Updated 05:20 PM EST, Tue, Jan 18, 2022

Tom Brady Suspended for Four Games After ‘Deflategate’ Scandal, Gets Hot Backup!

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After the investigation on the "deflategate" incident in the NFL, the league suspended Tom Brady for four games and slapped the New England Patriots with a $1 million fine.

Aside from these punishments, Yahoo Sports said that the Patriots will also lose their first-round draft pick next year and a fourth-round pick in 2017.

The report on the incident was released Thursday and Yahoo Sports said that although there was no evidence directly linking Brady to the incident, he still got a "huge punishment" for it.

Based on the incident report, the New York Times noted that "more probable than not," Jim MacNally, a Patriots locker-room attendant was the one who controlled the air pressure in the footballs that Brady used. The Times added that another Patriots employee, an equipment assistant named John Jastremski, was also in direct communication with the quarterback and provided McNally with memorabilia, including shoes and autographed footballs.

The document detailed that the three are now linked to a scandal that could greatly affect Brady's career as he was implicated to be part of the operation of purposely deflating the balls beyond the allowed pressure.

"There is less direct evidence linking Brady to tampering activities than either McNally or Jastremski. We nevertheless believe, based on the totality of the evidence, that it is more probable than not that Brady was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities of McNally and Jastremski," added the report quoted by the Times.

Yahoo Sports said the league gave out the punishment to the quarterback and the team for the rules violation and for not fully cooperating during the investigation.

Brady reportedly plans to appeal the league's decision. "The discipline is ridiculous and has no legitimate basis. In my opinion, this outcome was pre-determined; there was no fairness in the Wells investigation whatsoever. The NFL has a well-documented history of making poor disciplinary decisions that often are overturned when truly independent and neutral judges or arbitrators preside, and a former federal judge has found the commissioner has abused his discretion in the past, so this outcome does not surprise me," said Brady's agent Don Yee through Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo.

With Brady's absence for four games, TMZ said he will be replaced by Jimmy Garoppolo, a 23-year-old player and the site described him as "pretty damn handsome."

Sports Illustrated said Garoppolo was a 2014 second-round pick from the Eastern Illinois University. Last season, he was not able to maximize his participation as he was only able to play for six games and completed 19 of 27 passes for 182 yards. It was noted that he already replaced Brady during the second half of the season-finale against the Buffalo Bills where he made 10 of 17 passes for 90 yards.

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