Tom Brady has been suspended for four games as punishment by the NFL for his part in Deflategate.
The New England Patriots have also been fined $1million as well as being stripped of their first round pick in the 2016 Draft and one in the fourth in 2017.
The NFL have just confirmed the news via Twitter:
— NFL (@NFL) May 11, 2015
The report – published last week – found that it was “more probable than not” that Brady was “at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities” with the deflation of balls during the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.
The suspension now means that the Patriots will begin their Super Bowl defence without the services of the franchise’s greatest player of all-time.
A letter from NFL executive president Troy Vincent to Brady commented on his lack of co-operation in the investigation:
With respect to your particular involvement, the report established that there is substantial and credible evidence to conclude you were at least generally aware of the actions of the Patriots‘ employees involved in the deflation of the footballs and that it was unlikely that their actions were done without your knowledge,” Vincent wrote in a letter to Brady. “Moreover, the report documents your failure to cooperate fully and candidly with the investigation, including by refusing to produce any relevant electronic evidence (emails, texts, etc.), despite being offered extraordinary safeguards by the investigators to protect unrelated personal information, and by providing testimony that the report concludes was not plausible and contradicted by other evidence.
The Patriots have yet to comment on Brady’s ban.