I disagree with my opponent that Tom Brady's punishment was correctly handed out by the league. Just an FYI I am not a Patriots fan or a Brady Fan however I do agree with the League for reasons I will express later. Best of luck.
Tom Bradys punishment was that he could not play for the first 4 games of the season, as well as he will not be payed for that first 4 games. I believe that
1- He should have not been allowed to play in the super bowl.
People new that tom brady had cheated, yet they allowed him to play in the superbowl. Say the ball wasnt deflated, things could have gone diffrently in the game. The patriots might not have gone to the superbowl, thus a diffrent football team winning.
First of all, I disagree with my opponent in that it was not confirmed that Brady had deflated, or was involved, in the football deflation until the Wells Report was released in early May. Now it is not truly confirmed that Brady was involved as the Wells Report states "....it is more probable than not that Tom Brady was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities of [the locker room attendants] involving the release of air from Patriots game balls." Now, with the releasing of the Wells Report in May 2015 it would've been impossible for the NFL to conduct a quality and full-fledged investigation in the less than two weeks between the AFC Title Game and Super Bowl XLIX.
In addition we must look at the suspensions for other NFL players and their actions. Back in 2012 the NFL overturned the suspensions of four New Orleans Saints players involved in the Bountygate Scandal. One of those players, Jonathan Vilma, was faced a year long suspension for his role in the operation. If the League would resend the suspensions of four players allegedly paying to severely injure opposing players, clearly four games for changing the PSI of football: a ritual most NFL quarterbacks participate in, is clearly a travesty.
He called himself the deflator. A longtime locker-room attendant for the New England Patriots, Jim McNally, was responsible for controlling the air pressure in the footballs that quarterback Tom Brady would use on the field.
Another Patriots employee, an equipment assistant named John Jastremski, was in direct communication with Brady and provided McNally with memorabilia, including shoes and autographed footballs.
Tom Brady gave the "deflator" A signed football and shoes. Now why would that happen?
As I conclude I wish to thank my opponent for the opportunity to participate in this debate, best of luck in future endeavors. With that being said, there is no concrete evidence that Brady was in on it. Unlike the video of Ray Rice knocking his fiance unconscious, or Adrian Peterson's son's wounds from his child abuse. Both men were suspended the entire 2014 season as a result of concrete evidence for their actions. As I said before, I am not a Patriots fan but the league cannot levy a severe punishment on a player without a doubt they were involved. As I quoted from the Wells Report earlier, the NFL cannot give the Patriots or Tom Brady a severe punishment without admittance or film showing the attendant altering the footballs. I believe the four game suspension should remain, and the Patriot organizational punishment should also remain.