New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been suspended for the first four games of the 2015 regular season for his involvement in a deflated ball scandal during the AFC Championship game, according to multiple reports.
NFL: #Patriots QB Tom Brady is suspended without pay for the first four games of 2015 for conduct detrimental to the integrity of the NFL
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 11, 2015
In addition to the suspension, the Patriots have been fined $1 million and will lose their first-round draft pick in 2016 and their fourth-round draft pick in 2017.
“We reached these decisions after extensive discussion with Troy Vincent and many others,” commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “We relied on the critical importance of protecting the integrity of the game and the thoroughness and independence of the Wells report.”
Brady and the Patriots’ involvement in the Deflate Gate scandal was highly debated in the weeks leading up to Super Bowl 49. With no resolution before the big game, the Patriots went on to win their fourth championship in the last 14 years.
Once the season ended, the NFL launched an investigation that resulted in the Wells Report. According to the report, it was “more probable than not” that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was “at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities.”
He will miss the NFL’s opening night matchup between the Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers. Because of New England’s Week 4 bye, the quarterback is eligible to return in Week 6 to face the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football.
Brady is expected to appeal the suspension and could have his time on the bench reduced.