The NFL hit TOM BRADY with a FOUR-GAME SUSPENSION for deflating footballs. The Patriots were punished, too. They lose a first-round draft pick next year, a fourth-round pick the year after that, and they were fined $1 million.
The league either shot itself in the foot or just generated some massive publicity for the start of next season, because the Patriots are in the opening game, against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday, September 10th.
The next three games Tom will miss are a Week 2 matchup in Buffalo, a home game against Jacksonville, and a game in Dallas. His season will start with a night game on Sunday, October 18th, against the Colts in Indianapolis.
That’ll be interesting, because the last time they played each other was in last year’s AFC Championship . . . the game that led to Deflategate.
Obviously, Brady will appeal. His agent says, quote, “The discipline is ridiculous and has no legitimate basis . . . I am very confident the [NFL’s] report will be exposed as an incredibly frail exercise in fact-finding and logic.”