This is beyond awkward now.

Why would the New England Patriots bring back two guys, who according to their story, was responsible for Tom Brady being suspended four games?

The Patriots have asked the NFL to reinstate the suspended employees at the heart of the “Deflategate” scandal, the Associated Press reports.

The team suspended equipment assistant John Jastremski and officials locker room attendant Jim McNally as part of the investigation into whether the footballs the team provided for the AFC title game were improperly inflated. In one of the more damning texts uncovered in the probe, McNally referred to himself as “the deflator.”

The team was fined $1 million and docked two draft picks as punishment. Quarterback Tom Brady had his four-game suspension vacated by a federal judge. The team has denied any wrongdoing, but it suspended McNally and Jastremski.

The team has denied any wrongdoing, but it suspended McNally and Jastremski, who can’t be reinstated without the league's permission.

By Glenn Erby

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