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New England Patriots Tom Brady is more probable than not, aware of “deflategate”, says Wells report

New England Patriots Tom Brady is more probable than not that was aware of “deflategate”, says Wells report

The NFL has found that it is more probable that New England Patriots personnel deliberatedly deflated balls during the AFC Championship in January against the Colts and that quarterback Tom Brady was probably aware of what was happening.

Ted Wells, NFL’s appointed attorney, released the findings of the investigation on whether the Patriots deflated balls in that controversial yet lopsided game against the Colts.

As Per NFL

“We have concluded that it is more probable than not that Jim McNally (the Officials Locker Room attendant for the Patriots) and John Jastremski (an equipment assistant for the Patriots) participated in a deliberate effort to release air from Patriots game balls after the balls were examined by the referee.

“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,” the report reads.

The reports says that other Patriots personnel were not aware of the effort.

“We do not believe that the evidence establishes that any other Patriots personnel participated in or had knowledge of the violation of the Playing Rules or the deliberate effort to circumvent the rules described in this Report. In particular, we do not believe there was any wrongdoing or knowledge of wrongdoing by Patriots ownership, Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick or any other Patriots coach in the matters investigated.”

In relation to the kicking balls, the conclusion reads:

“We do not believe that the evidence supports a conclusion that there was any deliberate effort by the Patriots to circumvent the NFL’s Playing Rules with respect to the kicking balls used during the AFC Championship Game.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also released a statement on the report:

“I want to express my appreciation to Ted Wells and his colleagues for performing a thorough and independent investigation, the findings and conclusions of which are set forth in today’s comprehensive report,” Goodell wrote.

“As with other recent matters involving violations of competitive rules, Troy Vincent and his team will consider what steps to take in light of the report, both with respect to possible disciplinary action and to any changes in protocols that are necessary to avoid future incidents of this type. At the same time, we will continue our efforts vigorously to protect the integrity of the game and promote fair play at all times.”

Patriots owner Robert Kraft released his own statement on the matter soon after the report was released.

“Throughout the process of this nearly four-month investigation, we have cooperated and patiently awaited its outcome. To say we are disappointed in its findings, which do not include any incontrovertible or hard evidence of deliberate deflation of footballs at the AFC Championship Game, would be a gross understatement,” Kraft wrote.

“While I respect the independent process of the investigation, the time, effort and resources expended to reach this conclusion are incomprehensible to me. 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 biggest name who is being hit by the report is quarterback Tom Brady, who denied the allegations, even after the accusation exploded.

The NFL began investigating after the Patriots defeated the Colts 45-7 on January 18. The Colts complained that several footballs were under inflated and the NFL confirmed that 11 of the 12 footballs were under the limit.

Footballs with less pressure can be easier to grip and catch. Some quarterbacks prefer footballs that have less air.

The NFL requires balls to be inflated between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch, and each team is responsible for the balls it uses on offense. Brady said he prefers footballs inflated to 12.5 pounds per square inch. On many occasions, Brady said he never asked for balls to be deflated outside of the rules.

Information from NFL and Associated Press was used in this article.

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