DeflateGate is dominating the headlines right in the National Football League, and not for any good reasons where the league is concerned.
Roger Goodell, the New England Patriots and Tom Brady sat down to try and sort things out regarding the quarterback's four game suspension.
However, problems arose after it was revealed that Brady had his cell phone destroyed when he didn't actually destroy any of his past phones. This didn't sit well with Goodell and saw his ban being upheld.
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No Reduced Suspension
However, it seems like Brady could have just done one incredibly simple thing and he would have had his suspension halved at the very least by Goodell and the League.
That thing? Admit guilt in Ballghazi.
According to a report from Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, the NFL was ready to cut Brady’s four-game suspension to just one or two games.
"Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFL was willing to drop the suspension by “at least 50 percent” if Brady: (1) admitted to having knowledge of whatever John Jastremski and Jim McNally were doing to the footballs; (2) admitted to failing to cooperate with the Ted Wells investigation; and (3) apologized," Florio stated in his report.
"It’s believed that Brady’s suspension would have been dropped at least to two games, with the possibility of dropping it to one if he were sufficiently persuasive and profuse in his acceptance of guilt."
NFL.com’s Judy Battista reported that Brady may have considered a deal, but only if his admission of guilt was kept private.