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But the Detroit Lions wide receiver believes if Brady was involved in the conspiracy to deflate footballs in the AFC Championship Game, then he should be appropriately punished.
“I don’t know what’s real and what’s not,” Tate said during a break at his youth football camp Thursday. “I think if you violate the integrity of this game, you must be punished. We’re always trying to gain more fans, nationally, internationally, and ... you threaten the integrity of the people that are inside of it also.
“So if it’s legit and he actually did have something to do with it, then he deserves every bit of that punishment," Tate said. "Now, if he didn’t have anything to do with it, then they need to look into it more and be more factual.”
Brady was suspended by the NFL for four games -- a decision that was upheld earlier this week. The NFLPA filed a lawsuit on Brady’s behalf against the league in Minnesota and the league filed papers in New York.
The case will be heard in New York at a time to be determined.