NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, five weeks after hearing New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's appeal on his four-game suspension for his role in the Deflategate scandal, has upheld the suspension.
According to Yahoo Sports, The NFLPA has been planning to take the NFL to federal court if Brady's suspension wasn't completely overturned. However, Goodell's ruling to uphold the suspension was based on Brady destroying his cell phone before meeting with investigator Ted Wells.
Here's the NFL's official statement in the ruling:
"In the opinion informing Brady that his appeal had been denied, Commissioner Goodell emphasized important new information disclosed by Brady and his representatives in connection with the hearing.
"On or shortly before March 6, the day that Tom Brady met with independent investigator Ted Wells and his colleagues, Brady directed that the cell phone he had used for the prior four months be destroyed. He did so even though he was aware that the investigators had requested access to text messages and other electronic information that had been stored on that phone. During the four months that the cell phone was in use, Brady had exchanged nearly 10,000 text messages, none of which can now be retrieved from that device. The destruction of the cell phone was not disclosed until June 18, almost four months after the investigators had first sought electronic information from Brady.
"Based on the Wells Report and the evidence presented at the hearing, Commissioner Goodell concluded in his decision that Brady was aware of, and took steps to support, the actions of other team employees to deflate game footballs below the levels called for by the NFL's Official Playing Rules. The commissioner found that Brady’s deliberate destruction of potentially relevant evidence 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 underlying scheme to alter the footballs."
The NFLPA presented their case during the appeal on June 23 at the NFL offices. According to reports, there was more than 10 hours of testimony.Back to the New England Patriots Newsfeed