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NFL takes action against New England Patriots after ‘deflategate’ report

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – After a damning report was released by the NFL, the league has taken action against the New England Patriots.

On May 6, an NFL investigative report accused the New England Patriots of improperly deflating footballs during the AFC Championship.

The report found that “it is more probable than not that New England Patriots personnel participated in violations of the Playing Rules and were involved in a deliberate effort to circumvent the rules.”

The report also pointed fingers at key players on the Patriots’ team, including quarterback Tom Brady.

“Based on the evidence, it also is our view that it is more probable than not that Tom Brady (the quarterback for the Patriots) was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities… involving the release of air from Patriots game balls,” the report said.

On Monday, the NFL took action against the Patriots.

According to ESPN, the league suspended quarterback Tom Brady for four games. Also, the Patriots will forfeit a first-round pick in 2016 and a fourth-round pick in 2017.

New England was also hit with a $1 million fine.

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