BOSTON, July 29 - Tom Brady and the New England Patriots struck back after the NFL Commissioner upheld Brady's suspension for four games for "Deflategate" in a 20-page decision.

 Brady tweeted a lengthy response, stating unequivocally that "I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either."

 Brady complained that despite hours of testimony and months of investigation, the best the Commissioner could come up with was it was “probable” that Brady was “generally aware” of misconduct.

 Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the suspension on July 28, claiming that Brady had sought to deep-six evidence by intentionally breaking his phone.

"There is no question," the decision held, that Brady "declined to make available" electronic information including texts and emails. It charged that Brady destroyed his previous phone despite the ongoing investigation.

Brady responded that he replaced his Samsung phone with an iPhone 6 "AFTER my attorneys made it clear to the NFL" that the physical Samsung "would not be subjected to investigation under ANY circumstances."

He denied categorically that he had ever "written, texted, emailed to anybody at anytime, anything" regarding Deflategate before AFC Championship game.

"To suggest that I destroyed a phone to avoid giving the NFL information it requested is completely wrong," Brady said.

Also on Wednesday, Pats owner Robert Kraft lashed out the league, calling the decision to uphold the discipline "unfathomable." After six months of investigation, the league still has "no hard evidence" that Brady tampered with balls, he said.

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Kraft apologized to Patriots fans for accepting a $1 million fine and forfeiture of two years of draft picks. He said he thought accepting the penalties would make it easier for the league to exonerate the quarterback.

"I have come to the conclusion that this was never about doing what was fair and just," Kraft said.  He said he "tried to do what (he) thought was right," to put the focus back on football.

The union called the NFL's basing the decision on the issues of "irrelevant" text messages instead of admitting that all the phone records they asked for were provided "a new low, even for them, but it does nothing to correct their errors."

 The NFL Players Association plans to appeal in federal court. But the NFL made a preemptive attack, filing a complaint in New York federal court asking for confirmation of the order.

Under the order, Brady would be knocked out of Pats' games with Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Jacksonville and Dallas, returning October 18 against Indianapolis.

 

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