**** Breaking *****Wells report: Pats employees probably deflated balls, Tom Brady likely knew

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    http://espn.go.com/boston/nfl/story...-new-england-patriots-probably-deflated-balls


    The NFL has found that it is probable that New England Patriotspersonnel deliberately deflated balls during the AFC Championship Game in January and that quarterback Tom Brady was probably "at least generally aware" of the rules violations.

    The findings were released Wednesday in a 243-page report by Ted Wells, the league-appointed attorney who investigated whether the Patriots deflated balls in their game against the Indianapolis Colts.

    "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[​IMG] in violations of the Playing Rules and were involved in a deliberate effort to circumvent the rules," the report said. "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."

    The report cites evidence that McNally took the game balls into a bathroom adjacent to the field at Gillette Stadium, and stayed there for about 100 seconds - "an amount of time sufficient to deflate thirteen footballs using a needle.''

    Other evidence included referee Walt Anderson's inability to locate the previously approved footballs at the start of the game -- the first time that had happened to him in 19 years.

    The report includes salty text messages between McNally and Jastremski -- sent in October and January -- that imply Brady was REQUESTING[​IMG] footballs deflated below 12.5 pounds per square inch. They also imply that Brady had previously been upset with the quality of the game balls.

    The texts described by REQUESTS[​IMG] from McNally for shoes and signed footballs from Brady in exchange for deflating the balls.......
     
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    Owner Robert Kraft, who strongly defended his team and said the NFL would owe the Patriots an apology if the investigation turned up no culpable evidence, said he still doesn't believe the team did anything wrong.

    "To say we are disappointed in its findings, which do not include any incontrovertible or hard evidence of deliberate deflation of footballs at the AFC Championship Game, would be a gross understatement," Kraft said of the report in a statement.

    "While I respect the independent process[​IMG] of the investigation, the time, effort and resources expended to reach this conclusion are incomprehensible to me. Knowing that there is no real recourse AVAILABLE[​IMG], fighting the league and extending this debate would prove to be futile. We understand and greatly respect the responsibility of being one of 32 in this league and, on that basis, we will accept the findings of the report and take the appropriate actions based on those findings as well as any discipline levied by the league."

    The report's findings now will be turned over to Troy Vincent, NFL executive vice president of football operations.

    "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," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "At the same time, we will CONTINUE[​IMG] our efforts vigorously to protect the integrity of the game and promote fair play at all times."

    The NFL began investigating after the Patriots defeated the Colts 45-7 on Jan. 18. The Colts complained that several footballs were underinflated, and the NFL CONFIRMED[​IMG]that 11 of the 12 footballs were under the limit.

    Footballs with less pressure can be easier to grip and catch. Some quarterbacks prefer footballs that have less air.

    The NFL REQUIRES[​IMG] balls to be inflated between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch, and each team is responsible for the balls it uses on offense. Brady said he prefers footballs inflated to 12.5 pounds per square inch. On many occasions, Brady said he never asked for balls to be deflated outside of the rules.

    In a statement, the Colts said they are aware of the findings and had no comment.

    The Patriots open the 2015 season by hosting the Pittsburgh Steelerson Thursday, Sept. 10. The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook took the game off the board Wednesday "just in case" the NFL wants to make a point.
     
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    youre a fucking idiot, steve
     
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    @Thadaeus
     
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    the music on that is the best
     
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    my favorite is when steve has him on the ground and spreads the guys legs and starts dry humping him
     
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    Wtf
     
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    Is that the Gladiator soundtrack ?? :lol:
     
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    I only watched the first one, but im assuming Steve lost every time?
     
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    Is Steve gonna wrestle the kid with the #94 jersey next?
     
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    Shivvy beat you again, dummy.
     
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    Will the league take their championship away? Nope.
     
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    :wtf:
     
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    In the interest of fairness, Brady should be suspended for at least the Steelers game.