Tom Brady Suspended, Patriots Fined For DelafteGate
Barring an appeal (which wouldn’t surprise me one bit), it appears as though the books have finally been closed on the DeflateGate investigation, with the findings resulting in a loss of money and picks for the Patriots, and Tom Brady suspended.
We’ll start with Brady, who was determined to have likely been “at least generally aware” that two Patriots employees had deflated footballs prior to the team’s AFC Championship victory over the Indianapolis Colts in January. As a result, he’ll be suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2015 NFL season for “violating the NFL policy on the integrity of the game.”
As for the Patriots organization, they’ll be fined $1-million and they will also be forced to forfeit their first-round pick in 2016 and their fourth-round pick in 2017.
These are some pretty severe sanctions for the defending Super Bowl Champions and their Super Bowl MVP. And judging by their response to the Wells Report last week, I wouldn’t be shocked to see the integrity of these penalties challenged by Robert Kraft and the rest of the Patriots organization in the coming days.