Twitter users had a mixed reaction after New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was punished Monday for his role in Deflategate, the controversy stemming from underinflated balls used by the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts in January. Though Brady denied any wrongdoing, the report from NFL-appointed attorney Ted Wells found he had at least some understanding of what was going on. The league suspended Brady for four games next season, fined the team $1 million, and canceled their first-round draft pick in 2016 and fourth-round pick in 2017.
Brady, 37, has not issued a statement, but some Twitter users took the opportunity to predict his reaction.
*Tom Brady gets mad and knocks $2000 worth of hair product off his bathroom sink*
— Rob Fee (@robfee) May 11, 2015
Others, like former NBA pro Magic Johnson, shared they were going to miss Brady during the regular season.
I'm going to miss Tom Brady's championship pedigree for those 4 games, he's the reason I watch the Patriots every Sunday!
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) May 11, 2015
PatNation, the Patriots' fan base, quickly got behind their quarterback. Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount issued a remark.
THIS IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS!!! SMH #PATSNATION STAND UP!!!!!
— LeGarrette Blount (@LG_Blount) May 11, 2015
They done suspended my boy for 4 games. We still gon eat #PatNation
— JUST_KOREY (@Calm_Dat_Down) May 11, 2015
After we win they always gotta find something we did wrong #patnation
— #SavyLife (@iamBeast23) May 11, 2015
But not everyone supported Brady. There were plenty of people who were happy to hear about his suspension and took the opportunity to celebrate.
— Ben Ferguson (@benfergusonshow) May 11, 2015
— Mark Atkinson (@mark__atkinson) May 11, 2015
Former Victoria’s Secret Angel Gisele Bundchen has defended her husband in the past, but the model did not immediately issue a statement after Brady’s suspension was reveled.
During a live interview with sportscaster Jim Gray at Salem State University Thursday, Brady said he didn’t have any reaction to the Wells Report. He also didn’t say when he was going to issue an official statement. "It’s only been 30 hours, so I haven’t had much time to digest it. But when I do, I’ll be sure to let you know how I feel about it,” he said.
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