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NEW YORK (KWWL) -

The National Football League announced Monday afternoon that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will be suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2015 regular season for what's commonly known as "Deflate-gate."

The suspension was levied for "conduct detrimental to the integrity of the NFL" in relation to the under inflation of footballs during the 2014 AFC Championship Game, the NFL said.

In addition to Brady's suspension, the team was fined $1 million and will forfeit their first-round selection in 2016 and fourth-round selection in 2017. The earlier selection will be forfeited if they have more than one selection in either of those rounds, the NFL said.

The NFL says the Patriots violated the league's policy on Integrity of the Game and Enforcement of Competitive Rules and failed to cooperate in the subsequent investigation.

In addition, Robert Kraft, owner of the Patriots, informed NFL Commissioner last week that John Jastremski and James McNally, employees of the Patriots, have been indefinitely suspended without pay effective May 6. Neither can be reinstated without prior approval from NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent.

If reinstated, Jastremski will not be allowed to be involved in the preparation, supervision, or handling of footballs to be used in NFL games during the 2015 season. McNally will not be allowed to serve as a locker room attendant for the game officials, or have any involvement with the preparation, supervision, or handling of footballs or any other equipment on game day.

"We reached these decisions after extensive discussion with Troy Vincent and many others," Commissioner Goodell said in a written statement. "We relied on the critical importance of protecting the integrity of the game and the thoroughness and independence of the Wells report."

The ruling comes just days after a report from independent investigator Ted Wells say he believed members of the Patriots organization deliberately under inflated. He says the actions were well documented through text messages and phone calls.

Wells' report also says that Brady was generally aware of the actions of the employees.

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