Some of Tom Brady's teammates reacted with disgust at the four-game suspension handed to the New England Patriots quarterback on Monday as punishment for deflating footballs in last season's AFC title game.

Fellow NFL players felt bad for the four-time Super Bowl champion, with some saying the punishment didn't fit the crime. Others believe the suspension is warranted and lauded league commissioner Roger Goodell.

And some of the fans? Some consider Brady a cheat, like major leaguers Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens before him.

The reaction on social media came shortly after the deal was announced.



Retired NFL tight end Jake Ballard tweeted Brady's four-game ban "is a joke."


Current Cleveland Browns safety Donte Hitner and Jerry Rice, who played 20 seasons in the NFL and is considered its greatest wide receiver in history, feel bad for the Patriots pivot.



Former NFLer Shawne Merriman, a three-time Pro Bowl linebacker, and current Arizona Cardinal linebacker Sean Weatherspoon lauded the league for its handling of Deflategate.


Ex-NFL nose tackle Antonio Garay wonders if Monday's announcement should be an eye-opener for the league.


Some fans made light of the decision while others don't seem concerned about Brady's short- and long-term future