May 6, 2015 at 4:53 pm #41771
The Wells Report has been released in relation to last years AFC Championship game vs the Indianapolis Colts affectionately known as “Deflategate.” While Patriots personnel, ownership and even the star QB Tom Brady have all said they were not involved it appears the Wells Report is drawing different conclusions.
While they use words like “more probably than not” to relate to the Patriots or Brady, the report gives the impression they believe all parties knew and/or were involved in the action.
Here is part of the conclusion in section VIII of the Wells Report which can be found in its entirety here –>
“Based on the evidence developed in connection with the investigation and
summarized in this Report, we have concluded that it is more probable than not that New
England Patriots personnel participated in violations of the NFL Playing Rules and were
involved in a deliberate attempt to circumvent those rules. In particular, we conclude that it is
more probable than not that Jim McNally and John Jastremski participated in a deliberate plan to
circumvent the rules by releasing air from Patriots game balls after the examination of the
footballs by NFL game officials at the AFC Championship Game. We believe that McNally and
Jastremski were aware that the inflation level of the Patriots game balls following pre-game
inspection by the game officials would be approximately 12.5 psi and planned for McNally to
deflate the balls below that level following the pre-game inspection using a needle provided by
Jastremski. Based on the evidence, we also have concluded that it is more probable than not that
Tom Brady was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities of McNally and
Jastremski involving the release of air from Patriots game balls.”
Brady has his named mentioned in communications in different sections of the report in connection with McNally and others.
This is a must read report…
So with that, do you care? Is it a big deal to you? Should titles be stripped? Or is it more to do about nothing?
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