What the Foul?
NEW YORK — The NFL revealed on Tuesday that Tom Brady had a cell phone destroyed that contained data he knew the league had requested for its investigation of Deflategate.
The league released the new evidence on the same day that it rejected the star New England quarterback’s appeal of his four-game suspension for using under-inflated footballs during New England’s January AFC Championship victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
Deflating footballs makes them easier for some players to throw and grip. Brady denied involvement, but after an investigation the NFL suspended him for four games without pay.
Brady, the NFL said on Tuesday, had an assistant destroy his phone on March 6, after the league had asked for access to the phone in mid-February. Brady did not tell the league that phone had been destroyed until June 18.
The cell phone contained about 10,000 text messages and may have contained evidence regarding Deflategate.
Brady said that he destroys his cell phone every eight months to protect his privacy. However, CBS Sports noticed that when Brady destroyed phone in question, he had another phone from 2014 that he did not destroy.
Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Tuesday that Brady’s actions were “detrimental to the integrity of, or public confidence in, the game of professional football.”