The New England Patriots already have a dent in their 2015 season as they have received one of the most severe punishments in NFL history.
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Quarterback Tom Brady has been suspended four games, and the team has been fined $1 million in addition to the loss of two draft picks.
This penalty came shortly after the 243-page long Ted Wells report was released, and it found that Brady’s involvement with game balls being deflated was “more probable than not.”
The Patriots have responded to the report and its findings for the first time since its release. To no surprise, they have a completely different side to the story.
“There is no evidence that Tom Brady preferred footballs that were lower than 12.5 psi and no evidence anyone even thought that he did. All the extensive evidence which contradicts how the texts are interpreted by the investigators is simply dismissed as ‘not plausible.’ Inconsistencies in logic and evidence are not ignored.”
Brady and the NFL Players Association have announced their intention to appeal the quarterback’s suspension.
If he loses his appeal, his first game of the 2015 season would be against the Indianapolis Colts, who brought this issue to the NFL’s attention.
This would also feature a rematch of the AFC Championship.