Four months on from the initial claim that the New England Patriots knowingly under-inflated footballs during their AFC Championship clash against the Indianapolis Colts, yesterday saw the long awaited publication of the Wells Report looking into the incident.
The investigation was supposed to be an attempt to go through the evidence with a fine comb in a bid to prove once and for all whether the reigning Super Bowl champions were guilty of any wrongdoing.
Brady in trouble?
24 hours on, though, and the fallout from the 243 page document centers around just one man; Patriots QB Tom Brady. The four-time Super Bowl winner does not come out of it well and many across the league have called for the NFL to take action. Now Adam Schefter has hinted at just what one part of any such punishment might be.
Schefter, known across the league for breaking news and inside information, took to his official Facebook page this morning to suggest that, as from where he stands, it is more than likely Brady will be prevented from taking to the field on Week One of the 2015 season.
Jimmy Garoppolo named as an opening night starter, by subject of elimination, suggests Schefter believes a suspension is heading Tom Brady's way in the near future.
The report itself does not condemn the quarterback completely, it does however link him to the rule-breaking activity:
"It is more probably than not that Tom Brady...was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities...involving the release of air from Patriots game balls."
It is that sentence, above all others in the entire report, that has drawn the headlines.
Add to that the fact that, according to the investigation, Brady failed to fully cooperate in handing over specific information and electronic data - a violation of NFL rules - and there is a growing consensus that the Patriots star will be disciplined.
Indeed, one NFL source told reporter Armando Salguero that the league is considering every possible avenue.
Of course, Brady is likely to fight against any punishment that might come his way but it is starting to look like it won't be the ideal start to life after the Super Bowl for the Patriots in 2015.
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