On Tuesday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on integrity of the game.
"The most significant new information that emerged in connection with the appeal was evidence that on or about March 6, 2015 -- the very day that he was interviewed by Mr. Wells and his investigated team -- Mr. Brady instructed his assistant to destroy the cellphone that he had been using since early 2014, a period that included that AFC Championship game and the initial weeks of the subsequent investigation.
"During the four months that the cell phone was in use, Brady had exchanged nearly 10,000 text messages, none of which can now be retrieved from that device. The destruction of the cell phone was not disclosed until June 18, almost four months after the investigators had first sought electronic information from Brady," Goodell said.
Brady is expected to seek an injunction in federal court that will allow him to play.