Ted Wells says #DeflateGate investigation won’t be a quick one

AP

So much for having #DeflateGate tied up in a neat little bow before Super Bowl XLIX kicks off.

Ted Wells, who is leading the league’s investigation, said it will be some time before he’s ready to release any findings about the fluctuations in ball pressure heard round the world.

“We are in the process of conducting a thorough investigation on the issue of the footballs used in the AFC Championship,” Wells said in a statement. “This work began last week, stretched through the weekend, and is proceeding expeditiously this week notwithstanding the Super Bowl.  We are following customary investigative procedures and no one should draw any conclusions about the sequence of interviews or any other steps, all of which are part of the process of doing a thorough and fair investigation.

“I expect the investigation to take at least several more weeks. In the interim, it would be best if everyone involved or potentially involved in this matter avoids public comment concerning the matter until the investigation is concluded. The results will be shared publicly.

That’s no surprise, as the league isn’t commenting on the latest round of reports, including Jay Glazer’s that the investigation has zeroed in on a Patriots ball boy.

So until that time, be prepared for more installments of PSI: New England, which threatens to overshadow the game everybody’s waiting to see this weekend.

60 responses to “Ted Wells says #DeflateGate investigation won’t be a quick one

  1. Maybe he should stop his people providing the leaks first instead of asking people to jump to conclusions.

  2. How can he hand over a massive bill if he ties it up in a nice little bow before the SB? I’ve never seen a 25k fine turn into a 1.5 million dollar bill.

  3. The SB is only being overshadowed because the media is perpetuating it and not talking about the matchups. Should be a great game.

  4. It should be over already. The PSI in the footballs had zero effect on the outcome of the game. Seriously, a surprise wind gust or poorly timed blink of an eye has more effect on the outcome than this does. Change the rule so the NFL handles all footballs, and we are done. This is an embarrassment.

  5. I’m sure Goodell and Wells are not happy w/ BB’s Saturday presser. So they leaked a little nugget to Glazer today and followed it up w/ this statement basically telling Belichick to keep his opinions to himself right now.

  6. Man, the ones I really feel sorry for are the New England fans…they are usually so loyal, innocent, and they never boast. They really strive for the honest to god truth, and….no, not really. HAHA.

  7. Of course it won’t be quick. They have to suspend people responsible and there will be no way that do that for the Super Bowl.

  8. If the League could clear the Patriots before the Super Bowl they would. They can’t say anything now for obvious reasons .

  9. And there you go, yet another scientist debunks Belichecks “scientific” press conference all the New England fans were drooling over and boasting about.

    If temperatures caused a 15% drop in ball pressure due to temperatures the ball would have to be filled with 125-degree air.

    The Patriot way..

  10. Some hourly employee will be the scapegoat for this and a month later he will be driving a new Z06 Vette… Sherman was dead on when he said there will be no punishment. The entire league has become a joke. Roger only is critical on the issues he wants to be. Shady Brady and Belli-cheat are masters at toeing the line and they will once again get away with this.
    No horse in the race myself so I couldn’t care less who wins the SB. I just want the league to be fair and punish equally.
    Competition committee needs to address the rub routes and pick plays, if they are going to toss a PI or def holding on most pass plays it’s time to give the D a fair shot at playing the game also.

  11. It was the KGB. Remember when Kraft accused Putin of stealing his ring? Payback time. It’s really a Russian operative sneaking off with those footballs.

  12. This is becoming the most complex, merry go round, he said/she said, Nancy Drew, Columbo, True Detective, murder mystery, grassy knoll, discombobulated mess I have ever seen.

  13. PSI: New England……I like it. Sounds much better than Deflate-gate.

    The Pats employee they are “zeroing in on” will be paid off handsomely to sign a non-disclosure agreement and go away, just like Matt Walsh was.

  14. Of course it will be long. They wouldn’t want to have to impose penalties before the superbowl. Yet, they would have suspended Lynch for wearing cleats. Pretty laughable.

  15. Look at the finzfan telling the NE fans what’s wrong with their team from the couch yet again…that’s rich. Let me know when your team stops being the laughingstock of the league, and they win enough games to sniff the playoffs. Belichick and Brady and the team are here to stay, nothing you can do about it.

  16. The amount of money and man hours being wasted on this investigation could be put to a much better cause to help better the world. Sad!

  17. “So until that time, be prepared for more installments of PSI: New England, which threatens to overshadow the game everybody’s waiting to see this weekend.”

    Here’s a solution… why don’t you media people quit talking about this stupid story and focus on sport’s biggest game of the year?

  18. What every Patriots fan and neutral observer thinks:

    Belichick: Before I make any statement to the media and the world, I need to know if you did you absolutely ANYTHING in any way to any football to alter anything? Anything at all?

    Equip Manager: Never. Tom tells us when they’re ready, and then we bring them to the field. I stopped for a minute in the equipment locker to pick up the kicking tees.

    What every Jets, Dolphins, Raiders, Steelers, Panthers, Eagles, Seahawks fan, fans whose teams were beaten by the Patriots, ex-players who lost to the Patriots, ex-GMs in the AFC East or who lost to the Patriots in the Super Bowl, current coaches who got out-coached by Belichick, current coaches who don’t know the rule book, ex-coaches who are in danger of being eclipsed by Belichick, ex-quarterbacks who are ready to be passed by Brady thinks:

    Belichick: Did ANYONE see you take the balls into the side room to deflate them? Anyone at all?

    Equip Manager: No one saw me boss! I did it! Kraft can sweep this under the rug, right?

    Belichick: Sure kid. We’re clear. (whispers to Kraft) Have him killed, make it look like an accident.

  19. Of course it’s going to take several weeks. They need to get their stories straight, work out the settlement with the locker room attendant after he takes the blame, and hope people forget about it.

  20. nflfan22 says: Jan 26, 2015 5:31 PM

    It should be over already. The PSI in the footballs had zero effect on the outcome of the game. Seriously, a surprise wind gust or poorly timed blink of an eye has more effect on the outcome than this does. Change the rule so the NFL handles all footballs, and we are done. This is an embarrassment.
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    The outcome of the last game is NOT the issue here sonny. Too bad you cannot understand what the issue really is.

  21. Reading between the lines: “Everyone stop talking about deflated balls & we will drag this out into February, after the Super Bowl. That will kill this story in the National headlines (which is what we really care about). We will then issue a brief statement Friday afternoon, February 13th (night before Valentine’s day) stating simply that the attendant has been released from his position for “negligence detrimental to the Team & League”. The team will incur a small fine, for it’s limited responsibility of a rogue employee. Brady & Belicheat are exonerated of any & all involvement”.

    COVER UP!! (Brady & Belicheat are Liars & Cheaters).

  22. Of course they are focusing on the ball boys. Yeah Brady impicated himself that he orders them how he wants the balls. Brady ordered them to do it.

    Nothing will happen to Brady, who i think is a great QB, not a Brady hater at all. The guy is great. Nothing will happen to Brady, and the ball boy will get a lifetime ban from the NFL

  23. I believe Wells, will make recommendations as to how to handle balls in the future and nothing more. It will be very hard to make people talk unless they have actual video of the guy releasing air.

  24. I’m sure Goodell and Wells are not happy w/ BB’s Saturday presser. So they leaked a little nugget to Glazer today and followed it up w/ this statement basically telling Belichick to keep his opinions to himself right now.

    Belichick, The Patriots, and their fans are not happy…with this entire procedure.

    The league office…Won’t answer any questions, but will leak any info to take the heat off their butts.

    You know the league will do ANYTHING to protect themselves…including lie.

  25. Ok, it’s official. We won’t have an answer for weeks. Any discussion or leaks before then are just useless speculation. Let’s focus on the game now and pick this up next week sometime.

  26. If the Patriots had not cheated we would not have to go through this, they were going to win the game anyway. Its sad they felt like they needed an advantage!

  27. No football fan did not know the league office drags their feet in some incidences but have no problem jumping right out their in telling a player he will be flagged for a non cheating issue.

  28. You know, the whole thing could wrap up a lot quicker if Brady would just confess and get it over with.

  29. It’s pretty obvious they weren’t doing this just for the Colts game. Reducing air pressure was part of their pregame preparation. They planned for it because they knew Brady was more accurate, WR’s could catch it easier & RB’s were significantly less likely to fumble. This was systemic cheating, deserving of the most harsh of condemnation & League imposed penalties allowed.

    If this was virtually any other team, that is what the result would be. Obvious favoritism.

  30. And there you go, yet another scientist debunks Belichecks “scientific” press conference all the New England fans were drooling over and boasting about.

    If temperatures caused a 15% drop in ball pressure due to temperatures the ball would have to be filled with 125-degree air.

    The Patriot way..
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    First, Bill Nye is a Seahawks fan.

    Secondly -it pains me to say this – he’s wrong. It would only have to be 95F to get a 2 PSI drop purely from temperature. HeadSmart Labs already did that test. They found a 1.1 PSI drop from the 25 F drop and .5-.8 PSI from the wet.

    Finally, BN ignored the process that BB laid out. That process was:
    1) Fill ball to preferred pressure (12.5 PSI).
    2) Abuse ball to soften the surface – inadvertently heating the ball (and raising the pressure to 13.5 PSI),
    3) Hand warm ball to officials with instructions to set pressure to 12.5 PSI.
    4) (Speculation) Officials let air out of the warm ball to set pressure to 12.5 PSI ( p_1/n_1 = p_2/n_2)
    5) Balls cool, and by ( p_1/t_1 = p_2/t_2) pressure drops.

  31. Perhaps a more competent investigator would need less time.

    This isn’t rocket science.

    The league should release some facts about the case at the very least, because all this speculation turns into “yeah, they taped the Rams practices!”

  32. Spygate. Cheating. Illegal Taping. Repeat Offender. All these words have one thing in common regarding the Patriots – they all grossly misrepresent the historical record. In fact, could be the greatest misrepresentation in the history of sport.

    Did they Spy? No. Did they Cheat ? No. Are they repeat offenders? Not of cheating. Was it illegal ? Not the taping.

    So what’s the issue ? One, they win. Two, the media and their unsuspecting constituents are lazy.

    It’s no surprise that morons on the internet don’t get it. Nor is it any surprise that the mass media doesn’t get it. And sadly, it’s no surprise that the nation’s #1 sports network doesn’t get it, as a quick internet search reveals numerous factually incorrect ESPN articles from 2007, all gleefully cited by keyboard moralists, which state that taping opposing team signals was illegal. Seriously, you cover the sport and you misquote the rules? Even worse you interview coordinators and scouts that also don’t know the rules. Dolts.

    All of the haters are totally misinformed, and even most Pats fans have been so bamboozled, that they think the Pats broke meaningful rules.

    Sorry, but taping opposing defensive signals was legal from designated “video shooting locations,” and any area not one of these 3 locations: the coaches booth or the field or the locker room. BB taped from the sidelines; technically, the field is 360 feet x 160 feet, so for all you rule purists that think 2 PSI is important, the sideline or behind the endzones is legal, which is where the Jets chose to tape the Patriots. If one defines “field” as any ground level location, BB could have moved the camera back by 50 feet to the first row of the stadium and that would have been 100% acceptable by every interpretation of NFL rules. In fact, BB could have legally taped from any of 80k seats. Or he could have taped from any private box and enclosed area not occupied coaches. Or, depending on how one reads the rules, he could have taped, as he did, from anywhere as long as those tapes were not analyzed and used in that game. What BB relied on is the part of the rule that prevents real-time usage of video (device usage that “might aid a team during the playing of a game.”) He never did that.

    Signal stealing is as old as the game and taping was legal (per the Anderson memo and the 07 NFL Rulebook), so how exactly was he spying or cheating? Spying is concealed activity, which this clearly wasn’t, as the cameras were in the open and, at a minimum, known to the Colts, GB and Jets. Recall Herm Edwards waved to the camera. Further BB was only cheating if he abused the rules for advantage, ie same day use of the material , which was never alleged. Many officials of other teams were quoted as saying we do the same thing, just without video. The real question is why didn’t one of the other 31 teams call the NFL and (1) report the Patriots or (2) ask for a rule clarification about where recording devices could be located because maybe they, not BB, misread the rule. That simple question would have saved everybody a lot of hassle. They either did not care, were already taping very adequately with high def cameras located elsewhere or had already tried it and saw no value.

    To repeat, the alleged crime was the exact location of the camera. But if you think a 20 foot difference in an age of high def cameras is important and validates a charge of spying and cheating, you are stupid or desperate. BB parsed the rules to justify the camera location, in part because the rules were poorly written, and Goodell simply parsed the rules back to nail him. Hardly black and white. It is a very minor technicality of location that BB violated.

    Sadly an entire generation of media and fans now routinely refers to Spygate and cheating and fully believes that what actually happened resembles the meaning of those words.

  33. Ted Wells will stretch it out long enough for the heat to die down from the league, get enough billable hours to buy some property in Phoenix, and out of the non-football fan’s attention span. So March, or after the draft in May.

    A vague, inconclusive answer, the Pats will come out with some token fine for some minor impropriety, and swept under the rug.

  34. This is why it will REALLY take a long time.

    NFL is meeting behind closed doors…

    Option A:
    If the NFL covers up now…then they also become part of the corruption of throwing games and covering gambling losses for games that should be forefeitted. However, if the truth eventually breaks, then the NFL will be part of the class action suit, not just the Patriots.

    Option B:
    If the NFL exposes Brady…then just the Patriots, and Tom Brady, and Bill Bellichek owe in the class action suit.

    NFL has some decisions to make.

  35. kissmysandwich says:
    Jan 26, 2015 10:16 PM
    They just don’t want to reveal there was a trail of Mac N Cheese powder from the ball room to Kraft’s suite…….

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    Not the same Kraft.

  36. If Goodell can summon any sense at all, he’ll sit down with Wells and ask for a summary of what they have found, after which he will promptly end the investigation, issue a public statement and clear the air, so this story can die under the celebratory lights of the Superbowl. Killing the story now is probably his only chance at keeping his job, although, likely he’ll still get the boot, perhaps just a bit more quietly at a later time.

  37. stixzidinia says:
    Jan 26, 2015 6:01 PM
    PSI: New England……I like it. Sounds much better than Deflate-gate.

    The Pats employee they are “zeroing in on” will be paid off handsomely to sign a non-disclosure agreement and go away, just like Matt Walsh was.
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    Matt Walsh never signed a “non-disclosure agreement”.

  38. Matt Walsh never signed a “non-disclosure agreement”.

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    Yes, he did. He signed one that we know of for sure when he left the Patriots. Look it up. And it’s fair to assume he signed another one for the NFL as we’ve not heard a peep out of him since then.

  39. stixzidinia says:
    Jan 27, 2015 4:16 PM
    Matt Walsh never signed a “non-disclosure agreement”.

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    Yes, he did. He signed one that we know of for sure when he left the Patriots. Look it up. And it’s fair to assume he signed another one for the NFL as we’ve not heard a peep out of him since then.

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

    No he did not.. He signed a “confidentiality agreement”, which is a very common business practice.

    A “non-disclosure agreement” is something like what the family members of the 2 murder victims had to sign when they received their money from Ray Lewis.

    I had written that it was a “confidentiality agreement” and another post but the moderator pulled it. I found this info in an article written by ESPN’s Mike Fish, originally published on Feb 1, 2008.

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