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Tom Brady's Four Game DeflateGate Suspension Upheld By NFL

Tom Brady's Four Game DeflateGate Suspension Upheld By NFL

The NFL has upheld the decision to suspend New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for four games after his involvement in the DeflateGate scandal.

The statement released by the NFL says that the 37-year-old football pro was evasive in providing the required evidence, including possibly destroying a cell phone that contained 10,000 text messages.

“On or shortly before March 6, the day that Tom Brady met with independent investigator Ted Wells and his colleagues, Brady directed that the cell phone he had used for the prior four months be destroyed. He did so even though he was aware that the investigators had requested access to text messages and other electronic information that had been stored on that phone,” the statement read.

The Patriots are expected to appeal the decision again and go to court.

Click inside to read the full statement from the NFL…

“In the opinion informing Brady that his appeal had been denied, Commissioner Goodell emphasized important new information disclosed by Brady and his representatives in connection with the hearing.

On or shortly before March 6, the day that Tom Brady met with independent investigator Ted Wells and his colleagues, Brady directed that the cell phone he had used for the prior four months be destroyed. He did so even though he was aware that the investigators had requested access to text messages and other electronic information that had been stored on that phone. During the four months that the cell phone was in use, Brady had exchanged nearly 10,000 text messages, none of which can now be retrieved from that device. The destruction of the cell phone was not disclosed until June 18, almost four months after the investigators had first sought electronic information from Brady.

Based on the Wells Report and the evidence presented at the hearing, Commissioner Goodell concluded in his decision that Brady was aware of, and took steps to support, the actions of other team employees to deflate game footballs below the levels called for by the NFL’s Official Playing Rules. The commissioner found that Brady’s deliberate destruction of potentially relevant evidence went beyond a mere failure to cooperate in the investigation and supported a finding that he had sought to hide evidence of his own participation in the underlying scheme to alter the footballs.

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  • lolme

    Your reporting is inaccurate. They said they “heard” he destroyed his phone. Reread the press information .no proof and no one. Said that clearly Ravens and colt owners and coaches who cannot stand how good the pats and Tom Brady are. Smear campaign on tb . See u in court

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