The New England Patriots have responded to the NFL's May 6 Wells Report that prompted the suspension of quarterback Tom Brady and other penalties from the league stemming from the so-called Deflategate scandal. The team’s rebuttal was published in a 20,000-word blog post at wellsreportcontext.com on Thursday.
While the Wells Report implicated that Brady was “more probable than not” aware of the deflated footballs used in the 2014 AFC championship game versus the Indianapolis Colts, the response via the blog described the Wells Report as “incomplete, incorrect and lack[ing] context.”
“The Report dismisses the scientific explanation for the natural loss of psi [per square inch] of the Patriots footballs by inexplicably rejecting the Referee’s recollection of what gauge he used in his pregame inspection,” the post says. The blog also refers to text messages exchanged between the two other primary targets in the NFL investigation, Jim McNally, the officials locker room attendant for the Patriots and John Jastremski, an equipment assistant for the team.
Since the Wells Report was published, there have been mixed reactions from NFL fans and players across the country, with some calling Brady and the Patriots “cheaters” and others saying that the league investigation did not have enough evidence to implicate Brady.
The NFL ruled that Brady will miss the first four games of the 2015 NFL regular season and the Patriots organization has been fined $1 million and will lose future picks. Brady, through the NFL Players Association, filed an appeal Thursday.
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