New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has received a four-game suspension by the National Football League for being "generally aware" of employees letting the air out of footballs.
This investigation began in January after the AFC Championship game between the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots. It is assumed that the Patriots gained an unfair advantage in that game by letting the air out of footballs, which could improve the grip of a football for players in a cold environment.
Because of this incident, Brady is suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season. The Patriots team was also punished with a $1 million fine, as well as being striped of their 2016 1st round pick and 2017 4th round pick.
Brady plans to appeal the punishment as the entire organization calls the initial NFL investigation “one-sided.”
If the suspension stays in place, Brady will return Oct. 18 in Indianapolis for a Sunday Night Football showdown against the Colts.