Brady is accused of knowingly playing with balls that were inflated below league standards in the AFC Championship game against Indianapolis.
In the NFL's 20-page ruling, the league claims "there was an affirmative effort by Mr. Brady to conceal potentially relevant evidence and undermine the investigation." Commissioner Roger Goodell also is quoted as saying the "closest parallel" to Brady's attempt to gain a competitive edge in the game by using under inflated footballs's is steroid use.
This morning, the quarterback posted a response to the decision on his Facebook page that reads in part:
- "I am very disappointed by the NFL's decision to uphold the 4 game suspension against me. I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either. Despite submitting to hours of testimony over the past 6 months, it is disappointing that the Commissioner upheld my suspension based upon a standard that it was "probable" that I was "generally aware" of misconduct. The fact is that neither I, nor any equipment person, did anything of which we have been accused. He... dismissed my hours of testimony and it is disappointing that he found it unreliable."
Brady was suspended for four games, but appealed that punishment. He also rejected NFL overtures for a lesser penalty if he admitted the equipment employees were acting illegally and that he failed to cooperate with the league.
The NFL has now filed a case in federal court asking it to confirm Goodell's ruling, but the players union tells ABC News that it will appeal the decision.