New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has released a statement regarding the ruling to uphold his four-game suspension.
Last night, the NFL decided to uphold Brady's four-game suspension for his involvement in the Deflate-Gate scandal.
11 of the 12 match balls provided by the Patriots in the AFC Championship game were found to be under inflated by approximately two pounds per square inch.
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Brady was found to have been "at least generally aware of inappropriate activities" by the NFL's ruling. Therefore, his suspension was not reduced.
The four-time Super Bowl champion issued the following statement on his Facebook page.
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"I am very disappointed by the NFL's decision to uphold the 4 game suspension against me. I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either.
"Despite submitting to hours of testimony over the past 6 months, it is disappointing that the Commissioner upheld my suspension based upon a standard that it was 'probable' that I was 'generally aware' of misconduct.
"The fact is that neither I, nor any equipment person, did anything of which we have been accused. He dismissed my hours of testimony and it is disappointing that he found it unreliable."
Brady also disagreed with the NFL's conclusion that one of the main reasons they felt he was guilty was because of his failure to provide the right phone for the investigation.
"I also disagree with yesterday's 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.
"Most importantly, I have never written, texted, emailed to anybody at anytime, anything related to football air pressure before this issue was raised at the AFC Championship game in January. To suggest that I destroyed a phone to avoid giving the NFL information it requested is completely wrong."
The 37-year-old said he cooperated with the NFL fully with their investigation.
"To try and reconcile the record and fully cooperate with the investigation after I was disciplined in May, we turned over detailed pages of cell phone records and all of the emails that Mr. Wells requested.
"We even contacted the phone company to see if there was any possible way we could retrieve any/all of the actual text messages from my old phone. In short, we exhausted every possibility to give the NFL everything we could and offered to go thru the identity for every text and phone call during the relevant time.
"Regardless, the NFL knows that Mr. Wells already had ALL relevant communications with Patriots personnel that either Mr. Wells saw or that I was questioned about in my appeal hearing.
"There is no 'smoking gun' and this controversy is manufactured to distract from the fact they have zero evidence of wrongdoing.
Brady even offered the NFL a settlement, but this was declined.
"I authorized the NFLPA to make a settlement offer to the NFL so that we could avoid going to court and put this inconsequential issue behind us as we move forward into this season. The discipline was upheld without any counter offer.
"I respect the Commissioner's authority, but he also has to respect the CBA and my rights as a private citizen. I will not allow my unfair discipline to become a precedent for other NFL players without a fight.
The two-time NFL MVP then thanks everybody who has supported him during this tough time for him.
"Lastly, I am overwhelmed and humbled by the support of family, friends and our fans who have supported me since the false accusations were made after the AFC Championship game.
"I look forward to the opportunity to resume playing with my teammates and winning more games for the New England Patriots."
It might feel like this case has finally come to its resolution, but unfortunately we're far from it.
The Patriots have appealed and the case will now go to court to come to a final conclusion hopefully before the season starts. When Brady goes to court though, it will not be about his innocence, but whether or not NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell violated the CBA process.
There has been no adjustments to the amount of snaps each quarterback receives during the Patriots training camp, because they solely believe Brady will be playing come week one of the new season.
We'll hopefully find out the conclusion to Deflategate soon, and not in another five months time.
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