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New book: Tom Brady could've avoided Deflategate suspension by acknowledging equipment staffers altered footballs

Ryan Hannable
August 02, 2018 - 5:03 pm

According to the recently released book, "12: The Inside Story of Tom Brady's Fight For Redemption" by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge, Tom Brady could have avoided his four-game suspension for Deflategate.

All he had to do was publicly blame the Patriots equipment staffers -- John Jastremski and Jim McNally -- for altering the footballs and pay the $1 million fine.

"He demanded that Brady state publicly that former Patriots equipment guys [John] Jastremski and [Jim] McNally had purposely tampered with footballs, even without his knowledge," the book reads. "Tom said no."

Brady could have got off with just a $1 million fine if he did that, but he stayed loyal to them.

“There’s no way I’m gonna ruin these guys for something I believe they didn’t do,” Brady told NFL Players Association head DeMaurice Smith. 

For more on the book, Sherman joined the Not Sunday podcast this week to discuss.