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Six months later, Mortensen deletes inaccurate Deflategate tweet

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On January 20, Chris Mortensen of ESPN tweeted that 11 of the 12 footballs used by the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game were under-inflated by two pounds of pressure per square inch. That report was incorrect.

So Mortensen deleted the tweet. Unfortunately, he waited more than six months to do so.

As of early this morning, we noted that Mortensen’s incorrect tweet was still live. And then we noticed later this morning that the tweet is gone. Presumably, Mortensen decided at some point in the last few hours to delete his tweet, although he hasn’t explained it publicly.

To his credit, Mortensen has admitted that the tweet was a mistake. But as many people have learned when they tweeted something and then wished they could take it back, just deleting a mistake doesn’t make it go away. Mortensen’s tweet (“NFL has found that 11 of the Patriots footballs used in Sunday’s AFC title game were under-inflated by 2 lbs each, per league sources”) still lives in the many news stories that quoted it. And Mortensen’s tweet was used for months to shape the Deflategate story. Even though PFT and others cast doubt on the report almost immediately, and even though the Patriots pleaded with the league office to correct the record, official confirmation that the balls were not as under-inflated as Mortensen’s source claimed didn’t come until the Wells Report was released months later.

That’s been one of the maddening things about the whole Deflategate mess: Accurate information has been hard to come by, and the gaps have been filled with inaccurate information.

Mortensen’s “2 lbs each” tweet was one of the big pieces of inaccurate information. It’s now off Mortensen’s Twitter timeline, long after the damage was done.

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208 Responses to “Six months later, Mortensen deletes inaccurate Deflategate tweet”
  1. shadywarrior says: Aug 4, 2015 12:00 PM

    At least nobody was hurt…

  2. 12coltsfan12 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:00 PM

    Christian Fauria from WEEI radio in Boston convinced him to take the lie down.

    Kensil must be mad. That was his stain after all…

  3. johnlink00 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:00 PM

    Guess someone FINALLY taught him how to use Twitter today.

  4. rolf1015 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:00 PM

    What about his other follow up tweets:

    @mortreport
    Yes, they were within regulation and remained within regulation RT @Jeronimo63: Were the Colts footballs ever checked?

  5. mars1259 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:01 PM

    Because he is a league office lackey…..6 months of a lie, anything to tarnish the Pats….Czar Goodell gave him the ok to delete the tweet this morning.

  6. imodan says: Aug 4, 2015 12:01 PM

    WEEI is claiming that Christian Fauria spoke with Mort this morning and Mort asked him if he should delete the tweet. If this is true Fauria has some pretty influential contacts if after all this time it was his opinion that swayed Mort to delete.

  7. hairpie2 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:02 PM

    Is there anything we can call these other than “tweets?”

  8. routerunner says: Aug 4, 2015 12:03 PM

    Oh please, like this matters. Since when have facts gotten in the way of people looking to make excuses or tear down others?

  9. cross300 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:04 PM

    Way to be proactive Mort. It’s a little too late to put the fake Genie back into the bottle. But nice try.

  10. bostonsportsrock says: Aug 4, 2015 12:04 PM

    Too little too late ! How about a retraction and really blow this wide open.. Give up the source(s)! Take em down!

  11. DrinkingTheDeliciousTearsOfTheHaters says: Aug 4, 2015 12:04 PM

    Christian Fauria: Now the most powerful man in sports reporting.

  12. mattwalshvideo says: Aug 4, 2015 12:04 PM

    Tom Shady destroyed his phone.

    One of the ballboys stole the balls after they were checked and went into a bathroom with them.

    One of those ballboys called himself the “deflator”

    End of story, Tom Shady and the deflatriots are serial cheaters.

  13. ibelievebrady says: Aug 4, 2015 12:05 PM

    You take your car in for an oil change. When you pick the car up, you notice a small dent on the passenger side door. You’re pretty sure it’s new, but you didn’t really look at the door before you took your car in. You ask your neighbor and his best recollection is the dent HAS been there for months. You decide to look into the matter anyways. After some research you are able to find out who worked on your car. He was alone with your car for a period of time. After getting access to his txt messages you find a few txts he exchanged with a co-worker talking about using a crowbar to work on a car. You then find a single txt from 7 months before where the worker txts a colleague and calls himself “The Hammer”.

    The auto shop manager is suspended from his job without pay for 3 months. The auto shop is fined $1 million, and can’t perform oil changes for 2 months.

    This is Deflategate if you take away Mort’s report that created a national presumption of guilt.

  14. therealraider says: Aug 4, 2015 12:05 PM

    Get him!!

  15. notmanning says: Aug 4, 2015 12:05 PM

    Guilty.
    Ball boys fired.
    Deflator
    Slipping into a restroom with game balls
    The poor post game press conference
    The texts
    The destruction of the phone
    Looks like a duck.

  16. larryodavid says: Aug 4, 2015 12:05 PM

    The other one, stating the Colts balls were within regulation and remained within regulation, was also false, and remains up on Twitter.

    It sounded like he was saying he never took these down because he doesn’t know how to use Twitter. But he’s sent nearly 20K tweets. Is this the first one he ever deleted?

    Either he was lied to or he planted the fake info himself. I actually like Mort, and don’t believe he would have put this out there if the source was just some peon. It was most likely someone in the room, who knew the real numbers. Why is it so hard to say for Mort to say he was lied to by a league official and take down the tweet?

    Otherwise it is ruining his credibility and career.

  17. rob1729 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:05 PM

    I figured I would give PFT the exclusive. My 90 year old grandma was the one who showed Mort how to delete the text. She said it took him 12 attempts before he finally deleted it. Mort said, “The Internet is hard” every time he failed.

  18. kate773 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:06 PM

    The very definition of closing the barn door after the horse has run out.

    In this case the horse has been dog food since February.

  19. paulrevereshorse1775 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:06 PM

    PFT, in your January 25th article “NFL bears plenty of blame for #DeflateGate”, you note “As one league source has explained it to PFT, the football intercepted by Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson was roughly two pounds under the 12.5 PSI minimum.”

    The Wells report, on page 63, says that the Colts measured the intercepted ball and reported it to be approx. 11 psi. On page 65 of the Wells report, it was measured 3 times by league execs Alberto Riveron and James Daniel, and each time was below 12.0. On page 70 of the Wells Report, the 3 measurements are listed to be 11.45, 11.35, and 11.75.

    That’s nowhere near the 2 pounds under minimum of 12.5 that PFT’s league source told PFT.

    Could PFT please ask their league source why they said 2 pounds under the 12.5 PSI Minimum? Maybe then we can get to the bottom of this.

  20. dan1756 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:06 PM

    Finally Mort does the right thing!! I think PFT’s strong reporting on this issue played a role.

  21. stevensd420 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:07 PM

    Next time on TMZ: Mortensen seen taking Brady to lunch to apologize for inaccurate tweet made six months.

  22. sluggoseam says: Aug 4, 2015 12:07 PM

    Too late. His report shaped public opinion against the Patriots and damaged Brady’s rep..he doesn’t think his mis report was a big deal in the overall scheme of things but as has been noted, every media outlet used those hard numbers to absolutely convict the Pats. I saw every member of NFL Live tossing around an underinflated football, ripping into Brady about how he was now a cheater and what an unfair advantage this is. You had Joe Montana ripping into him based on Mort’s numbers of 2lbs under the limit and it’s all completely false. What a travesty!

  23. dickshotdogs says: Aug 4, 2015 12:07 PM

    I mean this, now. Tom Brady truly needs to be exonerated and The Patriots must be given back their draft picks and the $1,000,000 they were fined. It’s the right thing to do.

  24. kate773 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:07 PM

    Meanwhile, ESPN still has the full article up.

  25. jjk26 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:07 PM

    It only took 19000+ tweets to figure out how to delete 1.

  26. pixelito says: Aug 4, 2015 12:07 PM

    Yeah! They were under-inflated by only 1.6 lbs per square inch

  27. brady2gronktd says: Aug 4, 2015 12:08 PM

    Mort deleted his credibility along with that tweet..

  28. celticsforever says: Aug 4, 2015 12:09 PM

    Mort’s integrity as a journalist is shot. I would not believe a thing this guys says. Ever. He was barely tolerable before deflategate. I’ll flip over to the “watching paint dry channel” when he comes on. Mort & A-Rod are about even in the integrity department.

  29. disorien says: Aug 4, 2015 12:09 PM

    Godell has led the NFL into a travesty with this fake scandal. He needs to be held accountable

  30. pftcommetertoo says: Aug 4, 2015 12:09 PM

    Mortensen’s terribly incorrect article is still on ESPN as well as several other incorrect tweets.

  31. rcosborne59 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:10 PM

    Thanks a lot Mort. The damage has been done you NFL butt boy.

  32. bigbits2 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:10 PM

    It’s already been mission accomplished for the NFL that decided on the same night as the afccg that the Patriots would be guilty by any and all means necessary.

    Now if Goodel and Pash continue to play games, we at least know Kraft has the stones to release their emails to the public.
    And no doubt there are more with regard to the obvious biased investigation that speaks to Goodell being the wrong choice to oversee the appeal.

  33. grogantomorgan says: Aug 4, 2015 12:11 PM

    Hack reporter at best, no credibility ! Wow, I just described most ESPN flunkies !

    Nothing here folks

  34. northeastkiller says: Aug 4, 2015 12:11 PM

    The Wells Report and everything that followed it – “The Deflator is because he’s fat,” Brady’s disappearing phone – still happens with or without the tweet. This drama around the tweet is overhyped nonsense.

  35. tb12x4 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:11 PM

    that tie looks tight on morts fat head…..

    getting worried he will be called to court then he will have to disclose…

    brady will be under center sept 10th book it

  36. sportsguy3434 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:12 PM

    Mort, Brian Williams is on line 1. You should do a show together.

  37. hoit624 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:12 PM

    Don’t let accurate information get in the way of a good story. I’ve lost all respect for Mort (not that there was much there in the first place) and have completely lost confidence in The Mother Ship.

  38. redrew says: Aug 4, 2015 12:12 PM

    Bill Simmons is back….and his Twitter account has single handedly forced Mort’s hand. Simmons is a genius and ESPN is just plain pathetic

  39. jlpats says: Aug 4, 2015 12:13 PM

    The NFL finally told mort to take down the blatantly inaccurate tweet because Goodell couldn’t get anymore mileage out of it and it was starting to backfire on the NFL

  40. 12coltsfan12 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:14 PM

    OK, MORT, how about next you do a story explaining WHY this source would have given you this fake info?
    something like:
    “Anonymous source, a high placed NFL front office official, fed me bad information to unfairly tarnish Patriots before SB”

  41. carloswlassiter says: Aug 4, 2015 12:15 PM

    Why even bother at this point? Mort might be even dumber than he appears on TV.

  42. imodan says: Aug 4, 2015 12:15 PM

    Mort doesn’t want to be but he IS the story now. He has one way and one way only to repair his reputation. Become an honest reporter and blow this sting up. Take down the NFL Mort and there’s a Pulitzer Prize waiting for you.

  43. gcusack08 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:16 PM

    I bet The Deflator was the source of that false info!

    That’s right….in an epic conspiracy to make the NFL look bad, James “The Deflator” McNally sent Mortensen the false info!

    And then he exchanged text messages calling himself “The Deflator” and talking about all the $$$ memorabilia he would get from Tom Brady for deflating footballs….just to sell the story!

    And then he told the Patriots to release an absolutely absurd report explaining that he was fat and called himself The Deflator because he wanted to lose some weight.

    Who really owns the Patriots? Is it Robert Kraft…? Or is it THE DEFLATOR?

  44. zanboo says: Aug 4, 2015 12:17 PM

    Mort was only forced into this by hia loss of credibility.

    Brady should include Mort in the $300 million defamation suite Donald Trump said he should file.

    His report as noted did enormous damage to Brady’s reputation.

  45. faulkana says: Aug 4, 2015 12:17 PM

    Mort is a coward!

    The greatest QB ever to play the game has been tar-and-feathered due to Mortensen’s lack of decency.

    How can he sit by and watch as this travesty unfolds? How can he know what he has done, and decide not to be a man and fix it? Even if that means finding a new job after he is canned by ESPN.

    Stand up Mort! There are much more important things in life than employment. Self respect for one.

  46. bullcharger says: Aug 4, 2015 12:18 PM

    The NFL should have just fined the Patriots for ball tampering with no investigation and left Brady alone. Would have saved a lot of hassle and made the league look a lot better. Something equivalent to what they fined Atlanta.

    I think the NFL wanted the investigation thinking they would open up Pandora’s box of cheating, but there wasn’t anything other than the few texts they found regarding deflation. Turns out Belichick is just a good coach.

  47. whywerule says: Aug 4, 2015 12:18 PM

    I wonder why Goodell, Kensil and Vincent ordered Mort to delete the tweet at this time. I really do not think Goodell et al ordering Mort to delete the tweet will impact the Judges meeting with the NFL and NFLPA one way or the other.

  48. kissmyrings says: Aug 4, 2015 12:18 PM

    Mort’s knowledge of balls has clearly been lacking…

  49. pats777 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:18 PM

    Too late, damage is done. Will this detraction be the opening headline on the Nightly News on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, SportsCenter, etc? Will this detraction give the Pats back their $1 million, draft picks and starting QB for week 1? Nope, the puppet’s work is done. Same smear campaign garbage as Spygate. Boston Herald falsely reports the Pats were taping practices of other teams but buries the retraction on page 37 a mere 6 months later. Damage done. Kraft should sue the pants off these slandering buffoons.

  50. jetfanfolife says: Aug 4, 2015 12:21 PM

    **

    NEW ENGLAND DEFLATRIOTS!!!!

    **

  51. pastabelly says: Aug 4, 2015 12:22 PM

    This is why people like Mike Florio and Bill Simmons no longer work with ESPN.

    We know how Simmons feels and here is a quote from the founder of ProFootballTalk over six years ago. That was before ESPN was “owned” by Roger Goodell.

    “I was working too many hours, the money from ESPN.com wasn’t great and the editorial oversight was stifling,” Florio said.

    I do like Adam Schefter and Mike Reiss, but the ESPN operation is too owned for serious fans.

  52. redrew says: Aug 4, 2015 12:22 PM

    Simmons gets his revenge.
    ESPN blinks.
    Mort is once again a pawn

  53. nhstateline says: Aug 4, 2015 12:22 PM

    From now on he should be referred to by the name of Chris “Useful Idiot” Mortensen. The tweet served its purpose thus, like Mort himself who will find out in time that his credibility ended with this tweet and it staying up for months, like his career itself. The NFL doesn’t need him anymore and will soon have ESPN ship him out.

  54. i802cool says: Aug 4, 2015 12:23 PM

    I think Deadspin has summarized this nicely:
    “To a point, Mortensen’s explanation is completely believable. But it ignores a whole lot of important context that should have left him a lot more skeptical: that information was flowing from the league office with all of its obvious biases, that the process by which the league measured PSI was highly suspect and closer to a second grade science project than a rigorous examination, that Roger Goodell’s NFL has shown a penchant for interpreting evidence in the harshest possible light so as to feed its zealous punishment apparatus.

    And the only mea culpa Mortensen offers—that he should’ve corrected his mistake on Twitter—is incredibly weak. For starters, the false information is still in his news story about the event, not “clarified and corrected” as he maintains. While he may have changed the “descriptive tone” of his reports afterwards to “significantly under inflated,” that doesn’t unring the bell of his original report.”

  55. seahawkboymike says: Aug 4, 2015 12:24 PM

    larryodavid says:

    The other one, stating the Colts balls were within regulation and remained within regulation, was also false, and remains up on Twitter.
    ———————————————————-
    It is not false. All the Colts balls that were tested were within regulation. 11 of the Pats balls that were tested were well below regulation. Those are indisputable facts. Please go back and read the commissioners decision on Brady’s upheld suspension.

  56. davehamgood says: Aug 4, 2015 12:24 PM

    So it’s gone,never happened ,RIGHT.

    * NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS THE WORLD’S TEAM !

  57. paulrevereshorse1775 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:25 PM

    I was reading Kelli Naqi’s story this morning about the unmarked kicking ball be introduced….she said she had 4 league sources……the story includes this:

    “One source said Kensil personally checked the PSI (pounds per square inch) levels of all 12 footballs the Patriots had for use on offense and found that 11 of those 12 were underinflated by “one to two pounds.””

  58. duke2016 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:27 PM

    seahawkboy…read the facts…larry david is correct!!!

  59. DrinkingTheDeliciousTearsOfTheHaters says: Aug 4, 2015 12:27 PM

    On a side note he did state he hopes Brady wins in court. He’s also stated he spoke with Kraft. He was trying to cover for Kensil and keep an inside source.

    Unfortunately for Mort Kensil used him to forward his anti-Patriot agend with misinformation.

    I’m looking even harder at Kensil for abusing his position to malign a team and coach he hates. Instead of working for the League and it’s 32 clubs he went rogue.

    If Goodell really did have any control over that office, he would tell Kensil, “YOUR the one in big effing trouble!”

  60. swagger52 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:27 PM

    Finally!

    We need to get beyond the analysis of 11 balls in one game I wish somebody would research what the Delfater knows, his relationship with Brady, and what he was doing in the bathroom with the balls, and how long he had been doing that.

  61. hehateme2 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:27 PM

    Foxboro, you only get 1 cover up. You’ve already played that card..

    Deal with it.

  62. cmj0121 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:27 PM

    Six months later, Tom Brady is still a cheater.

  63. j0esixpack says: Aug 4, 2015 12:28 PM

    Erroneous
    Sports
    Propaganda
    Network

    Now, is it too much to ask that Mort and ESPN at least put a LITTLE BIT of effort into investigating WHY their “multiple NFL sources” confirmed and reconfirmed information that they KNEW was false and was fanning the flames of frenzy over this false scandal?

    The REAL scandal clearly involves Goodell, his minions, and the NFL owners who clearly WANTED the Patriots to be publicly tarred and feathered for something that NEVER HAPPENED

    Why? Possibly because Goodell was called a liar by a US District Court judge when he asserted he was the ONE person in the Universe who didn’t realize Ray Rice beat his girlfriend unconscious – thus THAT’S why he only imposed a 2 game suspension. (Note: Goodell REFUSED to give up his personal cellphone in that investigation.)

    Goodell desperately needed a story to show him as a good guy – and all the former Jets staff at 345 Park Avenue (FBI – take note of the address now that you’re done with FIFA) were more than happy to fabricate a scandal.

    Ultimately it’s the OWNERS who bear responsibility for empowering Goodell to abuse his position, tarnish the shield, and undermine the integrity of the game.

    This is THEIR mess and they will refuse to allow themselves to be investigated and will likely rally around their Commissioner who does their bidding.

  64. rockobrown says: Aug 4, 2015 12:28 PM

    Who cares if it was 2 psi or 1. The fact, yes fact, is Brady was communicating with the ball boys on dialing in his ideal ball pressure.

    Why would he text them the day after the AFC title game to see if they were OK, when he said he didn’t even talk to them?

    Why would he destroy his phone the day he was to meet with investigators?

    It is sad that NE fans want to cling to whatever they can to overcome the fact that their team cheats.

    They may get off on a technicality but everyone else knows they are cheaters.

  65. honkerdawg says: Aug 4, 2015 12:28 PM

    This is typical of reporters from ESPN. Inaccurate reports and this morning on Mike & Mike, Sal P is intimidating that race is playing a part in Eagle trades. We have enough problems on this subject in this country without ESPN innuendo. Why don’t they just report facts, oh yeah that won’t boost ratings and make them relevant

  66. flash1287 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:29 PM

    ————-
    It is not false. All the Colts balls that were tested were within regulation. 11 of the Pats balls that were tested were well below regulation. Those are indisputable facts. Please go back and read the commissioners decision on Brady’s upheld suspension.

    Wrong seahawkloserboy. Maybe you should go back and read the Wells report.

  67. swagger52 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:29 PM

    Carrying the water for the Patriots as usual. Rather than tracking down Chris Mortenson for 6 months, they should track down the ball boys for 1 day.

  68. tmcb7 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:30 PM

    Ask for a comment, Jerry Jones says what a fantastic job Chris Mortenson has done and continues to do for the NFL… I find it deplorable how the nfl, and now espn, choose to either ignore inacuracy’s or hammer incignificant details to form their own agenda. What ever happend to integrity in reporting and consequences when those guidlines are not followed? Between Goodell, ESPN and now Mortenson… i don’t trust any of them.

  69. nhpats says: Aug 4, 2015 12:31 PM

    mattwalshvideo says:
    Aug 4, 2015 12:04 PM
    Tom Shady destroyed his phone.

    One of the ballboys stole the balls after they were checked and went into a bathroom with them.

    One of those ballboys called himself the “deflator”

    End of story, Tom Shady and the deflatriots are serial cheaters.

    ——————

    You team still stinks.

  70. westsiiide says: Aug 4, 2015 12:32 PM

    “That’s been one of the maddening things about the whole Deflategate mess”

    Other maddening things:
    1) People care at all
    2) People pretend to be Columbo regarding PSI and texts
    3) Roger Goodell is focused on this and ignoring brain damage
    4) Patriots season ticket holders aren’t getting 25% off from the NFL while being served a diluted product.

  71. fartsmella says: Aug 4, 2015 12:32 PM

    Mort is a few fries short of a Happy Meal.

  72. 2001asterisk2003asterisk2004asterisk2014asterisk says: Aug 4, 2015 12:32 PM

    Patriots must be innocent then.

  73. wannabeqb says: Aug 4, 2015 12:32 PM

    richndc says:
    Aug 4, 2015 12:17 PM

    What?!?! In a rush to get the story out fast, a reporter repeated some unverified information? Unheard of? This means with 100% certainty that neither Brady or the Patriots did anything wrong. Why can’t everyone realize this???? ,,,,so says every simpleton Pats* fan alive.
    =======================

    It was verified by other NFL sources, that’s the point. It shows that this was never about a small equipment violation. It was about members (plural) of the league office deliberately leaking inaccurate information in order to create the impression that the Patriots were involved in a conspiracy.

    If the truth had been announced “some of the Pats and Colts balls slightly below regulation, probably explained by environmental conditions”. Trolls would be the same but NOTHING would have happened because real people would shrug it off as unimportant.

  74. chuckshontaspads says: Aug 4, 2015 12:33 PM

    Now if we can just delete..Goodell, Kensil, Vincent, Pash, Giardi, Wells, Grigson, Irsay, Biscotti, Harbaugh..ETC..ETC.. ETC..theis will become the biggest scandal in NFL history

  75. swagger52 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:33 PM

    The deniers are at it again…

    Instead of placing Chris Mortenson on the grassy knoll, they should spend more time on Lee Harvey Deflater taking out Tom Camelot.

  76. louisianimal28 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:34 PM

    Whether it was 2 Lbs or 2 oz under inflated is under inflated. Cheating is cheating doesn’t matter the degree of cheating.

  77. hairpie2 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:34 PM

    ***rockobrown says:
    Aug 4, 2015 12:28 PM
    Who cares if it was 2 psi or 1. The fact, yes fact, is Brady was communicating with the ball boys on dialing in his ideal ball pressure.

    Why would he text them the day after the AFC title game to see if they were OK, when he said he didn’t even talk to them?

    Why would he destroy his phone the day he was to meet with investigators?

    It is sad that NE fans want to cling to whatever they can to overcome the fact that their team cheats.

    They may get off on a technicality but everyone else knows they are cheaters.***

    If we are asking “why” then “why” would Brady print out the PSI rule and have Jastremski give it to the ref before the game to make sure he was aware of the proper inflation limits if he was going to cheat?

  78. mmack66 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:35 PM

    I hear that Oliver Stone has a new movie in the works. He is calling it NFL. It will be similar to JFK, but instead of dealing with the assassination of a president, it will deal with the assassination of the character of a football player. Strangely, most of the other elements of the two films will fairly similar.

  79. pwellz says: Aug 4, 2015 12:36 PM

    Kinda too late….deleteing it now was pointless.

  80. steelerben says: Aug 4, 2015 12:37 PM

    So, the NFL drummed up a controversy that completely took the Domestic Violence narrative out of the media by feeding false information to ESPN. Shocking.

    Notice how we aren’t talking about woman beaters anymore, but instead talking about football inflation and Chris Mortensen?

    Mission accomplished.

  81. joenowlan says: Aug 4, 2015 12:38 PM

    Reminds me of a movie line:

    “What is The Turk paying you to set up my father, Captain?”

  82. truckinmack says: Aug 4, 2015 12:38 PM

    Mortensen is just another example of why the public has grown jaded of the news media. Even the sports news media where one might hope to find innocence and honesty.

    Reporters lie. They lie to hurt people. They lie to get headlines. They lie to get attention and to get pay raises. They lie to be part of the in crowd; to be popular.

    It is a sad fact of life that even though a reporter, like Mortensen, is paid to tell us the truth, he is really being paid to spray gasoline, protect a lie and damage someone’s reputation. (But that someone is rich and successful, so it’s okay.)

  83. imodan says: Aug 4, 2015 12:38 PM

    mattwalshvideo says:
    Aug 4, 2015 12:04 PM

    Tom Shady destroyed his phone.

    One of the ballboys stole the balls after they were checked and went into a bathroom with them.

    One of those ballboys called himself the “deflator”

    End of story, Tom Shady and the deflatriots are serial cheaters.
    ———————————————————
    Like Mort you’re going to bring this opinion to your coffin. There’s no possible way you will ever allow yourself to even question the leagues integrity or more so allow that Brady did nothing wrong. That’s your prerogative but seems like a silly thing to hang onto.

  84. nepatriot1 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:39 PM

    notmanning says:
    Aug 4, 2015 12:05 PM
    Guilty.
    Ball boys fired.
    Deflator
    Slipping into a restroom with game balls
    The poor post game press conference
    The texts
    The destruction of the phone
    Looks like a duck.
    ——————————-
    Only if you read the headlines and not the actual information in the reports. Or you don’t understand the information. Or you don’t want to knowledge the data. Then ya, you can make up any story you want to.

  85. yawkey25 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:39 PM

    Not good enough Mort. He needs to go on ESPN and publicly apologize as does ESPN themselves for not priducing accurate and timely info on this or nothing at all. ESPN is just as bad as the NFL on this one

  86. letsgobuffalo4 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:40 PM

    Who cares what initial report was? Do you all know how many ‘reports’ are inaccurate?!?! How about all the lies the patriots organization have spewed- do we talk about that? “oh deflator is a weight term”…….”oh wait no its just b/c he deflates the balls before they are checked”. The point is it doesnt matter what public opinion is. We dont decide if he is guilty or not. goodell does. And now a court will. So why do we keep deflecting the real issue- was there cheating- to some stupid report? Tom Brady also said he didnt know who the ball boy was but specifically asks about him in a text, so he lied too. Big deal. Keep deflecting Pats fans- its not Morts report that made tom brady guilty lol. If thats your biggest argument then good luck.

  87. redrew says: Aug 4, 2015 12:40 PM

    “…..a league office drunk on power, overwhelmed by prejudice……” Dan Wetzel, Yahoo Sports

    “Roger Goodell’s NFL has shown a penchant for interpreting evidence in the harshest possible light so as to feed its zealous punishment apparatus….” Deadspin

  88. qbarrel says: Aug 4, 2015 12:42 PM

    Geez, why now Mort? If we didn’t already have the impression that you were easily influenced by the NFL, we sure as heck have the impression now that you are easily influenced by just about everything and everyone. To take this down now after months and months of leaving it out there to erroneously shape public perception just makes it look like you have no conviction and that your actions are dictated by the temperature of your seat.

    You may want to consider a career change at this point. Objective journalism apparently isn’t your thing.

  89. rolf1015 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:44 PM

    seahawkboymike says:
    Aug 4, 2015 12:24 PM
    It is not false. All the Colts balls that were tested were within regulation. 11 of the Pats balls that were tested were well below regulation. Those are indisputable facts. Please go back and read the commissioners decision on Brady’s upheld suspension
    _________________
    If you read the Wells Report, you will see that all the Colts balls also lost PSI. This brings us back to the gauge issue – on one of the gauges 3 of the 4 Colts balls were under the 12.5 limit.

    And keep in mind:
    – The Colts balls started at a higher point (likely 13.0)
    – The Colts balls were measured at the END OF HALFTIME, which means they sat in a warm room for most of the half and naturally regained PSI

    (i.e. the refs only had time to check 4 of the 12 Colts balls as the second half was about to start)

  90. SteveQuinn19 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:44 PM

    ESPN, and Mortensen, are in the business of making news, not reporting it. There’s a lot of difference in 11 balls being under inflated versus the 1 ball that actually was 1.6 pounds under the minimum. This entire saga was created by Mortensen and, pardon the pun, over inflated.

    I tuned this entire fiasco out after the SB because I felt it was much ado about nothing. This report of Mortensen surreptitiously deleting his tweet just further cements my opinion. Mortensen owes every sports fan an apology for creating a furor over nothing.

    He’s a hack and ESPN is STILL a trash sports network.

  91. dsigrey says: Aug 4, 2015 12:45 PM

    The toothpaste is already out of the tube…

  92. letsgobuffalo4 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:46 PM

    wannabeqb says:
    Aug 4, 2015 12:32 PM

    Did fans jump on this b/c of the 2psi thing? yes. Does that have ANY relevance to the actual case? no. The truth came out, it wasnt a completely accurate report. But thats why they call it a REPORT. It doesnt have to be true. I read a report that said “Dez and cowboys not close to a deal”, the next day they made a deal. Lets all go nuts on that guy. To us 2 PSI is worse than .5, to the NFL .5 is just as bad as 2 because both are ILLEGAL. There were two teams complaining of illegal deflation and then the balls were found UNDER the legal limit. There HAD to be an investigation. And not this isnt ‘equipment violation’. That term is meant for wearing unapproved colored shoes or pink gloves- which is a $15Kfine. This is a case of CHEATING- not wearing the wrong color shoes which has no affect on the game. Please Pats fans, stop being ignorant and saying “its equipment violation- $25K fine”.

  93. nepatriot1 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:47 PM

    seahawkboymike says:
    Aug 4, 2015 12:24 PM
    larryodavid says:

    The other one, stating the Colts balls were within regulation and remained within regulation, was also false, and remains up on Twitter.
    ———————————————————-
    It is not false. All the Colts balls that were tested were within regulation. 11 of the Pats balls that were tested were well below regulation. Those are indisputable facts. Please go back and read the commissioners decision on Brady’s upheld suspension.
    —————————-
    3 of 4 were low, fact. This is one of the great mysteries in this sham. How did you not measure all of the colts balls when you found at least 75% of theirs low? Hogwash.

  94. tigerlilac says: Aug 4, 2015 12:48 PM

    This is the football equivalent of the statues of Sadaam being ripped down.

  95. rukkus1 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:51 PM

    hairpie2 says:Aug 4, 2015 12:02 PM

    Is there anything we can call these other than “tweets?”
    .
    .
    .
    I suggest “twits”… it is similar to tweet. Plus it sums up what most people make themselves look like on twitter.

  96. afwhigs says: Aug 4, 2015 12:52 PM

    ibelievebrady says:
    Aug 4, 2015 12:05 PM
    You take your car in for an oil change. When you pick the car up, you notice a small dent on the passenger side door. You’re pretty sure it’s new, but you didn’t really look at the door before you took your car in. You ask your neighbor and his best recollection is the dent HAS been there for months. You decide to look into the matter anyways. After some research you are able to find out who worked on your car. He was alone with your car for a period of time. After getting access to his txt messages you find a few txts he exchanged with a co-worker talking about using a crowbar to work on a car. You then find a single txt from 7 months before where the worker txts a colleague and calls himself “The Hammer”.

    The auto shop manager is suspended from his job without pay for 3 months. The auto shop is fined $1 million, and can’t perform oil changes for 2 months.

    This is Deflategate if you take away Mort’s report that created a national presumption of guilt.
    ————————————————————

    But…but…the nickname!…”deflator”!…it…it’s proof…it’s called “deflategate” so that’s proof…!

  97. imodan says: Aug 4, 2015 12:53 PM

    swagger52 says:
    Aug 4, 2015 12:29 PM

    Carrying the water for the Patriots as usual. Rather than tracking down Chris Mortenson for 6 months, they should track down the ball boys for 1 day.
    ——————————————-
    Stop it, just stop now. Your argument is old, stale and moot. No tampering, no rule violation, no punishment. Tell me this Batman, if your beloved team was found to have not been involved at all would you sit idly by as it is docked a first and a fourth round draft pick? If your QB was accused and suspended four games even after it is found that there is no proof of the thing he was punished for? Please, stop…..move on. Just a matter of time before the league creates another story to take the publics mind of “deflategate”. If I were you I’d pray it isn’t your team.

  98. hairpie2 says: Aug 4, 2015 12:55 PM

    ***(i.e. the refs only had time to check 4 of the 12 Colts balls as the second half was about to start)***

    thats another hysterical piece to the puzzle…. the Colts balls were warming up and STILL 3-4 were illegal. So, the league wants us to think a fat 50 year old went into a tiny bathroom, not knowing he was being timed for anything, and deflated 11-12 balls…. (Why he didnt just do all 12, we’ll never know…. haters?) yet, the team of refs couldnt measure the pressure of the 12 Pats balls and 12 Colt balls in 20 minutes?????

  99. grogantomorgan says: Aug 4, 2015 12:57 PM

    Hey Mort you can go get some career advise now from Mike Tomase !

  100. befair2goodell says: Aug 4, 2015 12:59 PM

    Will you people get over it? The NFL is giving you all a lesson in managing public opinion, in any and all channels: conventional news, social media, public statements, you name it. All the great companies do this. They consistently shape the discussion to build the brand whether that is through education regarding its policies, generating debate to create multiple explanations of their policies and goals, or with excellent branding.
    Apple, GE, the NFL… if you are going to be the best then you MUST control the dialogue.
    Sit back, watch Roger Goodell and his staff at work, and take copious notes.

  101. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 4, 2015 1:00 PM

    “Is there anything we can call these other than “tweets?””

    If Mort’s the source, yes, you can call them lies.

  102. briguy5 says: Aug 4, 2015 1:01 PM

    “Thanks Mort. Now where do I go to get my reputation back?” – Tom Brady

  103. grumpyoleman says: Aug 4, 2015 1:01 PM

    Still surprising that nobody is complaining that the Indianapolis team was also using under-inflated balls that day.

  104. steelbreeze676 says: Aug 4, 2015 1:02 PM

    Unbelievable. Why bother now? This is what he will be remembered for, forever.

  105. staticphear says: Aug 4, 2015 1:03 PM

    My question is – Who are you paying to check the status of the tweet from 6 months ago continuously?

  106. afwhigs says: Aug 4, 2015 1:03 PM

    To those who think this isn’t a big deal (meaning that Mort’s initial tweet was completely false and the info was provided by “league sources”), just think about it for a moment. The NFL fed blatant misinformation to a reporter to create an anti-Patriots narrative.

    You may hate the Patriots (and I’m not a Pats fan) but that could be your team, someday. The NFL controls the information in these situations, and all it takes (apparently) is a personal vendetta on the part of an NFL official (Kensil) to create a huge, never-ending fiasco like this. It’s a dangerous precedent to set.

  107. larryodavid says: Aug 4, 2015 1:04 PM

    seahawkboymike says:
    Aug 4, 2015 12:24 PM
    larryodavid says:

    The other one, stating the Colts balls were within regulation and remained within regulation, was also false, and remains up on Twitter.
    ———————————————————-
    It is not false. All the Colts balls that were tested were within regulation. 11 of the Pats balls that were tested were well below regulation. Those are indisputable facts. Please go back and read the commissioners decision on Brady’s upheld suspension.

    ________________________________________

    I read the Wells report, I read the Pats rebuttal, I read the litigation filings. Was there any information in the commissioners decision that conflicted with any of those documents? Besides the wildy distracting and irrelevant part about Brady hucking his phone into an active volcano? Did he go back in time to collect new data? Given all we’ve heard and read from the commissioner, you trust what he says as facts? He never saw the Ray Rice video?

    Those facts are indisputably disputable. Fluctuations exist between gauges, thus you don’t know what the true numbers even are. Maybe if there was a third gauge you would have more confidence in what the real numbers are. No definitive answers on whether the low/high gauge was used to check inflation pre-game, or how accurate pre-game gauging even was. If you used the low gauge pre-game, the Pats balls were all significantly under, but they would have been incorrectly inflated and certified by the referee pregame, and 3/4 Colts balls were less than 12.5 psi. By the high gauge pregame, factoring in the gas laws, the Pats balls and Colts balls were both within predicted ranges (even the Wells report says this).

    Given all this, Morts tweet is wrong, since 3/4 Colts balls were below 12.5 on the low gauge. Just looking at the numbers on the Wells sheet, there is no way to argue that Mort was not given false information if his source saw the halftime PSI readings.

  108. hairpie2 says: Aug 4, 2015 1:07 PM

    ***grumpyoleman says:
    Aug 4, 2015 1:01 PM
    Still surprising that nobody is complaining that the Indianapolis team was also using under-inflated balls that day.***

    Apparently 75% deflated isnt enough to warrant investigation or continued measuring.
    “Hey guys, 3-4 of the Colts balls im measuring are low….”

    “Better stop measuring then….”

  109. tsmith7777dingbat123456 says: Aug 4, 2015 1:08 PM

    So, let’s review what the judge is going to see here.

    * A false report from the NFL with inaccurate data with malicious intent that started this controversy.
    * The fact that the ball was never measured before the game
    * a $5,000,000 investigation that provided faulty science and omitted relevant facts
    * Several independent investigations that have proven via ideal gas laws that the football likely deflated due to weather conditions
    * an NFL official who confirms that footballs can have leaks
    * leaks to the media from the NFL Brady destroyed his phone after the NFL told him they didn’t need his phone
    * a partisan arbitrator in the appeal [which is a breach of contract]
    * a fine that far exceeds the $25,000 fine that is supposed to be imposed for a PSI level infraction [another breach of contract]
    * no evidence that there were any intentionally deflated balls, and no evidence that Brady directed anyone to deflate the balls under the legal limit.

    Anyone who calls himself a lawyer who claims that this is an “uphill battle” for Brady, is a lawyer that is speaking with his bias and emotion, not with his legal knowledge or logic.

    The question isn’t whether Brady is innocent. He is definitely innocent. The question is whether the NFL bought the judge that is hearing this case. If not, then Brady wins

  110. flash1287 says: Aug 4, 2015 1:10 PM

    letsgobuffalo4 says:
    Aug 4, 2015 12:46 PM
    wannabeqb says:
    Aug 4, 2015 12:32 PM

    Did fans jump on this b/c of the 2psi thing? yes. Does that have ANY relevance to the actual case? no. The truth came out, it wasnt a completely accurate report. But thats why they call it a REPORT. It doesnt have to be true. I read a report that said “Dez and cowboys not close to a deal”, the next day they made a deal. Lets all go nuts on that guy. To us 2 PSI is worse than .5, to the NFL .5 is just as bad as 2 because both are ILLEGAL. There were two teams complaining of illegal deflation and then the balls were found UNDER the legal limit. There HAD to be an investigation. And not this isnt ‘equipment violation’. That term is meant for wearing unapproved colored shoes or pink gloves- which is a $15Kfine. This is a case of CHEATING- not wearing the wrong color shoes which has no affect on the game. Please Pats fans, stop being ignorant and saying “its equipment violation- $25K fine”.

    But the .5 psi can easily be explained by the IGL but people like you ignore that. You also ignore the fact that the Wells report believed EVERYTHING Andeson said except for which gauge he used. When if they did believe him like they did EVERYTHING else then there is no controversy.

    But here are a couple of questions for you letsgobuffalo.

    Why would Brady have JJ bring a copy of the rules to the refs to show them what the correct PSI levels should be if they were planning on cheating? Why would they want to draw attention to themselves if they were going to do something wrong?

    And who did it on the road? The home team is responsible for the balls and the home team supplies the ball boys.
    Brady’s home and away stats are almost identical.

  111. nflexecutivesconstantlylie says: Aug 4, 2015 1:11 PM

    The court will uphold the league’s punishment and Brady’s reputation will be wrecked for good. There is little that can be done.

    I wish Frontline would do a story on the league.

  112. steviep23 says: Aug 4, 2015 1:12 PM

    So, someone is getting paid to sit there and check up on mort’s Twitter?

  113. boomerst3 says: Aug 4, 2015 1:13 PM

    I think Mort’s career took a hit. His legacy is tarnished. From now on, when he quotes a ‘reliable’ source, who in their right mind will take him seriously? In his rush to break a story, he ruined his reputation, with no regard to what his unfounded rumor could do to Tom Brady. I cannot imagine we will not all look at him with skepticism

  114. redrew says: Aug 4, 2015 1:14 PM

    Tom Brady will never negotiate a settlement with the NFL. When you are innocent, you don’t volunteer to serve two weeks in jail so the prosecution can save face.
    The only settlement talks will be about how much the NFL and ESPN will be paying Tom Brady and the NE Patriots for character assassination.

  115. letsgobuffalo4 says: Aug 4, 2015 1:15 PM

    imodan says:
    Aug 4, 2015 12:53 PM

    11 of 12 balls were found to be under inflated- so stop saying “there is no body”. The balls were found to be under inflated and there was an investigation which showed more evidence (yes the texts ARE evidence even tho you choose not to see that). Now at this point regardless of the gauges used there are still txts used at evidence. Now if you find some evidence naturally you want to keep diving, if u find those texts on WORK phones, well then common sense says there would be more on personal phones. And when Brady denies access then that pretty much seals the deal. If cops come to your house about a crime and want to check around and you refuse until they get a warrant, then they wont say “ok well then we’ll just move on”. They will get a warrant! And basically Goodell said ‘take the punishment or go to court where we have a warrant to search your phone’. Seems fair enough. Two teams complained about them, their ball boy refers to himself as the deflator, they open talked about hating tom and how strict he was about preparing balls, they suggested going to ESPN and then 11 of 12 balls are found under inflated. There is a case here, MAYBE its all a HUGE coincidence, but at the very least its something to get to the bottom of. And we will in court.

  116. j0esixpack says: Aug 4, 2015 1:15 PM

    Bottom line – this scandal is all about Roger Goodell and the owners – who recently came out and said they were concerned about Goodell looking weak, backing him up despite the developing FrameGate scandal.

    This dates back to last fall when Goodell was under fire for trying to tell you all he didn’t know Ray Rice beat his wife unconscious in the elevator – and although that fact was in the police report, the focus became whether Goodell had seen the video that TMZ so easily obtained

    Just remember that Goodell didn’t increase his suspension of Ray Rice beyond 2 games when HE saw the video – it was only when YOU saw the video for that he postured an incredulous “OH! If I’d known he hit her I would have been tougher!”

    THAT was the biggest headline heading into the playoffs and Roger needed to change that to protect his $40 million a year job.

    Enter Mike Kensil, an angry and embarrassed John Harbaugh, former Ravens executive and Colts GM Ryan Grigson, and all the other former Jets executives now working alongside Goodell with a ready made sting and scandal – set up to wait until HALFTIME of the Championship Game before they attempted to surprise the Patriots in a sting.

    The only problem? The footballs weren’t deflated.

    No problem. Just leak fabricated info to Mortensen to get the story going, then have Wells “assume” Anderson mis-remembered using the gauge that showed no deflation occurred, and have Jeff Pash edit the Wells Report further.

    So here we are. Goodell and the League have shown themselves to be the biggest threat to the Integrity of the Game and the Owners are hoping no one holds them responsible.

    This is Roger Goodell’s NFL

  117. defscottyb says: Aug 4, 2015 1:20 PM

    Patriots cheated for years so about time Karma caught up with them.

  118. jjackwagon says: Aug 4, 2015 1:24 PM

    Mort being inaccurate does not excuse Brady from withholding & destroying evidence.

  119. bryans49ers says: Aug 4, 2015 1:25 PM

    ESPN should be banned from all coverage of NFL games,news,etc.

  120. muffedpunts says: Aug 4, 2015 1:25 PM

    is it possible to be an accessory to a crime that wasn’t committed?

    the weight of all the evidence that’s not been discredited is that the balls started and ended within the legal range. therefore, no tampering took place.

    at least in this game.

    the deflator texts refer to other games, and suggest the deflation was to correct for refs over-inflating beyond the rules, and they were brought back within the rules — hard to construe that as cheating.

    still waiting for a single piece of evidence that anyone deliberately made them lower than that, wanted them lower than that, or would benefit if they were lower than that.

    boil it all away, and we’re left with nothing more than petty jealousy and personal animosity from around the league. the vanquished have no love for the vanquishers.

    if you can’t beat em, handicap them with suspensions and docked draft picks!

    ps. for anyone still asking about tweedle-dee/dumb, they’re not fired, they’re suspended, and the obvious reason is they engaged in a black market of autographed merchandise, which exposed the ugly underbelly of how favors are repaid in the nfl.

  121. mrmcdougle says: Aug 4, 2015 1:27 PM

    6 months later:

    The Pats balls were still deflated (beyond the effects of the ideal gas law).

    Tom Brady lied about his relationship with the Deflator.

    The Deflator lied about his sneaking the balls into a room with no cameras.

    Tom Brady destroyed his 4 month old phone the day leading up to the inquiry. Then, lied about his phone ‘protocol’. Knowing full well, in appeals, the NFL could apply spoliation sanctions.

    Mort sent out a tweet exaggerating the deflation.

    I think that covers it….

  122. pjflynn84 says: Aug 4, 2015 1:28 PM

    MORT JUST DESTROYED HIS TWEET!!!!!!

  123. The Truth says: Aug 4, 2015 1:30 PM

    Or we use the Patriots**** motto: if you can’t beat them film them and if that doesn’t work alter the balls for another advantage.

  124. herephishyphishy says: Aug 4, 2015 1:31 PM

    Quick, grab your touches and pitchforks lets go after that four letter network!

  125. tedwellsmustache says: Aug 4, 2015 1:32 PM

    All the Pats haters are scrambling now. They see all along they have been wrong this whole time – and yet, they will never admit it. Either that, or they simply are not smart enough to understand.

    I speak with people regularly about this, and it amazes me how much people do not know about this situation. They have no knowledge of the full details of the Wells Report, the Wells Context Report, or even Mort not correcting his story/admitting he was wrong.

    What people (who are not 100% knowledgeable about Deflategate) think:

    1. 11 of 12 balls were 2 PSI under inflated
    2. Ted Wells is right.
    3. Tom Brady destroyed his phone

    Goodell, coming from a PR background, has carefully released information to ESPN/the media to spin the story in his favor, while hiding the real facts in small font/footnotes on boring legal documents. He duped you all; try something different and think for yourself, once you’ve examined ALL the facts – and not just the facts that help your agenda.

  126. weepingjebus says: Aug 4, 2015 1:34 PM

    Spoliation of evidence, I assume Mortensen has turned over his phones.

  127. mogogo1 says: Aug 4, 2015 1:35 PM

    Kind of amazing how in control the NFL is of the major media. Mort and Peter King were also totally used by the league during the Ray Rice deal. Remember how they both stated the league had seen the elevator tape and if the public saw it they’d understand why the suspension had only been 2 games?

    Every scandal the league feeds these guys the party line and when it turns out it was all a lie they just say “but the source had been reliable before” and go on to repeat the whole process again another day.

  128. wk1234 says: Aug 4, 2015 1:38 PM

    notmanning says:

    Guilty.
    Ball boys fired.
    Deflator
    Slipping into a restroom with game balls
    The poor post game press conference
    The texts
    The destruction of the phone
    Looks like a duck. *******************************
    Not Guilty
    Ball Boys suspended by request of NFL
    The “deflator” word used at picnic 8 months before
    Went into the bathroom to take a piss
    Press conference given when everybody thought the balls were 2 lbs of PSI lower.
    Texts ask for legal inflation…show rulebook to refs
    Replaced phone
    Looks Like a duck

  129. bullcharger says: Aug 4, 2015 1:40 PM

    northeastkiller says:
    Aug 4, 2015 12:11 PM

    The Wells Report and everything that followed it – “The Deflator is because he’s fat,” Brady’s disappearing phone – still happens with or without the tweet. This drama around the tweet is overhyped nonsense.

    ————

    No… not necessarily. The tweet went out before the investigation got so serious. The NFL might have been able to handle it in a low key way if the data that was released was accurate and it came with the science also to show that the balls were not really as far under the limit as they appeared.

    That tweet got the public mad, guys like the Bus and Brunell made defining comments and it was off to the races, even reaching CNN.

    That tweet led to Wells getting involved, which led to everything else.

    It could have just been a team fine and it would have been over.

  130. spitfisher says: Aug 4, 2015 1:46 PM

    Mortenson…..what a pant load he is.

  131. gacoltfan says: Aug 4, 2015 1:47 PM

    Does it matter at all if he took it down or not? Of all the silliness that has come out of this whole story, I think being concerned about whether someone deleted a tweet from 6 months ago might be the most absurd.

  132. bullcharger says: Aug 4, 2015 1:53 PM

    jjackwagon says:
    Aug 4, 2015 1:24 PM

    Mort being inaccurate does not excuse Brady from withholding & destroying evidence.

    ————

    It was dumb to destroy his phone. It can only make someone look guilty. That I agree with. However, he was not withholding or destroying evidence. He was not obligated to provide his phone or to keep his phone by any law or rule that is currently in place. It is only evidence if it was required to be part of the process. It wasn’t.

    It’s like saying that not releasing psychiatrist records would be withholding evidence in a criminal trial. It’s not evidence if it doesn’t have to be submitted.

  133. wiitrainingcamp says: Aug 4, 2015 1:56 PM

    This writer once wrote that Chip Kelly said “I’ll Hang Up” if Florida calls, which was completely false. That post has never been corrected.

  134. bullcharger says: Aug 4, 2015 1:56 PM

    gacoltfan says:
    Aug 4, 2015 1:47 PM

    Does it matter at all if he took it down or not? Of all the silliness that has come out of this whole story, I think being concerned about whether someone deleted a tweet from 6 months ago might be the most absurd.

    ————

    It doesn’t matter if he deleted it really in terms of damage to the Patriots, but once he found out it was erroneous why didn’t he publish an apology and remove the tweet? That is standard procedure for a journalist. They can’t get everything right, especially if a source gave him the info. That wouldn’t be his fault. However, I don’t understand why he was being so stubborn.

  135. stburke40 says: Aug 4, 2015 1:58 PM

    Mortensen also said that Brady and the Patriots should never have been investigated. That’s pretty huge coming from Mortensen….too bad Goodell didn’t listen! How many owners feel the same way? I’ve heard of 4 so far and that’s just the one’s with guts enough to talk about it. More and more players are openly questioning Goodell’s character and fairness. Goodell should be fired (along with Kensil, Giardi and a few others). I’ve read two articles in NY papers in the last couple of days where Lupica and Gary Myers who wrote about how this farce is an embarassment and never should have happened. Sally Jenkins, from the Washington Post has had columns about it. Things are unraveling for Roger Goodell and his henchmen.
    No Brady-No banner!

  136. bullcharger says: Aug 4, 2015 2:00 PM

    nflexecutivesconstantlylie says:
    Aug 4, 2015 1:11 PM

    The court will uphold the league’s punishment and Brady’s reputation will be wrecked for good. There is little that can be done.

    I wish Frontline would do a story on the league.

    —————

    That is a bit over dramatic. Lots of guys have been forgiven for much worse offenses. All the HOF voters know what Brady truly is. He’ll still go first ballot and this mess, while it will haunt him a bit, won’t be remembered in 20 or 30 years when everyone looks back. All that will be left will be the record book and some stories on the NFL network.

  137. metitometin says: Aug 4, 2015 2:07 PM

    So Mort was used by Mike Kensil to smear the Patriots? Mike Kensil and Roger Goodell should be the ones on trial here, not Brady, for conducting a biased, prejudiced sting operation and then suspending Brady without any evidence he did anything wrong. Why hasn’t Goodell punished Kensil and Troy Vincent for illegally being in the Patriot locker room? It seems like the NFL was willing to go to any lengths in their anti-Patriot agenda and now it is starting to blow up in their face. If this can all be tied to Goodell, then he is history. The Patriots will not stop at their attempts to clear Brady’s name until they get justice.

  138. tigerlilac says: Aug 4, 2015 2:10 PM

    Hater statement:
    “One of the ballboys stole the balls after they were checked and went into a bathroom with them.”

    Facts:
    The ball boy was given the balls before the game by the refs, and at halftime by the refs, to take to the field.

    That’s right, even after testing the balls at the half the refs still gave them to the same equipment guy.

    It was only Kensil that was going off the wall telling a senior Patriots equipment manager that he was in “big (expletive deleted) trouble)”.

  139. jtbsteeler says: Aug 4, 2015 2:12 PM

    The crying about this is pathetic. You LOST when he got rid of the phone fools.

    This *taint wont go away. Ever!

  140. tigerlilac says: Aug 4, 2015 2:18 PM

    Do you know what is really driving the haters nuts?

    All the owners and senior NFL guys referring to Brady as the best player in the NFL when they talk about deflategate.

    Example: MMQ with Peter King – ” … one top team executive said. ‘We should be getting ready for a new season, but we’ve got our biggest star firing bombs at the league and the league firing back, a month before the season starts. It’s ridiculous.’ “

  141. nflexecutivesconstantlylie says: Aug 4, 2015 2:23 PM

    bullcharger says:
    Aug 4, 2015 2:00 PM

    nflexecutivesconstantlylie says:
    Aug 4, 2015 1:11 PM

    The court will uphold the league’s punishment and Brady’s reputation will be wrecked for good. There is little that can be done.

    I wish Frontline would do a story on the league.

    —————

    That is a bit over dramatic. Lots of guys have been forgiven for much worse offenses. All the HOF voters know what Brady truly is. He’ll still go first ballot and this mess, while it will haunt him a bit, won’t be remembered in 20 or 30 years when everyone looks back. All that will be left will be the record book and some stories on the NFL network.
    ________________________________

    Believe me, as a Patriots season ticket holder for the last 32 seasons it hurts to even think what I wrote is possible. To my great dismay it is what I believe will happen. If you think the hatred diatribe we have been exposed to for the past 7 months is bad I fear that is will be exponentially worse when the court rules in the NFL’s favor. I hope that the court will be compelled by Brady’s case to do what they almost never do, rule against arbitration. I fear that they won’t.
    My wife was in an elevator this morning with 4 colleagues from around the Nation. She said nothing when one of the four casually brought up the case. Each of the four used profanity when discussing Brady and each felt that 4 games was not enough. 2 thought he should have been banned entirely. My wife did not speak but wanted to. It would not have been a productive conversation.
    The league has been astonishingly effective in presenting their case in the court of public opinion. I fear their comprehensive attack will resonate for years.
    It’s a true shame.
    I wish Frontline would do a story on the NFL

  142. gjdodger2 says: Aug 4, 2015 2:30 PM

    mattwalshvideo says:
    Aug 4, 2015 12:04 PM
    … Tom Shady and the deflatriots…

    Post of the year.

  143. bradjamesbroncositaly says: Aug 4, 2015 2:34 PM

    Patriots fans will go after any technicality they can. I have to side with those who are saying that because Brady destroyed his phone and told the ballboys what to do, he is guilty. Yes, I have to confess that the NFL has not handled this case well but if we’re being completely honest, neither has Brady.

  144. docsmith54 says: Aug 4, 2015 2:35 PM

    Oh, the trouble that Malcolm Butler has caused!

    Peter King is a dope, and he likes haiku poetry, so here goes nuttin’:

    Nothin phases Pete,
    Except a winning cheater –
    At least in his eyes.

    If I ever read SI online again it will be only to see what Banks is writing.

  145. fishyinalittledishy says: Aug 4, 2015 2:36 PM

    I get the fans of the Patriots are defending their QB and team to the hilt they must admit the phone destruction is a bit strange given how important that particular phone was. I know you would say there was no crime committed so he can do what they wants. That’s ok but there was an investigation wether it was right or wrong he still should have bent over backwards to clear up any problems. In my opinion Brady was advised by hot heads angry at their man had been accused of such a thing “how dare they”.

  146. stburke40 says: Aug 4, 2015 2:36 PM

    I, like most people, think that Goodell’s over-reaction to psi is because of the horrible year he had when he screwed up the Rice and Peterson cases….can you imagine what he’ll come up with to take the heat off of himself because of deflategate? Jets player, Calvin Pace, was asked yesterday what he thought Richardson’s punishment would be; he said ‘who knows, you want to think the punishment will be fair; but, with this commissioner you can never know” If I were next in line to be punished by Goodell, I would be very afraid!

  147. hairpie2 says: Aug 4, 2015 2:37 PM

    ***My wife was in an elevator this morning with 4 colleagues from around the Nation. She said nothing when one of the four casually brought up the case. Each of the four used profanity when discussing Brady and each felt that 4 games was not enough. 2 thought he should have been banned entirely. My wife did not speak but wanted to. It would not have been a productive conversation.
    The league has been astonishingly effective in presenting their case in the court of public opinion. I fear their comprehensive attack will resonate for years.
    It’s a true shame.***


    Unfortunately there are still a few ignorant people that still consider espn to be a fair and unbiased outlet for sports news.

  148. letsgobuffalo4 says: Aug 4, 2015 2:54 PM

    hairpie2 says:
    Aug 4, 2015 2:37 PM

    News flash- EVERYONE knows that 11 of the 12 balls werent 2 PSI under. We ALL know that 11 of 12 were underinflated, but not to the full 2 psi. Ppl dont hate him because of ONE report. They hate him based on the FACTS found by an independent investigator. Stop putting this all on Morts one report that means nothing. it meant something for literally 2 days before we found out that not all 11 were a full 2 psi under. Who care what ppl thought for two days?!?!?! Stop acting like this report is why ppl hate brady, we hate him because he flat out cheated. I dont care if its by .5 psi or by 2. Cheating is cheating. What if a player only took “a little PED’s”???? is that ok?

  149. brucetrimble says: Aug 4, 2015 2:55 PM

    Mort: bag man for Goodell.

  150. buckyhamm says: Aug 4, 2015 2:56 PM

    CORRECTION!!!!

    1.8 lbs psi

    feel better everyone ?

  151. buckyhamm says: Aug 4, 2015 2:58 PM

    I bet The Deflator was the source of that false info!

    That’s right….in an epic conspiracy to make the NFL look bad, James “The Deflator” McNally sent Mortensen the false info!

    And then he exchanged text messages calling himself “The Deflator” and talking about all the $$$ memorabilia he would get from Tom Brady for deflating footballs….just to sell the story!

    And then he told the Patriots to release an absolutely absurd report explaining that he was fat and called himself The Deflator because he wanted to lose some weight.

    Who really owns the Patriots? Is it Robert Kraft…? Or is it THE DEFLATOR?

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

    That’s funny .. nice work !

  152. infectorman says: Aug 4, 2015 3:00 PM

    Haters are sounding more and more desperate as the FrameGate continues to unravel.
    They all keep whistling by the graveyard of the FACTS that show the Pats did nothing wrong.

    If Mot’s report was way OFF – as it was – and the gauges they used were different and varied by 22.5% of the allowable PSI range, then how could any sane, rational person rely on any PSI readings, period?

    If Walt Anderson’s best recollection is that he used the gauge that exonerates the Pats, but Wells just decides that Walt Anderson is old and senile and flat out discounts Walt’s best recollection to vaguely approach a weak, tenuous conclusion that Brady was kinda, sorta, maybe “generally aware” something fishy was going on.

    That is a colossal reach on par with the “if the glove don’t fit you must acquit ” refrain from Johnny Cochran.

    I’m virtually certain the NE haters on here don’t believe OJ is innocent, but they’ll use ALL possible glimmers of ANYTHING remotely resembling hope to fry Brady and the PATS.

    Your BIAS is so Off the Charts is flippin laughable.

    Hate on Hater.

    Brady = GOAT

  153. nflexecutivesconstantlylie says: Aug 4, 2015 3:00 PM

    Patriots fans will go after any technicality they can. I have to side with those who are saying that because Brady destroyed his phone and told the ballboys what to do, he is guilty. Yes, I have to confess that the NFL has not handled this case well but if we’re being completely honest, neither has Brady.
    ______________________________

    This is exactly why this will resonate for years.
    People believe that Brady told the ball boys what to do. Even the league has never said this nor proved it but their rhetoric has shaped this opinion.
    The league says generally aware-people think he told them what to do.
    The league says Brady destroyed his phone – after telling Brady they don’t want the phone.

    The league has been brilliant in manipulating the information and the truth.

    It’s like the scene from the ancient movie The China Syndrome. Jack Lemon was skillfully destroyed by a larger entity using media manipulation.

  154. buckyhamm says: Aug 4, 2015 3:05 PM

    I mean this, now. Tom Brady truly needs to be exonerated and The Patriots must be given back their draft picks and the $1,000,000 they were fined. It’s the right thing to do.

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

    Destroying the evidence that would have exonerated him …. is priceless. On a different note I’m on a new diet and have deflated two pounds in two days !

  155. letsgobuffalo4 says: Aug 4, 2015 3:09 PM

    nflexecutivesconstantlylie says:
    Aug 4, 2015 3:00 PM

    You need to get the facts and understand this whole thing more. There is reasonable doubt- in a case declared “deflategate” we have an employee calling himself “the deflator”. Tom denies knowing who the ball boy is but in texts specifically asks how he is doing. After the AGCCG Tom txts JJ 6 times?!?! Tom couldnt care less about these guys but is all the sudden concerned? If JJ got a DUI would he have received 6 texts from Tom?!?! And YES 100% they told tom they would be wanting his phone. Tom was told he didnt HAVE to provide it so he broke it. Thats legal, but it makes u look guilty as sin. There isnt much manipulation needed here, just facts bud. And why havent we heard from JJ or JM yet? Why did Kraft refuse to let Wells do 2nd interviews to hear directly from their mouths what Deflator meant and what they were ‘going to espn’ about?!?! Seems like Pats have them on a gag order…………or they just dont want the TON of money they’d get for an interview with TMZ or somewhere. Another great “manipulation” is everyone saying the NFL told pats to fire JJ and JM. NO thats what how the Pats spun this to MANIPULATE you. The NFL asked they be suspended during investigation, the Patriots took it 1 step further and FIRED them. BIG difference.

  156. stburke40 says: Aug 4, 2015 3:09 PM

    fishyinalittledishy says:
    Aug 4, 2015 2:36 PM
    I get the fans of the Patriots are defending their QB and team to the hilt they must admit the phone destruction is a bit strange given how important that particular phone was. I know you would say there was no crime committed so he can do what they wants. That’s ok but there was an investigation wether it was right or wrong he still should have bent over backwards to clear up any problems. In my opinion Brady was advised by hot heads angry at their man had been accused of such a thing “how dare they”.

    —-
    The NFL was never going to get the phone. Never. Wells didn’t want the phone. He wanted the information from the phone and told Brady he would trust him to give him the relevant texts. Brady went beyond that, he got a list of every call and text to and from his phone and gave it to Goodell. Brady put names to every number and he told Goodell the 28 people on the list that had anything at all to do with football. Goodell acknowledges this in his ruling (footnote #11)….Goodell said it would not be practical for the NFL to follow up on that information. The NFL did compare the list to Jastremski and McNally’s phones and the information matches perfectly. No calls or texts Wells didn’t already have.

    Translation….’what are we supposed to do with information that doesn’t implicate you?’

  157. northeastkiller says: Aug 4, 2015 3:11 PM

    bullcharger says:
    Aug 4, 2015 1:40 PM

    northeastkiller says:
    Aug 4, 2015 12:11 PM

    The Wells Report and everything that followed it – “The Deflator is because he’s fat,” Brady’s disappearing phone – still happens with or without the tweet. This drama around the tweet is overhyped nonsense.

    ————

    No… not necessarily. The tweet went out before the investigation got so serious. The NFL might have been able to handle it in a low key way if the data that was released was accurate and it came with the science also to show that the balls were not really as far under the limit as they appeared.

    That tweet got the public mad, guys like the Bus and Brunell made defining comments and it was off to the races, even reaching CNN.

    That tweet led to Wells getting involved, which led to everything else.

    It could have just been a team fine and it would have been over.

    ——–

    “Might have.” “Could have.” You acknowledge the investigation had already started in your first sentence, and then back around to “uhhhh, but Wells wasn’t there yet,” because the name on top matters, not the fact that the investigation was already a reality. Good grief, grasp a little tighter at those straws.

  158. whywerule says: Aug 4, 2015 3:11 PM

    nflexecutivesconstantlylie says:
    Aug 4, 2015 3:00 PM
    …..
    It’s like the scene from the ancient movie The China Syndrome. Jack Lemon was skillfully destroyed by a larger entity using media manipulation.

    Of course Lemon’s character, Godell (really), dies in China Syndrome.

    In February 2016 Roger Goodell will be dying when he watches from his couch at home as Robert Kraft and the New England Patriots receive the Lombardi Trophy again, from the new NFL Commissioner.

  159. azarkhan says: Aug 4, 2015 3:14 PM

    Too little, too late.

  160. northeastkiller says: Aug 4, 2015 3:15 PM

    At least in THIS article, opposed to the 28 Mort-focused ones before it, it’s actually acknowledged that the 2 pounds tweet was immediately disputed, which doesn’t fit into the Pats-friendly narrative of “everyone assumed they were guilty from the start because this tweet went unquestioned for months!” at all. Thanks, Mike, knew you’d eventually acknowledge it.

  161. truths4all says: Aug 4, 2015 3:19 PM

    So this is how ESPN’s vision and values of their concept of future society is suppose to work. If you are complicit in a fabricated deception, you only change your lies when forced to because you have no dedication to the truth?

    Hey Jenner, better throw that worthless ESPY award away cause once ESPN decides they can no longer exploit you for their gain, you are garbage to them.

  162. stburke40 says: Aug 4, 2015 3:21 PM

    letsgobuffalo4 says:
    Aug 4, 2015 2:54 PM
    hairpie2 says:
    Aug 4, 2015 2:37 PM

    News flash- EVERYONE knows that 11 of the 12 balls werent 2 PSI under. We ALL know that 11 of 12 were underinflated, but not to the full 2 psi. Ppl dont hate him because of ONE report. They hate him based on the FACTS found by an independent investigator. Stop putting this all on Morts one report that means nothing. it meant something for literally 2 days before we found out that not all 11 were a full 2 psi under. Who care what ppl thought for two days?!?!?! Stop acting like this report is why ppl hate brady, we hate him because he flat out cheated. I dont care if its by .5 psi or by 2. Cheating is cheating. What if a player only took “a little PED’s”???? is that ok?

    __

    It was 2 weeks that the information was out there. Ian Rappaport announced the fact that most of the balls were just a tick under the night before the SuperBowl….and those were two very important weeks, everyone was focused on the Superbowl. By the time Mort’s tweet was corrected, the narrative was out there and had become “truth”….The difference between 2 pounds psi and .5 is obvious, .5 is explained by science.

  163. nflwouldneverlie says: Aug 4, 2015 3:28 PM

    What’s funny is people that are still clinging to the “Brady called him the deflator” reason…

    First of all, he referred to himself as the deflator, Brady said no such thing.

    Second, feel free to google the following:
    deflate weight -nfl -football -patriots

    1,440,000 results not in anyway related to footballs or the NFL. What does every article have to do with? Oh, losing weight….

    But don’t let facts get in the way of a good witch hunt!

  164. truthprofessor says: Aug 4, 2015 3:29 PM

    For those of you that struggle with the science, this is a simple explanation.

    Footballs drop in pressure when you cool them by playing outside after they were inflated inside. Based upon game conditions, the Patriots footballs should have lost 1.0-1.2 psi, based just upon the temperature drop.

    The Patriots footballs dropped on average 1.0 psi, if you trust the ref’s memory on the gauge he used. That indicates that nobody took any air out of the footballs, rather they just cooled down and lost pressure normally.

    If you decide that you DON’T trust the ref’s memory on what gauge he used, the Patriots footballs dropped on average 1.4 psi, or about 0.2 psi more than you’d expect by the temperature effect alone. So did someone take 0.2 psi out of the footballs? That’s a silly conclusion, even if you (for no reason) distrust the ref’s memory. Why? Because the 1.0-1.2 expected drop relies on many assumptions, such temperatures that were not recorded. The football measurements (1.0 or 1.4 psi drop) also have a lot of inherent error. For example, the same NFL person testing the same ball (the intercepted one) with the same gauge three times got psi readings that varied by over 0.4 psi, so the 0.2 psi difference seen even with the “low gauge” in one reading is well within the normal variability (error bars, if you will) that comes with testing footballs for their pressure.

    Now what if you believed Mort, that 11 of 12 footballs were over 2 psi deflated, rather than the real facts? You’d have thought that the Pats mat have cheated.

    If he had spoken the truth, though, you would have known that they did not. IN JANUARY!

    Me: BA, MS, Ph.D in chemistry, now a professor

  165. nflexecutivesconstantlylie says: Aug 4, 2015 3:31 PM

    One of the interesting things about this case is when folks think Patriots fans have somehow not read all the information that is out there. As if we haven’t poured over every document, report, article, legal brief, etc. and then spout some unproven or mischaracterized event to prove their point. They ask specious questions and can’t handle reasonable answers that have been given over and over. months later it should be abundantly known that everyone knows the argument of the opposite camp. Trying to reason with either side is no longer possible and really not productive, particularly in this space. If anyone cares to know my opinion on my stance it is pro Brady and pro Patriot and you can plug all the answers given by our camp into the questions or accusations provided by yours.

  166. flash1287 says: Aug 4, 2015 3:35 PM

    letsgobuffalo4

    He called himself the deflater in 1 text from May.
    Why wouldn’t Brady call JJ, he just found out they were being investigated for 11 of 12 balls 2 psi under. Seems pretty normal to call and find out what’s going on. As for JM I said he didn’t know who he was by name. He did later say he knew him by his nickname. And he didn’t exactly sneak into the bathroom he walked out of a room filled with NFL personal with the balls
    And know one said a thing. Then the video shows him walking by a high ranking NFL official and he said nothing.

    the .5 psi can easily be explained by the IGL but people like you ignore that. You also ignore the fact that the Wells report believed EVERYTHING Andeson said except for which gauge he used. When if they did believe him like they did EVERYTHING else then there is no controversy.

    Why would Brady have JJ bring a copy of the rules to the refs to show them what the correct PSI levels should be if they were planning on cheating? Why would they want to draw attention to themselves if they were going to do something wrong?

    And who did it on the road? The home team is responsible for the balls and the home team supplies the ball boys.
    Brady’s home and away stats are almost identical.

  167. northeastkiller says: Aug 4, 2015 3:36 PM

    nflwouldneverlie says:
    Aug 4, 2015 3:28 PM

    What’s funny is people that are still clinging to the “Brady called him the deflator” reason…

    First of all, he referred to himself as the deflator, Brady said no such thing.

    Second, feel free to google the following:
    deflate weight -nfl -football -patriots

    1,440,000 results not in anyway related to footballs or the NFL. What does every article have to do with? Oh, losing weight….

    But don’t let facts get in the way of a good witch hunt!

    ———-

    1. No one’s saying “Brady called him The Deflator,” stop building strawmen. People are mocking the Patriots saying The Deflator is because he’s fat.

    2. Holy God, we’ve actually found a Patriots fan who believes The Deflator is because he’s fat. Even most Patriots fans won’t go that far, kudos!

  168. pftstory says: Aug 4, 2015 3:39 PM

    Is it legal to have the balls deflated to less then 2 lbs below the allowable limit?

    Science does not explain the an employee called the deflator.
    Science does not explain, the tested Colt balls all being legit and the Pats ball not.
    Science does not explain destroying the phone.
    Science does not explain the volume of texts between Brady and the deflator.
    Science does not explain the balls needing to use the bathroom.
    Science does not explain Kraft paying the fine.
    Do people really think the NFL based its investigation on a reporters twitter account?

  169. bradjamesbroncositaly says: Aug 4, 2015 3:41 PM

    “people believe Brady told the ball boys what to do and the NFL has shaped this rhetoric.” Well, Brady handles the ball every play, he knows where he wants it. It’s his livelihood. The ball boys don’t do this without Brady’s instruction. Sorry Patriots fans but I think your hero has mud on his cheeks.

  170. hairpie2 says: Aug 4, 2015 3:41 PM

    ***They hate him based on the FACTS found by an independent investigator.***

    Among your other ridiculous claims, you realize Ted Wells was NOT an independent investigator, correct?

  171. defscottyb says: Aug 4, 2015 3:42 PM

    Wake me when Brady retires…

  172. joker65 says: Aug 4, 2015 3:47 PM

    mattwalshvideo says:
    Aug 4, 2015 12:04 PM

    Tom Shady destroyed his phone.

    One of the ballboys stole the balls after they were checked and went into a bathroom with them.

    One of those ballboys called himself the “deflator”

    End of story, Tom Shady and the deflatriots are serial cheaters.

    ____

    Balls weren’t deflated to begin with, therefore no crime, therefore none of the rest of it matters at all.

  173. joker65 says: Aug 4, 2015 3:49 PM

    notmanning says:
    Aug 4, 2015 12:05 PM

    Guilty.
    Ball boys fired.
    Deflator
    Slipping into a restroom with game balls
    The poor post game press conference
    The texts
    The destruction of the phone
    Looks like a duck.

    ___

    No deflation, except due to the weather fit for ducks.

  174. bcgreg says: Aug 4, 2015 3:49 PM

    I never blamed Mort for reporting this story from what he thought was a trusted source. Now that said source has long been proven to be untrustworthy, Mort should do his job as a journalist and expose him.

    What I blame Mort for is not giving a mea culpa on air when the lie was exposed. There would have been nothing wrong with that. Instead, it would have solidified his credibility. But listening to him over the last few days (cancelling his WEEI interview, hearing his quote from Pittsburgh, deleting his tweet too little too late), his credibility to me is gone. I change the channel when I see Mort on air now.

  175. bigbits2 says: Aug 4, 2015 3:49 PM

    Doesn’t mean much unless he deletes tweets saying the Colts also had their footballs at the low end of allowable psi to start the game and stayed a-ok when they tested at halftime.
    Both of those also untrue.
    Need to delete the ESPN stories and add retractions front and center.
    I know it won’t happen.

  176. whispersd says: Aug 4, 2015 3:49 PM

    You need to get the facts and understand this whole thing more. There is reasonable doubt- in a case declared “deflategate” we have an employee calling himself “the deflator”. Tom denies knowing who the ball boy is but in texts specifically asks how he is doing. After the AGCCG Tom txts JJ 6 times?!?! Tom couldnt care less about these guys but is all the sudden concerned? If JJ got a DUI would he have received 6 texts from Tom?!?! And YES 100% they told tom they would be wanting his phone. Tom was told he didnt HAVE to provide it so he broke it. Thats legal, but it makes u look guilty as sin. There isnt much manipulation needed here, just facts bud. And why havent we heard from JJ or JM yet? Why did Kraft refuse to let Wells do 2nd interviews to hear directly from their mouths what Deflator meant and what they were ‘going to espn’ about?!?! Seems like Pats have them on a gag order…………or they just dont want the TON of money they’d get for an interview with TMZ or somewhere. Another great “manipulation” is everyone saying the NFL told pats to fire JJ and JM. NO thats what how the Pats spun this to MANIPULATE you. The NFL asked they be suspended during investigation, the Patriots took it 1 step further and FIRED them. BIG difference.

    Half of this is simply false.
    An employee who worked with footballs called himself “the deflator”. You think that’s evidence of cheating. By that logic every team in the NFL has been cheating for years. Every team has somebody who deflates footballs. People inflate and deflate footballs. Duh. How do people like you get from “deflator” to “cheater”? I don’t know…but it seems like all you need is for a buzzword to be uttered and some neuron fires and then you skip all the logic that’s supposed to be in the middle.

    And this kind of sloppiness is typical of the haters:
    “Tom denies knowing who the ball boy is but in texts specifically asks how he is doing. After the AGCCG Tom txts JJ 6 times?!?! ”
    Tom Brady denied knowing “James McNally” because he didn’t recognize the name. Why are you bringing up Brady’s texts to Jastremski? It’s been over six months now. If you still don’t know the difference between Jastremski and McNally, how can we take any of your opinions seriously? You obviously haven’t learned the basics of the case.


    “Another great “manipulation” is everyone saying the NFL told pats to fire JJ and JM. NO thats what how the Pats spun this to MANIPULATE you. The NFL asked they be suspended during investigation, the Patriots took it 1 step further and FIRED them. BIG difference.”

    They haven’t been fired. They’ve been suspended.
    Why do you come to a public website and spout lies and act like they are true?

    Adam Schefter reported that the NFL asked that JJ and JM be suspended. The NFL has denied this. Schefter also reported that the NFL wrote a memo saying that Brady would only have 4 hours to make his appeal. The NFL denied that, too. Schefter than published the memo.

    The question for you is why you believe anything the NFL says? They’ve repeatedly shown themselves willing to lie. They lied in the Ray Rice case and lied in the Adrian Peterson case and lie now.

    Goodell is a glorified PR man. In public relations, people get away with lying a lot. But it’s no way to run a football league.

  177. rocksoup342 says: Aug 4, 2015 3:50 PM

    2001asterisk2003asterisk2004asterisk2014asterisk says:
    Aug 4, 2015 12:32 PM
    Patriots must be innocent then.

    That’s the most rational thing you have ever said. You must be turning to the side of truth, justice and the amercan way!!

  178. bcgreg says: Aug 4, 2015 3:57 PM

    northeastkiller says:
    Aug 4, 2015 3:15 PM
    At least in THIS article, opposed to the 28 Mort-focused ones before it, it’s actually acknowledged that the 2 pounds tweet was immediately disputed, which doesn’t fit into the Pats-friendly narrative of “everyone assumed they were guilty from the start because this tweet went unquestioned for months!” at all. Thanks, Mike, knew you’d eventually acknowledge it.

    ————————–

    It was immediately challenged by the Patriots only because at the time of the leak, only the league and the Pats knew the actual numbers. Since the Pats wouldn’t leak these figures, they knew that the league did. As evidenced by the emails released, the league not only did nothing to correct the info, they didn’t care. So, the second this false info was out there, public opinion was formed because nobody other than the NFL and Pats knew the actual numbers. Get it?

  179. letsgobuffalo4 says: Aug 4, 2015 3:58 PM

    stburke40 says:
    Aug 4, 2015 3:21 PM

    #1 i like how you say “it was clarified they were just a tick under”, one was 1.8, thats not a ‘tick’. And again, who cares what the public think? Is this American Idol? Do we get a vote on this? The only person that needed to know was Roger, and he was well aware of how much under the balls were and made a much more informed decision than us. For every report we hear they know 10 times more. If im going to go by Roger who has $44 million reasons per year to make an informed, unbiased decision or Pats fans who are just biased then im going to go with Roger. Is the NFL flawed? yes. But that doesnt change cheating. If ANY ball was up to 2 psi under after TWO separate teams complained about them deflating balls then there has to be an investigation. If it was just ‘weather’ then all of them would have been at the same amount b/c weather wouldnt affect one more than the other.

  180. grogantomorgan says: Aug 4, 2015 4:05 PM

    In homage to Game of Thrones Mort deserves ….

    Repeat after me;

    “SHAME” (Bell) “SHAME” (Bell) “SHAME” (Bell)

  181. letsgobuffalo4 says: Aug 4, 2015 4:05 PM

    truthprofessor says:
    Aug 4, 2015 3:29 PM

    Ok assuming your made up numbers are right, the weather caused a 1.2 psi drop in NE in one half of football. So in colder weather like in Green Bay that would be closer to 1.5. Now since no one has ever refilled balls mid game then over the course of 4 quarters that would be a full 3 PSI drop. Now your telling me Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers (who notoriously likes fully infalted balls) never once noticed a full 3 PSI drop in their balls and asked someone to check it out or refill it?!?! Odd how this drop in PSI has ONLY happened in NE, and after the Ravens had doubts the patriots were cheating. Crazy how that all works.

  182. letmefeelyourlove says: Aug 4, 2015 4:08 PM

    @truthprofessor

    One factor that no one has addressed (as far as I know) is the impact of both rain and wind. Not only was it raining the night of the AFCCG, it was windy. Weather reports for that evening report winds in the high teens with gusts around 30 mph.

    Take a damp football (or a damp anything) and expose it to wind, and there is a cooling effect … the tedhnidal term is evaporative cooling. That the principle behind air conditioning a refirgeration. So while the air temperature at Gillette may have been 48 degrees, the Patriots footballs would likely be somewhat colder than 48 degrees.

    What about the Colts’ footballs? Wouldn’t the wind have effected them the same way? As has been reported, the Colts footballs in plastic trash bags, protected from the elements. The Patriots footballs were not in trash bags, but were exposed to the weather conditions. No one that I know of (and certainly not Exponent) ever ran a simulation to measure how this might have impacted the psi readings. It’s just one more example of the inadequacy of the entire investigation, and one more reason why the data that is available cannot reliably prove that there was or was not tampering.

  183. letsgobuffalo4 says: Aug 4, 2015 4:09 PM

    nflwouldneverlie says:
    Aug 4, 2015 3:28 PM

    No one is saying Brady called him the deflator, he called himself the deflator. And the definition of DEFLATE- is to let gas or air out. In no way shape or form does it mean to lose weight. Yes you can google deflate weight and things will come up b/c of this case alone. Before this whole mess have you ever personally heard someone refer to losing weight as “deflating”? Has anyone here? i know i havent.

  184. letmefeelyourlove says: Aug 4, 2015 4:14 PM

    @truthprofessor,

    In addition to temperatures in the 40’s at Gillette Stadium on the night of the game, there also was rain a substantial winds. Weather reports put the first half winds in the range of 16 mph to 19 mph. Wind gusts were between 28 mph and 33 mph. This has not been taken into account anywhere (to the best of my knowledge), but it is a factor that must be accounted for if one is interested in producing a valid analysis.

    A damp football exposed to wind will be subject to evaporative cooling (something most middle school students understand, even if Exponent does not). The temperature of such a ball could easily be several degrees lower than the surrounding air temperature. One needs to run an Ideal Gas Law calculation based on actual ball temperature, not the ambient air temperature.

    Every source I have read indicates that the Colts’ footballs were kept in trash bags, protected from rain and wind. This was not the case with the Patriots’ footballs, which were exposed to the weather conditions. Test a wet football absent any wind, and you aren’t duplicating actual game time conditions. Compare a wet football exposed to wind to other footballs held in a protective trash bag, and you’ve (intentionally or unintentionally) stacked the deck.

    Your thoughts?

  185. jabooin44 says: Aug 4, 2015 4:27 PM

    I fail to see how this shows that Brady & Co aren’t guilty… if you took Morts word for it you are a fool in the first place….
    “Deflator”
    Balls in bathroom
    Broken cell
    No appeal by Kraft initially
    Texts
    Ball boys basically disappeared – I mean can’t these guys testify under oath? Lie detector?
    Sounds like there will be more egg on face when this is all done for Pats

  186. nflwouldneverlie says: Aug 4, 2015 4:51 PM

    letsgobuffalo4 says:
    Aug 4, 2015 4:09 PM

    >Before this whole mess have you ever personally heard >someone refer to losing weight as “deflating”? Has anyone >here? i know i havent.

    So basically you didn’t bother to take the 5 seconds and cut and paste that search into google. If you actually bothered to try, you’d see that most of those articles and webpages are from well before any of this “Deflategate” nonsense even happened. It’s an actual term, people actually use it.

    But I guess just because you never heard it before that makes it not true….

  187. BobbyHanks63 says: Aug 4, 2015 4:52 PM

    letmefeelyourlove Your post makes a lot of sense and also one more reason to doubt the thoroughness of anything the Wells Report did or said about those footballs. One more reason to speculate strongly that Brady did nothing and asked no else to do anything to those footballs. Thanks for the addition of the wind factor added to the wet factor. It should be tested as soon as possible if they ever want to understand how things factors can effect PSI in a leather football

  188. mmack66 says: Aug 4, 2015 4:53 PM

    letmefeelyourlove says:
    Aug 4, 2015 4:14 PM

    Every source I have read indicates that the Colts’ footballs were kept in trash bags, protected from rain and wind. This was not the case with the Patriots’ footballs, which were exposed to the weather conditions. Test a wet football absent any wind, and you aren’t duplicating actual game time conditions. Compare a wet football exposed to wind to other footballs held in a protective trash bag, and you’ve (intentionally or unintentionally) stacked the deck.

    Your thoughts?
    ——————————————

    Since the Colt’s offense was barely on the field, I concur.

  189. thetooloftools says: Aug 4, 2015 4:58 PM

    I would have more respect for him if he left it posted and admitted he was wrong. Two pounds of two 1/10ths of a pound it doesn’t matter… one ball or ten balls… it doesn’t matter… NOBODY should have been messing with any footballs at all.. but in The Patriot Way, it doesn’t matter… they don’t have ANY integrity at al.
    Choke on your rings.

  190. nflexecutivesconstantlylie says: Aug 4, 2015 5:03 PM

    It’s interesting when people bring up the lack of comments from Jastremski and from McNally as if were some sort of ipso facto indictment of TB and the Patriots.

    These two provided a total of 6 separate interviews between them. They answered questions for the league’s investigators Pash and Well$.

    If you are concerned as to why we haven’t had access to the answers it should be the NFL that is questioned, not TB and the Patriots.

  191. infectorman says: Aug 4, 2015 5:06 PM

    You know, the haters never have an explanation for Wells completely dismissing Walt Andersons BEST RECOLLECTION.

    How convenient to dismiss the Guy who actually measured the balls PSI.

    Let me see, is there someone else who might have been closer to the entire process than Walt?

    Nope. Yet Wells, ( and Goodell, Kensil, Gardi by virtue of being complicit in this SCAM) flat out casts aside Walt’s relevant, real-life feedback.

    Wonder why Wells would do that?
    hmmmm..

    Haters? We’re waiting for an explanation!

  192. nflexecutivesconstantlylie says: Aug 4, 2015 5:08 PM

    Everyone should consider the independence of Ted Well$ as an investigator in this light.

    In Tom Brady’s appeal his legal team requested the notes from the investigation performed by Well$ and Pash.

    Well$ cited attorney/client relationship as his reason for denial of these requests. TB legal team defended him in his appeal without the notes of the investigation. The league had full access to the notes and one of the report’s authors actually conducted the interviews in the appeal of Well$ and Brady.

    Sounds independent right?

  193. truthprofessor says: Aug 4, 2015 5:19 PM

    letsgobuffalo4, You are saying that the football only loses pressure in NE?

    Are you saying that the ideal gas law only works in New England?

    You do know that the direct temperature/pressure relationship of gases was worked out over 400 years ago by Boyle and Amontons, before even Newton’s concept of gravity was established?

    This is not cutting edge stuff, even in Buffalo.

    cheers,
    truthprofessor

  194. mmack66 says: Aug 4, 2015 5:24 PM

    If the NFL was so concerned with the public trust, and the integrity of the game, and had reports that the Patriots let air out of the footballs after the referees final check, then why didn’t they grab that sack of footballs after that guy brought them down to the field, and check the air pressure?

    Why play half of a conference championship game, under adverse weather conditions?

    If they were so sure, why didn’t they stop the game at halftime, and declare that the Patriots were cheating, and had forfeited the game?

    Why allow a team that allegedly cheated on their way into the Super Bowl a chance to play in the Super Bowl?

    Once they discovered, apparently for the very first time ever, that footballs register a lower PSI after being out in the cold, didn’t they immediately stop the madness, and make some effort to make sure they knew what they were talking about, before continuing one of the biggest debacles in NFL history?

  195. i802cool says: Aug 4, 2015 6:07 PM

    I recommend a reread of Mortensen’s 21Jan story, before he takes it down. The first paragraph indicates “substantially deflated” then leads to the next paragraph with 11 of 12 footballs meme. The two terms are (for this story) permanently linked, which is different than Mortensen’s benign explanation. I nearly forgot about the Colts 16Nov game suspicions, which adds fire to their role in this. Then there is this: “This isn’t the first time Belichick has been suspected of breaking NFL rules. He was fined $500,000 in 2007 for having an assistant spy on the New York Jets’ defensive signals.” Looks like he “framed” the story exactly as the NFL wanted him to. Did they help him write it? Or did they know him so well that the storyline would be all but guaranteed?

  196. aljack88 says: Aug 4, 2015 6:09 PM

    This is a case of CHEATING- not wearing the wrong color shoes which has no affect on the game. Please Pats fans, stop being ignorant and saying “its equipment violation- $25K fine”.
    ===================================

    In recent history, what has the NFL done in regards to teams that are caught altering their footballs?

  197. mmack66 says: Aug 4, 2015 6:10 PM

    letsgobuffalo4 says:
    Aug 4, 2015 12:40 PM

    Who cares what initial report was? Do you all know how many ‘reports’ are inaccurate?!?!
    ——————————–

    Let’s see. There was the Wells Report. That was completely inaccurate.

    I’m sure there are others, but that one comes to mind.

  198. fearthehoody says: Aug 4, 2015 6:12 PM

    Puppet!

  199. aljack88 says: Aug 4, 2015 6:26 PM

    letsgobuffalo4 says:
    Aug 4, 2015 4:05 PM

    Ok assuming your made up numbers are right, the weather caused a 1.2 psi drop in NE in one half of football. So in colder weather like in Green Bay that would be closer to 1.5. Now since no one has ever refilled balls mid game then over the course of 4 quarters that would be a full 3 PSI drop. Now your telling me Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers (who notoriously likes fully infalted balls) never once noticed a full 3 PSI drop in their balls and asked someone to check it out or refill it?!?! Odd how this drop in PSI has ONLY happened in NE, and after the Ravens had doubts the patriots were cheating. Crazy how that all works.
    =================================

    Rodgers likes his OVER inflated (who’s playing with words now?) How do you know what other teams do? You don’t. You mention how QBs who handle the ball would notice any drop in pressure. Explain how the refs, who touch the ball before every play for the whole game, don’t notice.

  200. gizzmonic says: Aug 4, 2015 7:32 PM

    word on the street is the NFL will make good to the Patriots by awarding an upcoming
    superbowl played at Foxborough

    Got it from Mort
    Just Sayin

  201. straightfactshomie says: Aug 4, 2015 7:33 PM

    Letsgobuffalo isn’t concerned with things like facts and logic. You’re all wasting your time.

  202. aljack88 says: Aug 4, 2015 8:56 PM

    straightfactshomie says:
    Aug 4, 2015 7:33 PM
    Letsgobuffalo isn’t concerned with things like facts and logic.
    ===================================
    It’s called “trolling”.

  203. ikeclanton says: Aug 4, 2015 9:01 PM

    Thank goodness Mortensen wasn’t a reporter in the 1940’s and Twitter wasn’t an option then. He would have just taken down his post, “Dewey defeats Truman”.

  204. powderkeg100 says: Aug 5, 2015 12:04 AM

    Free Mort. Hang Brady.

  205. fanofpft says: Aug 5, 2015 6:12 PM

    This chapter is now closed. I look forward to not seeing a constant spamming of this polluting the comment sections.

  206. jjzzx says: Aug 7, 2015 10:25 AM

    Well, to be fair, 11 of 12 Pats footballs tested at halftime were underinflated !!!
    One ball was 2 lbs underinflated…
    Four other balls were between 1.5 and 2 lbs underinflated…
    Seems like someone did not get the story straight from whomever provided it…

  207. vaughnchef says: Aug 7, 2015 12:02 PM

    Wow, how sports has changed. I’m 39 so I can vividly remember when ESPN first became popular. The reason they became popular was they reported the facts about the games. How times have changed. ESPN and their staff have turned into US Weekly reporters. Mortensen, Shefter, Chris Brousard (the worst of all of them) and Stephen A. Smith….they all just make up their stories and their sources. Take the NFL for example, remember when this time of year the discussion revolved around the game and the players? Now it is Goddell and deflategate and spygate and Ray Rice knocking his wife out, and AP beating his kid. Really starting to lose me personally, I just want to watch the game and not talk about the fact that Aldon Smith is a drunk.

  208. billymack1968 says: Aug 10, 2015 1:29 AM

    I would really like to see this friggin’ useless jerk fired for this. I hope Tom takes him to court for slander…

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