Tom Brady Suspended for 4 Games, Will Appeal
The NFL announced Monday that Tom Brady has been suspended without pay for four games for violating the NFL policy on the integrity of the game. The team will also be fined $1 million and will forfeit a 2016 first-rounder and 2017 fourth-round selection in the NFL Draft.
The punishment comes less than a week after an independent investigator found that it was "more probable than not" that Brady was "at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities" regarding the deflation of Patriots game balls used in the AFC Championship Game against the Colts. A.K.A. - #Deflategate
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell authorized the discipline and He and NFL Executive President Troy Vincent, made it very clear that Brady's lack of cooperation with the league's investigation was a factor in the punishment. Yikes.
Brady's agent Don Yee said "the discipline is ridiculous and has no legitimate basis" in a statement. Yee also said Brady will appeal the suspension.
Jimmy Garoppolo will be expected to start in Brady's place against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the season opener on Sept. 10. Brady will return when the Patriots take on the Colts in Week 6 on Sunday Night Football.
So, what do you think? Does the punishment fit the crime? Should have have gotten more, or less of a punishment?