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.




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.





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.




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.