NFL Upholds Tom Brady Suspension
The NFL has made the decision to uphold Tom Brady's 4-game suspension for his role in the "Deflate-gate" debacle.
Per Adam Schefter, the NFL has made the decision not to repeal Tom Brady's suspension for the first four games of the 2015 season. The NFL issued the following statement:
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.
Wait - so you're telling us that the cell phone was destroyed? That's totally legit. Innocent people destroy their cell phones all the time.
The next step? Tom Brady and the NFLPA will likely take the case to court to try to prove his innocence.