The New England Patriots are reigning Super Bowl Champions but find themselves heading into the new NFL season in disarray.
The Patriots lost both their starting cornerbacks in Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner to replace them with sub-par talent in Brandon Fletcher and Logan Ryan, while Dan Connolly retired and Akeem Ayers, Vince Wilfork and Shane Vereen all left in free agency.
And then there is the DeflateGate saga which saw Tom Brady handed a four-game suspension from the NFL, while the Patriots were fined a million dollars and docked a first-round pick. Well, there may have just been a major update on Brady's ban.
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Brady, the Patriots and the National Football League have been holding talks in recent days about the punishment for Brady's involvement in the scandal that apparently saw Patriots locker room attendants deflate some game balls before the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts.
However, unfortunately for the Patriots, it seems like Roger Goodell and co will be sticking with their original decision to suspend the quarterback for the first four games of the season.
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According to a report from Stephen A.Smith, a source told the ESPN employee that Goodell will not be reducing or overturning the ban.
Perhaps in ever more shocking breaking news, Smith went on to cite a different source who apparently told him Brady actually destroyed his own personal cell phone rather than just refusing to turn it over.
If this proves to be the case then no wonder the NFL have upheld the ban. The bigger picture in all of this was the fact that Brady and the Patriots near-enough completely failed to comply with the investigation into DeflateGate.
That by itself is what got Brady the big ban, rather than the act of knowing that footballs were deflated, and the league was angered that Brady refused to hand over his phone so investigators.
It seems that another sticking point is that Brady is refusing to admit that he was in the wrong.
This looks like it is heading to court if the NFL do decide to uphold the ban and who knows what will happen from there. Still, fingers crossed we get some sweet Jimmy Garoppolo action come week one.