A U.S. District Court of Appeals ruled on Monday to reinstate Tom Brady’s four-game suspension, and one of the issues that resurfaced in the ruling was Brady’s decision to destroy his personal cell phone.

Most of the decision had nothing to do with Brady’s guilt or innocence. The issue at hand during this appeal process was whether NFL commissioner Roger Goodell acted within his rights by suspending Brady, and the court ruled that he did. One of the reasons for that had to do with Brady destroying his phone.

More from the ruling:

Having been given clear notice that his cooperation with the investigation was a subject of significant interest, we have difficulty believing that either Brady or the Association would have been surprised that the destruction of the cell phone was of importance to the Commissioner.

Additionally, the Commissioner did not increase the punishment as a consequence of the destruction of the cell phone—the four‐game suspension was not increased. Rather, the cell phone destruction merely provided further support for the Commissioner’s determination that Brady had failed to cooperate, and served as the basis for an adverse inference as to his participation in the scheme to deflate footballs.