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NFL Suspends Tom Brady for Twice as Long as Ray Rice (UPDATED)


The NFL has announced its punishment of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for his alleged involvement in the Deflategate scandal earlier this year. He will be suspended for the first four games of the 2015-2016 season without pay. That is twice as long as the two-game suspension Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice received for beating his fiancée.

In addition, the Patriots will be fined $1 million, lose their 2016 first-round pick and their 4th round pick in 2017.

The NFL provided the following statement on the decision Monday afternoon:

“Quarterback Tom Brady will be suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2015 regular season for conduct detrimental to the integrity of the NFL. Brady may participate in all off-season, training camp and pre-season activities, including pre-season games.”

Brady was asked about the NFL investigation that found he was “generally aware” of the team’s plans to deflate footballs before the AFC championship win against the Indianapolis Colts in January during an interview on Thursday. The quarterback would only say that he had not had “much time to digest it fully” yet and would address the allegations at a later date.

UPDATE — 5:57 p.m. ET: The discrepancy between the punishments for Brady and Rice were not lost on many who reacted on Twitter:

Even Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren weighed in with this question, though her numbers were a little off:

UPDATE — 6:13 p.m. ET: According to NBC’s Peter Alexander, Tom Brady plans to appeal the suspension:

UPDATE — 9:15 p.m. ET: Patriots owner Robert Kraft has issued the following supportive statement about the Brady suspension:

“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.”

[Photo via NFL]

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