New York Post: New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady Will Be Suspended By NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell For Role In DeflateGate

New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady will be suspended by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell over Deflategate, according to the New York Post.  He will be the highest-profile player ever suspended in the 96-year history of the NFL.

Mr. Goodell’s decision is expected to be announced next week, and it is no longer a matter of whether or not the NFL commissioner will suspend Brady, but for how long.

The New York Post states there is little doubt that Goodell considers Brady’s role in Deflategate a “serious violation.”

A suspension would mean the Patriots would be without Tom Brady for a long period of time for just the second time in his career.

Sources state that the NFL is convinced that connecting all the dots of the evidence supplied by attorney Ted Wells “leads to one conclusion:  Tom Brady cheated,” writes the New York Post.

The investigation led by attorney Ted Wells found that “it is more probable than not” that Brady was “at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities” of locker room attendant Jim McNally and equipment assistant John Jastremski, writes CNN.

There is a general sense that the Wells Report supplied the NFL Commissioner with “enough ammunition to suspend Brady both for breaking the rules by ordering the deflation of footballs and by not cooperating with the investigation when he refused to turn over his cell phone to Wells’ investigators,” according the New York Post.

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According to Newsweek, on Wednesday, the NFL released its long-anticipated findings about Deflate Gate, the investigation into whether the New England Patriots deliberately deflated footballs to their advantage during last season’s AFC Championship Game.

Some players claim that it is easier to catch / throw / hold the football when it is deflated properly.  However, it is against the rules to do this.

The footballs must be inflated to 12.5 to 13.5 pounds per square inch.  During the AFC Championship game, many Patriots footballs were at around 11 pounds per square inch.

“Based on the evidence, the investigation has concluded that there was no deliberate attempt by the Patriots to introduce to the playing field a non-approved kicking ball during the AFC Championship Game,” the NFL report states. “We do not believe that there was any attempt by Patriots personnel, including Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski, to deliberately circumvent the rules by offering the kicking ball for play.”

So the Patriots as a whole were cleared of wrongdoing, including coach Bill Belichick.

However, player Tom Brady was not.

(Updated article)

http://www.newsweek.com/deflate-gate-nfl-finds-patriots-did-not-act-deliberately-tom-brady-knew-329037