NFL Disciplines Brady, Pats [VIDEO]
The New England Patriots have set many NFL records in recent years. Now the NFL has set records in its discipline of quarterback Tom Brady and the team.Commissioner Roger Goodell has suspended Brady for 4 games without pay which totals $2 million dollars. Additionally the teams has been fined a league record $1 million dollars and will lose a 1st round draft pick next year and a 4th round draft pick in 2017.
Brady's agent Don Yee has issued a statement that indicates they will appeal the decision. Yee continues to claim they were treated unfairly considering no evidence exists that shows he was involved in deflating footballs. Below is the full statement released by Yee.
Statement from Tom Brady's agent, Don Yee:
“The discipline is ridiculous and has no legitimate basis. In my opinion, this outcome was pre-determined; there was no fairness in the Wells investigation whatsoever. There is no evidence that Tom directed footballs be set at pressures below the allowable limits. In fact, the evidence shows Tom clearly emphasized that footballs be set at pressures within the rules. Tom also cooperated with the investigation and answered every question presented to him. The Wells Report presents significant evidence, however, that the NFL lacks standards or protocols with respect to its handling of footballs prior to games; this is not the fault of Tom or the Patriots. The report also presents significant evidence the NFL participated with the Colts in some type of pre-AFC Championship Game planning regarding the footballs. This fact may raise serious questions about the integrity of the games we view on Sundays. We will appeal, and if the hearing officer is completely independent and neutral, I am very confident the Wells Report will be exposed as an incredibly frail exercise in fact-finding and logic. The NFL has a well-documented history of making poor disciplinary decisions that often are overturned when truly independent and neutral judges or arbitrators preside, and a former federal judge has found the commissioner has abused his discretion in the past, so this outcome does not surprise me. Sadly, today’s decision diminishes the NFL as it tells its fans, players and coaches that the games on the field don’t count as much as the games played on Park Avenue.”
When the Wells report was issued last week Patriots owner Robert Kraft issued a statement indicating they accept the leagues decision. The team has clearly changed their tune based on the comments made by Kraft in a statement released last night.
STATEMENT FROM PATRIOTS CHAIRMAN AND CEO ROBERT KRAFT:
"Despite our conviction that there was no tampering with footballs, it was our intention to accept any discipline levied by the league. Today’s punishment, however, far exceeded any reasonable expectation. It was based completely on circumstantial rather than hard or conclusive evidence.
"We are humbled by the support the New England Patriots have received from our fans throughout the world. We recognize our fans’ concerns regarding the NFL’s penalties and share in their disappointment in how this one-sided investigation was handled, as well as the dismissal of the scientific evidence supported by the Ideal Gas Law in the final report.
"Tom Brady has our unconditional support. Our belief in him has not wavered."
As it currently stands Brady will miss games against Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Jacksonville and Dallas and return in week 6 against the Indianapolis Colts, the team they played in the AFC Championship where the controversy began.