Ted Wells' "DeflateGate" Investigation Reveals Guilty Verdict for Pats
In what has been the popular opinion for months, it can now be deemed official that the New England Patriots more than likely deflated the game-used footballs to less than regulated PSI in the team's 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game in January.
In Ted Wells' comprehensive "DeflateGate" report, he says that Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady was "at least generally aware" that the footballs were not up to NFL standards, while ESPN's Adam Schefter has reported that discipline for Brady and the organization are only "days away".
The primary culprits, aside from Brady, include Jim McNally (Referee's Locker Room Assistant) and John Jastremski (equipment assistant for Patriots). It is believed that McNally took the game balls into a nearby restroom for almost two minutes, long enough as Wells describes, "an amount of time sufficient to deflate thirteen footballs using a needle".
Even head referee Walt Anderson recalled his inability to find the approved game balls at the start of the game, a milestone in nearly two decades of officiating.
Other evidence includes text messages from McNally to Jastremski, describing compensation from Brady for the under-inflation of the footballs.
Wells' findings concluded that head coach Bill Belichick and his staff had no knowledge of the deflated balls.