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Tom Brady suspended by NFL for AFC ‘Deflatgate’

deflategateDEFLATEGATE. Been reading up on the saga recently? Well, after it’s all said and done, the NFL has suspended New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for four games without pay.

Brady, along with the Patriots organisation, have been punished for deflating footballs used in their AFC Title win against the Indianapolis Colts last season.

The NFL also fined the Patriots $1 million and have taken away one draft pick in the 2016 NFL draft and another in the 2017 draft. They also indefinitely suspended two equipment staffers believe to have carried out the plan, including one who foolishly called himself “The Deflator”.

Brady will miss the 2015/2016 season kickoff game on September 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Week two against the Bills, Week three at Buffalo and then the highly-anticipated clash against the Dallas Cowboys.

Ironically, or as fate and the NFL would have it, Brady will return the week the Patriots face the Colts. MobileSportsBetting is willing to bet that the inflation rate of the footballs might be closely monitored prior to the match.

How has this suspension affected the Patriots odds of winning back-to-back Super Bowls at Super Bowl 50 in California?

Before the suspensions were given out, the Patriots were on the second line of betting at +750, but have since drifted out to +1000 at Bovada.

Brady will likely be replaced by Jimmy Garoppolo, a 2014 second-round pick from Eastern Illinois who won the title for best player in the FCS – he has thrown 27 NFL passes for one touchdown.

Don Yee, Tom Brady’s agent, said the decision has no basis.

“The discipline is ridiculous and has no legitimate basis,” he said.

“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,” Yee said.

He also stated that Brady will be appealing the decision, in which he has three days to bring his case forward to commissioner Roger Goodell or his designee.

The punishment was announced five days after the release of the “Wells report” which found Patriots personnel deliberately deflated footballs before the AFC Championship game, and that Brady “was at least generally aware” of his violations.

“With respect to your particular involvement, the report established that there is substantial and credible evidence to conclude you were at least generally aware of the actions of the Patriots’ employees involved in the deflation of the footballs and that it was unlikely that their actions were done without your knowledge,” NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent wrote in a letter to Brady.

The report identified two Patriots employees – officials’ locker room attendant Jim McNally and equipment assistant John Jastremski – as the ones who executed the plan.

The Patriots suspended both officials and neither can be reinstated without the approval of the NFL, the league said.

Brad made comment last week, stating that this investigation hasn’t taken away from their Super Bowl win against the Seattle Seahawks.

“Absolutely not,” he said. “We earned everything we got and achieved as a team, and I am proud of that and so are our fans.”

The problem could be in the official rule itself. The NFL allows each team to provide footballs used by its offense – a procedure Brady played a role in creating – but, it requires them to be inflated in a range of 12.5-13.5 pounds per square inch.

Why this rule is even in effect is mind-boggling and perhaps the NFL will re-think this for future seasons.

The Seattle Seahawks are now firm favourites at +450 to win the Super Bowl, just ahead of the Aaron Rodgers-led Green Bay Packers at +600 with BetOnline.com.

This article was written by Jess

Jess is the editor of MobileSportsBetting.com. His job duties include everything nobody else is doing, and making sure it all gets done on time. When he gets a chance, Jess loves to write about NFL, MLB, Formula 1, and tennis betting.

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