Story by the Associated Press; curated by Oliver Darcy.
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL suspended Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady for the first four games on Monday for his role in a scheme to deflate footballs used in the AFC title game. The league also fined the Patriots $1 million and took away two draft picks, including next years' first-round choice.
The NFL also indefinitely suspended the two equipment staffers who carried out the plan, including one who called himself "The Deflator."
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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 Patriots employees to prepare the balls to his liking, below the league-mandated minimum of 12.5 pounds per square inch.