New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been suspended for four games by the NFL for conduct detrimental to the integrity of the NFL for his role in the Patriots' "Deflate-Gate" scandal, the league announced in a statement on Monday.
Last week, investigator Ted Wells released his findings, claiming that it was “more probable than not” that Patriots personnel intentionally deflated footballs and that quarterback Tom Brady was “at least generally aware.”
The report identified two Patriots employees -- officials' locker room attendant Jim McNally and equipment assistant John Jastremski -- as those who executed the plan. Brady previously said he did not know about any efforte to deflate game balls, but the report said those claims were "not plausible and contradicted by other evidence."
The NFL also fined the New England Patriots $1 million and made them forfeit their 1st-round pick in 2016 and 4th-round pick in 2017.
The investigation started after the Indianapolis Colts accused the New England Patriots of using improperly inflated footballs during the AFC Championship Game, and the NFL found that 11 of the 12 footballs New England used in the first half of that game were inflated less than the league limit.
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