New book: Brady turned down deal to avoid Deflategate suspension

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Tom Brady could've avoided his four-game Deflategate suspension and gotten off with a $1 million fine from the NFL if he had publicly implicated the Patriots equipment guys for altering footballs, but he refused to do that, according to a new book.

In "12: The Inside Story of Tom Brady's Fight For Redemption" authors Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge, Brady offered to pay the fine, but NFL commissioner Roger Goodell also demanded Brady publicly blame the equipment guys.

"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," Sherman and Wedge write. "Tom said no."

“There’s no way I’m gonna ruin these guys for something I believe they didn’t do,” Brady is said to have told NFL Players Association head DeMaurice Smith, according to the book. Sherman and Wedge also describe the Patriots quarterback as "devastated and angry" as he watched a press conference in the spring of 2015 in which team owner Robert Kraft accepted the NFL's penalties, including Brady's four-game suspension, and said he wouldn't appeal the punishment. 

From the book:

"Kraft’s star quarterback Tom Brady watched the news conference along with millions of others on television. He was devastated and angry. Brady grabbed his cell phone and punched in the contact number for DeMaurice Smith."

“What the f--?” Brady shouted into the phone. “Why am I not getting the support I deserve on this thing?"

Brady, of course, eventually served his suspension after a lengthy legal fight, and missed the first four games of the 2016 season. 

Sherman and Wedge, who also authored the book, "Boston Strong," the story of the Boston Marathon bombings that became the basis for the Mark Wahlberg movie, "Patriots Day", are reportedly meeting with studio heads about a movie adaption of this Deflategate book.

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