Krafty essentially admits to Cheating – withdraws challenge to League penalties

In a predictable move, Krafty now says the Pats won’t appeal the League’s discipline that was imposed on the team as a result of the finding that Shady and the team cheated.  For public relations purposes (which backfired), Krafty initially reversed his promise in the wake of the Wells Report to accept whatever discipline the League hands out.  After learning the discipline he did the following: (1) express dissatisfaction at the harshness of the penalty, (2) criticize the Wells Report for not contain sufficient evidence, (3) started a website to attack the report, (4) paid a high-priced law firm to issue a poorly written challenge to the Wells Report (remember, “Deflator” somehow meant weight loss…) and (5) stated that the Pats would appeal the penalty.  Now, after giving it some time (and presumably assessing the evidence against his team and Shady), he has reversed course yet again – he won’t appeal.  There is only one way to read this latest decision – Krafty knows his team cheated, he knows the evidence is sufficient to establish this fact, and he is now admitting as much by disclaiming any appeal.

As I have written before, if there are any PR firms out there in need of work, there are a few clients for you in the Northeast part of the US that could use some help…

Haven’t heard from Yee in quite some time – maybe Shady is finally learning a lesson and he has put the muzzle on his agent/lawyer.  Whoever is responsible for this wise decision, please call Krafty and the Pats organization; they could use your help.

Stay tuned… no telling where this story will take us next.

From a Guest Blogger… The Best Offense is a Good Defense (and this is not a good defense)

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?

Krafty admits the team cheated in 2007; but now “believes” Shady…

Krafty needs to discuss with his lawyer(s) the standard of proof and the type of evidence that typically is used to establish facts.  Most bad acts are proven with circumstantial evidence; rarely do you have the “smoking gun.”  Although, the texts between Beavis and Butthead, here, are close to that smoking gun – they were written at time when nobody had a reason to lie, and certainly evidence that they knew how Shady like his balls.  But, they go even further than that – they confirm that these two had the ability to deflate the pressure and make the ball more to Shady’s liking.  That, plus Shady’s later meeting with either Beavis or Butthead (after Deflategate broke) is sufficient to prove this case.  I submit one more piece of evidence – does anybody recall Shady’s public speaking after Belicheat put the issue squarely on his QB?  He was lying, and everybody saw it.  The nation knows Shady did this, and Krafty should do what he said he would – accept the penalty and move on.

For anyone who wants to read Krafty’s admission about 2007 (where presumably he saw the smoking guns – i.e., all of the illegal tapes that Goodell subsequently burned for him), see the attached…

http://espn.go.com/boston/nfl/story/_/id/12906203/robert-kraft-new-england-patriots-considering-options-calls-wells-report-unfair

“There was no dispute about the facts. The team admittedly said what happened … It was illegal to videotape and in the end we admitted it and took our penance. This is very different. In 2007, we did something and acknowledged the fact of what was done. This is an accusation of wrongdoing, without proof.”

What Krafty meant to say is – in 2007, the tapes were so powerful that he couldn’t cover up the problem and hide behind expensive lawyers.  Now, the evidence isn’t the same (it is only in text form, not on tape), and so he doesn’t have to admit the truth.  Krafy, please go back and watch the tape of Shady’s press conference – he knew what Beavis and Butthead were doing, and he is just another Belicheat on your team.

Eli Manning torpedoes Brady…

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000492223/article/eli-manning-im-not-glad-to-see-tom-brady-suspended

The title of the attached link is “Eli Manning is not glad to see Tom Brady suspended”; read the article and see that Eli said much more.  Most notably, Eli says he tried an underinflated ball shortly after learning of the scandal in January – “Interestingly, Manning explained that he experimented with a slightly deflated football after the Patriots‘ scandal exploded in January. Manning said there is a ‘noticeable difference’ in grip.”  Leave to Eli to throw his “friend” under the bus and tell the driver step on the gas.  More to come…

Krafty and Shady — Liars and Cheats

Here we go again.  Krafty first says he is disappointed but will accept the League’s discipline.  Now, he hears the penalties (which seem kind of lax by comparison to other cheaters), and he must now challenge the harshness of the discipline.  Shady, through his stupid agent/lawyer, maintains his “innocence” through a counter attack and a “look at the monkey” defense.  Shady, I ask you, just come out and admit it, seek forgiveness, and move on.  Otherwise, please explain…

For any PR firms out there, I think there are several potential clients here.  These guys clearly don’t get it.  The Clintons do a better job deflecting the media and hiding their misdeeds.

Now, we get the appeal.  Hopefully, Shady sues in some misguided attack on the collective bargaining agreement, or challenges the standard under which he was found culpable.  That will lead to some discovery, and more (not less) embarrassment.  Calling Arlen Specter – from the dead – maybe this will be your legislative investigation (you didn’t get it with Spygate, but here’s another opportunity).  Better yet, since no one in Congress is doing anything these days, at least let’s have some fun with subpoenas and compelled testimony.

The legend, Don Shula, speaks again — Belicheat…

Things aren’t going well for the Pats, the Belicheat, or Shady right now, and they may get worse.  Already tarnished by several issues, including Spygate, this latest incident of cheating is destroying whatever legacy they hoped for…  Don Shula has no reason to attack, but can’t resist the need to point out his preference for fair play, and not the Belicheat way.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/don-shula-says-dolphins-didnt-deflate-balls-172342398–nfl.html

Shady… Time to fire your agent — this guy’s an idiot

I don’t have to say much to introduce this subject, just read the attached and ask yourself one question – would you want this guy to be your spokesperson?

http://espn.go.com/blog/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4781278/tom-bradys-agent-explains-thinking-for-why-brady-didnt-turn-over-cell-phone

At least Shady’s father has an excuse – he is his father.  Krafty said some interesting things and cleverly tried to raise the standard of proof beyond what was needed to convict their former TE, and at least he was somewhat eloquent.  But this guy… what is he doing?

A Probability Letter to Mr. Sixth Round.

Okay.  Mr. Bundchen.  Mr. Deflate-y, one need only go to Roget to find out all the synonyms for “probable.”  Apparent, credible, feasible, plausible, presumed, reasonable, mortal, rational, believable, earthly, illusory, in the cards, most likely, odds-on, ostensible, presumable.  All of these definitions describe your undeniable role in what can only be seen as an embarrassment to you, to your team, and most importantly, to your reputation as some have termed you (most hailing from or residing in the New England region of the United States) the greatest quarterback in National Football League history (yeah, tell that to Otto Graham, who won several more championships than you did, or Joe Montana, neither of whom felt the need to beat the odds by rigging the game).

You, the greatest sixth round ball deflater in NFL history have been deemed, after several hundred hours of independent and one would imagine unbiased examination to be found “more probable than not” culpable for actions which can deemed as nothing but unfair and cheating. (Would you like some synonyms for cheating as well?  There are a lot of them.  My favorite of all is “craft,” “crafty,”or “craftiness”, the very name of the owner of your football team.  How appropriate, no??

Chicanery, deception, trickery, artifice, deviousness, dishonesty, dodge, double-crossing, double-dealing, duplicity, fourberie (I like that one!), fraud (another really good one!!), hanky-panky, intrigue, machination, maneuver, plot, ploy, ruse, skullduggery (oooh!!!), sophistry, subterfuge, surreptitiousness, underhandedness, craftiness, cunning, defrauding, dirty dealing, dissemblance, dissimulation, double-dealing, duplicity, hypocrisy, pretense, smoke and mirrors, trickery, two-facedness, dirty, unethical, dishonest, bent, bluffing, disreputable, false, hoodwinking, mendacious, misleading, perfidious, sinister, slippery, two-faced, two-timing, unctuous, underhanded, unfair, unprincipled, unscrupulous, untrustworthy, and wily.

This was a choice, and the Richard Nixon defense, that “everyone else is doing it,” does not fly.  This does not make you competitive – I have no doubt you have a powerful ambition and drive, but doing whatever it takes, at all costs, i.e., breaking the rules, then lying about having any knowledge about it, does not make you “competitive,” it makes you any one of the appropriate adjectives above.

Full disclosure, I have been watching you from the vantage point of a fellow AFC East fan, the much-maligned New York Jets.  I have enjoyed victories against you and your equally duplicitous coach – who agreed to coach our team, signed a contract, then backed out like the lying, underhanded douche that he is, only to then secretly spy on the very team he betrayed – and have watched you have equally great success against our team and others.  That said, our 4-win team this previous season lost to the “great” New England Patriots by a combined 3 points (over two games).  One can only imagine how Thomas’ balls manipulation might have had anything to do with those narrow victories. In all likelihood, it had nothing whatsoever to do with it, but Mr. Brady, since you hadn’t committed the moral lapse and played by your own rules later in the season, you have opened up every single victory of your illustrious career to scrutiny. You probably didn’t cheat to beat us, a woeful 4-12 team by a combined 3 points over two meetings, but, then again….

Infamous athletes – all Belicheats…

Shady Tom Brady now joins the list a scum that have injured/tarnished the integrity of the sports they play or in which they are associated.  Who knows where he ranks on the following list (but happy to hear your thoughts)….

Lance Armstrong, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, the Black Sox, Tom “Shady” Brady, PED users everywhere, the Belicheat, fill in the blank…(boxing, horse racing?)

Here are the clear facts – Shady knowingly violated a clear rule, he lied to America about it, he tried to cover it up, he obstructed the investigation, he now whines about the result (or, at least others are doing it on his behalf because he is a pathetic coward).

Here are the likely additional facts – this was an organized, orchestrated scheme to cheat over many years, he believed it gave him a competitive advantage (or else why do it), it did in fact give his team a competitive advantage, Shady’s ego is right there with Lance Armstrong, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Roger Clemens, and the rest.

NOW what can we sports fans do about it?  How can we protect the integrity of sports and stop teaching our children that it is okay to cheat, okay to bend the rules?

Speak out about Shady and the Belicheat.  Call for serious penalties.  Persist in the argument that this should put an asterisk next to Shady’s name forever (similar to Bonds, Clemens and the others).  We all know the Belicheat got away with it many years ago – this adds to that asterisk and should tarnish him forever as well.

The leaders of our country cheat to get ahead, business leaders cheat to get ahead, and our sports heroes are simply following along.  It needs to end.  There needs to be some integrity in a sporting event.  Sports are about fair play and competition.  Don’t tolerate cheating any more.  For those loyal Pats fans out there, just acknowledge that your guy cheated – change the debate (maybe he should still be in the hall of fame at some point), but don’t argue that he didn’t do this or that it isn’t a big deal.

More to come…