Tom Brady’s Suspension Upheld
“I am very disappointed by the NFL’s decision to uphold the four game suspension against me. I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either.” – Tom Brady
The NFL has decided to uphold New England Patriots Quarterback, Tom Brady’s four game suspension. In response to the NFL’s ruling, early Wednesday morning Brady decided to write a letter on Facebook talking about his disappointment in the league.
The main point the NFL is basing their case off of is the fact that Brady would not give them his cellphone, and in addition to that, Brady had his assistant destroy the phone. The phone contained more than 10,ooo messages that the NFL wanted to see. In his letter, Brady commented on the cellphone matter saying:
“I also disagree with yesterdays narrative surrounding my cellphone. I replaced my broken Samsung phone with a new iPhone 6 AFTER my attorneys made it clear to the NFL that my actual phone device would not be subjected to investigation under ANY circumstances. As a member of a union, I was under no obligation to set a new precedent going forward, nor was I made aware at any time during Mr. Wells’ investigation, that failing to subject my cell phone to investigation would result in ANY discipline.”
Brady would go on to talk about many more of the specifics of the ruling and thanks his family, friends and teammates. The questions is: is this punishment too much for Tom Brady? And not just him, the less talked about disciplinary measures that come along for the team that include: a one million dollar fine (the largest ever), the team has to give up its first round in 2016 and fourth round pick in 2017. This is a hell-of-a-punishment for a player and a team on the basis that “it was ‘probable’ that Brady was ‘generally aware’ of misconduct,” two vary vague and weak arguments by the NFL, who has no real, hard evidence against Brady or the team.