Brady stated, "I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either" in a post on his Facebook page. The quarterback said the hours of testimony provided were completely dismissed based on the standard he was probably "generally aware" of misconduct he claims never occurred.
One of the major developments to emerge from the NFL's decision surrounded a destroyed cell phone, which the league had wanted to examine. The four-time Super Bowl champion said he made it known before changing phones that it wouldn't be made available, adding:
I replaced my broken Samsung phone with a new iPhone 6 AFTER my attorneys made it clear to the NFL that my actual phone device would not be subjected to investigation under ANY circumstances. As a member of a union, I was under no obligation to set a new precedent going forward, nor was I made aware at any time during Mr. Wells' investigation, that failing to subject my cell phone to investigation would result in ANY discipline.
Along with that explanation, Brady also stated he never contacted anybody about altering the air pressure in footballs. He believes the way the cell phone story is portrayed presents a false narrative about his reason for getting rid of his previous phone.
The quarterback said his representatives exhausted all possibilities to provide the league with as much electronic communication as possible to satisfy its requests.
Brady plans to continue fighting the four-game ban because he doesn't feel the league has a "smoking gun" to show his involvement in any scandal. He said he's also trying to help future players who may find themselves in a similar situation:
I authorized the NFLPA to make a settlement offer to the NFL so that we could avoid going to court and put this inconsequential issue behind us as we move forward into this season. The discipline was upheld without any counter offer. I respect the Commissioner's authority, but he also has to respect the CBA and my rights as a private citizen. I will not allow my unfair discipline to become a precedent for other NFL players without a fight.
As expected, neither side is backing down, and a court battle looms. Legal analyst Lester Munson of ESPN.com doesn't believe the Patriots star will be successful in getting the punishment overturned, however, writing, "His effort to stop the suspension is doomed."
If the suspension is upheld by the courts before the new season begins, Brady will be eligible to return in Week 6 for a road game against the Indianapolis Colts, the opponent during the game in question. Second-year man Jimmy Garoppolo out of Eastern Illinois will likely start in Brady's stead.