Tom Brady Suspended Due to Deflategate
It’s been a rough day for the New England Patriots and their fans: Tom Brady has been suspended.
The quarterback will be suspended without pay during the first four games of the 2015 football season as a result of his involvement in the “Deflategate” scandal. The Patriots will also lose a first-round draft pick next year and a fourth-round pick for the 2017 season.
In case you are unaware of the scandal, the story basically goes: the Indianapolis Colts noticed a significant difference in the footballs that the Patriots were bringing out on offense in comparison to their own during the huge AFC Championship game. The Patriots won the game, which lead them to eventually winning the Super Bowl this year.
The controversy over deflated balls (try not to laugh) sparked a huge investigation by Ted Wells. Last week, he issued a 243-page report last week that concluded it was “more probable than not that Tom Brady (the quarterback for the Patriots) was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities,” which included the Patriots’ locker room attendant Jim McNally — who referred to himself as “the Deflator” — and equipment assistant John Jastremski deflating the team’s game balls.
The consequence? Brady reportedly makes around $500K per game, so the suspension will cost him something around $2 million overall.
“We reached these decisions after extensive discussion with Troy Vincent and many others,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement Monday. “We relied on the critical importance of protecting the integrity of the game and the thoroughness and independence of the Wells report.”
Though Brady will definitely be covered financially – his wife Gisele Bündchen is the highest paid model in the world — we know a couple guys who are going to be more disappointed than Brady to hear the news: