The NFL has decided to uphold Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in "Deflategate," quickly becoming the top sports story on Tuesday. Even though there won’t be meaningful NFL games for another six weeks, news of Brady’s suspension has dominated the headlines.
Just minutes after the league made their announcement, “Tom Brady” became the number one trend in the United States. “The NFL” and "Pats" also made their way into the country’s top 10 trends.
After a lengthy investigation and news that Brady destroyed his cell phone -- with possible evidence on it -- many were happy to hear that the suspension was upheld.
In light of new evidence disclosed today, I understand why they did what they did. If true, this is a bad, bad look for Tom Brady. #Patriots
— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) July 28, 2015
Justice prevails. The Wall comes crumbling down. Bob Kraft is a coward who tucked his tail between his legs. And Tom Brady, the cheater sits
— Young Unsweetened (@KFCBarstool) July 28, 2015
Brady’s decision to destroy his phone was the most glaring part of the NFL’s statement on Tuesday. The quarterback reportedly told NFL commissioner Roger Goodell that he often destroys his phones and SIM cards when he is done with them, but Goodell didn’t believe him.
— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke_SI) July 28, 2015
Brady's last phone recording pic.twitter.com/tnrMguKbIH
— Not Robert Griffin (@Pseudo_RGIII) July 28, 2015
Silly Tom Brady, destroying his cellphone when he could have just sent a tape of it to the NFL and nobody would have seen it
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) July 28, 2015
Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy missed all but one game last season for being charged in a domestic violence case, but he had his 2015 suspension of 10 games reduced to four games, following an appeal. Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell saw his three-game suspension for being arrested on DUI and marijuana possession charges cut to two games on the same day Brady’s suspension went unchanged.
Goodell made the final decision on Brady’s appeal after giving him the initial four-game suspension. The commissioner has been the subject of a lot of criticism over the last year, and Tuesday was no different.
To be fair, Goodell handled Spygate, Bountygate, Rice, concussions and the ref strike so well that he deserves the benefit of the doubt.
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) July 28, 2015
Deflate-gate will never ever die, I'm actually impressed at this point. It's like Goodell has a bet on how long he can keep a "gate" going
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) July 28, 2015
The four-game suspension allows Brady to return in Week 6 against the Indianapolis Colts, but the quarterback is expected to appeal the ruling in court.