Superbowl MVP Tom Brady has been suspended for the first 4 games of the season without pay by the NFL. The New England Patriots was also fined $1 million dollars for deflating footballs during the AFC title game last season as stated by the League on Monday. The Patriots were stripped off two prized-future draft picks, including a a first round choice in 2016.
Two equipments staffers, believed to have conceived the plan, including the one who called himself “The Deflator,” have been indefinitely suspended by the League.
Brady will only return on the week the Patriots will face Colts at Indianapolis after missing 4 games, including the season’s showcase kickoff against Pittsburgh.
But the Patriots have extended “unconditional” support to their tainted star. Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft released a statement on Monday criticizing the investigation on which the punishment is based. The draft also pointed out Patriot’s belief on Brady “has not wavered.”
“Despite our conviction that there was no tampering with footballs, it was our intention to accept any discipline levied by the league,” revealed Kraft. “Today’s punishment, however, far exceeded any reasonable expectation. It was based completely on circumstantial rather than hard or conclusive evidence.”
“We are humbled by the support the New England Patriots have received from our fans throughout the world,” the statement clarified. “We recognize our fans’ concerns regarding the NFL’s penalties and share in their disappointment in how this one-sided investigation was handled, as well as the dismissal of the scientific evidence supported by the Ideal Gas Law in the final report.”
The suspended quarterback can now appeal to commissioner Roger Goodell within 3 days. His agent confirmed that they are preparing for the appeal.