Roger Goodell has decided to uphold Brady’s four game suspension for his role in Deflategate. Shocked, disappointed, betrayed, furious? That’s probably the range of emotions Patriots fans experienced upon hearing the news that their beloved quarterback won’t be playing the first four games of the season, especially considering new evidence that has come to light.
Aside from the controversy itself, one of the bigger issues during this whole ordeal, was Brady’s lack of cooperating during the investigation. Refusal to hand over his cellphone, in which he reportedly was involved in over 10,000 text messages, was probably the biggest indication that Brady was guilty of taking some part in deflating the football’s during the AFC Championship. According to the statement released by Goodell, Brady actually destroyed the cell phone, completely disregarding the investigator’s request to access the messages.
In the statement, Goodell’s conclusion boils down to the simple fact that Brady was aware and supported the action of deflating the balls, and the fact that he destroyed his cell phone is the ultimate signal that Brady “went beyond a mere failure to cooperate in the investigation and supported a finding that he had sought to hide evidence of his own participation in the scheme.”
It looks like the gig is up, but Brady isn’t expected to give up the fight that easily. Now that his appeal has been declined, he is anticipated to take the matter to federal court, in a persistent refusal to be subject to any suspension.
At this point, I think even Brady knows he is guilty of the crime, but to admit that to his fans and loyal supporters would permanently damage his career and image, more so than this already has. So, riding the denial train all the way out of the station is his best bet. In the most likely scenario Brady will not play the first four games of the season and well Pats fans, you’re just gonna have to fare without him.