Brady’s 4-game suspension upheld by commissioner

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady looks to pass during the first half of the NFL football AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts in Foxborough, Mass. The NFL is investigating whether the Patriots deflated footballs that were used in their AFC championship game victory over the Colts. The inquiry was first reported by the website for WTHR-TV in Indiana, citing an unnamed source. On his regular weekly morning-after-game appearance Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, on WEEI radio, Brady said he wasn't aware of the report about the league's investigation into whether footballs were properly inflated against Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (WPRI) — After months of speculation since the week leading up to the Super Bowl, Tom Brady will have to carry out a four-game suspension handed out by the NFL.

The league announced Tuesday that Commissioner Roger Goodell decided to uphold the suspension amid an appeal by the New England Patriots quarterback.

Brady was suspended by the league for his alleged role in a scheme to deflate footballs in the AFC Championship win against the Indianapolis Colts.

Brady and his agent spoke with Goodell about the appeal during a more than 10-hour hearing June 23.

The NFL Players Association said it would challenge the decision in court if the suspension was upheld.

The league believed that the 243-page Wells report was a smoking gun that showed Brady had been purposely under-inflating footballs, when 11 of 12 game balls were below the league minimum of 12.5 PSI.

The accusations were denied by Brady, who spoke at a regularly scheduled event at Salem State University back in May.

The team was also fined $1 million and docked two draft picks following the outcome of the independent investigation.

The Patriots open the regular season Sept. 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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