Patriots Punished for ‘Deflategate’

The New England Patriots will be without their star quarterback Tom Brady for the early part of next season as a part of a punishment handed down by the NFL after the ‘Deflategate scandal’.

Source: Elsa/ Getty Images

Source: Elsa/ Getty Images

The suspension, along with a $1million fine and loss of draft picks comes after it was found that the New England Patriots used deflated footballs in their AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts last season.

 

This is of course illegal in the NFL, as the balls are supposed to be at a certain PSI for both teams and for every game.

 

While it may come across as a tough punishment for using some balls that weren’t pumped up enough, it has been proven that it is easier to throw a football accurately if it is deflated slightly from the normal level.

 

It was found in the report into the matter that Brady was aware of these events taking place, and as a result the NFL has suspended him for the opening four games of next season without pay.

 

The defending Superbowl champions will also lose their 1st round draft pick in 2016 and their fourth round pick in 2017, and they will also be forced to pay a $1million fine.

 

Written by: Joe Schwab @Meadowswidget

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