Tom Brady Suspended For First Four Games Of Next Season
Tom Brady has been suspended for the first four games of the 2015-2016 season without pay, it was announced on Monday. The four-game suspension comes just five days after the release of the Wells Report, which stated Brady was “aware of the inappropriate activities” involving the under-inflated footballs from the Patriots game against Indianapolis Colts.
In addition to the suspension for the Super Bowl champion quarterback, the Patriot were fined $1 million and stripped of their first two draft picks. As Gossip Cop previously reported, “Deflategate” resulted from the Colts complaining after their January 18 loss that the Patriot’s footballs were under-inflated, making the balls easier to grip and catch for their opponents. It was later confirmed by the NFL that 11 out of 12 of the Patriot’s footballs were inflated well below the allowed limit.
When the controversy began, Brady denied tampering with the footballs. He said at the time, “When I pick those footballs out, at that point, you know, to me, they’re perfect.” Brady has yet to comment on his suspension.
Troy Vincent, the NFL’s Executive Vice President said in a statement, Brady’s behavior was “detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the game of professional football.” He added, “The integrity of the game is of paramount importance to everyone in our league, and requires unshakable commitment to fairness and compliance with the playing rules. Each player, no matter how accomplished and otherwise respected, has an obligation to comply with the rules and must be held accountable for his actions when those rules are violated and the public’s confidence in the game is called into question.