HAHAHAHA, Tom Brady’s 4-Game Suspension Upheld By Roger Goodell

News, Sports and Bets — July 28, 2015 at 4:02 pm by

ESPNPatriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC Championship Game was upheld by commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday.

In announcing the decision, Goodell cited new information that on or shortly before March 6, Brady had directed that the cell phone he had used for the prior four months be destroyed. The NFL said in the statement that Brady destroyed the phone even though he was aware that investigators had requested access to text messages and other electronic information that had been stored on the phone.

According to the NFL, Brady had exchanged nearly 10,000 text messages, none of which can now be retrieved. The NFL also said in its statement that the destruction of the cell phone was not disclosed until June 18, almost four months after investigators had first sought information from him.

Goodell said in the statement he found that Brady “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 scheme.” Based on Ted Wells’ report and the evidence presented at that hearing, Goodell also said that Brady was aware of, and took steps to support, the actions of other team employees to deflate game footballs below the levels allowed under NFL rules.

Brady is expected to challenge the decision in federal court and seek an injunction that will allow him to play while his case works its way through the courts. The sides had engaged in settlement talks but couldn’t find common ground, which wasn’t a surprise.

Brady, according to sources, remains adamant that he will not accept a suspension and that any punishment must specify that it’s for failing to cooperate with an NFL investigation and not for breaking rules with footballs.

HAHAHAHA, what a pleasant surprise. I thought for sure that Brady was going to be able to get his suspension knocked down to two games, but the ol’ Ginger Hammer wasn’t having it. I love how Goodell was the arbitrator in this case. Not only did Goodell get to totally mishandle Deflategate and turn it into a giant clusterfuck, he also got to rule on Brady’s appeal. What a country. As much as I think Goodell is an incompetent slapdick, Brady destroying his cell phone tells you all you need to do about his involvement with Deflategate. Innocent people don’t destroy their cell phones, but guilty people who are trying to cover their asses sure do. Enjoy your month vacation, you slimy rat bastard.


via ESPN
cover pic: NBC Bay Area

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