See what the NFL discovered with the latest report on Deflategate!
Nearly four months after the Deflategate scandal stole news headlines from the Super Bowl build up, we finally have the answer: They probably did it and Tom Brady was “generally aware” of the practice. The 243-page report composed by NFL appointed investigator Ted Wells says it was more probable than not that the “Patriots personnel participated in violations of the Playing Rules and were involved in a deliberate effort to circumvent the rules”. Two employees, Jim McNally, the Officials Lockeroom attendant for the Patriots, and John Jastremski, an equipment assistant for the Patriots, were the ones responsible for the physical deflating of the balls. The report also released text messages between the two.
Prior to the game below is the text message exchange between two employees from the Patriots discussing football preparation for Tom Brady:
Text message exchange between two Pats employees about Tom Brady & getting his footballs ready. Damn. pic.twitter.com/oGBksapACj
— Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) May 6, 2015
Other findings show Brady and Jastremski talked extensively via phone and text message during the days after the scandal broke, and had little to no phone communication in the previous six months.
So as developing news come out from the lengthy report, the question turns to what comes next for the Patriots and the NFL. This mishap run with the rule will not be Bill Belichick’s first, as he and the Patriots were punished harshly for the 2007 Spygate scandal. Even if the report shows Belichick was unaware of what occurred, the NFL has set a precedent with the Saints bounty scandal in 2012 that ignorance on a part of a head coach does not absolve that coach from responsibility.
The Patriots have released a statement saying they are “disappointed in the findings”