Way back on January 18, 2015, the New England Patriots defeated the Indianapolis Colts for the right to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. Shortly thereafter, it was alleged that the Patriots improperly used deflated footballs in that game. The NFL announced that it was investigating the allegations. The Patriots went on to beat the Seattle Seahawks and won the Super Bowl.
Months passed. Free agency came and went. The 2015 NFL Draft was completed. In what I'm sure was a total coincidence of timing, the NFL announced in the days after the Draft that its investigation was complete. The "Investigative Report Concerning Footballs Used During The AFC Championship Game On January 18, 2015" was released to the public yesterday; you can read the entire thing here if you're so inclined. If you don't have that sort of time, just know that the report concluded that something was rotten in Foxborough. Specifically, "that it is more probable than not that New England Patriots personnel participated in violations of the NFL Playing Rules and were involved in a deliberate attempt to circumvent those rules."
As you can imagine, Patriots fans are not amused. Thanks to the Wells Report, the question of what the NFL will do to punish the Patriots is now the focus of the inquiry.
I ask you, good citizens of BRB: What, if anything, should the NFL do to punish the Patriots?
Suspensions? Fines? Forfeiture of draft picks? Nothing at all? I'd put a poll up, but I don't want to limit the options. Chime in with your thoughts in the Comments.