New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's suspension appeal proved that the quarterback will still be suspended four games and he will miss the Week 3 matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars, pending appeal.
“He did so even though he was aware that the investigators had requested access to text messages and other electronic information that had been stored on that phone,” the league said in a statement. “During the four months that the cell phone was in use, Brady had exchanged nearly 10,000 text messages, none of which can now be retrieved from that device. The destruction of the cell phone was not disclosed until June 18, almost four months after the investigators had first sought electronic information from Brady.
“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 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.”
The ruling will likely be appealed in a federal court and Brady will hope that an injunction is granted so he can play until his case gets heard. In the meantime, the Jaguars need to prepare for second-year quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
Garoppolo looked solid in the 2014 preseason and it's likely that he will receive the bulk of the snaps in the 2015 preseason to get him ready for the first four games. Garoppolo has an average to above average arm, a very quick release and is a good decision maker. As good of a prospect as he is, he's no Tom Brady.
If this suspension holds up, the Jaguars, along with the Steelers, Bills and Cowboys all caught a major break.
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