Last week the NFL released its report on Deflategate, the scandal involving whether or not the New England Patriots knowingly made their footballs lighter when they played the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game. The investigation made it pretty clear that Patriots QB Tom Brady is a rotten cheater, and the NFL has announced their punishment of the star player.
According to ESPN, Brady will be suspended four games next season, while the Patriots will be fined $1 million and forced to give up two draft pics.
BREAKING: NFL suspends Tom Brady 4 games, fines Patriots $1M, strips team of ‘16 1st-round pick & '17 4th-round pick. pic.twitter.com/iolDCvOF2H— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 11, 2015
The initial report featured text exchanges between two Patriots equipment personnel, John Jastremski and Jim McNally, that all but indicated there was some sort of bribe system in place that involved McNally deflating balls and Jastremski getting him rewards to do so. It also implied that the two of them really hate Brady’s guts. Here are some of the exchanges:
McNally: Tom sucks…im going make that next ball a fuckin balloon
Jastremski: Talked to him last night. He actually brought you up and said you must have a lot of stress trying to get them done…
Jastremski: I told him it was. He was right though…
Jastremski: I checked some of the balls this morn… The refs fucked us…a few of then were at almost 16
Jastremski: They didnt recheck then after they put air in them
McNally: Fuck tom …16 is nothing…wait till next sunday
Jastremski: I have a big needle for u this week
McNally: Better be surrounded by cash and newkicks….or its a rugby sunday
McNally: Fuck tom
Jastremski: Maybe u will have some nice size 11s in ur locker
McNally: Tom must really be working your balls hard this week
After the report came out, Tom gave the following interview to Jim Gray while at Salem State University where he simultaneously denied the accusations and came off as the biggest douche in the universe.
Look, is Tom Brady one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history? Yes, of course. And he beat the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX fair and square. But he’s also clearly an asshole who arranged for his footballs to be deflated illegally.
Also, I have no sympathy for the Patriots. They’ve been to six Super Bowls in the last 15 years. They can afford to lose two draft picks, and their owner is worth $4.5 billion. The fine won’t hurt them too much. And it’s also karma for this statement:
Basically, Tom Brady’s being suspended, but it won’t change the fact that he’s a multimillionaire many times over who has won four Super Bowls and will go down as one of the greatest to play the game. And he’s married to Gisele Bundchen. We think he’ll find a way to sleep well tonight.
Joseph Misulonas is an editorial assistant for Playboy.com. He loved receiving all the Patriots fan hate after writing about Tom Brady last week. If you want to continue bashing him, he can be found on Twitter at @jmisulonas.