"Tom has been a friend of mine," Manning said Monday, according to the New York Post. "I don't like to see anyone get suspended. ... In no way am I glad to see this happen."
On Monday, the NFL announced that the Patriots quarterback has been suspended the first four games of the 2015 season for conduct detrimental to the league. Independent investigator Ted Wells, in a report submitted to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, connected Brady to the Patriots' use of under-inflated footballs in January's AFC Championship Game.
Manning called the NFL's punishment -- which included the Brady ban, forfeiture of first- and fourth-round draft picks and a $1 million fine -- "a pretty big statement."
Interestingly, Manning explained that he experimented with a slightly deflated football after the Patriots' scandal exploded in January. Manning said there is a "noticeable difference" in grip.