New England Patriots star Tom Brady has promised to “fight” the NFL over a “manufactured” controversy after losing his appeal against
The Patriots deflated balls to give themselves an advantage in an AFC Championship game, which they won.
A NFL investigation found Brady had damaged “the integrity” of the sport with his role in the saga, which became known as ‘deflate-gate’.
But the quarterback says neither he or the Patriots did anything wrong.
The Patriots beat the Indianapolis Colts 45-7 to win the AFC Championship and reach the Super Bowl.
But it was later found that many of the balls used in the game were underweight and had been deliberately let down to make them easier to throw and catch, suiting New England’s game.
Brady was subsequently handed a four-match ban.
The NFL upheld that punishment on Tuesday and claimed that the 37-year-old had ordered the destruction of his mobile phone during the investigation in a bid to cover up his actions.
on Wednesday, Brady refuted the charge and wrote: “To suggest that I destroyed a phone to avoid giving the NFL information it requested is completely wrong.”
Considered one of the best quarterbacks ever, he added: “There is no ‘smoking gun’ and this controversy is manufactured to distract from the fact they have zero evidence of wrongdoing.
“I will not allow my unfair discipline to become a precedent for other NFL players without a fight.”
The Patriots have also criticised the sanction, while the NFL Players’ Association is to appeal against what it called an “outrageous decision”.