"Based on the Wells Report and the evidence presented at the hearing, Commissioner Goodell concluded in his decision that Brady was aware of, and took steps to support, the actions of other team employees to deflate game footballs below the levels called for by the NFL's Official Playing Rules," the league said. "The commissioner found that Brady’s deliberate destruction of potentially relevant evidence went beyond a mere failure to cooperate in the investigation and supported a finding that he had sought to hide evidence of his own participation in the underlying scheme to alter the footballs."
Brady will miss games against the Steelers, Bills, Jaguars and Cowboys. He returns to the field when New England plays at Indianapolis in Week 6.
The Patriots will play the Jets in Brady’s second game back in Week 7 and in Week 16.
Meanwhile, the league reduced their suspension of Le'Veon Bell from three games to two today. This is far from over if Brady and the NFLPA have anything to say. Brady will now take the NFL to court over the matter and we fully suspect that Brady's suspension will be adjudicated in a federal court. We can't imagine that this is the sort of shroud that the NFL wants hanging over their head for Hall of Fame Weekend and the start of their Super Bowl 50 season, but expect this story to continue to play out over the month of August.