New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady gestures during an event at Salem State University in Salem, Mass., Thursday, May 7, 2015. An NFL investigation has found that New England Patriots employees likely deflated footballs and that quarterback Tom Brady was "at least generally aware" of the rules violations. The 243-page report released Wednesday, May 6, 2015, said league investigators found no evidence that coach Bill Belichick and team management knew of the practice. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

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Poll: How should the NFL punish Tom Brady for Deflategate?

Tom Brady is guilty of being “at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities” of two New England Patriots employees. At least that’s what criminal lawyer Ted Wells and his team of investigators determined after investigating Deflategate for the better part of four months. In a report released earlier this week, Wells stated that it…
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Houston Mitchell

May 11, 2015

Tom Brady is guilty of being “at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities&rdquo; of two New England Patriots employees.

At least that’s what criminal lawyer Ted Wells and his team of investigators determined after investigating Deflategate for the better part of four months.

In a report released earlier this week, Wells stated that it was &ldquo;more probable than not&rdquo; that two Patriots employees were involved in a deliberate effort to underflate the team’s game balls for the AFC championship in January and Brady knew about the effort to some extent.

The NFL is contemplating possible punishments. But what is the penalty for being “at least generally aware” of something? Is there language in the collective bargaining agreement about that.

Brady’s pristine image could be forever tarnished by all this. Is that punishment enough? Or should his wallet take a hit? Or maybe the whole team should suffer by losing their superstar quarterback for a game or more?

What do you think the NFL should do?

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