The NFL has suspended Tom Brady for the first four games of the next season and fined the New England Patriots $1 million over the "Deflate-Gate" scandal.

The Patriots were also forced to forfeit a 2016 first rounder and 2017 fourth-round selection in the NFL Draft.

"Each player, no matter how accomplished and otherwise respected, has an obligation to comply with the rules and must be held accountable for his actions when those rules are violated and the public's confidence in the game is called into question," NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent wrote to Brady.


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The "Deflate-Gate" scandal, as it came to be known, erupted in late January after the Patriots' victory over the Colts in the AFC Championship Game.

It was determined after the game that Brady was using footballs that were deflated below the league's minimum allowable level.

Steve Weatherford, an NFL punter with the New York Giants, told Greta Van Susteren tonight that more information is likely going to come to light surrounding the investigation.

"This is definitely a heavy-handed punishment handed down by our NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell," Weatherford said. "And he's definitely sending a very strong statement to the rest of the other 32 NFL franchises."

Weatherford remarked that the NFL is the "judge, the jury and the executioner" in this situation. 

He explained why he thinks Brady received such a "heavy" punishment from the NFL. 

"I think the reason that it was this intense of a punishment was not because he deflated footballs," Weatherford said. "It was more of the fact that he didn't cooperate and he tried to cover up his tracks and he lied," Weatherford said. 

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