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Well it has finally been revealed just what punishment the New England Patriots and their quarterback Tom Brady will face.

After the Ted Wells report seemed to point the finger at Brady and Patriots staff for the what has become known as deflategate, everyone has been wondering how the NFL would react.

After some questionable disciplinary rulings in the last year and beyond, the NFL really had to make sure they got this one right.

Well it has now been announced that Brady will be suspended four games and the Patriots will be fined $1 million and have now lost two draft picks.

Including their first round pick in 2016, the Patriots have paid dearly for their crime and only time will tell how much it will impede their hopes for next season.

Whilst the Patriots fans were hating the news when it broke, opinions were largely divided amongst the players in the NFL.

Without any surprise, the Patriots players didn't take the news well.

Runningback LeGarrette Blount wasn't the only Patriots to voice his anger as Patrick Chung, Dont'a Hightower and Chandler Jones all voiced their anger.

But while the Patriots players were less than happy, there were those within the NFL who agreed that the league had acted harshly.

But whilst some came to the defense of the Patriots and claimed that the league was far to harsh on them, there were those who saw the punishment as fair.

Time for Jimmy?

Brady will now be suspended for the Patriots first four games of next season which will give a chance to start for their second year back up quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

Garoppolo is now expected to lead the Patriots through home games with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars and take them on the road to the Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys.

Garoppolo will clearly be given the reigns in some big matches at the home of one of last year's play-off teams and one of the Patriots divisional rivals in the Bills.

The question becomes, what will Garoppolo be able to do in the first four games or will the Patriots look to bring in a more experienced free agent for the first four games?

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