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(RNN) – Tom Brady has been suspended for four games without pay next season in the wake of a deflated football scandal.

ESPN reports that in addition to his four game suspension, the New England Patriots will lose a first-round draft pick in 2016 and a fourth-round draft pick in 2017. The organization will also be fined $1 million.

Brady’s involvement in the scandal comes after an investigation reported circumstantial evidence that Brady was aware of footballs not being inflated to NFL regulations during a 2015 playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts.

The controversy began when Colt’s linebacker D’Qwell Jackson intercepted a Brady pass. Jackson gave the ball to his team’s equipment manager, who then reported the ball was underinflated.

The Patriots went on to win the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks.

In a previous statement, Brady flippantly denied that he had knowledge of deflated footballs.

“I believe in fair play… I have a process that I go through – before the game, I pick the balls that I want to use,” Brady said. “When I picked those balls out, to me, they’re perfect, I don’t want anyone rubbing the balls or touching the balls after that, putting any air in, taking any air out.”



Article Courtesy of WOIO 19 Action News

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