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Now that this story is a day old we're seeing a number of "reaction" pieces in newspapers and websites. There's a consensus that Brady will be suspended between 2 and 4 games for this. He didn't help himself when he refused to turn over his texts and emails to the investigators.

 

Goodell has ruled that Brady will get the full 4 games. If seems like the kicker was his phone.

 

In announcing the decision, Goodell cited new evidence that emerged: On or shortly before March 6 -- the day Brady was interviewed by Ted Wells and his investigative team -- Brady instructed his assistant to destroy the cellphone he had been using since early November 2014, a period that included the AFC title game against the Colts and the initial weeks of the subsequent investigation.

 

The NFL said in Tuesday's statement that Brady destroyed the phone even though he was aware that investigators had requested access to text messages and other electronic information that had been stored on the phone.

 

According to the NFL, during the four months the cellphone was in use, Brady sent and received nearly 10,000 text messages, none of which can now be retrieved. At the time he arranged for its destruction, Brady knew that Wells and his team had asked for information from the cellphone.

 

Despite repeated requests for information from the phone, the fact that Brady destroyed the phone was not disclosed to the NFL until June 18, and was not confirmed until the day of Brady's appeal hearing on June 23.

 

During his appeal hearing, the NFL says Brady said it was his practice to destroy his cellphone and SIM cards when he gets a new cellphone.

 

 

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a survey of nfl players shows the majority think that the patriots deflated the balls but that they didn't cheat. cognitive dissonance? no, 68% think other teams do it too.

 

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/13423597/nfl-player-survey-reveals-majority-think-new-england-patriots-deflated-footballs-cheaters

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