The NFL has announced its punishment of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for his alleged involvement in the Deflategate scandal earlier this year. He will be suspended for the first four games of the 2015-2016 season without pay.
In addition, the Patriots will be fined $1 million, lose their 2016 first-round pick and their 4th round pick in 2017.
The NFL provided the following statement on the decision Monday afternoon:
“Quarterback Tom Brady will be suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2015 regular season for conduct detrimental to the integrity of the NFL. Brady may participate in all off-season, training camp and pre-season activities, including pre-season games.”
Brady was asked about the NFL investigation that found he was “generally aware” of the team’s plans to deflate footballs before the AFC championship win against the Indianapolis Colts in January during an interview on Thursday. The quarterback would only say that he had not had “much time to digest it fully” yet and would address the allegations at a later date.