Ted Wells Deflategate Report: Patriots Likely to have deflated balls on purpose

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[Ted Wells 243-page Report]
[Deadspin]
[PFT]

The Patriots got caught cheating/doing something abnormal again. From the Wells Report (Ted Wells gets to the bottom of everything):

For the reasons described in this Report, and after a comprehensive investigation, we have concluded that, in connection with the AFC Championship Game, it is more probable than not that New England Patriots personnel participated in violations of the Playing Rules and were involved in a deliberate effort to circumvent the rules. In particular, 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.

[…]

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. We also do not believe there was any wrongdoing or knowledge of wrongdoing by Patriots Head Equipment Manager Dave Schoenfeld.

As Pro Football Talk points out, it’s impossible to say what punishment that Tom Brady will face because something like this is unprecedented in NFL history.

Being that Roger Goodell is a crook (and politician) himself, and wouldn’t want to cost the league too much money, I could see a two game suspension for Brady. That would be my prediction.

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