deflate the Patriots’ game balls.
Jim and John were caught, as text messages on their work phones showed the two conspiring. John offered money and goods to Jim in exchange for him to actually deflate the balls. Tom, who didn’t surrender his personal cell phone to the investigation, wasn’t caught texting these two.
What do you think about Tom Brady’s suspension for his involvement with the scandal, HollywoodLifers?
— Evan Real & Jason Brow