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Report: NFL fired employee who sold Deflategate footballs

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The NFL has reportedly fired an employee who sold footballs that were used in the AFC Championship Game — footballs that later became the source of the Deflategate controversy when the Patriots were accused of playing with under-inflated footballs on offense.

Adam Schefter reported on ESPN today that the footballs used in the game were supposed to be donated to charity, but that one employee took some footballs and sold them instead.

“There are a few different league officials, according to people I spoke with today, at the game, who handled the footballs,” Schefter said. “League employees: League Employee 1, League Employee 2 and League Employee 3, we’ll call them, for lack of a better phrase, whose jobs are to handle the balls on game day. And League Official 1, he’s also supposed to take the balls out of play and then send them off to a charitable endeavor to raise money for a charitable endeavor that the league is embarking upon. Only on this day, and since that day, the league has since fired that employee for allegedly selling off some of those footballs on the side. So that employee — League Official 1 — has been fired since the AFC Championship Game.”

If this is true, League Official 1 is lucky if all that happens is he gets fired. From Schefter’s description, it sounds like League Official 1 could also be facing criminal charges for stealing NFL property and selling it.

This is, of course, a totally separate matter from the question of whether the Patriots deflated footballs in violation of league rules. But it’s relevant to Deflategate in that it shows just how little oversight there is on the footballs that are used on the field. So little oversight that it would be easy for a team to tamper with footballs — and hard for the league to conduct an investigation after the fact.

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276 Responses to “Report: NFL fired employee who sold Deflategate footballs”
  1. skawh says: Feb 18, 2015 3:39 PM

    Ha, just like Spygate, the NFL has already destroyed the evidence by selling it off!

  2. abrasion says: Feb 18, 2015 3:40 PM

    Such a tight ship the NFL is running.

  3. deflatedfootballs says: Feb 18, 2015 3:41 PM

    Oh man, I don’t like the Patriots.. but man the officials and the league messed up. And Roger go and hide from Mr Robert Kraft he will come for you.

  4. peymax1693 says: Feb 18, 2015 3:41 PM

    Well, no we know what a person has to do to get fired by Goodell.

  5. metitometin says: Feb 18, 2015 3:41 PM

    Can the NFL just end this farce once and for all and come down hard on the Colts and Ravens for framing the Patriots and then issue their apology to the Patriots?

  6. sandypar77 says: Feb 18, 2015 3:42 PM

    Aren’t the footballs being used in an investigation? Another case of the league destroying or losing the evidence?

  7. milam27 says: Feb 18, 2015 3:42 PM

    Wow Just Wow

  8. pdmjr says: Feb 18, 2015 3:42 PM

    This keeps getting weirder by the day/minute. Who was the employee, people need to talk to him or we will think they are making this up.

  9. jrl6 says: Feb 18, 2015 3:43 PM

    The NFL as a whole is a joke.

  10. habsfanatic says: Feb 18, 2015 3:43 PM

    You know, I wouldn’t be surprised if this scandal went all the way to the White House.

  11. lolatpatshaters says: Feb 18, 2015 3:43 PM

    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

    #GOODNIGHTSTORY
    #BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    #GETREADYTOAPOLOGIZEPUNKS

  12. rcali says: Feb 18, 2015 3:44 PM

    Well, that’s one way to get rid of the evidence. My guess is the charity would have been New England based, run behind the scenes by Kraft.

  13. tajuara says: Feb 18, 2015 3:44 PM

    How hard is to prove if the Pats are guilty or not? It seems that the NFL is trying to cover everything up after Goodell was called out by Kraft

  14. iamkillerfin says: Feb 18, 2015 3:44 PM

    There’s your scape goat NEVER to hear about the by GOD patsies & their deflate gate!!! Poor guy was just doing what he was told probably by the team!!! Not that it really mattered because Indy FORGOT to show up!!!

  15. lolatpatshaters says: Feb 18, 2015 3:45 PM

    #GOODELLMUSTGO

    LET’S GET THIS TRENDING

  16. bleedsoe9mm says: Feb 18, 2015 3:45 PM

    cue the circus music

  17. kurdishpats1 says: Feb 18, 2015 3:46 PM

    Strip Baltimore and Indianapolis of their 1st round picks.

  18. swineflooo says: Feb 18, 2015 3:46 PM

    Nfl is run by a bunch if monkeys.

    Pats didnt do nada wrong, and now its blowing up in espn/nfls face because of an agenda against the pats.

    Having an agenda can make smart people look dumb

  19. pondbridge says: Feb 18, 2015 3:46 PM

    So much for a chain of custody that might support prosecution, assuming anything was done wrong at all, which is a stretch. The more this botched frame-up attempt unravels, the more humiliating it becomes for Goodell, who appears to have no control at all over his own HQ staff and their personal agendas.

  20. xpensivewinos says: Feb 18, 2015 3:47 PM

    Perhaps moving forward, the NFL can ensure that the cheerleaders are “handling the balls on game day.” I have much more faith in them…..

  21. darthbelichick07 says: Feb 18, 2015 3:47 PM

    Complete incompetence. Top to bottom. No wonder they hired an outside investigator.

  22. rslibertarian says: Feb 18, 2015 3:49 PM

    There HAS to be a bigger, unknown, monster of an issue that the NFL is worried about – and it’s using these ‘non-story’, (#Deflate, Browns Cell phones, etc..) to keep us looking elsewhere.

    What it is, no clue – but come on reporters…dig it out!

  23. mannyiac says: Feb 18, 2015 3:49 PM

    The NFL looks more foolish every day with this nonsense.

  24. 69goatboy says: Feb 18, 2015 3:50 PM

    Coming soon to ebay………

  25. tomsetter123 says: Feb 18, 2015 3:50 PM

    I thought this circus couldn’t get any bigger…..WOW

  26. iamkillerfin says: Feb 18, 2015 3:50 PM

    I hate the patsies too but one gate after another the patsies ALWAYS seem to stay out of trouble & it’s the Kraft & Goodell buddy buddy system keeping the by GOD patsies out of trouble!!! The NFL is becoming a joke just like Marc Cuban said!!!

  27. trevor190 says: Feb 18, 2015 3:50 PM

    “Dear Mr Kraft,

    Firstly I would like to apologise”

  28. all4patriots says: Feb 18, 2015 3:50 PM

    more is coming out….

    the football that the Patriots guy (McNally) tried to give to the refs was one of two given to him by an NFL official, after he noted that two balls were missing.

  29. jonathankrobinson424 says: Feb 18, 2015 3:50 PM

    The NFL has’nt even made a ruling AND THEIR GIVING away the evidence ? WOW ! ….what a joke the NFL has become.

  30. kate773 says: Feb 18, 2015 3:51 PM

    Why would you earmark the balls for charity if they were, you know, key evidence in an active investigation?

  31. seatownballers says: Feb 18, 2015 3:51 PM

    I don’t care about the conspiracy. It didn’t help the Colts either. Then Brady was money in the fourth quarter against my hawks with properly inflated balls.
    But the league is a joke with handling scandals

  32. ariani1985 says: Feb 18, 2015 3:53 PM

    When don’t the Patriots cheat?

  33. themanfromtheblacklodge says: Feb 18, 2015 3:54 PM

    So that’s what was happening with the ‘evidence’? An unbelievable amount of ineptitude from the NFL at every level.

  34. ftblfan9 says: Feb 18, 2015 3:55 PM

    So the NFL VP of Game Operations personally measures the psi of the footballs at halftime and personally re-inflates the footballs and inserts them back into the game – all (for the best we know) for the first time in the history of the NFL. Then said VP of Game Operations does not ensure that the same footballs are secured after the game??? This whole thing is an embarrassment.

  35. sirfozzie says: Feb 18, 2015 3:55 PM

    This is getting to “Grassy Knoll” level stuff. Folks are CONVINCED that the Pats cheated. Why? Because it FEELS true to them (yes, Colbert fans, we’re in the “Truthiness Zone”)

    Yesterday: “The Pats tried to sneak an unapproved ball into play” (Pats Haters: Ah-HA! We’ve found the smoking gun! Ban Belichick for life, Suspend Brady for 10 years!)

    Today: “League official handed ball to Pats to be put into play, officials under investigation for selling balls on the side” (Pats Haters: Um… THEY STILL CHEATED, THEY JUST COVERING IT UP!)

  36. hairpie2 says: Feb 18, 2015 3:55 PM

    At least Goodell cant show them on a screen in a loop to humiliate the Pats as he did with the spygate tapes for all the reporters to ogle at his power.

  37. jchipwood says: Feb 18, 2015 3:56 PM

    By NFL employee do you mean someone on patriots staff?

  38. grimreaper12 says: Feb 18, 2015 3:56 PM

    people getting burned alive around the world and people are acting like the pats commited some crime. ” persons of interest “..” investigations ” the nfl is a joke.

    #theyhateuscausetheyaintus

  39. patsfanforlife says: Feb 18, 2015 3:56 PM

    When is there proof that the Patriots DO cheat? Remember, innuendo and leaks don’t count as evidence, except in the media.

  40. mattwalshvideo says: Feb 18, 2015 3:57 PM

    Spygate tapes burned.

    Belicheat and Brady’s deflated balls sold off.

    Cover up complete

  41. chuckshontaspads says: Feb 18, 2015 3:57 PM

    A Federation of Dunces—–led by the king of dunces ex jet employee Goodell and vice king ex Jet employee Kensil

  42. lolatpatshaters says: Feb 18, 2015 3:57 PM

    When don’t the Patriots cheat?

    ———
    28-24

    I bet that made you sad. :)

  43. tech831 says: Feb 18, 2015 3:58 PM

    I like in life it’s not what you know is who you know! Patriots get away with murder, Roger Goodell is a joke scared of Mr kraft

  44. lolatpatshaters says: Feb 18, 2015 3:59 PM

    #GOODELLMUSTGO

  45. FoozieGrooler says: Feb 18, 2015 4:00 PM

    Sold?
    Sounds like another attempt by Goodell to destroy or otherwise get rid of evidence of the Patriots cheating.
    He’s done it before.

    New England Patriots – forever tainted.
    Take your seat next to the 1919 Black Sox.

  46. whatnojets says: Feb 18, 2015 4:00 PM

    You must be kidding me…….

  47. patfanken says: Feb 18, 2015 4:01 PM

    This story completely destroys the ESPN OTL “breaking news” of yesterday, and puts the lie to it.

    It was just another smear attempt by Kensil (the former Jets president’s son and long time employee) to smear the Pats with these well timed and continual “leaks”.

    Roger Goodelll has mishandled every disciplinary issue that has come his way during is 8 year reign of terror and mismanagement. I’d be surprised if he did the right thing here and fired Kensil for perpetrating his own personal agenda as it pertains to BB, punishes the Colts, Irsay and Grigson for their part as willing accessories to Kensil, and issues a heartfelt apology to Kraft, BB, and Brady for the way he allowed those in his own office to falsely attack the integrity of the Patriots.

    ….AND then I want him to fully explain his actions in “cameraplacementgate” and what the Pats were ACTUALLY punished for, and how they gained NO unfair advantage and the labeling of them as “cheaters” was erroneous in the first place.

    …..AND then I’m going to hold my breath until all that happens.😀

  48. timpiker says: Feb 18, 2015 4:01 PM

    What a sick society we have here when air pressure and missing footballs mean so much.

  49. clarencewhorley says: Feb 18, 2015 4:02 PM

    Harbaugh is freaking out now that everyone knows he started this whole thing, worried what Bill will do.

    Take the Ravens and Colts 1st rd picks, give them to the Patriots, NFL offers a public apology to Bill, Tom and Mr. Kraft and that may be enough for Pats fans to forgive this set up.

  50. seahawkboymike says: Feb 18, 2015 4:02 PM

    Belicheat bought them and is furiously pumping them up with help from physicists.

  51. swineflooo says: Feb 18, 2015 4:02 PM

    All u haters… Kiss the rings.

    Colts, mike kensil, ravens and jets, sorry but ur attempt to frame the patriots has backfired

  52. weepingjebus says: Feb 18, 2015 4:03 PM

    This is probably why it’s taking so long, they haven’t even located all the supposedly underinflated balls that CORRUPT NFL EMPLOYEES sold off. Just to be clear, they sold evidence, and ripped off charities while doing it. These are the people you expect to sit in judgment of the Patriots?

    We won’t get to the true bottom of this until NFL Commissioner Belichick hands his report to U.S. President Thomas Edward Patrick Brady.

  53. crazyaboutthepigskin says: Feb 18, 2015 4:03 PM

    You really can’t make this stuff up for if you did no one would believe you.

    What’s the topping point for the owners to look for professional management of a multi-billion dollar business?

  54. xavier179 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:05 PM

    The ex-employee was seen driving away in a brand new sports car…hush money???

  55. dedalus3000 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:05 PM

    ??

  56. lolatpatshaters says: Feb 18, 2015 4:05 PM

    Sold?
    Sounds like another attempt by Goodell to destroy or otherwise get rid of evidence of the Patriots cheating.
    He’s done it before.

    New England Patriots – forever tainted.
    Take your seat next to the 1919 Black Sox.

    —–
    – cheated with illegal PEDs to win 4 titles in the 70’s
    – QB admitted they cheated and apologized for it
    – Former player published a book documenting the rampant and systemic cheating in the organization
    – team doctor indicted with 181 counts of intent to distribute HGH and steroids
    – haven’t won a playoff game since said indictment including an embarrassing loss to Tim Tebow
    – paid off refs to win two super bowls
    – o legit titles and no hope to win their first anytime soon.

    Oh wait… I thought we were talking about your Steelers.

    My bad.

  57. loubearkane says: Feb 18, 2015 4:06 PM

    You steal a football and you are FIRED!!!!!!!
    You punch your fiance and 2 games suspension SMH

  58. witchhunt2015 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:07 PM

    What about the part where Schefter contradicts another ESPN report about the Pats employee who “Tried to introduce an unapproved ball”. He says that one of these shady officials gave the ball to him to cover up the fact that they had taken one during the game to sell! #NFLWITCHHUNT

  59. vwbrown19 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:07 PM

    Yeah right I don’t for a second believe that

  60. patfanken says: Feb 18, 2015 4:08 PM

    Just as an aside, I’m always stunned when haters assume Roger Goodell is “protecting” the Pats, when at the same time, EVERY Pats fans looks on Roger Goodell as the enemy and reason for every bad thing that has happened to the franchise since he came to power.

    Interesting how contrasting the 2 views are over the same events

  61. casualmalexlfan says: Feb 18, 2015 4:08 PM

    Not even Vince McMahon could dream up a situation this out of control and silly.

  62. lolatpatshaters says: Feb 18, 2015 4:08 PM

    Step down sir. You are not up to the job. This happened on YOUR watch.

    #GOODELLMUSTGO

  63. lolatpatshaters says: Feb 18, 2015 4:10 PM

    seahawkboymike says: Feb 18, 2015 4:02 PM

    Belicheat bought them and is furiously pumping them up with help from physicists.

    ————
    Nah he’s too busy giggling thinking about the time Coach Carroll called a pass play…:)

  64. cross300 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:10 PM

    Anyone on this news feed blaming the Patriots, you are ridiculous. The NFL obviously feels that they have no basis for the investigation at this point and has given up. My issue is if they do try to foolish how could you appeal since there is no way to review the evidence. The Patriots should take issue with this.

  65. commonsensedude says: Feb 18, 2015 4:10 PM

    The NFL is looking more and more incompetent the more that comes out about all of this. It’s actually sort of a miracle that this bunch can get through a whole 16-game season.

    At this point, regardless of what the NFL may have on the Pats, it’s getting as hard to believe the NFL as it is to believe the Pats. The league has officially jumped the shark.

  66. angelwilder666 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:10 PM

    The patriots have never cheated. If you think they have you are almost fully devoid of intelligence.

  67. borbinski says: Feb 18, 2015 4:11 PM

    if the sell the balls guess what the NFL employees are doing with superbowl tickets?

  68. jlpats says: Feb 18, 2015 4:11 PM

    lolatpatshaters..don’t forget to add to that long list of steeler infractions about Tomlin trying to impede Jacoby jones from returning a kickoff for a TD

  69. jvw1982 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:11 PM

    habsfanatic says:
    Feb 18, 2015 3:43 PM
    You know, I wouldn’t be surprised if this scandal went all the way to the White House.

    And I wouldn’t be surprised if you watched faux news…..

    So the guy would have got away with it if the Pats didn’t get caught cheating again…..the front office is a mess but the owners continue to stand behind Roger…..so strange, Goodell must know were the bodies are buried….

  70. ldbeachtecorion61 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:13 PM

    Like the old saying, no Body, no Crime…

  71. jjk26 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:13 PM

    Can’t wait to hear Caliendo read Goodell’s apology

  72. bearokopoulos says: Feb 18, 2015 4:14 PM

    MDS:

    “This is, of course, a totally separate matter from the question of whether the Patriots deflated footballs in violation of league rules. But it’s relevant to Deflategate in that it shows just how little oversight there is on the footballs that are used on the field. So little oversight that it would be easy for a team to tamper with footballs

    That last line is a bit of a stretch: I doubt there were 10’s of 1000’s of fans and scores of television and personal cameras when the guy took the balls to sell. And which balls were they: the Colts or the Pats?

  73. weepingjebus says: Feb 18, 2015 4:15 PM

    P.S. I love the reaction that corrupt NFL employees stealing evidence and ripping off charities means the Patriots must have done something — according to those same corrupt sources. Remember, only you can prevent the spread of Patriots Derangement Syndrome. Symptoms include:

    — Obsessing about Patriots endlessly while never mentioning the other team you supposedly support

    — jealous muttering about Tom Brady’s “movie star” good looks and “piercing, dreamy” eyes

    — Crying endless bitter tears, all the time, forever and ever

  74. ravenssb52 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:16 PM

    A lot of Patriots fans showing how stupid they are.

    Please tell us all how the Ravens “framed” the Patriots?

    LOL it is pretty clear now the Patriots fans are worse than Steelers fans

    Which is saying a lot

  75. chiadam says: Feb 18, 2015 4:16 PM

    Better find the second cousin of a seasonal employee’s neighbor to blame this on.

  76. FinFan68 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:16 PM

    Now you are combining on a lack of oversight on footballs that will never again be used in an NFL game? Really? The guy stole property and sold it. It is not indicative of a conspiracy to cheat in a game. Give it a rest.

  77. frankiefiveangels says: Feb 18, 2015 4:17 PM

    Kelly Naqi is the Geraldo Rivera of ESPN. She is a buffoon looking for attention (like most of ESPN). The NFL better present any REAL evidence they have or stop this madness. Goodell is the emperor with no clothes. Get out already.

  78. lolatpatshaters says: Feb 18, 2015 4:17 PM

    #GOODELLMUSTGO
    #YUP

  79. tigerlilac says: Feb 18, 2015 4:18 PM

    Where’s the Benny Hill music?

  80. rukkus1 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:18 PM

    Robert Craft demands an apology. Even from the people who read this.

  81. pdw3332 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:18 PM

    the only thing better than the NFL being exposed as total screwups and vindicating the Pats, is all these crybaby losers on here who root for loser teams, loser QBs, loser coaches and loser organizations….their only this is to cry like a little girl “they cheat, they cheat!!”

    HaHa your crybaby tears are so sweet…Belichcik & Brady are going to make 2007 scorched earth season lok like charity….they are going to destroy teams next year

  82. fenway22 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:20 PM

    All the NFL did with this mess is tarnish the good name of the New England Patriots. Apologize now Goodell!

  83. hakunamangata says: Feb 18, 2015 4:21 PM

    Did he get a superbowl ring though?

  84. thejuddstir says: Feb 18, 2015 4:21 PM

    Lowly ballboy gets fired for selling a couple of footballs and players can throw them into the crowd and get fined only $5000. Guess it’s Goodell’s way of showing the world how tough he can be. What a joke !!!

  85. ravenssb52 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:21 PM

    I also find it funny how Patriots fans say the Ravens are filled with idiots yet the Patriots have managed to lose in the playoffs at home 2 times to those idiots

  86. kyblue33 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:22 PM

    Did this nfl employee also work for the pats? What does this change? They were still underinflated by the pats and only their balls. It is not a court of law, just another pat caught cheating deal, let’s get rid of the evidence! Again

  87. whocanitbethistime says: Feb 18, 2015 4:23 PM

    And the person in charge of this league makes $40 million a year and yet has no control over anything that happens in the league.

  88. patsfan1820 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:24 PM

    So let me get this straight in a key “scandal” against a top team a shady employee of the NFL buys off the deflated footballs and rips off a charity and the Patriots are somehow to blame for this? This must be what it feels like when scientists are trying to reason with creationists.

  89. horses721 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:24 PM

    You Patriot haters are getting to be a pathetic bunch. The ESPN story turned out to be bogus yet you fools run with it. The NFL sells footballs on a regular basis to raise money for charity so it is not part of a coverup. The under inflated football story by Chris Mortenson was wrong and in your mind, you don’t care because you have to convince yourself they aren’t any good. You ignore all previous stories of cheating that had taken place long before spygate but you also choose to ignore those. Taping signals was wasn’t banned till 2007 and they were caught in the first quarter of the first game yet you think they need to cheat to win. Matt Walsh did not tape a walk through but you refuse to believe that. How much longer will you continue sounding like fools?
    You hate us cause you ain’t us!

  90. darthbelichick07 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:25 PM

    Goodell: Wait! It’s now for sale on eBay!

    Kensil: It sold! Who would buy it?

    Grigson: I AM THE NEW BALL MASTER!

  91. horses721 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:25 PM

    seahawkboymike says: Feb 18, 2015 4:02 PM
    Belicheat bought them and is furiously pumping them up with help from physicists.
    _____________________________

    28-24 scoreboard!

  92. deflatedfootballs says: Feb 18, 2015 4:26 PM

    The league office leaked everything about the Patriots but miss to report that they have fired officals 31 days after AFC championship game.

  93. rjpats says: Feb 18, 2015 4:27 PM

    Well at least this deflategate nonsense is finally dead

  94. rukkus1 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:28 PM

    I’m waiting for the “NFL employee who sold balls, receives lifetime supply of Mac N Cheese”

  95. sagoucher says: Feb 18, 2015 4:28 PM

    Goodell to give the Pats back their 1st round draft pick and repay Coach Belichick his $500,000 for the force he called spygate and repay Kraft his cash and a god damn apology.

  96. dedalus3000 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:28 PM

    Jealousy, is a hell of a feeling!

  97. obsession55 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:29 PM

    I love all the Pats fans blaming the Colts and Ravens when YOUR TEAM CHEATED!! You all have nothing better to do than post comments on here since you’re snowed in and bored out of your minds. It’s pretty funny actually

    At this point, the NFL needs to just end this nonsense. I really don’t even care if the balls were deflated or not, it didn’t affect the outcome of the games. So lets just move on people. But, Pats fans, please don’t blame other teams for this! Makes you look really dumb

  98. all4patriots says: Feb 18, 2015 4:29 PM

    How can you investigate the Patriots for having underinflating footballs if some of the footballs were switched out by a League Official in the midst of the game to cover his tracks for stealing the real footballs?

    Isn’t selling footballs on the side a drastically higher integrity issue than footballs being slightly low on PSI would be?

    PV = nRT, all footballs fell 1.1 psi (or so) due to a 22 degree (or so) temperature drop.

  99. tigerlilac says: Feb 18, 2015 4:30 PM

    There are two people (if they are not the same person) that should get fired henceforth. The NFL employees that leaked to Chris Mortensen and Bob Kravitz. The rest of the circus does not change that fact. So why haven’t they been fired?

  100. ravenssb52 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:32 PM

    Patriots fans are hypocrites

    They talk about how the Patriots are so perfect yet they have managed to have their players arrested 15 times since 2000

    They run their mouth accusing Ray Lewis of being a murderer

    Yet they had Aaron Hernandez on their roster being an alleged murderer and somehow the Patriots knew nothing about it

    The “genius” Bill Belichick knew nothing about Hernandez

    If Hernandez played for the Cleveland Browns, Patriots fans would run their mouth about them being a joke.

    But the Patriots drafted Hernandez despite his red flags

    So, how do Patriots fans run their mouth about Ray Lewis when they had Aaron Hernandez on their roster?

    The Patriots cut Hernandez until they had to. They didn’t have a choice in cutting him unless they wanted to deal with the backlash of keeping him on their roster.

    Not to mention the Patriots cheated in spygate and quite possibly cheated again this year too

    Funny how with all Baltimore’s 6 NFL championships (Colts and Ravens) They have never been caught cheating.

    But somehow Boston fans think Baltimore fans are jealous of the Patriots 4 NFL championships while Baltimore has 6 LMAO.

    NFL record books say Baltimore has 6. I only say that because Patriots fans think those Baltimore Colts championships don’t count

    But they want to count the championships the Patriots won when they cheated in spygate LMAO too funny.

  101. skawh says: Feb 18, 2015 4:33 PM

    You know, I wouldn’t be surprised if this scandal went all the way to the White House.
    —–
    It probably does, as spygate too happened under Bush’s watch…is there anything he and tricky dick cheney didn’t do?

  102. willyshock says: Feb 18, 2015 4:33 PM

    The Lunatics really are running the asylum. Once again The NFL blurs that fine line between clever and stupid.

    Really? Mike Kensil ‘personally inspected’ The Patriots Game Balls at Halftime… Then they mysteriously disappear.

    So, what has the Wells Commission been investigating for the past four weeks?

    Dumb. Just plain dumb. For these clowns… NFL needs to stand for Not (employed) For Long.

  103. seahawkfanfrom1970s says: Feb 18, 2015 4:36 PM

    lolatpatshaters says:
    Feb 18, 2015 4:10 PM
    seahawkboymike says: Feb 18, 2015 4:02 PM

    Belicheat bought them and is furiously pumping them up with help from physicists.

    ————
    Nah he’s too busy giggling thinking about the time Coach Carroll called a pass play…:)
    ****************************************

    We’re giggling here in the Northwest thinking about all that snow in Boston:)

  104. seattlesue427 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:37 PM

    Question for Pats fans: If it was absolutely proven that the Patriots cheated, would you still be a fan of the team? Thumbs up if the answer is yes, thumbs down if no.

  105. tigerlilac says: Feb 18, 2015 4:37 PM

    “We’re giggling here in the Northwest thinking about all that snow in Boston

    Good line!

  106. unbreakable02215 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:37 PM

    The best part of this that the Haters won’t admit…..Pats don’t even NEED to cheat to own this league !

    Hahajahahaha

  107. qdog112 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:38 PM

    “football were sold …footballs that later became the source of the Deflategate controversy when the Patriots were accused of playing with under-inflated footballs on offense.”
    *************************
    Well, looks like they found another way to get rid of evidence. Why does this seem NFL/Pats orchestrated? You can’t charge’em if the evidence is gone.

  108. stableinnh says: Feb 18, 2015 4:39 PM

    NFL = WWE

  109. jlpats says: Feb 18, 2015 4:40 PM

    To ravenssb52: New England 35 vs Baltimore 31
    Jealousy will get you nowhere

  110. farfig says: Feb 18, 2015 4:40 PM

    On the plus-side – at least Tommy & Billy have a few more mementos on their mantles – for cheap!!!…

  111. rjpats says: Feb 18, 2015 4:41 PM

    So just to recap…nobody knows what the balls started at. They were inspected by a former Jets loser, who decided they were bad, so he pumped them up, and now nobody knows if the balls they have are even the game balls. There’s no film of anyone from the patriots doing anything wrong and there’s no evidence to suggest anything happened, whatsoever.

    Sounds like an ironclad case. Mr. Kraft, there’s a Mr. Goodell on line 2 with an apology.

  112. sammyias says: Feb 18, 2015 4:42 PM

    Brady bought all of them.

  113. tjacks7 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:42 PM

    Time to start an eBay account selling game used NFL equipment under the name ‘Roger Goodell’.

  114. surfbandits says: Feb 18, 2015 4:42 PM

    @iamkillerfin

    If you’re such a killerfin then maybe you should be running or at least playing for the inept, decrepit dolphins.

  115. mistrezzrachael says: Feb 18, 2015 4:43 PM

    The Patriots…will be watching all this crap carefully…and jumping on NFL if there is not action taken against others…who deserve so.

    Kraft, is the past…has supported Godell. Well, now Kraft will lead the charge to remove him, and others will follow.

    ALL…parties here, especially officials, and the Colts employees….really need to face suspensions, and losses of draft picks. If Irsay found to have a part, would be his 2nd offense, 1 year mandatory ban.

    Do not know much, but Kensil an ex jet…so no doubt, the stench starts there.

  116. savior72 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:44 PM

    Way to bring the hammer down NFL! No one will ever try a stunt like that again!

  117. watchfullhose says: Feb 18, 2015 4:44 PM

    I’d be willing to bet that NFL official #17 bought the footballs and gave one to his nephew #2, who in turn traded it to his neighbor for Pokemon cards and a razr scooter.

  118. ravenssb52 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:45 PM

    jlpats says:
    Feb 18, 2015 4:40 PM
    To ravenssb52: New England 35 vs Baltimore 31
    Jealousy will get you nowhere
    ========================================

    What is jealous? The Ravens lost to a good team (even though they do cheat) but quite honestly, there is a legit case that the Ravens should be 4-0 against the Patriots in the playoffs.

    But “should” doesn’t mean anything. The Patriots won.

    The Ravens have achieved a lot of the past 15 seasons.

    Since 2000, the Ravens have the second most playoff wins in the NFL with 15. Only to the cheating Patriots.

    The Ravens have 2 SB wins in that time. Nothing wrong with that especially when you consider the only team that has more (Patriots) in that time had to cheat to get theirs.

  119. gisellichek says: Feb 18, 2015 4:46 PM

    The XFL/WWE is back… and thriving… This has to all be scripted… The super bowl will be a Pay Per view event next season. All we need is to hand microphones to players before the games.

    It will be learned later that Vince McMahon is the new EVP of Operations.

  120. flash1287 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:47 PM

    seattlesue427 says:
    Feb 18, 2015 4:37 PM
    Question for Pats fans: If it was absolutely proven that the Patriots cheated, would you still be a fan of the team? Thumbs up if the answer is yes, thumbs down if no.

    2 0

    Ask Seattle fans that same question.
    How many players have they had suspended for PEDS?

  121. jda13 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:48 PM

    Did this nfl employee also work for the pats? What does this change? They were still underinflated by the pats and only their balls. It is not a court of law, just another pat caught cheating deal, let’s get rid of the evidence! Again

    Amen brother

  122. patsfan1820 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:49 PM

    kyblue33 says:
    Feb 18, 2015 4:22 PM
    Did this nfl employee also work for the pats? What does this change? They were still underinflated by the pats and only their balls. It is not a court of law, just another pat caught cheating deal, let’s get rid of the evidence! Again
    ——————————————————————–
    Nope the employee was a referee sorry you lose.

  123. jlpats says: Feb 18, 2015 4:51 PM

    To ravenssb52: worry about winning your division rather than coming in 3rd place before you start comparing the Ravens to the Patriots

  124. revren10 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:51 PM

    This story translate to they had nothing on the patriots and they needed a scape goat for the league to save face. Colts should give pats their third round pick

  125. lolatpatshaters says: Feb 18, 2015 4:52 PM

    NFL record books say Baltimore has 6. I only say that because Patriots fans think those Baltimore Colts championships don’t count
    ————-
    Um…. that’s because they don’t. We’re talking Super Bowl championships. The Ravens have 2 of those. 2 is less than 4 silly.

    I’m sure Bills fans are pounding their chests about their 2 AFL championships. LMAO.

    And you do know that the Ravens have no connection whatsoever to the Baltimore Colts right? Those Colts are in Indianapolis. I suspect you are not old enough to know that. Your ignorance is therefore understandable.

  126. bullcharger says: Feb 18, 2015 4:53 PM

    You left a huge part of the story out!!!

    From Schefter:

    Employee 2 noticed that one of the balls — it gets very confusing and technical Bob — but noticed that one of the balls was missing. League Official 1 during the game went to get a different one. So when League Official 2 came in, he tried to replace that football. League Official 1 noticed that the ball was missing, noticed that people knew, he brought the ball back into the game, so then there were two different league officials handing footballs to Jim McNally for use in the game.

    And so it sounds like a very unique, murky, cloudy situation. All of this information by the way is captured on video tape, has been turned over to the NFL and will be documented in the Wells report according to people I’ve spoken with. That essentially Jim McNally was given these footballs by the league officials assigned to work the game that particular day.”

  127. revren10 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:53 PM

    seahawkfanfrom1970s says:
    Feb 18, 2015 4:36 PM
    lolatpatshaters says:
    Feb 18, 2015 4:10 PM
    seahawkboymike says: Feb 18, 2015 4:02 PM

    Belicheat bought them and is furiously pumping them up with help from physicists.

    ————
    Nah he’s too busy giggling thinking about the time Coach Carroll called a pass play…
    ****************************************

    We’re giggling here in the Northwest thinking about all that snow in Boston

    And New England fans are sitting there admiring the four shiny titles the team has won

  128. yooperman says: Feb 18, 2015 4:53 PM

    If they suppose to go to charity, then they were stolen. Simply go get them back and arrest who ever bought them for buying stolen property.

  129. husskey says: Feb 18, 2015 4:54 PM

    They Cheated…My father is stronger than your father…Grow up, you sound like a bunch of sissies!!!

    Brady is the GOAT…I can’t wait until next year when the Patriots go to their 9th Super Bowl and Brady wins his 5th in Montana’s back yard!!!

  130. patsfan1820 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:54 PM

    ravenssb52 says:
    Feb 18, 2015 4:32 PM
    Patriots fans are hypocrites

    They talk about how the Patriots are so perfect yet they have managed to have their players arrested 15 times since 2000

    They run their mouth accusing Ray Lewis of being a murderer

    Yet they had Aaron Hernandez on their roster being an alleged murderer and somehow the Patriots knew nothing about it

    The “genius” Bill Belichick knew nothing about Hernandez

    If Hernandez played for the Cleveland Browns, Patriots fans would run their mouth about them being a joke.

    But the Patriots drafted Hernandez despite his red flags

    So, how do Patriots fans run their mouth about Ray Lewis when they had Aaron Hernandez on their roster?

    The Patriots cut Hernandez until they had to. They didn’t have a choice in cutting him unless they wanted to deal with the backlash of keeping him on their roster.

    Not to mention the Patriots cheated in spygate and quite possibly cheated again this year too

    Funny how with all Baltimore’s 6 NFL championships (Colts and Ravens) They have never been caught cheating.

    But somehow Boston fans think Baltimore fans are jealous of the Patriots 4 NFL championships while Baltimore has 6 LMAO.

    NFL record books say Baltimore has 6. I only say that because Patriots fans think those Baltimore Colts championships don’t count

    But they want to count the championships the Patriots won when they cheated in spygate LMAO too funny.
    —————————————————————-
    Actually the Patriots were once the Redskins so the count is 7 to 6 in favor of Boston. Also, you’re calling the Patriots fans hypocrites really? You are the ones talking the loudest about morality yet you have no problem worshipping a murderer who got away with it and without him the Ravens would have been irrelevant, also Goodell helped cover up the Ray Rice tape and for some reason your fans cheered him during Preseason, you have Suggs who beat his girlfriend and poured bleach on her, you have a dog fighter who isn’t getting half the attention of Michael Vick, and you have PED users on your team. What’s funny is Ravens fans crying about morality and saying how great they are while condemning the Pats for their actions yet the Ravens have 22 arrests since 2000 which is more than the Pats or most teams for that matter. Glass houses sir glass houses.

  131. laugsx26x says: Feb 18, 2015 4:55 PM

    not sure why a ravens fan is talking crap about any other fan base, you guys gave a standing ovation to a guy that punched his wife.

  132. lolatpatshaters says: Feb 18, 2015 4:56 PM

    Question for Pats fans: If it was absolutely proven that the Patriots cheated, would you still be a fan of the team? Thumbs up if the answer is yes, thumbs down if no.

    Question for the (20)12th man. Why were so many Seahawks jerseys and merchandise returned after the Super Bowl? Most of it was about 2 years old.

    #hmmm
    #tellmewhy
    #needtoknowwhy

  133. jda13 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:56 PM

    Patsies fans should be praising goodell..he “lost” the evidence and now his buddy can get off

  134. lolatpatshaters says: Feb 18, 2015 4:57 PM

    revren10 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:53 PM

    seahawkfanfrom1970s says:
    Feb 18, 2015 4:36 PM
    lolatpatshaters says:
    Feb 18, 2015 4:10 PM
    seahawkboymike says: Feb 18, 2015 4:02 PM

    Belicheat bought them and is furiously pumping them up with help from physicists.

    ————
    Nah he’s too busy giggling thinking about the time Coach Carroll called a pass play…
    ****************************************

    We’re giggling here in the Northwest thinking about all that snow in Boston

    And New England fans are sitting there admiring the four shiny titles the team has won

    ———

    GREAT POST! I CAN’T BELIEVE ALL 4 OF THOSE TROPHIES ARE ALL STILL SO SHINY AFTER ALL THIS TIME! WOW!

  135. RussellWillchoke says: Feb 18, 2015 4:58 PM

    I’ll take a guess and say the private investigator is that of PeeWee Herman.

  136. laugsx26x says: Feb 18, 2015 4:59 PM

    Also the Patriots cut hernandez, rather than suporting him through the trial and building a statue is him. Not comparable to ray Lewis.

  137. mullman76 says: Feb 18, 2015 4:59 PM

    Patsy fans are the biggest donkeys in the league.

    They call for Roger to be fired and he is the one sweeping it under the rug (again) all the while fumbling the investigation (again) all in the name of protecting the patsies.

    The chowda heads are left to bray like donkeys.

    As a great teacher once said, “Don’t worry, after time even monkeys can learn.”

    Now go shovel some snow.

  138. skawh says: Feb 18, 2015 5:00 PM

    So, turns out the Indy framing conspiracy theorists have been proven WRONG!

    Its been reported Jim McNally, a decade old employee of the Patriots organization attempted to introduce an unmarked, read unauthorized ball, to a game referee in the Indy-Pats playoff game. That’s what triggered the Pat’s ball investigation, as this same McNally, an officials locker room attendant was on the field with balls, which attendants for the officials locker room are NEVER on the actual field, the report further states.

    It’s not been confirmed if this McNally is the same person seen going into the bathroom with balls for some 90 seconds.

    At any rate…what say all those demanding apologies now?

    Crickets…figures…the smoke is getting real thick with the revelation of a decade old Pat’s employee on the field attempting to introduce unauthorized balls into the game via an official. No wonder the officials inspected the Pat’s balls at half time…they just had a Pat’s employee trying to introduce unauthorized balls into the game. I knew there was something to this story…McNally of course won’t talk to the press….yet.

  139. trubroncfan07 says: Feb 18, 2015 5:01 PM

    wow it is sounds like the NFL is dirtier than college basket ball, such a shame they are ruining the game I used to love so much. No integrity at all.

  140. superpatsfan3 says: Feb 18, 2015 5:03 PM

    so I got a really good price on a used professional football the other day…..

  141. ravenssb52 says: Feb 18, 2015 5:03 PM

    laugsx26x says:
    Feb 18, 2015 4:59 PM
    Also the Patriots cut hernandez, rather than suporting him through the trial and building a statue is him. Not comparable to ray Lewis.
    ===========================================

    LOL they cut him because they had to. They only did it under public pressure.

  142. laugsx26x says: Feb 18, 2015 5:05 PM

    @skhaw read all the facts instead of the ones you want to read. The ball he gave to the official was given to him first by another official because the officials misplaced 2 balls.

  143. honeybadger14 says: Feb 18, 2015 5:05 PM

    Goodell called the kid up and screamed what part of ‘destroy these’ did you not understand.

  144. laugsx26x says: Feb 18, 2015 5:09 PM

    O really? You know that for a fact? Did bb or kraft tell you that? Not sure why the ravens didn’t do the same with ray then. Keep trolling ….

  145. tmdill18 says: Feb 18, 2015 5:12 PM

    Interesting that PFT has not not reported on the shady NE ball guy who tried to give the ref an unapproved kicking ball during the AFC championship game. Shows the character and intent of NE right there. The report also asks if this is the same moron who took the game balls into the rest room. Now we are getting somewhere! Hopefully, they broke that a-hole down and he came clean withe the entire game ball cheating program in NE. This could be really good!!

  146. xcerebus1 says: Feb 18, 2015 5:12 PM

    ‘This is, of course, a totally separate matter from the question of whether the Patriots deflated footballs in violation of league rules.’
    Or an even more separate matter from the Colts GM doctoring the football before turning it over to the Ex president of the NY Jets on his way to phone his flunky at the newspaper. It’s almost like this story ceased to exist for PFT once the Colts seemed to be the likeliest culprits in this story. No more twice hourly updates, no more chemical engineering professors giving slideshow presentations. No more climate change honchos discussing deflation in winter. No more has been players or coaches with a chip on their shoulder offering their biased opinions……..it’s like it ended when the guilt was questioned.

  147. ikeclanton says: Feb 18, 2015 5:18 PM

    The Patriots didn’t cut Hernandez because they had to. The second they knew of the seriousness of the allegations, they voluntarily did, then bought back all of his merchandise from the fans.

    The Ravens on the other hand would be commissioning a sculptor right now to bronze up his likeness and put it in the center of Baltimore.

  148. luvthatdirtywater1 says: Feb 18, 2015 5:19 PM

    Let me get this straight, the NFL’s investigation has found that their own guy changed out the so called K-ball and tried to deflect blame on the Ball Attendant to cover up his original theft of said game ball for perrsonal monetary gain! Gee, I wonder how long this has been going on, most likely been playing with changed out balls for sometime? It’s a good thing this latest twist didn’t get 24 hours of cyberspace time,the good Lord only knows what ESPN, NY Post, Rice, Colts local sports columnist, Mortenson and the 100 other blowhards with personal agendas and records that are already broken or soon to be broke by the Pats, would have said and done to keep this S-Show going!!!! I’m sure it won’t stop the hatr’s who’s team have been beaten soundly for over a decade though, the hell with facts….”my butthurts it must be BB, Brady & Kraft.” REALITY – more like Bruskie, McGinnis, Vrable, Law, Wilfork, Faulk, Dillion, Vineteri, Moss, Branch, Welker,Gronk, BB, TB and slew others and great assistant coaches that continue to do their jobs and just keep winning – deal with it hatr’s !!!!

  149. flash1287 says: Feb 18, 2015 5:19 PM

    tmdill18 says:
    Feb 18, 2015 5:12 PM
    Interesting that PFT has not not reported on the shady NE ball guy who tried to give the ref an unapproved kicking ball during the AFC championship game. Shows the character and intent of NE right there. The report also asks if this is the same moron who took the game balls into the rest room. Now we are getting somewhere! Hopefully, they broke that a-hole down and he came clean withe the entire game ball cheating program in NE. This could be really good!!


    ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?
    That’s what this article is about.
    Do you READ?

  150. seabreezes51 says: Feb 18, 2015 5:20 PM

    Due to a lack of evidence, this investigation has been concluded
    R Goodell.

  151. revren10 says: Feb 18, 2015 5:20 PM

    ravenssb52 says:
    Feb 18, 2015 4:45 PM
    jlpats says:
    Feb 18, 2015 4:40 PM
    To ravenssb52: New England 35 vs Baltimore 31
    Jealousy will get you nowhere
    ========================================

    What is jealous? The Ravens lost to a good team (even though they do cheat) but quite honestly, there is a legit case that the Ravens should be 4-0 against the Patriots in the playoffs.

    But “should” doesn’t mean anything. The Patriots won.

    The Ravens have achieved a lot of the past 15 seasons.

    Since 2000, the Ravens have the second most playoff wins in the NFL with 15. Only to the cheating Patriots.

    The Ravens have 2 SB wins in that time. Nothing wrong with that especially when you consider the only team that has more (Patriots) in that time had to cheat to get theirs.

    So the ravens players having positive ped test isn’t consider cheating

  152. cbass59 says: Feb 18, 2015 5:20 PM

    Why do the Patriots fumble significantly less than every team (including dome and warm weather teams) since the rules changed for providing game balls in 2006?

    Look up the fumbling stats. ONE team suddenly learned how to stop fumbling. The other 31 maintained fumbled the same as they previously did.

  153. cbass59 says: Feb 18, 2015 5:21 PM

    Typo:

    Look up the fumbling stats. ONE team suddenly learned how to stop fumbling. The other 31 teams fumbled the same as they previously did.

  154. birdgang says: Feb 18, 2015 5:23 PM

    None of this makes sense. Someone other than a Pat’s fan or a troll please help me out here. I thought the NFL seized all of the Patriot’s footballs after the first half and replaced them with properly inflated balls.

    So why would these balls be auctioned for charity in the first place which lead this guy to sell them personally? This is all a big joke, and to all these Patriot fans thinking the mishandling by the NFL makes them innocent are fools. You may beat the charges but that doesn’t mean you did nothing wrong.

  155. tedmurph says: Feb 18, 2015 5:23 PM

    I’ll wait for the Wells report, which I’m confident will completely exonerate the Patriots in this farce/witch hunt. Meanwhile, anyone else notice the common denominator in the hater posts on this thread? Ravens fans(lost 35-31), Colts fans(lost by a million), Seahawks fans(lost the SBowl 28-24). See a pattern? Boo-freakin-hoo losers. Accept it and get on with your lives.

  156. nsawins says: Feb 18, 2015 5:24 PM

    LOL, so we are supposed to believe the Pats cheated when the people working for the NFL were busy selling footballs, handing them illegal footballs and having a former Jet employee testing PSI at halftime???????????? Ya, okay. The Pats got hosed on this whole thing BIG TIME and only haters are going to disagree.

  157. jkautz11 says: Feb 18, 2015 5:24 PM

    It’s alright.. I’m sure Brady has more than compensated the ball boys to live easy for the rest of their lives!! lmao!

  158. jamaltimore says: Feb 18, 2015 5:25 PM

    Belicheck was a failure in Cleveland and NY he knew he needed to be a first class jerk and cheater to start winning in the NFL.

    corruption runs deep in boston and the pats are no different.

    Black and Purple!

  159. rjpats says: Feb 18, 2015 5:26 PM

    I think it’s important to note that the other piece of what Schefter said is that the Pats ball boy who supposedly gave the refs an unapproved ball was being given the balls by two different league officials. If he had an unapproved ball, it’s because the league gave it to him to give to the refs….oh, and that’s all on camera.

  160. tb12bestqbevah says: Feb 18, 2015 5:29 PM

    It’s a coverup by Goodell!!!! He’s destroying evidence again!!! He’s an evil genius in bed with Kraft!!!

    ****************

    Listen, I realize this board isn’t overflowing with MIT physicists, but….do you morons understand the timeline here, at all? At. All?

    Think it through. Think……it……..through…

  161. abqhawk says: Feb 18, 2015 5:30 PM

    The more I read about this entire nauseating affair the more I contemplate who is the more dysfunctional – Jets, Browns or the NFL!

  162. patsfan says: Feb 18, 2015 5:31 PM

    Goodell, you should have fired the guy in the mirror.

  163. FoozieGrooler says: Feb 18, 2015 5:31 PM

    angelwilder666 says:
    “..The patriots have never cheated. If you think they have you are almost fully devoid of intelligence…”

    Interesting, considering the Patriots own some of the highest fines in NFL history for, well, you know, CHEATING.

  164. rjpats says: Feb 18, 2015 5:31 PM

    cbass59 says:
    Feb 18, 2015 5:21 PM
    Typo:

    Look up the fumbling stats. ONE team suddenly learned how to stop fumbling. The other 31 teams fumbled the same as they previously did.
    _____________
    If you’re going to troll, at least put some effort into it. That’s already been debunked. That analysis looked only at fumbles lost, not all fumbles. So they’re more heads up about jumping on loose balls. Neat. They aren’t the team fumbling the least, they just get them back more often.

  165. lwstarr says: Feb 18, 2015 5:34 PM

    To the idiot pats haters claiming the Patriots are covering this up…is there something you don’t get about LEAGUE EMPLOYEE?

  166. skawh says: Feb 18, 2015 5:35 PM

    The report I read TODAY was Pat’s employee, a decades old employee, named Jim McNally was on the field where he was not assigned too. Both can’t be true. McNally isn’t talking to the press…and he’s no “boy.” He’s a senior looking man who looks to be about 60 at least. He’s from New Hampshire and has bunkered down against the press…if you’ve got nothing to hide why is McNally bunkered down in NH…duhhhh.

  167. husskey says: Feb 18, 2015 5:39 PM

    Belicheck was a failure in Cleveland and NY he knew he needed to be a first class jerk and cheater to start winning in the NFL.

    corruption runs deep in boston and the pats are no different.

    Black and Purple!
    ============================

    I wonder if the Pats use Deer Antler Sp (RAY) to win their Super Bowls

  168. dartwick says: Feb 18, 2015 5:41 PM

    They didnt save the footballs involved at least for the course of the investigation????????

  169. williamshatnerstoupee says: Feb 18, 2015 5:44 PM

    Kraft will get his apology regardless of the findings. Goodell will recite it word for word the way Kraft writes it up.

  170. all4patriots says: Feb 18, 2015 5:44 PM

    McNally is 48, he LIVES in New Hampshire, and was given the unmarked football by an NFL official to replace one that the NFL official had stolen after it had been checked.

  171. TheWizard says: Feb 18, 2015 5:49 PM

    Too bad he isn’t union. If there were no documented warnings against him stealing balls, he could file a grievance.

    What a stupid word.

  172. mikebinrookline says: Feb 18, 2015 5:51 PM

    You Pats haters are really hilarious! A league official, who was working the AFC title game, gets fired for stealing game balls and you people think the Pats are directly involved.
    All of you saying the Pats cheat never admit to other teams cheating, I wonder why that is?
    The Jerry Rice stickum cheating scandal is much more egregious than spygate ever was. More importantly spygate happened in 2007, before that season it was legal to tape signals, which translates to not impacting the 3 titles in 01, 03 and 04. Meanwhile Jerry Rice cheated his entire career!

  173. flybono24 says: Feb 18, 2015 5:59 PM

    The cheaters get evidence swept under the rug by the NFL… once again

  174. dualprime says: Feb 18, 2015 6:02 PM

    Another Kraft Kover up! Asterisks.

  175. fetts81 says: Feb 18, 2015 6:04 PM

    Just as I thought!!! Pats did nothing wrong!!! And goodell was preaching integrity during his presser at the SB!!! Haha how sweet it is!! Watch out Rodger… Mr Kraft is coming for you!

  176. derpadeederpjetsyjet says: Feb 18, 2015 6:05 PM

    so much derp… Well done Pft well done

  177. fearthehoody says: Feb 18, 2015 6:06 PM

    Haha! This is either the world’s worst cover up, or Goodell and the NFL are just that dumb! Long live the Pats dynasty!!

  178. dumbaseinstien says: Feb 18, 2015 6:07 PM

    Nothing can change the fact the Patriots are proven Cheaters…plain, simple, undeniable!

  179. tedmurph says: Feb 18, 2015 6:11 PM

    Pat will beat the Ravens again tonight. 8 pm. NFL network. Have tissues ready for the Harbaugh parts.

  180. whitetrash69 says: Feb 18, 2015 6:16 PM

    The guy sold the game balls after the game. The Pats employee handed the unapproved football to the ref in the 1st quarter. The Pats are still guilty.

  181. realdealsteel says: Feb 18, 2015 6:17 PM

    NFL has no integrity whatsoever. They prove it more and more everyday. Lead by Mr. J.Edgar Hoover (Goodall) himself.

  182. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 18, 2015 6:19 PM

    I’m waiting for the “NFL employee who sold balls, receives lifetime supply of Mac N Cheese”

    Umm, guess you don’t realize that Robert Kraft doesn’t own or have anything to do with Kraft Foods.

    Pats haters usually don’t let actual facts get in the way of their emotional pain and hatred so why should you be any different.

  183. mheader says: Feb 18, 2015 6:21 PM

    Where is Barney Fife when we need him?

  184. darthbelichick07 says: Feb 18, 2015 6:21 PM

    Adam Schefter now reporting that a league official was stealing the footballs during the game, which essentially resulted in a 3-card-monty of rotating footballs into and out of play, as he tried to avoid being caught.

    HAHAHA

    As I said from the beginning — the collateral damage from this ridiculous scandal will ultimately become the main event.

    I notice that Jerry Rice has been awfully quiet lately.

    Any bets on Mike Kensil’s future?

  185. solo681 says: Feb 18, 2015 6:23 PM

    Only one question remains.

    How many EXTRA Draft Picks will the PATRIOTS be getting?

  186. solo681 says: Feb 18, 2015 6:27 PM

    I can’t wait to hear Marc Brunel Jerry Rice Ray Lewis Troy Aikman and a few others to join in with the apologies once Goodell is don.

  187. solo681 says: Feb 18, 2015 6:30 PM

    mheader says:
    Feb 18, 2015 6:21 PM

    Where is Barney Fife when we need him?

    He works for ESPN.

  188. Ed Desautels says: Feb 18, 2015 6:30 PM

    NO, it is NOT a “totally separate matter.” The two are completely intertwined, because there’s no way to demonstrate the provenance of the balls during the game. Which is a shame, because we’ll likely never know for sure when the Colts to the air out of the one significantly under inflated ball and who on the Colts staff did it.

  189. rollotomasi14 says: Feb 18, 2015 6:31 PM

    Weird how ESPN isn’t reporting this, yet were so quick to print the Nagi story

  190. rjpats says: Feb 18, 2015 6:33 PM

    darthbelichick07 says:
    Feb 18, 2015 6:21 PM

    Any bets on Mike Kensil’s future?
    ______________

    He already worked for the Jets, so obviously public humiliation won’t affect him.

  191. aljack88 says: Feb 18, 2015 6:33 PM

    “Belicheck was a failure in Cleveland and NY he knew he needed to be a first class jerk and cheater to start winning in the NFL.”

    ===============================

    at least spell his name right, as you have no idea what you are writing about.

  192. disorien says: Feb 18, 2015 6:36 PM

    How ironic. The nfl official was caught on tape giving an unmarked “K” ball to the Patriots. Who would have guessed that a video tape would be what exonerates the patriots. That fat lady just sang for those hoping the patriots cheated. Apologies being drafted. Only question left is whether the colts will be punished

  193. rukkus1 says: Feb 18, 2015 6:37 PM

    flash1287 says:Feb 18, 2015 4:47 PM

    seattlesue427 says:
    Feb 18, 2015 4:37 PM
    Question for Pats fans: If it was absolutely proven that the Patriots cheated, would you still be a fan of the team? Thumbs up if the answer is yes, thumbs down if no.

    2 0

    Ask Seattle fans that same question.
    How many players have they had suspended for PEDS?
    .
    .
    .
    Actually Seattle doesn’t even lead the league in PED suspensions in the last 5 years you scrub flash. To top it off several of the people who were punished for PEDs in that time had just been traded to the Hawks.

  194. weepingjebus says: Feb 18, 2015 6:38 PM

    Still amazing that people can read the NY Times articles about how ball deflation was completely consistent with the atmospheric conditions, how there is zero evidence of anyone tampering with the balls, total denial of anything by the Patriots organization, and now evidence of corruption in the NFL organization — and think it’s all a coverup of Patriots wrongdoing.

    Please stay in your basement where your delusion hurts no one, and stay off of juries and out of the judicial system.

  195. ravenssb52 says: Feb 18, 2015 6:47 PM

    Wait a minute I forgot Boston doesn’t even have an NFL team LOL

  196. topgun1019 says: Feb 18, 2015 6:50 PM

    In related news, the person that fired League Official 1, (we’ll call him Commissioner 1), was fired by Fans 1 thru 7 billion.

  197. topgun1019 says: Feb 18, 2015 6:52 PM

    In a related bit of news, the person that fired League Official 1, (we’ll call him Commissioner 1), was fired by Fans 1 thru 7 billion.

  198. whitetrash69 says: Feb 18, 2015 6:52 PM

    It seems our friends from NE are a bit slow so allow me to explain. The balls that were in question of being deflated were taken by the NFL and checked at halftime, the unapproved ball was handed to the ref in the 1st quarter. So, regardless of whether or not the balls were stolen and sold later is irrelevant and doesn’t mean the Pats are innocent or guilty because we already know the deflated balls were only used in the first half. Unless I’m missing some details or am not understanding the concept of time, how does this article prove anything either way?

  199. solo681 says: Feb 18, 2015 6:52 PM

    PATRIOTS should be awarded the JETS First Round Pick since this is directly linked to Kinsel.

    After that the next pick should come from the Colts for being Kinsel’s Accomplice.

  200. chiles05 says: Feb 18, 2015 6:52 PM

    Does the NFL have an ounce of integrity left in this purported investigation? Absolutely pathetic on the NFL’s part.

  201. rjpats says: Feb 18, 2015 6:55 PM

    ravenssb52 says:
    Feb 18, 2015 6:47 PM
    Wait a minute I forgot Boston doesn’t even have an NFL team LOL
    ______________
    That’s because real estate is too valuable in Boston today to just plop down an NFL stadium and have it make financial sense. They only put new stadiums in garbage cities where the land isn’t worth anything, like Balti…..oh. Sorry.

  202. campcouch says: Feb 18, 2015 6:56 PM

    Charities accept footballs as donations? Why the heck am I giving money away, I have 20 in the shed. Tax write off baby!

  203. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 18, 2015 6:57 PM

    “The guy sold the game balls after the game. The Pats employee handed the unapproved football to the ref in the 1st quarter. The Pats are still guilty.”

    Nope. What had now come out is the official who stole the ball did so during the game. Another official noticed they were short a ball and gave the Pats ball boy who was also serving as the official’s locker room attendant a replacement ball to take out to the officials on the field.

    Official 3 who was handed the ball on the field that official 2 gave to the ball boy to bring out is the guy who claimed the Pats were trying to sneak a non-kicking ball into the game. The same ball that official 2 had just sent out.

    This is per Tom Curran of CSNNE.

    Game, set, match. The league is in serious trouble. This should now be called Framegate.

  204. tigerlilac says: Feb 18, 2015 6:57 PM

    Tom Brady’s sister was crying after the Super Bowl because she was still hurting from what the league and the media did to her brother.

    Under the weight of all that pressure, Brady orchestrated the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history against what many said was the greatest defense in NFL history.

    Any human being with a heart or a brain would admire such an accomplishment. I guess not everyone has one.

  205. gofor2with3pointlead says: Feb 18, 2015 7:00 PM

    As most anyone would, the Pats chose a Lombardi over an apology. That being said SHUT UP ABOUT AN APOLOGY

  206. rjpats says: Feb 18, 2015 7:00 PM

    whitetrash69 says:
    Feb 18, 2015 6:52 PM
    It seems our friends from NE are a bit slow so allow me to explain. The balls that were in question of being deflated were taken by the NFL and checked at halftime, the unapproved ball was handed to the ref in the 1st quarter. So, regardless of whether or not the balls were stolen and sold later is irrelevant and doesn’t mean the Pats are innocent or guilty because we already know the deflated balls were only used in the first half. Unless I’m missing some details or am not understanding the concept of time, how does this article prove anything either way?
    ______________
    Your problem is that you’re only using this article as the basis of your information, rather than actually what was said. The report was that the league official handed McNally the ball, which he then turned around and gave to the refs. It’s on camera. The league has the footage. The only reason a non-regulation ball was given to a ref is because a league official provided it. The reason he provided it was because he was stealing balls to sell on the side.

  207. Noel Thomas says: Feb 18, 2015 7:02 PM

    weepingjebus says: This is probably why it’s taking so long, they haven’t even located all the supposedly underinflated balls that CORRUPT NFL EMPLOYEES sold off. Just to be clear, they sold evidence,
    ————————————-
    Are haters really this ignorant? No balls from the AFCCG were sold to a charity. They have them all, including the eleven slightly under balls and the 2 pound under one that the Colts gave to the league.

    Read the article. League employees have been doing this for years. They were caught on tape giving a Pats employee a ball to put into the game, which he did. Why wouldn’t he? A league official gave him a ball and said to give it to the ref.

    Hate if you want, but don’t be THAT ignorant.

  208. scw1993 says: Feb 18, 2015 7:03 PM

    This is going to lead right back to whom it started with…none other than that lying pos Harbaugh, right to his flunky, Pig-ano.

    I hope that Kraft forgets the high road for once, gets the owners behind him, and fires Goodell.

    Big, fat apologies coming to the NE Patriots and their entire organization.

  209. bushwoodcc says: Feb 18, 2015 7:03 PM

    The latest Schefter report says they have video NFL employees handing footballs McNally and the Pats equip manager to get them into play.

    This whole issue may be due to a couple of league officials trying to make some extra cash off of selling ACFCG footballs. This would also explain why the NFL went to an outside investigator instead of using NFL Security to investigate.

    Also, if they had this on video it would explain why Wells and company had not spoken to Brady or Belichick about this before the Super Bowl.

    Of course the other thing here is you have to wonder what info was leaked and why?

    Now lastly, once again the Schefter story is from yet another “source”. We’ve heard so many different things from so many different sources and so much of it conflicts that we can’t determine what is a valid source and what isn’t.

    Hopefully the Wells Report is finalized and released soon.

  210. duffelbagsports says: Feb 18, 2015 7:08 PM

    Schefter explained the footballs used in the game were supposed to be donated to charity, but that one NFL employee took some footballs and sold them instead.

    Schefter suggested the fired official took out the real ball for a fake one, which was handed to an unsuspecting McNally.

    Moreover, Ted Wells, who is the lead investigator in the case, supposedly has all of this on film.

  211. j0esixpack says: Feb 18, 2015 7:08 PM

    Roger Goodell is having a bad day and a bad year

    I’m just catching up on today’s news, but the only thing worse than this would Goodell learning that NFL sources leaked information to ESPN after he issued his gag order

  212. promickey says: Feb 18, 2015 7:10 PM

    Wow!

    I wonder how much of the $35m that Goodell makes per year goes to charity

  213. bstngrdn says: Feb 18, 2015 7:11 PM

    jamaltimore says:
    Feb 18, 2015 5:25 PM
    Belicheck was a failure in Cleveland and NY he knew he needed to be a first class jerk and cheater to start winning in the NFL.

    corruption runs deep in boston and the pats are no different.

    Black and Purple!

    Well you are wrong. Belechick was on the verge of getting the then Cleveland Browns to competitive level, when the sleazy owner pulled the team out of Cleveland and went guess where? Yeah, Baltimore. In the process they also fired Belichick which has proven to be a mistake on their part.
    Meanwhile Belichick became the defensive coordinator for the Giants under Bill Parcells where he won two Super Bowl rings.
    Now he has six rings and looking for more.
    More like black and blue and maybe green with envy!

  214. beachsidejames says: Feb 18, 2015 7:14 PM

    Sad that the Patriots were not confident enough in their own football skills to have cheat again. Caught cheating twice now under Bill Belechik and owner Kraft.

  215. beachsidejames says: Feb 18, 2015 7:17 PM

    New England Patriots……The Cheating Years…

  216. blisi57 says: Feb 18, 2015 7:21 PM

    The Pats are in every other teams fans head The Pats are dynasty live with it kiss the rings go pats

  217. tomtravis76 says: Feb 18, 2015 7:22 PM

    At what point does Roger pull off the mask to reveal he is really Vince McMahon?

  218. bushwoodcc says: Feb 18, 2015 7:27 PM

    whitetrash69 says:
    Feb 18, 2015 6:52 PM

    It seems our friends from NE are a bit slow so allow me to explain. The balls that were in question of being deflated were taken by the NFL and checked at halftime, the unapproved ball was handed to the ref in the 1st quarter. So, regardless of whether or not the balls were stolen and sold later is irrelevant and doesn’t mean the Pats are innocent or guilty because we already know the deflated balls were only used in the first half. Unless I’m missing some details or am not understanding the concept of time, how does this article prove anything either way?
    ________________________________

    At this point we still don’t know to what level the balls were underinflated by, or even if they were the balls that were checked pregame as it appears a league official was funneling the actual game balls out of play to sell.

    This issue would also explain why Wells has yet to interview Brady or Belichick. It’s not a problem within the Pats, but the league office, which would also be why you bring in an outside investigator and not use NFL Security for this.

  219. rcosborne59 says: Feb 18, 2015 7:28 PM

    So as Pats fans we are to trust a league who has corrupt people working for them to investigate things on the level. Not to mention the guy who is driving this is the ex-president of the J E T S JETS JETS JETS and was there when Bill B declined to become HC of the NYJ’s and was there through the years the Pats won their first 3 superbowls. Think he has an agenda and an axe to grind. Why would the clueless commissioner allow this guy to be involved in the investigation at all. Can you say WITCH HUNT!!!!

  220. bushwoodcc says: Feb 18, 2015 7:30 PM

    metitometin says:
    Feb 18, 2015 3:41 PM

    Can the NFL just end this farce once and for all and come down hard on the Colts and Ravens for framing the Patriots and then issue their apology to the Patriots?
    __________________________________
    If Schefter’s source is right this would also likely show that the Raven’s and Colt’s had nothing to do with deflating footballs.

    Now as far as the leaks go, well there may be some folks in the Colts organization with some explaining to do, but it doesn’t sound like they were framing the Pats.

  221. stagedoorjohnny says: Feb 18, 2015 7:42 PM

    Why don’t the NFL just put a huge ol’ asterik by the New England Patriots name with a footnote to see “Crime and Punishment” and then delete everything from this organization in the last dozen or so years.

  222. jaysmack says: Feb 18, 2015 7:42 PM

    Patriots are admitted and confirmed cheaters and goodell destroyed the evidence against them before. That is fact.
    Goodell ruled on spygate after 4 days of investigation and did not even look at the tapes before the tapes were destroyed.
    Now it takes a month or more to see if some footballs were deflated? This is a stalling tactic to cover for the patriots and we know that goodell and kraft are friend with kraft helping goodell get a huge 10 million raise. If you think that doesn’t influence goodell you are crazy. Kraft also supported goodell in the ray rice debacle.
    The fact is the patriots dynasty is tainted and anyone not a die hard pats fan knows this.
    Sad day for football fans

  223. tigerlilac says: Feb 18, 2015 7:56 PM

    The Witch Hunt lives.

    I just searched a number of sites that still have the story wrong. They are piling on the Patriots because a “reporter”from ESPN only published part of the story and the rest of the media took it as gospel.

    People believe virtual anything any idiot says about the Patriots. It is like there is an alternative universe where the logic that they win because they work harder and play better is not even in the realm of the possible.

    Deflategate is a joke but the cultural phenomena should be studied for years to come. Truly pathetic.

  224. scw1993 says: Feb 18, 2015 8:03 PM

    The more Harbaugh has press conferences to tell the world he had nothing to do with all this, the more guilty he looks, jaysmook.

    Remember to come back for your medicine when he gets outted for his part in this foolishness.

  225. mrtampa says: Feb 18, 2015 8:22 PM

    On a side note….the investigation should be complete in 2-3 days

  226. darthbelichick07 says: Feb 18, 2015 8:29 PM

    Somewhere, Mark Brunell is crying.

  227. alltee says: Feb 18, 2015 8:29 PM

    Waiting too see how long IT takes this site to report the latest news that the ball which McNally tries to swap into the game was given to him by the official selling balls.

    Proof there was tampering and it was by the nfl! Looking forward to all the cheating comments still directed at the pats

    tell me again how the unrecorded psi stats are legit from refs who were swapping out balls

  228. icebowler says: Feb 18, 2015 8:46 PM

    And next, the person who bought the ball from the fired nfl employee is suing because he just realized that the ball doesn’t have the official NFL’s official’s stamp.

  229. patsfan112 says: Feb 18, 2015 8:46 PM

    Somewhere out there in Gillette, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are having a good laugh over this bogus nonsense while admiring their four Lombardi trophies.

  230. mheader says: Feb 18, 2015 9:01 PM

    solo681 says:
    Feb 18, 2015 6:27 PM
    I can’t wait to hear Marc Brunel Jerry Rice Ray Lewis Troy Aikman and a few others to join in with the apologies once Goodell is don.

    Might as well face it, they’re addicted to…… Being jerks.

  231. whitetrash69 says: Feb 18, 2015 9:01 PM

    I would like to thank Roger Goodell for not only ruining the sport through rule changes, but for making the NFL unappealing and seemingly unethical for fans. Its a shame, I used to love the NFL…

  232. pleasestopthesnow says: Feb 18, 2015 9:24 PM

    What are employee 1 2 and 3’s names. Wouldnt surprise me with how inept and corrupt the NFL is that they just made up Employee 1, 2 & 3. How bout releasing names clowns.

    I mean wheres the transparency you promised Goodell?

  233. pleasestopthesnow says: Feb 18, 2015 9:27 PM

    When the NFL removes Goodell and stops with their Mickey Mouse games, i will watch again. Until then i wont make time for this corrupt organization.

  234. beerndrums says: Feb 18, 2015 9:27 PM

    ESPECIALLY THE CHEATER FANS

  235. billburke says: Feb 18, 2015 9:28 PM

    Actually, what it seems like is some doooosh bag in the league office (Kensil) is leaking half-truths to the media to smear the Pats, then somebody else leaks the truth to set the story straight. You saw it over and over again the past 5 weeks

    * 11 of 12 balls were 2psi under
    – No, only 1 ball was 2psi under rest were a few ticks
    * D’Quell Jackson noticed the ball was deflated
    – D’Q knew nothing of the sort
    * John Harbaugh ratted out the Pats
    – John Harbaugh denies talking to the league about deflated balls
    * Balls couldn’t have been effected by the weather
    – NYT reports that Wells contacts Columbia Phyics department to investigate weather’s effects on balls.
    * Pats employee took balls from refs into a room before the game
    – Pats employee took balls to a bathroom on the way to the field, for 90 seconds
    * It was a ball boy
    – It was an elderly man

    Just seems more and more like somebody is smearing the Pats and somebody else is trying to clean up the smears.

  236. snackswell37 says: Feb 18, 2015 9:40 PM

    *Every NFL team that is not the New England Patriots

    * Inferior NFL teams

  237. snackswell37 says: Feb 18, 2015 9:45 PM

    Take two:

    *Every NFL team that is not the New England Patriots

    * Represents Inferior NFL teams

    Long story short, if you don’t root for the Patriots I am sorry because your team is awful.

  238. surfbandits says: Feb 18, 2015 9:51 PM

    Can someone explain to me how Mark Brunell made over 75 million dollars playing in the NFL, and is now over 7 million dollars in debt?

    Brunell crying over the fact that he thinks Brady’s lying!

    I’d be crying over the fact that I blew through 75 mil!!!

  239. vikingdoode says: Feb 18, 2015 10:08 PM

    Goddell must have been fired… there is a GOD

  240. swagger52 says: Feb 18, 2015 10:53 PM

    Sell NFL balls that should have gone to charity because you have no money because you are a ball boy…..fired

    cheat the nfl rules and win a couple super bowls because you are a millionaire…no problem,, coverup

    This all couldn’t happen anywhere else except New England

  241. carloswlassiter says: Feb 18, 2015 10:55 PM

    Perhaps Ted Wells next assignment can be to figure out why Goodell is incapable of stopping the leaks by his own staff.

  242. swagger52 says: Feb 18, 2015 10:59 PM

    Brady had nothing to do with this. He is an NFL QB that has thrown millions of footballs, but he is just a victim of circumstances. He just deals with the footballs that are given to him…Oh sure…that is believable.

    As it was said..there is one person that ordered those balls deflated, and knew they were deflated…that is Tom Brady. The rest of this is a smokescreen.

  243. truths4all says: Feb 18, 2015 11:00 PM

    Everyone assumes a bunch of slightly deflated balls would benefit Brady and the Patriots. However, when the refs switched out the deflated balls, Brady wiped out and demolished the Colts defense.

    With properly inflated balls, Brady generally had his way with Seattle’s defense

    Brady demonstrated that he plaus very well with properly inflated balls so consider an alternative motive. Deflated balls were introduced into gamrs by unhappy Pat employees hoping to adversely affect Brady and hurt the Psts, help the other team, and influence the game’s outcome for betting interests.

    This makes more sense since Brady plays much better with properly inflated balls.

  244. liongator says: Feb 18, 2015 11:00 PM

    and there you have it, proof the NFL has no balls.

  245. jollyjoker2 says: Feb 18, 2015 11:17 PM

    firing a guy over this? Pathetic. No reason to fire officials over bad calls…but lets end a guys life/career cause he made a few bucks a rawhide football.

  246. orrnumberfour says: Feb 18, 2015 11:20 PM

    Goodell must go.

    Totally incompetent.

  247. packmanfan says: Feb 19, 2015 12:05 AM

    It’s OK. He still has his job with the Pats since they paid him to do this anyway.

  248. janmfarley says: Feb 19, 2015 12:16 AM

    Patriots to be awarded 2 extra #1 draft picks for deflate gate approbrium

  249. brohamma says: Feb 19, 2015 1:54 AM

    It’s really quite comical to hear Ravens fans talking about “the most playoff wins.”

    Allow me to clarify this shady math – when you continually play on WILDCARD weekend, and the team you are comparing yourself with has EARNED a bye, then of course you play more games, congratulations on underachieving.

  250. cobo123 says: Feb 19, 2015 5:43 AM

    What kind of investigation has news leaks every few days for the last month?? Goodell is running a carnival. Fire him.

  251. cobo123 says: Feb 19, 2015 5:48 AM

    I’ve got a couple of footballs for sale, anybody want one??

  252. cobo123 says: Feb 19, 2015 5:54 AM

    Roger Goodell*
    NFL Commissioner
    2006-2015

  253. marianfl24 says: Feb 19, 2015 6:36 AM

    I think it’s funny that Pat’s fans actually consider this a good thing for them. All of these guys involved work for the Pat’s,including McNally.The Pat’s are guilty,no doubt whatsoever !! If you paid any attention to Goodell,he stated that if anything ruined the integrity of the game.Plus the burden of proof,according to NFL rules only needs to be at 40%.They are toast,of course Goodell and Kraft are joined at the hip so who knows.

  254. chitown12 says: Feb 19, 2015 6:39 AM

    Why is an NFL official testing the balls….former Jets operative….would he be willing to take a lie detector test? I heard Brady and Bill have agreed. Why not all involved?

  255. afwhigs says: Feb 19, 2015 7:09 AM

    So we get to see just how seriously the NFL is taking this – which means they have nothing on the Patriots.

    I mean, after the air pressure was measured (and those measurements not recorded) and the game was done, the footballs themselves have no use as “evidence”, but clearly they are symbolic, and at the very least should have been kept until the report was released.

    If the NFL had any evidence they would’ve released the report by now. But darnit, all of these pesky leaks keep happening from the NFL office!

  256. superpatsfan3 says: Feb 19, 2015 8:07 AM

    What non patriot fan wouldn’t take Belichick right now as their coach for the next 7 years? Thought so…

  257. ppduval says: Feb 19, 2015 8:35 AM

    Only in the NFL you see this. You can’t even make this stuff up in a movie.

  258. reburd says: Feb 19, 2015 8:41 AM

    Haters beware. Your not going to like Belichick when he’s angry. Patriots and scorched earth coming next season. Betters take the Patriots and the over.

  259. tomthebombtracy says: Feb 19, 2015 8:42 AM

    In this TURN OVER EVERY STONE to make money engendered in this Goodell Era, sometimes you turn over a snake den.

    Yesterday I was a charity luncheon and the silent auction had a licensed Antonio Brown photo of him kicking the Cleveland punter in the head when he tried to hurtle him. He was rightly penalized.

    Why would the NFL license a photo of a penalized play? GREED!

  260. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 19, 2015 8:59 AM

    Framegate

  261. gregmorris78 says: Feb 19, 2015 9:37 AM

    Wow, way t sweep it under the rug NFL

  262. beachsidejames says: Feb 19, 2015 9:47 AM

    New England Patriots now have a player sitting in jail for a double homicide, a star qb that can only win the big game by cheating, a head coach with a proven history of cheating and fans that blame everyone other than their own team.

  263. iclarke1204 says: Feb 19, 2015 9:51 AM

    I can’t wait to see the sobbing and mourning that comes with a 19-0 record next year.

    #5XSBCHAMPIONS
    #CRYBABYLOSERS
    #YOURTEAMSUCKSKILLYOURSELF

  264. solo681 says: Feb 19, 2015 9:53 AM

    Could it be that Goodell, Kensil & Grigson are the reincarnated Three Stooges?

  265. 8oneanddones says: Feb 19, 2015 10:12 AM

    I wonder who bought them and how much they payed.

  266. lolatpatshaters says: Feb 19, 2015 10:22 AM

    Don’t forget…
    #GOODELLMUSTGO

  267. lolatpatshaters says: Feb 19, 2015 10:51 AM

    Oh the highs and lows of the Patriot haters. The walkthrough tape rumor outed as a lie. The end of the Super Bowl. Deflategate exposed as the nothing it always was. And then the same with this story.

    The emotional roller coaster must be taking its toll by now.
    :)

  268. fredflintstore says: Feb 19, 2015 12:31 PM

    Once the balls were reinflated, they lost any evidentiary value, so it doesn’t matter what was done with them. The evidence had already been tampered with.

    And by a senior league official, too.

    An official who had no business under the rules even touching a football during a game. When does he get fired?

  269. lolatpatshaters says: Feb 19, 2015 1:08 PM

    An official who had no business under the rules even touching a football during a game.

    Yep. Of all people a senior league official should know better.

  270. marima07 says: Feb 19, 2015 1:45 PM

    Ya know… If the NFL were running a sting operation or a planned campaign to catch the Patriots doing something (anything), it would almost be better than finding out the league is just a bunch of incompetents bumbling around.

    A conspiracy requires different people to execute an operation with some degree of intelligence, skill and cunning. That’s way, way beyond what Goodell and his minions are capable of.

  271. orrnumberfour says: Feb 21, 2015 10:33 AM

    In next year’s Pats-Colts game, when the Pats are up by 6 TD’s with less than a minute to go, and they have the ball on the Colt’s 5 yard line, you can bet Brady is going to be passing the ball into the end zone for one more score.

    Now, THAT will be sweet. Hahahaha

  272. fairhooker says: Feb 21, 2015 11:38 PM

    THE HORROR… THE HORROR!

    The Patriots make the Lance Armstrong’s honor roll by deceitfully creating mountains of brazen distraction. Now it is this NFL employee as THE guilty party and before that they went around and around saying that everyone cheats, this guy cheats, that guy cheated therefore it must be OK for the Deflate Gate and the Spygate and the Receiver Ineligible Gate, this last one even is worse than all of the rest by introducing distractions and confusions so that the referees cannot police players coming into and out of the game in the legal time with the numbers as it is customary.

    I think they are actually better than Lance Armstrong at the lying and cheating… and the fact is that they have been using under inflated and out of regulation balls since after the Chiefs destroyed them they made a decision they were going to do whatever it took and Brady at 37 likes an out of spec ball and his receivers and ball carriers catch better and fumble less. And the NFL has not even interviewed the top Patriots giving them months to prepare to declare themselves innocent, say, another MIT physics snow blizzard by Godfather Lance Belichick.

    What goes on between Goodell and Bob Kraft is without precedent; the favoritism and aiding and abetting is criminal particularly when Goodell destroyed the Saints franchise and suspended players and coaches and Sean Payton for a whole year. Several of the Saints had nothing to do with the BountyGate a state of mind that exists in football even to this day… watch the Patriots get away with this because Goodell destroyed evidence for them before (inexplicably and incredibly) so that the other business partners could not fully see how badly the rogue New England business partner cheats the rest of the teams that are supposed to be on a level playing field.

    As Marlon Brando said in Apocalypse Now… “THE HORROR… THE HORROR.!”

  273. ikeclanton says: Feb 22, 2015 9:17 PM

    The Chiefs didn’t even make the playoffs, and you’re peering out of your window like the Rob Lowe character in the commercial who thinks “everyone is in on the conspiracy.”

    You nut jobs will look at anything other than the Patriots talent to sooth yourselves, and you may never awaken from delusion.

    All I can say to the above manifesto is: Yikes.

  274. packerbadger says: Feb 23, 2015 2:04 PM

    I wonder what kind of new house and new car this NFL employee has…

  275. tindeaux says: Feb 24, 2015 9:48 PM

    the pats never did it. can’t prove it now. balls were sold. done deal! lol

  276. monkeesfan says: Mar 2, 2015 7:52 PM

    On the contrary, what it shows is that there IS oversight over the footballs – and that not only was there no tampering by the Patriots, it further indicated the entire controversy was a fabrication by Colts officials who leaked to the media, the media ran with it, and Goodell panicked.

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