This comes directly from Marketplace’s “Oh-man-I-totally-knew-it” desk.
The NFL released its investigation into “Deflategate,” the sad and sorry episode of the New England Patriots and deflated footballs in the AFC Championship last season.
Suffice it to say: they did it.
An investigator hired by the league says it was “more probable than not” the Pats did indeed deflate the footballs, making them easier to handle in that day’s rainy conditions. The investigation also found quarterback Tom Brady was “at least generally aware” of what was going on.
Sports fans around the Marketplace office have been guessing what punishment the league might hand down. I’ve heard everything from a $500,000 fine to Brady getting slapped with at least a six-game suspension.
You can quote me on this one, you guy, take it to the bank: there is no way Brady gets suspended for six.