The league also fined the Patriots $1million (??640,000) and took away two draft picks, including next years’ first-round choice.
The NFL also indefinitely suspended the two Pats equipment staff who carried out the plan, including one who called himself “The Deflator”.
The league cited the integrity of the game in handing down the punishment five days after a report said Brady “was at least generally aware” of plans by two New England employees to prepare the balls to his liking, below the league-mandated minimum of 12.5 pounds per square inch.
Underinflating an American football can help a quarterback improve his grip and control over the ball.
Brady maintained he knew nothing about the incident which??helped the Patriots’ defeat Indianapolis Colts 45-7 in the divisional decider and propel them into the Super Bowl, which they dramatically won 28-24 against the Seattle Seahawks. ????