Tom Brady’s suspension stands! The New England Patriots’ quarterback appealed his ‘Deflate-Gate’ punishment but it was no use! The NFL says Tom deliberately destroyed potential evidence in the case and he now must sit out the first 4 games of the 2015 NFL season!
Perhaps this is finally the end of Deflate-Gate? The NFL has ruled that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, 34, must serve his 4-game suspension for his role in the ball-deflating scandal. Despite Tom appealing the decision, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, 56, has laid down the law!
The NFL’s decision came out on July 28, reports ESPN.com. Tom was initially suspended four games for his role in the cheating scandal. He appealed the ruling, speaking with Commissioner Goodell for nearly 11 hours in June. Seems like it wasn’t good enough! The NFL said that Tom destroyed his cell phone instead of handing it over to the investigators. By doing so, Tom possibly destroyed evidence that he contacted Jim McNally and John Jastremski, the two Patriots workers behind Deflate-Gate.
“On or shortly before March 6, the day that Tom Brady met with independent investigator Ted Wells and his colleagues, Brady directed that the cell phone he had used for the prior four months be destroyed. He did so even though he was aware that the investigators had requested access to text messages and other electronic information that had been stored on that phone,” the NFL’s statement read. Not only did Tom destroy the phone and the 10,000 text messages on it, he hid that fact from the NFL for months!
Because he willfully interfered in the investigation, Tom must serve his four-game suspension. He can still practice in pre-season training, but he’ll have to ride the bench until Week 6, reports the NFL. That’s when he’ll be eligible to play again. It will also be a huge game: Tom will return when the Patriots face the Indianapolis Colts, the team that blew the whistle on the under-inflated balls! Yikes!
While there’s no direct evidence that Tom was involved in the cheating scandal, the 200+ page report, released on May 6, said that the Patriots’ quarterback likely knew that the cheating was going on. The independent investigator said that Tom was “generally aware of [their] inappropriate activities.” Whether Tom was a mastermind or just caught up in trying to be the best, we’ll never know.
What do you think about the ruling, HollywoodLifers? Does this affect Tom’s history as a quarterback?
— Jason Brow