103 days after the AFC Championship game, investigator Ted Wells has relased his report on what has become known as deflategate.
DEFLATEGATE Ted Wells Report: Probable that the Patriots Purposely Deflated Footballs
Some highlights of the report include the following quote in Wells’ summary:
“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 [Officials Locker Room attendant for the Patriots] and John Jastremski [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 following is the NFL Press Release
Ted Wells transmitted his report to Commissioner Goodell and the New England Patriots earlier today on the footballs used in the AFC Championship Game on January 18, 2015. Mr. Wells requested that our office make it available to the public at 1 p.m. ET. It is now posted on NFLCommunications.com and NFLMedia.com. Following is a statement by Commissioner Goodell:
STATEMENT OF NFL COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL
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.
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.
For the complete report, click here.
Stay tuned to Last word on sports, as we will be updating the story as more details emerge. We are awaiting word from the NFL on the possible penalties the Patriots may face as a result of this action, and what changes to league rules will be made.
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