Tom Brady was hoping that the NFL would lessen the four-game suspension that they handed down on him for the entire Deflategate situation.
Unfortunately for Brady, the league upheld their suspension and released more information on why Brady was suspended. According to a press release from the NFL, Brady destroyed a phone with 10,000 text messages just before meeting with Ted Wells.
— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) July 28, 2015
Needless to say, hearing that news made it obvious that Brady was hiding something. Whether the NFL can prove what those text messages or not, it is an obvious sign of guilt to randomly decide that a phone needs to be destroyed during a situation like that.
Now, the New England Patriots will be facing the first four games of the 2015 NFL season without their star quarterback. Brady will have to sit on the sidelines and watch his backup, Jimmy Garoppolo, try to come away with a few wins to keep his team at the top of the AFC. There is no question that the Patriots are going to take a small step back this season after losing both Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner off of their defense.
That being said, this news coming out of the commissioner’s office is extremely good to hear. Roger Goodell and the NFL did not allow themselves to be pressured by Brady, and instead stood firm and made the right decision. It has been quite some time since they have been able to get a situation as big as the Brady suspension correct.
Looking ahead at the upcoming season, it will be very interesting to see how the Patriots perform. They should be just fine offensively when Brady gets back on the field, but there are major question marks surrounding whether or not their defense can stand up to a team like the Indianapolis Colts. Indianapolis was the team that caught New England deflating their footballs, and it would be a form of justice to see the Colts knock New England out of the playoffs on their way to a Super Bowl appearance.
Brady has been very vocal about his belief that his suspension should be lightened, and some believe that he is going to consider taking the NFL to court over this entire situation. After this information came out, it would certainly hurt his case.
Only time will tell whether or not Brady will try to do anything else about this situation, or whether he will sit back and take his suspension and keep his mouth shut.
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