The Slatest

Report: Goodell Will Suspend Tom Brady for Deflategate Role

NFL player Tom Brady attends a fashion show by Colcci during the 2015 Summer collections of the Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on April 2, 2014.

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Roger Goodell will suspend Tom Brady for his role in deflategate next week, according to Gary Myers at the New York Daily News.

The news comes just two days after the NFL issued its report on the cheating scandal that consumed NFL coverage in the lead-up to this year’s Super Bowl, which was won by Brady’s New England Patriots. More from the Daily News:

Goodell’s decision is expected to be announced next week and it is no longer a matter of if the NFL commissioner will suspend Brady, but for how long he will suspend him.

In conversations I’ve had with several key sources who always have a good sense of what goes on at 345 Park Avenue, there is little doubt Goodell considers Brady’s role in DeflateGate a serious violation.

The NFL is convinced, according to sources, that connecting all the dots of the evidence supplied by Wells leads to one conclusion:

Brady cheated.

The league’s report alleges “that it is more probable than not” that two Patriots employees intentionally deflated footballs before the AFC Championship Game and “more probable than not” that Brady knew about it.

As he made clear in a surreal and hilarious press conference when the story broke, Brady likes his game balls a certain way. It now appears as though that way is inflated below the league requirements and that he will pay the price for this preference.