Additionally, the Patriots forfeit their first-round draft pick in 2016 and their fourth-round pick in 2017. The team has also been fined $1 million.
Locker room attendant Jim McNally and equipment assistant John Jastremski, who were both mentioned in Ted Wells' report on the investigation into Deflategate, have been indefinitely suspended without pay by New England.
Wells' report, released on Wednesday, found that "it is more probable than not that New England Patriots personnel participated in violations of the Playing Rules and were involved in a deliberate effort to circumvent the rules" and that it is probable that Brady "was at least generally aware of... the release of air from Patriots game balls."
The Deflategate discipline spurred reactions from current and former NFL players and other athletes on Twitter. We're rounding up the best tweets here.
.....😑— Dont'a Hightower (@zeus30hightower) May 11, 2015
😡— ♛Chandler Jones (@chanjones55) May 11, 2015
With Tom Brady being suspended for 4 games, the Commissioner came down hard & fair. Tom, the fans will miss you for those games!— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) May 11, 2015
I'm going to miss Tom Brady's championship pedigree for those 4 games, he's the reason I watch the Patriots every Sunday!— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) May 11, 2015
Tom Brady suspended 4 games.... That's just ridiculous. They are comparing it to steroid use. Preposterous! What are your thoughts?— Steve Weatherford (@Weatherford5) May 11, 2015
I honestly feel bad for Tom Brady!! I know first hand the type of competitor he is & how much work he puts in... Came down too hard on him!— DonteHitner (@DonteWhitner) May 11, 2015
Tom Brady getting more free time to spend with Gisele isn't ever going to be a punishment.— Brett Anderson (@BrettAnderson35) May 11, 2015
*ding* said the NFL's random punishment generator after a long weekend of making whirring and sputtering noises— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) May 11, 2015
Brady should be banned from baseball for life IMO.— Tom Crabtree (@itsCrab) May 11, 2015
Holy Cow!!!!!— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) May 11, 2015
October 18th will be quite a day here in Indy— Matt (@MattOverton_LS) May 11, 2015