After significant review of the evidence available, Ted Wells determined that the Patriots, with Brady’s knowledge, intentionally deflated footballs. Team Shady, with help from Krafty, have gone all in to discredit the findings of the report. If there were criminal charges in this case, they would have lawyers smart enough to tell them not to incriminate themselves with ridiculous public comments. Fortunately, that is not the case.
Tom Shady’s Agent – Don Yee
“One fact alone taints this entire report. What does it say about the league office’s protocols and ethics when it allows one team to tip it off to an issue prior to a championship game, and no league officials or game officials notified the Patriots of the same issue prior to the game? This suggests it may be more probable than not that the league cooperated with the Colts in perpetrating a sting operation. The Wells report buries this issue in a footnote on page 46 without any further elaboration.”
The one issue that Brady’s agent takes with the entire report is that the Patriots weren’t warned ahead of time. Sure the balls were deflated, but they should have been warned that the balls were going to be checked a second time to see if air was let out of them. Also, on what planet does that constitute a sting operation? When did the NFL try to get the Patriots to cheat? Do one of the ball boys work for the league office? Their entire defense was an incoherent mess.
Team Krafty – Wells Report Context
“This banter, and Mr. McNally’s goal of losing weight, meant Mr. McNally was the “deflator.” There was nothing complicated or sinister about it.”
So Team Krafty wants us to believe that a guy who calls himself the “deflator” was really talking about losing weight. It’s just an unfortunate coincidence that this guy is responsible for the air pressure in the footballs? But in case you weren’t convinced, Team Krafty places the deflator texts into context. They quote an entire text conversation between McNally the locker room attendant, and Jastremski, the equipment assistant. Here’s a crucial piece:
16:39:40 JM “Nice dude…jimmy needs some kicks….lets make a deal…come on help the deflator”
[After Mr. Jastremski does not respond for several minutes, Mr. McNally sends a follow-up text.] 16:47:15 JM “Chill buddy im just f****n with you….im not going to espn….yet”
It makes you question what Team Krafty is thinking. In this conversation, the locker room attendant refers to himself as “the deflator” and tells the equipment guy that he should steal him some shoes or else he will tell ESPN about their ball deflating scheme. Team Krafty thinks that because the nature of these texts is jocular that this completely undercuts the substance. Yes, the texts about telling ESPN are jocular but why would anyone think he is making up the parts about stealing shoes and deflating footballs?
Can someone just tell these guys to plead the fifth?