Last week, the long-awaited results of Ted Wells' investigation into the so-called "DeflateGate" scandal were finally made public.
Wells' report indicated that the Patriots were most likely guilty of deflating game balls in direct violation of NFL rules.
One of the most damning parts of the report indicated that three-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady not only knew about the violation, but that the equipment managers who deflated the balls were working under direct orders from Brady.
As a result, the NFL announced today that Brady will be suspended for the first four games of the 2015 regular season.
"Quarterback Tom Brady will be suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2015 regular season for conduct detrimental to the integrity of the NFL." the league said in a statement.
"Brady may participate in all off-season, training camp and pre-season activities, including pre-season games."
Brady has yet to speak publicly on the punishment, which will significantly shorten what may prove to be his last season in the NFL.
During his Brady's now-famous press conference in January, the legendary QB stated simply, "I would never do anything to break the rules."
While speaking at Salem State University last week, Brady laughed off the findings of the Wells Report and seemed unconcerned about the allegations against him.
In addition to Brady's punishment, his team has been hit with a $1 million fine and the loss of its first round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.