Precedent dictates harsh discipline for Tom Brady

Precedent dictates harsh discipline for Tom Brady

So what’s next for Tom Brady?

What punishment will NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent impose on theNew England Patriots quarterback and perhaps the franchise itself after Ted Wells’ 103-day investigation into underinflated footballs used in January’s AFC Championship Game?

Wells concluded that two team employees, in all probability, violated league rules and that Brady, a four-time Super Bowl winner, was “at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities.”

“All you can do is point to the precedent for integrity of the game violations,” Hall of Fame former general manager Bill Polian, a member of the competition committee for 19 years, told USA TODAY Sports. “(Team president) Rich McKay with the Falcons had no knowledge of any involvement with (pumped-in artificial crowd noise into theGeorgia Dome). Yet he was still suspended (from the competition committee), and they lost a draft pick.

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