On Tuesday pay per head agents report that Roger Goodell upheld Tom Brady’s 4-game suspension for using underinflated footballs during AFC Championship Game. Goodell in announcing his decision said there was new evidence on day that Brady came to interview. There was some info per PPH Bookie service, that Brady instructed his assistant to destroy the cellphone he had been using since early November 2014. Those dates include the time period of the AFC title game and a few weeks before that.
NFL said that Tom Brady destroyed the phone even after the NFL had requested access to text messages and other electronic info that were on the phone. The NFL said that cellphone in question had sent and received nearly 10,000 text messages, none of which can be retrieved. Again at the time of its destruction, Brady knew that Wells, the investigator asked for information from that cellphone.
Despite repeatedly asking for the phone, the fact that Brady destroyed was not disclosed by the NFL until June 18th and was not confirmed until Brady’s appeal date, June 23rd. Brady said during the hearing it was common practice to destroy his cellphone and SIM card when he gets a new phone.
Goodell said in the league’s statement 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.” Based on Wells’ report and the evidence presented at that hearing, Goodell also said that Brady was aware of, and took steps to support, the actions of other team employees to deflate game footballs below the levels allowed under NFL rules.
Brady wants’ to challenge the decision in federal court and seek an injunction that will allow him to play while his case works its way through the courts. The sides had engaged in settlement talks but couldn’t find common ground.
Brady, according to sources, remains adamant that he will not accept a suspension and that any punishment must specify that it’s for failing to cooperate with an NFL investigation and not for breaking rules with footballs.
Well, well this looks to be an ugly situation. Not good for the NFL or for Brady.
Brady regularly arrives early for training camp at Gillette Stadium. on Monday, while Patriots veterans don’t report until Wednesday, NFL rules state quarterbacks and players returning from injuries can be required to report earlier.