OK, now Deflategate is over.
Indianapolis Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson was suspended four games for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy, his team announced.
Yes, that’s the same D’Qwell Jackson who inadvertently started Deflategate by intercepting New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the 2014 divisional round of the playoffs, leading the Colts to take it upon themselves to measure the PSI in the football and alert the NFL that it was deflated because they didn’t understand objects lose air pressure in the cold.
The Deflategate circle has been closed. Brady was suspended four games for Deflategate. Jackson was suspended four games for the violation to which the NFL compared football deflation. The Patriots lost a first-round draft pick for Deflategate. The Colts lost a first-round draft pick by trading for running back Trent Richardson.
Everything, other than the $1 million the Patriots were fined and the fourth-round pick they were penalized, now is copacetic. Let’s all agree to not say the D-word for another few years now.
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