NFL owners voted Wednesday to impose new sanctions on the quarterback over the deflation controversy, in a move that would force him to undergo a full medical evaluation and a league-mandated psychological examination.
The NFL has already suspended Brady for four games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy and fined him $100,000.
The new sanctions will prevent the NFL from suspending Brady for more than six games and allow the NFLPA to appeal Brady’s suspension, which was imposed on June 18.
“The evidence of Brady tampering with the footballs has been weak,” Goodell said.
“There is no credible evidence of the use of a deflated footballs.”
The new punishment was the first to come out of the league owners meetings, which were closed to the media, and comes after Goodell spoke at length about the tampering scandal on Thursday.
Brady’s lawyers have argued that he was not using the football as an offensive weapon and that the football could have been used as a prop to prop up his son’s football.
The New England Patriots quarterback was suspended for four regular season games and a pair of postseason games after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of “intentional infliction of emotional distress” in March.
Goodell ruled that Brady should be allowed to participate in team activities and to play against the Denver Broncos, the NFL’s opponent in Super Bowl XLIX.
Goodell said that Brady “has not, nor will he use the football for any offensive purpose,” adding that the Patriots will “not have access to any footballs that he may use in any way.”
Brady and the NFL are now set to meet again on March 26.