Mortensen to address initial #DeflateGate report on WEEI

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The #DeflateGate debacle instantly transformed from a strange curiosity into a full-blown controversy the moment Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported that 11 of 12 Patriots footballs were 2.0 pounds under the 12.5 PSI minimum. Mortensen has never addressed or explained the story publicly.

On Friday morning, he will. During a 7:45 a.m. ET appearance on WEEI radio in Boston.

The theory, as echoed by Patriots owner Robert Kraft on Wednesday, is that the NFL deliberately leaked false information to Mortensen. At a minimum, the NFL failed to dispute or to correct the erroneous report, with the Patriots not knowing the true reading until late March and the rest of us not knowing the truth until the release of the Ted Wells report in May.

The impact of the false report cannot be understated. The information caused many to assume that tampering with the footballs had occurred. The only remaining unknowns were the identity of the deflator (maybe it was “the Deflator”) and those who knew about it.

The information also put the Patriots on their heels at a critical stage of the investigation. Tom Brady’s awkward press conference only two days later was likely extra awkward because he believed, as did everyone else, that someone put a needle in those balls and released two pounds of air pressure. Brady likely continued to be under that false impression until late March, infecting everything he did (including his interview with Ted Wells) with a vague sense that someone was guilty of something.

If the real PSI numbers had been leaked (or released after the false leak), the Patriots could have shouted down any suggestion of tampering by explaining that the numbers fall within the range expected by the Ideal Gas Law — and by pointing out that the league’s shoddy procedures for calibrating footballs prior to kickoff of a conference title game included using a pair of gauges that differed by nearly a half of a pound. The strange curiosity would have quickly become a forgotten footnote to a blowout win.

Making the league’s failure to respond to Mortensen’s report becomes even more glaring in light of the fact that the NFL has not hesitated to correct other information with which it disagrees, including for example the claim from ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Brady had only four hours to present his case on appeal.

Speaking of Schefter, he appeared earlier today on WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan show, and he addressed the criticism of Mortensen’s 11-of-12 footballs report.

“First of all, I’ve never had in-depth conversations with Chris about the story,” Schefter said. “Chris is as good a reporter as there is. And he’s been a pioneer in this industry. So when he decides to do things, he has a reason for doing them. And I’ll just stand behind him as a reporter and as a man. I love him.

“And I don’t know the particulars of what happened. I really don’t, OK?. But I can tell you this, somebody wanted information out. You’re blaming him. But I will say this. Number one, I’m sure he has an explanation. Number two, any reporter in the country, if they have high level people calling them, giving them this information, almost anyone’s gonna run with it.”

In other words, someone lied to Mortensen.

“If that is indeed the case that one, two, three high-level individuals intentionally misled him to try to smear the Patriots, I say more shame on those people than Mort,” Schefter said.

I agree with that, completely. And Mort should be upset, because he’s been taking the heat (which has increased considerably in recent days) for reporting information that was given to him by someone in the league office whom Mort trusted.

ESPN surely would have preferred that the glaring error continue to go largely unnoticed. When PFT asked for comment on the discrepancy between Mortensen’s report and the actual PSI numbers in the Wells report, an ESPN spokesman initially said this: “[The] Wells report has been out for a week. Why are you seeking comment about his reporting now?”

More than two later, a comment from Mort apparently is coming. He’ll likely say basically the same things Schefter said. If pressed, Mort may indeed be tempted to disclose whoever it was that gave him deliberately false information.

Sure, reporters need to protect their sources. But should reporters protect sources who deliberately put reporters in professional danger?

UPDATE 7/31/15 8:20 a.m. ET: Mortensen canceled his appearance.

133 responses to “Mortensen to address initial #DeflateGate report on WEEI

  1. Great piece Florio. But let’s not forget the NFL sent a letter to the Patriots immediately after the AFCCG basically saying the same thing as the Mort Report.

    This was an intentional smear campaign from Day 1. So it’s time we find out the name(s) of the people who knowingly gave out false information with a deliberate intention of malice.

  2. And just think: had the NFL come out right away and refuted it (because, you know, they had the real halftime numbers), this all could have been avoided.

  3. The NFLPA is doing what lawyers do. Try to distract with various “inconsistancies” and ask you as the reader to throw the baby out with the bathwater and assume “everything must be flawed”.

    Oj’s lawyers poked enough holes for him to be “not guilty” even though we all know the truth.

    No matter what they try to say, they simply will never get me to believe that the nickname “deflator” was in reference to weight loss. Because if that is a lie (which it most certainly sounds like to me), then it’s because he’s the guy who deflates the footballs.

    The NFLPA and Brady camp keep pointing at various distractions, but that truth will always remain they had a guy nicknamed “the deflator” with the balls in the bathroom befor a game where footballs were found to be deflated… The Brady appoligist simply don’t have a realistic and logical answer for it… “Ideal gas law” doesnt explain why 3 balls were almost 2 psi lower than where they started. And doesn’t explain “the deflator”.

  4. Name names please, or at least verify if it came from the NFL office or from the Colts.
    But naming names would be best.

  5. I’m sure Mort and his NFL source have already come up with some story that will reflect well on the NFL and poorly on the Pats. What else is new? I don’t expect to hear the truth.

  6. Mortensen was played and the fact that he still hasn’t taken the tweet down or corrected it tells me that maybe he doesn’t mind being played.

  7. Truthfactory, what sealed it for me was Tom Brady totally denied he knew who Jim McNally was and what his job was. And his claim that even if it was done, he would not have known,

  8. Pats fan here. Always respected Mort and I’m sure he reported what his source(s) told him.

    But to make this right for everyone, including the (I hope) mostly well-intentioned league office, he needs to out said source(s).

  9. If he has any integrity left he will out this scumbag on Goodell’s staff that lied to him and made him look like a complete idiot and caused this ridiculous thing. I highly doubt he has the guts to do it however. We are all waiting Mort.

  10. It could be as simple as someone added a 1 to the original communiqué so it came out as 11 instead of 1.

    We all know this isn’t the case.

    A bumbling, ill-fated, propaganda-filled smear campaign has gone terribly awry for the NFL and their moronic HQ employees are caught red-handed.

    There is FAR more evidence of the above assertion than there is of Brady doing anything wrong.

    Hate on Haters

  11. ” The Brady appoligist simply don’t have a realistic and logical answer for it… “Ideal gas law” doesnt explain why 3 balls were almost 2 psi lower than where they started. And doesn’t explain “the deflator”.”

    Actually ideal gas law does. Not a science wiz eh? And none of them were 2 psi or lower. They fall right within ideal gas law and this is without taking into account footballs that were in play and exposed to the rain and gauge error between the two (we actually for some reason in the report are going against Walt Anderson’s recollection and swapping what gauges he used at halftime making it look worse). Colts kept their footballs in trash bags and didn’t have the ball nearly as often. Guess we’re just going to ignore that though that’s cool bruh.

  12. Well it’s about time.
    I’m pretty sure they went to Mort because he has not been friendly to the Patriots in the past.
    If he tries to say that the NFL employees were just mistaken, N.E
    is going to blow a gasket.
    These were multiple league employees in the know of the investigation according to Mort.
    And they never corrected it, in fact, they doubled down on it until the Wells report came out.
    By then, obviously the damage had been done.

  13. Lame side show tactics…reality is Brady cheated, caught, lied. End of story.

    BTW – never loved Jets fans till now. Wonderful showing they made at Pats training camp with the Cheaters banner!

    Everyone outside of Boston loves u now.

    * Truth

  14. He will continue to cover for the NFL and just say that he misheard the information.

    He won’t alienate his inside guys.

    Then he will say the values don’t matter as clearly Brady is hiding something.

    And then he will say Brady instructed them to deflate the balls after they were checked. It doesn’t matter if was or was not outside the legal limit.

    In other words, he won’t admit he was wrong.

    Yet everyone is asking Brady to admit he was wrong for something he never did…

    Go figure.

  15. He must smell a lawsuit coming.

    Some people are still so hooked up on the word deflator… So… Here’ a text from the ball boy ” Deflate. Give somebody that jkt”. ( jacket) — The ball boy told the footballs to deflate so somebody, perhaps, another more deflated football can wear the jacket, right? In your loser world that will make sense.

    It’s time for Mort to clear his conscience for smearing Brady’s good name. But it will be iffy to put trust on any ESPN “journalists”. If Obama has MSNBC, Goodell has ESPN.

  16. Mortensen is an NFL hack, and cares less about accuracy as long as he can continue to lick the boots of the NFL, while making a living doing so.

    I lost all respect for him when he had a chance to change his vote the year Brian Cushing won (I think) rookie of the year, after failing a PED test. I tweeted him and told him I had lost respect for him, and he answered, asking “Was it because of Cushing?”

    What else would you expect from an ESPN employee?

  17. Adam Shefter, defender of integrity. And publicly using private medical records when it suits his goals.

  18. If 6 turns out to be 9 I don’t mind….Unless your witch-Kraft spreading bile to The Brady jock strap carrying chowda headed tin foil hatters club.

    One was at that measurement. Six were just shy of it by 1/2 psi. Which is a three times greater ratio than the next teams balls. This will never be recreated ever.

    Sing on, play on.

  19. The NFL played him like a fiddle, so he better name names. The only problem is that he still works for ESPN, and guess who ESPN is sleeping with.

  20. They did deflate the footballs. It’s only the blind Patriot homers who believe they didn’t. This is a joke…Brady destroyed his phone…had a guy named the deflator. Why are we still talking about this? If the Patriots choose to continue this joke…they should threaten them with a death penalty for a year. Forfeit all games for one year, no draft picks, nothing. Admit you did it and move on! This is stupid, we’re all grown ups here.

  21. IMO, its unbelievable that everyone is so riled up over 0.4 PSI.

    Aaron Rodgers over inflates his football, no one says anything. The Vikings and the Panthers heat their footballs on live TV… no one says anything.

    The Patriots footballs are a 0.4 PSI under regulation, everyone goes crazy.

  22. This is just the start of the opening of the flood gates. The NFL office is filled with ex Jet employees who would love nothing better to bring down, or try to the greatest franchise in modern day history.
    We won’t know the entire story until Brady sues the NFL for slander. If my contact is correct, that will happen soon enough. Roger, enjoy being the head of the NFL while you can. The rats will be jumping overboard in droves. For the rest of you haters, enjoy the spiked koolaid.

  23. Did you see how fast Sal Pal back pedaled his story about the Ravens owner pressuring Goodell? They only had 24 hours to get to Sal…. NO WAY Mort decides to do the right thing NOW six months and Tom Brady’s career later….
    He made his deal with the devil I don’t expect him to fix things now.

  24. Mort will stammer, laugh, stammer some more and everyone will feel like it is a waste of time

  25. pftfan: “This will never be recreated ever”

    You can recreate it.

    you need:
    football
    pump
    gauge
    needle
    refrigerator

    Thousands have. 4th graders, even

    20 degree drop = 1 psi lost, all day, every day, on planet Earth

    Boyle figured this out a few hundred years back

  26. Mort is a league homer who had been getting “leaks” from the office since the beginning of this whole ordeal. He has proven to be untrustworthy, just like all the other hacks in the NFL head office.

  27. Bottom line is Brady is a cheater..no matter who leaked what one thing is for certain. He cheated and told the guy to deflate the balls. All this lawsuit nonsense etc still doesn’t hide the fact that the Pats have always walked the fine line with the rules and they have been caught this time. They are repeat offenders so the hammer needs to be brought down on them. As a Miami fan I don’t want to see Brady suspended because I want no excuses when Suh and the rest of the DL destroys him and his OL.
    What I do not understand is this, if the ball boy and equipment man gets fired then why aren’t they filing a lawsuit for being terminated for something that the Pats say they didn’t do. Are they really taking the blame for this whole thing?? And if BB claims he knew nothing about this then he is a bigger liar then everyone even thought he was. That man knows EVERY thing that goes on with that team no matter how big or small.
    They should be punished equal to what happened to the Saints.

  28. Funny how when someone says something that Pats fans don’t like then that person is an agenda-driven liar out to smear their team. But when someone says something they do like, then that person is (obviously) telling the truth.

    Pats fans. They’re so funny.

  29. I would not expect Mortensen to out his source, even if protecting a purveyor of false information is questionable. Mortensen, like Schefter, lives from the handouts of his sources, and the League office provides a majority of his stuff.

    If he does really out someone in the League office, it would mean that that individual is not someone he sees as necessary in the future, possibly someone who the League would also consider expendable.

  30. Mortensen is as pathetic as the moderator who for some reason deletes my post when I say basically the same thing that others post on this topic. Someone must of have their feeling hurt.

  31. He is not going to apologize because he is one of Goodell’s highly paid propagandists. ESPN is not their real jobs. Their real jobs is to leak false info about the accused to stir up public opinions against them based on lies.

    These guys did this in the Miami and Saints fiascos after the lies and false claims by Goodell that almost got him fired in the Ray Rice case.

  32. This Pandora’s Box was predicted to be opened months ago by those of us with sane thought, New England fans and non Patriots fans alike. Tomorrow’s interview will be interesting and I will unfortunately be unable to listen because of work(but I expect a full report by angry typing, unrational trolls by break time at 10 am). There’s one question that I would have for Morty if I were involved with tomorrow’s program : What is the difference between you and Brian Williams in regards to the responsibility of journalism and media to the masses?

  33. After the suit Brady’s reputation will be cleared however there are so many that have the inability to focus on facts and not blind hatred many will never change their minds. Meanwhile BB will coach his players to many more playoff’s and add to his super bowl victories.

  34. Oh and people get their monikers by something that is attributable to them.

    For a guy who handles the balls, that can EASILY be named ‘the Deflator’. No matter what, it sure and the hell isn’t conclusive evidence.

    Also, and it’s something that hasn’t been addressed, there is nothing wrong with a ball guy making sure it is JUST WITHIN THE MINIMUM RANGE.

    So there he could be doctoring footballs, but within the legal rules.

    Overall for Brady to be punished, they need to PROVE that he orchestrated the balls to be specifically BELOW the minimum, and no, they didn’t do that in any way shape or form.

  35. Finally, the cabal of former NY Jet employees and Jet fans running things behind the scenes at the NFL offices are about to be exposed.

    Since their crappy franchise can’t defeat New England, they resorted to subterfuge to try and knock the Patriots off their game right before the Super Bowl.

    A purge needs to take place on Madison Ave, and quickly.

    1969 was a long time ago. Joe Namath and that squad were true champions…but NY Jet fans? Pure losers.

  36. On the “Deflator” nickname – It may not mean weight loss, but it doesn’t necessarily mean “Illegal Deflator” either. Every team has ball boys that inflate, deflate, cook, coat and do everything to the balls every week. “Deflator” could easily just mean that’s what his job is, get the balls to Brady’s legal liking. And BTW -Why aren’t there any other videos of the “Deflator” in action after the balls were inspected? What about road games? How do the Pats cheat then?

    On Brady not knowing McNally’s name – McNally is only a game day employee. He is at Gillette maybe 10-12 times a year. Does Brady know all the game day employees? Probably not. McNally also went by the name “Bird” which is what most of the Pats equipment staff called him.

    When they say there is no smoking gun, there is no smoking gun. Goodell has nothing.

  37. Everybody says this. Everybody says that. Then we have Florio. NObody has more invested in this than you Florio. It is your breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening cup of whine. You don’t report. You postulate. We know your position and have since hour one. Paragraph with blazing accusations. Paragraph stating how this might be true. Paragraph stating that Tommy and Yee are the most abused duo in America. Be a lawyer, cool. Be a reporter, cool. But leave the lobbying to lobbyists bro. You can’t be all three.

  38. Wow. All these scumbags in the league office. Someone needs to call a press conference and DETAIL the malicious and juvenile behavior point by point for the press and public. We need to ratchet up the rhetoric

  39. While they’re on the subject of owning up, Mort should ask Jerry Thornton while he STILL hasn’t apologized for his trashing of Stephen A. Smith’s cellphone report the other day.

    Accountability begins at home, WEEI.

  40. Pats fans: If you want to talk about everything Goodell has done with investigations as the “enforcer” than its only fair to talk about everything Brady or the pats have done in the past, but complaining about every decision Goodell has made and then turning around and ignoring all the accusations of the pats cheating by the multiple organizations is illogical. This is either a isolated event for the pats with no prior cheating accusations and Goodell is just the commish or this is a former jets exec going after a rival team who has had at least two other cheating accusations.

    Either this is a separate incident or its inclusive FOR BOTH SIDES. Additionally, I want to say I do not support Goodell or the patriots.

  41. I’m a social psychologist and author
    I’m giving serious thought to a manuscript that provides an analysis of this phenomenon we call DEFLATEGATE.

  42. Wouldn’t want the NFL on my case. They get to pick and choose what rules they want. Ethics isn’t in their vocabulary.

    Love to see the Pats go 19-0, but they are only very good with lots of new personnel. Plus only human.

  43. So why didn’t Mort come out right away and blame it on his source? Shirley (LOL) he knows his rep is on the line.

    What’s going on behind the scenes?

  44. Why now? Where was this when the discrepancy between the reported and actual numbers first came to light? Could it be the NFL and BSPN need Mortensen to rehab his credibility if they want to use him for further disinformation down the road?

  45. Mortenson has had 6 months to fabricate a defense. The lies and slander will only continue from the NFL and ESPN.

  46. 28tb says:
    Jul 30, 2015 8:59 PM
    Pats fans: If you want to talk about everything Goodell has done with investigations as the “enforcer” than its only fair to talk about everything Brady or the pats have done in the past, but complaining about every decision Goodell has made and then turning around and ignoring all the accusations of the pats cheating by the multiple organizations is illogical. This is either a isolated event for the pats with no prior cheating accusations and Goodell is just the commish or this is a former jets exec going after a rival team who has had at least two other cheating accusations.
    *************
    “ignoring all the accusations of the pats cheating…”

    Well, because that is what they are- “accusations.”
    Maybe you can give some proven examples of real cheating
    … but I doubt it.

  47. Kudos to Callahan, Dennis, and Minnehan for shaming him into it. They would not let up on Adam Schefter this morning, and I’m sure he was not happy about it…but…but..but…it worked.

  48. destroying the cell phone relates to Hillary Clinton destroying her hard drive on her computer…
    what does that make us believe?..cheater?..cover up?
    you make a bigger monster of this than you want to.
    dig a hole…and make it deep…not getting out of this one…sorry

  49. jhcarrollfov2015 says:
    Jul 30, 2015 8:50 PM
    On the “Deflator” nickname – It may not mean weight loss, but it doesn’t necessarily mean “Illegal Deflator” either. Every team has ball boys that inflate, deflate, cook, coat and do everything to the balls every week. “Deflator” could easily just mean that’s what his job is, get the balls to Brady’s legal liking. And BTW -Why aren’t there any other videos of the “Deflator” in action after the balls were inspected? What about road games? How do the Pats cheat then?

    On Brady not knowing McNally’s name – McNally is only a game day employee. He is at Gillette maybe 10-12 times a year. Does Brady know all the game day employees? Probably not. McNally also went by the name “Bird” which is what most of the Pats equipment staff called him.
    ————————————————-

    1. Then why did the Patriots concoct this story about the Deflator nickname referring to weight loss? Why didn’t they just tell us what you did? Apparently it was very important to them that nobody connect his nickname with what he does for a job.

    2. Whether McNally went by his own name or “Bird,” the fact is, Brady asked about him and his “stress,” as the text exchange last fall between the two ball boys shows. But the team tried to claim it wasn’t Brady that was asking about him, but instead it was some guy asking about McNally’s season tickets. Which, if you read the exchange, is just plain ridiculous.

    3. Care to explain the one about the ball boy who went into a bathroom with a bag full of balls to “use the urinal” — except that the bathroom doesn’t have a urinal?

    Take a look outside of Patriots bubble world sometime — you may notice some strange, fishy smells.

  50. HEADLINES – DEFLATEGATE FACTS – BRADY PHONE

    Nothing changes the 19 January, 2015 OFFICIAL LETTER sent to Mr. Kraft from the senior vice president of NFL operations (David Gardi) that informed the Patriots that an investigation will be conducted.

    WOULD YOU PROVIDE YOUR CELL PHONE TO FOLKS THAT ARE NOT TRUTHFUL (19 Jan. letter)???

    1. FACT: On page two, the letter states the following: … “each of the Colts’ game balls that was inspected met the requirements set forth.”

    Accordingly, that statement turns out to be totally not true. Page 8, of the Wells report confirms that 3 of the 4 Colts’ footballs were in fact deflated.

    2. FACT/QUESTION: Who directed, at halftime, to STOP testing the Colts’ remaining 8 footballs at half-time (only four balls tested, 3 found deflated)?

    3. FACT: Brady’s telephone records were produced at the hearing which showed the time and date of every text and phone call and the identity of Patriots personnel and anyone else involved in those texts and phone calls. King Roger stated it wasn’t practical to review all of those texts and phone calls.

    4. FACT: Ideal Gas Law (IGL) cannot be disputed.

    5. FACT: The NFL did not record pre-game PSI levels.

    6. FACT: The NFL had no procedures/protocol to determine PSI levels, UNTIL RECENTLY.

    7. When is the last time you heard the media or public discuss the 19 Jan. 2015 letter???

    8. FACT: This is America! The Missouri Supreme Court ruled in May, 2015 against Goodell: ….“the terms of the contract designating the NFL commissioner, an employee of the team owners, as the sole arbitrator with unfettered discretion to establish the rules for arbitration are unconscionable and, therefore, unenforceable”.

    9. COMMENT: As stated — Wells never asked for Tom Brady’s cellphone, and didn’t require it. “Keep the phone,” Wells told Brady and his agent. He insisted that his investigation was thorough without it. “I don’t think it undermines in any way the conclusions of the report,” he said. Those were his exact words. So were these, after interrogating Brady for more than five hours: “Totally cooperative,” Wells said of Brady’s testimony. You see the same pattern here. Brady’s phone was unimportant — until it was important, because Goodell needed it to be, to rescue his prestige.

  51. “A lie makes it halfway around the world before the truth puts it’s pants on”. Winston Churchill.
    It appears that both legs are in the pants and the belt is going on. The ‘wet ass’ hour is coming to the league office, Goodell, and the owners who back him. This has been the NFL’s worst hour. Kraft should appeal the team penalty when the Brady case is won.

  52. sbaltimore says:
    Jul 30, 2015 8:41 PM
    Funny how when someone says something that Pats fans don’t like then that person is an agenda-driven liar out to smear their team. But when someone says something they do like, then that person is (obviously) telling the truth.

    Pats fans. They’re so funny.
    _______________________

    What are you talking about? What Mortensen reported was false according to the Wells report. You Baltimore fans are the biggest cry babies is the league. If anyone should be taking it like a man as I hear all you talking about Brady, it’s you Baltimore fans. Just like your head coach I guess.

  53. Why is anyone in Boston giving him a forum to restore his reputation????? He is likely going on to continue his spin for the NFL

  54. harry hands says:
    Jul 30, 2015 8:24 PM
    They did deflate the footballs. It’s only the blind Patriot homers who believe they didn’t. This is a joke…Brady destroyed his phone…had a guy named the deflator. Why are we still talking about this?

    _________________________________________

    You are correct. It is absolutely a joke. If the leak to Mort gave him the actual numbers, rather than completely making it up, then no investigation would have occurred. So the explanation for who lied and why is very important.

  55. I am so sick of all of this, I couldn’t care less what Mortensen says or Brady says, or Kraft says, or Goodell says, or Florio says.

    I repeat — this off season has been one of the worst off seasons I can remember for the NFL. The league is filled with guys who make stupid decisions which jeopardize their status in the league.
    This stupid deflategate nonsense, started by the team who’s owner is a drug abuser, is ridiculous. It shows how stupid they are all. To make this the issue that it has become is unfathomable.
    The point which is being forgotten is the Colts were not going to beat the Patriots with under-inflated balls, over-inflated balls, or normally-inflated balls. They were an inferior team and had no chance to win that game.
    The NFL leaders are a lot like America’s leaders. They do their best to shoot themselves in the foot, just as those running America do. They will end up destroying the league over stupid things like this, just as America will end up destroying itself by focusing on stupid stuff.

  56. 28tb says:
    Jul 30, 2015 8:59 PM

    ….than its only fair to talk about everything Brady or the pats have done in the past, but complaining about every decision Goodell has made and then turning around and ignoring all the accusations of the pats cheating by the multiple organizations is illogical.

    _________________________________________

    This statement is illogical. What are you talking about? All the accusations? Multiple organizations? You are typing stuff but not talking about anything.

  57. This is TMZSPN. I don’t believe for an instant he will somehow give us the truth. TMZSPN is literally incapable of telling the actual truth. Somewhere, they are going to spin it, either to make themselves look less foolish (impossible) or help the the money – the NFL (likely).

    I could of course be completely shocked and he come out and say he was deliberately misled by Kensil and Grigson from the beginning, but based on history, they will never come down on the bad side of the NFL. They’ll shove out a sensational headline, no facts, and let the sheep’s opinions do the dirty work.

  58. Also as a scientist with expertise in research methods and inferential statistics I would stay focused on the mean of the 24 psi measurements taken at halftime with 2 different gauges.

    The mean was 11.3, and the expected range of values according to Exonent was 11.3-11.5

    So the true values were totally consistent with expected which underlies what is so insane about this situation especially considering the lack of definite non science related evidence

  59. I also don’t get how everyone suddenly believes Florio is a Patriot’s homer. If you look at Pats articles before Deflategate over the last couple seasons, pick any disparaging one, and it’s almost certainly Florio writing it. Any good one, it’s almost certainly not Florio.

    I don’t think Florio has ever liked the Pats, but he’s come to realize just how badly the NFL has shafted them to the point that like anyone else with half a brain, it actually turns the stomach.

  60. I find it interesting that the league fed him false information to run with, and then chose Stephen A Smith to report the broken phone. Cuz the NFL knew no one would believe Mort. Hahahaha. Your career is over Mort, even the NFL knows it. Might as well give up your source. Having some integrity might save what little is left…

  61. 28tb says:
    Jul 30, 2015 8:59 PM
    Pats fans: If you want to talk about everything Goodell has done with investigations as the “enforcer” than its only fair to talk about everything Brady or the pats have done in the past, but complaining about every decision Goodell has made and then turning around and ignoring all the accusations of the pats cheating by the multiple organizations is illogical. This is either a isolated event for the pats with no prior cheating accusations and Goodell is just the commish or this is a former jets exec going after a rival team who has had at least two other cheating accusations.

    Either this is a separate incident or its inclusive FOR BOTH SIDES. Additionally, I want to say I do not support Goodell or the patriots.
    ————-
    I don’t understand the ‘ignoring accusations of pats cheating past’ stance you take?

    They got caught for spy hate and punished to the fullest extent, most expensive fine ever at that time (for those that think Goodell is busy buddy with Pats).

    It was like 10 years ago man. What other Patriot infractions and rule breaking do you have for them?

    Is the ‘legal’ formation crying by Harbaugh what you mean? Running up the score maybe? Belichick’s press conference answers? Never taking Brady out during blowouts?

    I mean seriously, what is this culture of cheating people refer to?

  62. The Pats were made to defend themselves from a completely false allegation. No wonder they looked awkward doing so. This is so disgusting. I still go back to the Colts balls. Of the 4 tested they all lost PSI and 1 was under 12.5 min and all agree tent started at 13. All agree the Pats started at 12.5. So most were under at halftime. This is so stupid, the NFL has basically got caught trying to sting the Pats in the act only this time they didn’t do it. They might have in the past but they did not do it in the AFC Title game.

  63. Pats fans, just think whoever did leak the fake report/information witnessed Brady and his remarkable comeback in the Super bowl and imagine the sting they felt when Malcom Butler intercepted that pass at the end. It isn’t almost worth it, it absolutely is worth it having some people hate the pats so bad that they make up false information about fractional amounts of air pressure in footballs when you get payback in that fashion.

  64. For the uninitiated I’ll explain one misconception at a time:
    -Brady never heard of Jim McNally.
    Buzzer! liar liar!
    Explanation: to the best of my knowledge Brady and all Pats players only knew this low level game day employee by his nickname “Birdman”. Or something like that. Anyone know anything different?

    Snap qiz, what are their real names?
    the Rock
    Prince
    Sting
    Hulk Hogan
    Bob Dylan

    Answers don’t matter, just making a point. Assuming it holds up to scrutiny.

  65. I don’t understand why people bring up the ballboys’ jobs in this argument. I’d have fired them as well, as soon as I read their texts, and it has nothing to do with the AFCCG or ball deflation – I just want my employees to be working FOR my team, not against it. Once I had read the texts, they’d have been on their way out the door, “Thank you for your time, your services are no longer required”.

  66. No one is ever expecting Mortensen to ever reveal his source because he will never get another scoop.

    Espn does not want him to reveal source because espn is in bed with the NFL.

    AS proof of these espn never did a follow up story.

  67. Mort is a reporter, and if he “outs” the person who told him, his career will basically be over. A reporter NEVER reveals his source.

    Guaranteed, he keeps quiet, the next BREAKING NEWS story will go to him.

    Sorry Pats fans. The chance of Mort helping you out, sits at 0%.

  68. Thou shalt not bear false witness.

    Mort, there were only 10 commandments but that one was a really, really important one. And you broke it.

    Now you have a chance to fix the damage you caused. All you have to do is name the person who lied to you to get this entire fiasco started.

    If you choose not to name the person, expect to be treated like scum by all thinking, rational people.

    ESPN, you have responsibility for your employee Mort. Demand that Mort name his source or fire him. If you don’t do that to fix the damage you have caused, rational thinking people will shun your network and your website. You cannot do things like this without repercussions.

  69. “Sure, reporters need to protect their sources. But should reporters protect sources who deliberately put reporters in professional danger?”

    Yes, lets worry about the poor reporters in professional danger. Are you freakin kidding me? Why do journalists always have to make themselves the center of attention?

    Newsflash…the story is not Mortensen in professional danger. The story is the NFL outright lying to take down one of the greatest players in NFL history. Where does Brady go to get his reputation back? Mortensen is obligated to spill on the names that put out the sham story from the start. If he protects them he is just as guilty for needlessly ruining a man’s reputation.

  70. I really think was all Mike Kensil’s doing…he is like a little junior high school girl spreading likes about someone she doesn’t like because they won’t be her friend…it all started when Belichick accepted the HC position for the Jets then resigned ONE DAY later to join the Patriots…Kensil’s been the “woman scorned” ever since…BB dumps him/Jets, then goes on to coach 6 Super Bowl teams, winning 4 of them, with the team he dumped Kensil to join. Kensil thinks she’s getting the last laugh…just a big jerk of a baby…at halftime of the AFCCG, “…your in big f-ing trouble…” he says to the Patriots equipment manager — no, no bias there…no agenda…anyone else notice that any accusations against the Patriots have always been tied to the Jets organization? The league office should be investigated…Kensil should be fired…probably Vincent, too. Goodell should see the best thing he could do for himself is to head that investigation, cut those two and come and say that he did so based on his findings of impropriety by League Officials in an effort to protect the shield…he does this and he will come out looking as good as he possibly can…

  71. nice job davidceltic I can add a fact the Pats were punished for ball doctoring and being evasive. Well in 2012 the Chargers did the same thing their equip mgr was caught hiding the towels. Did the league investigate? Nope Did they ask Phillip Rivers for his phone? Nope they fined the Chargers 20K and moved on.So sorry NFL you set the precedent that you seemingly disregarded without even any acknowledgement and you expect us all to be able to take you at your word. what kind of saps you take us for?

  72. As a lifelong fan of football, the Denver Broncos and NFL, I have come to detest Mort, Shefter, Berman and all the other NFL talking heads. Mort was played by the NFL just as Shefter was played by JPP, but both made significant choices. These guys lack ethics and are classless. I suppose familiarity does breed contempt. Note to Shefter, et al: just because you can run with a story, doesn’t mean you should.

  73. Maybe it was Mike Kensil.. but my money for ALL the leaks and sneak attracts is on Troy Vincent who wants to be commissioner and was the top dog in the attack.

  74. Eagerly looking forward to what Mortenson has to say, though I suspect he will simply apologize for the incorrect information and refuse to give up his source.

  75. For you lambasting Florio… Florio went after the Pats all the time and I disliked him.( My comments did not see the light.)Go look and read his old articles. But he is a journalist enough to correct his own misconceptions when he realized that the Wells report is full of holes. I’m a nobody and it’s not much, but he earned my respect. Part of being a journalist is to be fair and just. Being part of the media is a very powerful position. You have the power to destroy. That’s a real responsibility. It is a shame that other journalists behave no better than backyard gossips. It is a shame that journalists just take what’s fed them without craving for the truth. That is when they devolve into mouthpiece. Sadly that what’s journalists amount to nowadays.

  76. The more I think about it, the more I realize that Mort is going to spin it to say that the NFL didn’t do anything wrong, the numbers don’t matter anyway, it’s all no big deal.
    If Mort had any sense of contrition, it would have been displayed long before now.

    But since the forum is Boston, I would like to see an outrageous headline be manufactured against the NFL so they can get a taste of their own medicine.

  77. John Dennis knows the sources and says they were agenda driven.
    Mort backed out of appearance, but apparently gave Dennis the goods.
    I expect some powerful people are trying to get to WEEI right now to stop this.
    Don’t let us down!

  78. If Mort comes clean on who the source or sources were that gave him the false information, good for Mort. If he just comes on the program and defends himself for leaking false information and protecting the source of the lies, then Mort remains a waste of time.

    I have no problem with reporters protecting their sources of real information, but what is the point of reporters protecting their sources when those sources are liars with an agenda?

  79. Mort turned chicken and backed out of the interview.

    His legacy is now complete. He will be known as a reporter who was used by NFL executives and he will be known as a coward.

  80. Chris ‘THE COWARD’ Mortensen went back to hiding under the ESPN rock rather than explain himself. It wasn’t his fault that his so called ‘SOURCE’ used him with a false narrative which set this whole mess off. Yes a lie made this into a big deal from the NFL offices. But he can’t come on and explain himself or face some criticism speaks much about this mans lack of character.

  81. For those who are so convinced that Brady and the Pats are guilty, clamoring for him to “just admit it and get on with” (both inside Pats nation [Shag, Felger and Mazz come to mind] and outside) think of the moment you came to the strong conclusion that Brady did it or had oversight over what was alleged to have been done. 99% of you are basing at solely off of the Mort Report. If you look at it honestly, that is where you made your decision and you have just taken the rest of the “evidence” gleaned through the Wells report and other things to strengthen your conclusion.

    I dare all of you to take the ACTUAL finding in the Wells report about how many balls were actually under inflated and by how much and then take that as your launching point. Would this even be a blip on your radar? No. But because the law of primacy is at you remember the first thing you heard, your filter for everything else that has gone on is that 11 out of 12 balls were a pound to 2 pounds under inflated and must have been manually deflated. Does any of this other stuff mean a thing if we have the correct premise from the start?

    Honestly answer that question and then you might start to understand where Patriots fans are coming from with this. I know… You probably won’t do it because you want to stick it to the Pats and Brady, but that is in you.

  82. 28tb says:
    Jul 30, 2015 8:59 PM

    Pats fans: If you want to talk about everything Goodell has done with investigations as the “enforcer” than its only fair to talk about everything Brady or the pats have done in the past, but complaining about every decision Goodell has made and then turning around and ignoring all the accusations of the pats cheating by the multiple organizations is illogical.
    ________________________________________

    Accusations are a trap for the unwary.

    In the 1962 movie “The Manchurian Candidate” Senator Iselin (played by James Gregory) attracts media attention by charging that communists work within the Department of Defense. Each time he makes that charge he cites a completely different number of these communists. So, he asks his handlers why the number has to keep changing. Because, he is told, by changing the number people are not asking IF there are communists in the Defense Department, they are asking HOW MANY communists are in the Defense Department. As a result of the accusations made against Tom Brady, too many unwary people have fallen into the trap, not asking IF he cheated, but HOW MANY times he has cheated.

    Slinging mud may be sleazy, but no one ever said it wasn’t effective.

  83. Should we all invoke “the integrity of the game” with hushed, reverent tones as we discuss this?

    1) Blatant misinformation leaked by the NFL to Mort plus 2) blatant misinformation sent by the NFL in a letter to the Patriots equals a deliberate and calculated propaganda campaign by the NFL. They purposely initiated a massive wave of anti-Patriots public sentiment.

    And it can’t all be waived off as a “mistake” because those incorrect numbers bear no resemblance to the truth.

    @truthfactory: So, in your unending quest (I assume) for the “truth” you won’t even recognize or acknowledge how messed up this is? How poorly the NFL has handled this and how biased the whole charade has been? Neither side looks good in this, but to me the NFL and Goodell look terrible.

  84. So now we know, this entire sting operation was led by Kensil and the false report to Mortenson was leaked by the NFL and it was all done to restore Goodell’s image on the back of the Patriots. Because everyone hates them, and feels his relationship with Kraft is too tight and of course Brady is white so this proves he doesn’t just punish African American players, you know the ones that beat their children and abuse their significant others. But hey it’s fair, Brady should do nothing to restore his reputation that they have systematically destroyed over the last 6 months he should just bow down the the liars in NY and let it go. People are idiots if they don’t see what this is.

  85. “Some Patriots footballs may have been up to 0.4 psi below, depending on which gauge the ref used and if you ignore the ideal gas law!”

    Doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.

  86. Per Roger Goodell’s decision, Tom Brady was concerned with the inflation level of footballs “at least by the time of the AFC Championship game.”

    Wait a sec, Wells is pointing to text messages from May 2014 as evidence that Tom Brady was instructing for footballs to be deflated. When exactly did this scheme start taking place?

    Goodell can’t really point to May 2014 because he also notes in his decision that during the 2014 season Brady “instructed the equipment staff to present a copy of the rule to the game officials.”

    So, let me get this straight, Tom Brady – who was in the practice of deflating footballs – decides to tell the refs what the rules for inflation are. However, he gives the equipment further instruction to deflate the footballs after they provide the refs with a copy of the rules. Got it!!

    In the decision, Goodell also indicates that the Walt Anderson and other referees had never seen McNally take the footballs “without the knowledge or approval of…the officiating crew.” If the refs had never seen McNally take the footballs before, how could this be a scheme dating back to the 2013 season?

  87. Mort decided to bail on his WEEI appearance. Will there be a more important witness in the coming legal proceedings? Probably not.

  88. So Mort continues to play the game…Goodell and the NFL say JUMP…Mort says, how high?

    Mort’s credibility is sinking lower and lower as he continues to be beholding to the NFL and Roger Goodell.

    Makes me wonder how involved ESPN is in this matter?

    All the fans want is “the truth”…

  89. Mortensen bailed, NO-SHOW. Won’t go on.

    Did the NFL put pressure on him?

    Kensil is the source? All in NFL know it? He is still working?
    Troy Vincent told Stephen A Smith that Brady “Destroyed the phone”.

    NFL front office is corrupt and is ruining the integrity of the league. Time for a housecleaning, a complete housecleaning. Get rid of the stench.

  90. Spygate. Deflategate. Guess Patsie fans can now refer to this at Mort-Gate.

    Whine all you want. The Patriots were caught cheating once in this modern era of professional football. Until this regime of Kraft, Belichick, and Brady are gone, your team will forever be under scrutiny of negative public perception. Nothing you or anyone from the current organization can say or do will change that perception. And rightfully so. Argue against that and you’re drinking way too much kook-aid.

    The NFL should have released all information on Spygate. Essentially exposing the truth and shaming the organization in a manner that would prevent them from ever breaking the rules again.

    Anything less than the four-game suspension is a slap in the face the the other 31 owners and their fans. Anything less than the four-game suspension hurts the entire league a helluva lot more than it hurts the Patriots.

  91. Mort refused to come on because he is a coward. Mike Kensil(former Jet’s employee and man behind this setup) refused to come on as well. Sorry haters but this thing is unraveling fast and this scam is coming closer to being exposed for what it is. You will have to try and beat the Patriot’s on the field again and not by making yourselves feel better by calling them cheaters.

  92. Mort gets used by Kensil. Now radio silence.

    ESPN keeps carrying NFL water. Anybody who takes their NFL “news” without understanding their inherent conflict of interest is wearing blinders.

  93. The Patriots are attempting to put as many people as they can on the Grassy Knoll to assassinate Tom Brady to confuse the issue. Brady didn’t cheat for one game. Forget the ideal gas law. Do you actually think Brady would let air out of balls to see what would happen? No…this was a well executed plot over many years, colluding with multiple Patriot employees in an attempt to create an advantage by tampering with the balls after the refs have certified them.

    Brady isn’t the only one that needs to take their punishment like a man, so do their fans.

  94. I have to apologize to everyone.

    I was looking forward to hearing what Chris Mortensen had to say on WEEI. However, this morning I stepped on what I thought was a disgusting, worthless slug on my sidewalk. Come to find out it was indeed Chris Mortensen.

  95. The issue I have is the truth is getting lost in the hatred people like you refuse to see. One truth is the fact that teams like the Colts have had as many as 6 cheat episodes and have NEVER been punished. Yet the Pats get punished every time. I just want an even playing field. Yes my team has cheated and were punished (spygate) Also the Chargers were fined for ball doctoring and being evasive and there was no investigation no asking Phillip Rivers for his phone. Either the NFL should admit they were wrong then or give the Pats the same treatment as the Chargers

  96. Ok then explain this to me the Colts have committed 6 infractions and have never been punished. The Ravens have 7 and have been punished once. Odd that they are the two teams hardest after the Pats. The Jets have more infractions in the Bellichek era and no one whines about them. You see I base my opinion on fact not jealousy

  97. You are right the truth is indefensible. The truth is the league has been very inconsistent in many ways regarding disciplining. Their track record shows other teams being punished less severely if at all for similar infractions to the Pats. it shows teams that have committed more infractions like the Colts never being punished. So explain that to me.

  98. LOL – you’re like a kid pointing at their sibling in order to get out of punishment…”but he did it too!”

  99. NE wants the focus to be on Lee Harvey Deflator, whose text messages were discovered to take down Camelot Brady. Instead they shift the focus per Bellichek direction to Chris Mortenson on the Grassy Knoll with the ideal gas law.

  100. The focus needs to be put on Kensil, the guy that worked for the Jets for 20+ years that is at the root of this whole thing.

    Also, Kensil needs to be punished for at least being “generally aware” that the deflated footballs would “more probably than not” be used in the AFC championship game.

  101. M-I-K-E K-E-N-S-I-L how has this guy stayed under the rug? He was out for revenge and started a sting operation. It was run with the skill of a 1st grade student.

  102. OK you don’t get it I am the adult pointing out that the NFL set the precedent for punishment regarding football doctoring and being evasive they set the precedent so either follow it or inform the Pats that you won’t be don’t ambush them like they did all that does is show the integrity or lack there of. All a man really has is his word the NFL doesn’t even have that

  103. The man is a lousy reporter if he reports incorrect things. End of story. I worked for 15 years as a reporter. It does happen. But you are obliged to correct them. A source that burns you isn’t a source worth keeping.

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