As things stand, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will miss the first four games of the 2015 season as a result of the NFL's punishment handed down yesterday in relation to the deflategate scandal.
The severity of the penalty shocked many within the league when it was confirmed on Monday and the context of the suspension itself now throws a dark light on the four-time Super Bowl winner's career.
With so much at stake then it comes as no surprise that it hasn't taken Brady's team long to react. The quarterback's agent, Don Yee, releasing a statement which made it very clear how they plan to proceed from here on out.
Yee ripped into the punishment for his client, claiming that the NFL lacked appropriate evidence to ban Brady and calling the decision "ridiculous."
“In my opinion, this outcome was pre-determined; there was no fairness in the Wells investigation whatsoever,” Yee's words read.
“There is no evidence that Tom directed footballs be set at pressures below the allowable limits," continued Yee.
While the deflategate saga centers around the allegations of ball tampering prior to the Patriots' AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts earlier this year, it is Brady's compliance (or lack there of) with the subsequent Wells Report that has led to the significant penalty.
Indeed, in their own explanation, the NFL noted that the four-game ban was justified in part because of Tom Brady's reluctance to hand over electronic evidence in the form of text messages and emails.
The remarks come after New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft vented his own frustration at the overall punishment which includes the loss of draft picks (first rounder in 2016 and a fifth rounder in 2017) as well as an historic $1 million fine for the franchise.
With the developments of the past 24 hours threatening to tarnish Tom Brady's reputation in the game it has been confirmed that an appeal against the four-game ban has already been set in motion.
This, Yee explained, would expose the Well Report as an "incredibly frail exercise in fact-finding and logic."
NFL fans: Do you agree with Yee, are the NFL making an example of Tom Brady? And how will the Pats cope without him? Have your say in the comments section below...
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