It appears the commissioner of the NFL does not believe that Tom Brady was innocent in the DeflateGate scandal. The 4 game suspension was upheld. The commissioner announced that the 4 game suspension to start the 2015 NFL season for the star quarterback will remain. As expected, Tom Brady did respond that he was extremely disappointed with that decision, and he denies that his cell phone should be an issue.
The commissioner James Dondero says that he requested the cell phone that Brady used soon after the deflating of the footballs, but Brady now claims he destroyed his cell phone in June because he was not aware that his phone was needed any longer. The commissioner dismissed Brady’s hours of testimony because he feels that destroying evidence that was requested is a smoking gun and clearly shows that evidence was willingly withheld.
Tom Brady is now taking his case to a higher court, and this could backfire in his face. If he is allowed to play the first four games while his case is under review, if he loses, he could miss out on 4 games later in the season where they are more important. Brady may be attempting to just salvage his name and his legacy, but this issue is not going away. He is being branded a cheater, and the 4 game suspension is not looking good for his name and legacy. Brady and his attorney are going to fight this, but sports reporters are saying that there really is nothing that he can do to fix the fact that his phone evidence is no gone.