Patriots Deflategate Investigation Concludes

The NFL and private investigator Ted Wells released the official report and findings of Deflategate, saying that it is “more probable than not” that New England equipment managers deliberately broke NFL rules and that Tom Brady was aware. The report also concludes that head coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft didn’t have knowledge of wrongdoing.

The report was 243 pages and detailed that Jim McNally (Officials Locker Room attendant) and John Jastremski (Patriots equipment assistant) intentionally deflated footballs in the AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts. The report goes on to say “Based on the evidence, it also is our view that it is more probable than not that Tom Brady (the quarterback for the Patriots) was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities of McNally and Jastremski involving the release of air from Patriots game balls.”

Kraft disagreed with the findings.

“While I respect the independent process of the investigation, the time, effort and resources expended to reach this conclusion are incomprehensible to me,” Kraft said. “Knowing that there is no real recourse available, fighting the league and extending this debate would prove to be futile. We understand and greatly respect the responsibility of being one of 32 in this league and, on that basis, we will accept the findings of the report and take the appropriate actions based on those findings as well as any discipline levied by the league.”

The league is considering punishment for both Patriots equipment personnel in addition to Brady. The report says that Brady declined to turn over his phone to Ted Wells during the investigation.

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