Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are paying a HEFTY price for their involvement in the so-called DeflateGate scandal. Check it out:
Filed to ESPN: Tom Brady suspended four games, Pats lose 1st round pick in 2016 and a 4th in 2017, and team fined $1 million, per source:— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 11, 2015
Wow. This is obviously a big price to pay for the reigning Super Bowl champions.
This suspension comes following the results of last week's Ted Wells report which found Brady guilty of knowing about the ball deflation.
The Philadelphia Eagles play the New England Patriots in Week 13 of the 2015 regular season, so this suspension won't really have an impact in that regard. There was thought that the Eagles and Patriots might play in the 2015 NFL kickoff game prior to the official NFL schedule release. Had that been the case, the Eagles would have been able to open the season against a Brady-less Patriots team. But that obviously won't be the case now because the Patriots will play the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1.
Eagles fans won't be happy to hear that the Cowboys will now get to avoid playing against Brady when Dallas plays New England in Week 5. Note that the Patriots have a bye in Week 4 so Brady's fourth game will be served against the Cowboys. That is, unless he successfully appeals his suspension.
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