The NFL arguably has never experienced a controversy quite like "Deflategate," so penalties for the New England Patriots for their roles in the scandal would be unprecedented. The biggest question is what will happen to Tom Brady, who has been heavily implicated.
“Everything is being studied, everything is being considered,” a source told The Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero.
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At a January news conference, Brady pleaded ignorance regarding footballs being altered, saying he would never break the rules.
“I didn’t alter the ball in any way,” Brady said. “I have no knowledge of anything. I have no knowledge of any wrongdoing. I’m very comfortable in saying that nobody did anything, as far as I know.”
Asked whether he was a cheater, he said, “I don’t believe so. I’ve always played within the rules.”
Text messages exchanged between locker room attendant Jim McNally and equipment assistant John Jastremski appear to indicate that they altered the balls at Brady’s behest (see the texts here).
Salguero’s source did not mention Bill Belichick or Patriots owner Robert Kraft as part of the discipline, but mostly focused on Brady. The source said you could not dismiss the possibility that the ceiling for the penalty could be a season-long suspension. As of now, some sportsbooks are not allowing future betting on the Patriots as a result of the impending punishments.