NFL penalises Tom Brady over ‘deflategate’

Patriots punished and star quarterback suspended for four games
In this Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, photo New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady hands the ball off during the first half of the NFL football AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts in Foxborough, Mass. The NFL says its investigation into whether the New England Patriots used underinflated footballs in the AFC championship game is ongoing after a report Tuesday night. Jan. 20, 2015, claimed the league found 11 balls were not properly inflated. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in action against the Indianapolis Colts

The National Football League sent a strong signal on Monday that the ends do not justify the means in US sports, punishing the reigning champions New England Patriots and their star quarterback Tom Brady for bending the rules of the game.