A lot of high-school kids admire Tom Brady & the Patriots, and too bad to see them disappointed. I think Brady's aware of this, too, and he clearly feels bad about the whole situation. I doubt very much that Brady told the Patriots' equipment guys to under-inflate, or deflate, the game footballs. But if they knew that Brady liked under-inflated balls, I wouldn't be a bit surprised if they were doing it as a favor to him, and he may have had an idea that it was going on. He may have been aware of it without actually telling anyone outright to do it.. The recordings of the Patriots equipment guys who handled the balls do look & sound kind of suspicious.
This isn't a criminal case, & the NFL doesn't have to have proof beyond a doubt, and the circumstantial evidence that the balls were deflated looks pretty convincing. It's not beyond a doubt, though. Cold weather can cause balls to deflate a bit (just like car tires will deflate a little in the cold), and it was a pretty cold night when that game was played. But I wouldn't put it past the Patriots to have been surreptitiously deflating the balls for months.
Anyway, I think that the suspension was probably justified. But hopefully Brady & his team learned their lesson. I don't think that anything more severe is warranted. There would be an awful furor in Boston if Brady got expelled, there would probably be rioting in the streets, and the kids at UMass would tear the campus apart.
I wouldn't be surprised if Tom fools around with his team-mates in the locker room. Nothing too serious, maybe a little horseplay in the showers after the games. Doubt he's got any texts about it on his cellphone, though. But I think he's overall pretty straight. He had an illegitimate kid with his old girlfriend a few years back, and now he's got 2 kids with his Brazilian model wife. She looks like a pretty mean broad, if she ever caught him fooling around he'd have more to worry about than deflated balls, she'd probably cut them off altogether, not too mention she'd clean out his bank-account for God knows how many millions of dollars in alimony & child-support.