By: Megan Bias
On Monday, May 11, the NFL announced that Tom Brady, Super Bowl MVP, will be suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2015 football season due to deflating footballs used in the AFC title game. Also, the New England Patriots will be fined $1 million and lose two draft picks. According to ESPN, the NFL is also indefinitely suspending the two equipment managers who are believed to have carried out the plan.
Attorney Ted Wells was hired by the league to investigate the situation after Patriots’ win against the Colts during January’s AFC Championship game. The investigation found it probable that Tom Brady was generally aware of the deflating of the footballs. According to the CNN, in a letter to Brady, NFL Executive President Troy Vincent said the “quarterback’s actions were detrimental to the integrity of the sport” and in a letter to Brady said, “Each player, no matter how accomplished and otherwise respected, has an obligation to comply with the rules and must be held accountable for his actions when those rules are violated and the public’s confidence in the game is called into question.”
Tom Brady’s agent, Donald Yee disagreed with the punishment and told NBC reporters that, “There is no evidence that Tom directed footballs be set at pressures below the allowable limits. In fact, the evidence shows Tom clearly emphasized that footballs be set at pressures within the rules.” Brady is permitted to participate in pre-season and off-season training but he will miss the season’s kick off game.