The speculation has ended, and Tom Brady will be officially suspended for four games at the start of the season. The breaking news came earlier in the hour, and Brady’s suspension will be upheld.
Brady appealed the suspension to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, but obviously Mr. Commish found enough evidence to keep Brady sidelined for the first month of games. Brady will not be eligible to return onto the field, as the Patriots have games the first three weeks of the season, and then hit BYE week. Luckily for Patriots fans, the only respectable teams New England will face with the #BradyBan are the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys.
It was also noted that a key evidence point was the fact that Brady had destroyed his personal cell-phone during this debacle.
“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,” the NFL’s statement read. “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.” Said Goodell.
What’s next for Brady? Well, he can pursue legal action against the NFL. If that does happen, Brady could receive an injunction to play until his case is resolved.
The Patriots will report for camp July 29, and their first practice will commence the following day.