As expected, Tom Brady appealed his 4-game suspension a few months ago for his alleged involvement in this situation. The degree to which he was involved is still a bit murky, although, where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire.
The NFL has decided to uphold this 4-game suspension, per NFL.com, which means that Brady will probably sue the league, as previously reported.
It was also reported today that, not only did Brady refuse to turn over his phone during the investigation, but he destroyed it as well.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has upheld Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on integrity of the game, the league announced Tuesday.
The full final decision from Goodell can be read here, although it doesn’t necessarily end this saga. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Brady will sue. Brady’s camp will seek an injunction on this suspension to try to keep Brady on the field.
Goodell indicated that Brady’s destruction of evidence was a factor in upholding the suspension.
“The most significant new information that emerged in connection with the appeal was evidence that on or about March 6, 2015 — the very day that he was interviewed by Mr. Wells and his investigated team — Mr. Brady instructed his assistant to destroy the cellphone that he had been using since early 2014, a period that included that AFC Championship game and the initial weeks of the subsequent investigation,” Goodell wrote in the final decision on the appeal.
“During the four months that the cell phone was in use, Brady had exchanged nearly 10,000 text messages, none of which can now be retrieved from that device. The destruction of the cell phone was not disclosed until June 18, almost four months after the investigators had first sought electronic information from Brady.”