NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has upheld Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension.
The NFL said that Brady destroyed his cell phone after the "Deflategate" scandal.
The NFLPA released a this statement following the decision to uphold the four-game suspension:
"The Commissioner's ruling today did nothing to address the legal deficiencies of due process. The NFL remains stuck with the following facts:
The NFL had no policy that applied to players;
The NFL provided no notice of any such policy or potential discipline to players;
The NFL resorted to a nebulous standard of "general awareness" to predicate a legally unjustified punishment;
The NFL had no procedures in place until two days ago to test air pressure in footballs; and
The NFL violated the plain meaning of the collective bargaining agreement.
The fact that the NFL would resort to basing a suspension on a smoke screen of irrelevant text messages instead of admitting that they have all of the phone records they asked for is a new low, even for them, but it does nothing to correct their errors.
The NFLPA will appeal this outrageous decision on behalf of Tom Brady."
The New England Patriots released the following statement:
"We are extremely disappointed in today’s ruling by Commissioner Goodell. We cannot comprehend the league’s position in this matter. Most would agree that the penalties levied originally were excessive and unprecedented, especially in light of the fact that the league has no hard evidence of wrongdoing. We continue to unequivocally believe in and support Tom Brady. We also believe that the laws of science continue to underscore the folly of this entire ordeal. Given all of this, it is incomprehensible as to why the league is attempting to destroy the reputation of one of its greatest players and representatives."
In May, Brady was suspended four-games for his alleged role in "Deflate Gate" where he later appealed.
Brady's suspension was based upon the findings of the Wells Report. The conclusion of the report found it "more probable than not" that Brady was "at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities" regarding the deflation of Patriots game balls during the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts.
The report also stated that Brady did not fully cooperate with the league's investigation by refusing to hand over any relevant electronic evidence. The lack of cooperation, in part, led to the four-game suspension.
The Patriots were also fined $1 million and lost a 2016 first-round pick and a 2017 fourth-round pick.