Tom Brady and the Patriots took their punishments, but ball-deflating fall guys John Jastremski and Jim McNally got hit harder. The two Patriots employees received indefinite suspensions without pay for their roles in Ballghazi.
From the NFL’s statement:
Patriots owner Robert Kraft advised Commissioner Roger Goodell last week that Patriots employees John Jastremski and James McNally have been indefinitely suspended without pay by theclub, effective on May 6th. Neither of these individuals may be reinstated without the prior approval of NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent. If they are reinstated by the Patriots, Jastremski is prohibited from having any role in the preparation, supervision, or handling of footballs to be used in NFL games during the 2015 season. McNally is barred from serving as a locker room attendant for the game officials, or having any involvement with the preparation, supervision, or handling of footballs or any other equipment on game day.
Such specificity! Debate the severity of the punishment, but that doesn’t make the simple explanation any less funny: the NFL banned two men from having any contact with footballs.
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