In the two weeks between the AFC championship game and the Super Bowl, the football conversation was dominated by #DeflateGate and whether or not the Patriots knew the footballs used in their 45-7 blowout win over the Colts were deflated.
Bill Belichick and Tom Brady steadfastly denied knowing that anything illegal took place, but perhaps Brady wasn’t being entirely truthful. An internal investigation by Ted Wells has yielded strong evidence that would suggest Brady was well aware the footballs were deflated and maybe even orchestrated it.
This doesn’t bode well for the cheating mystique that has followed New England. It will be interesting to see how and if Roger Goodell punishes the team if these allegations are founded. Goodell may choose to make an example of Brady here.
“Based on the evidence developed in connection with the investigation and summarized in this Report, we have concluded that it is more probable than not that New England Patriots personnel participated in violations of the NFL Playing Rules and were involved in a deliberate attempt to circumvent those rules,” the report, released Wednesday, said.
“Based on the evidence, we also have concluded that it is more probable than not that Tom Brady was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities of [Jim] McNally and [John] Jastremski involving the release of air from Patriots game balls,” the report said.