Brady assured Belichick he did nothing wrong in Deflategate

AP

During the week after the AFC Championship Game, when Deflategate became the No. 1 story in America, Patriots coach Bill Belichick privately talked to quarterback Tom Brady and asked him directly whether he had ordered anyone to deflate the team’s footballs. Brady assured Belichick he’d done nothing wrong.

That’s the word from the report from investigator Ted Wells, which says that Brady convinced Belichick that no rules had been broken.

“Belichick asked Brady directly whether he had any knowledge about any of the issues raised by the press since the AFC Championship Game,” the report says. “According to Belichick, Brady said ‘absolutely not.’ Belichick stated that he then asked if Brady or anyone Brady knew had tampered with or in any way altered the footballs. Brady again denied any knowledge or involvement. Belichick recalled that Brady also explained that once he inspects and approves game balls, those balls are exactly as he likes them and that he would not want anyone to do anything to them after that point. Belichick believed Brady. Belichick and Brady attended the team meeting, and Belichick told the team that there was ‘not one shred of truth’ to the deflation allegations. When given the floor, Brady repeated what he had told Belichick about wanting game balls to be exactly as he approved them.”

The investigation strongly suggests that Brady did, in fact, pressure the Patriots’ equipment staff to deflate footballs used by the team. But the investigation also suggests that Belichick was unaware. If the NFL is going to make a high-profile person within the Patriots organization suffer consequences over this, it’s going to be Brady, not Belichick.

187 responses to “Brady assured Belichick he did nothing wrong in Deflategate

  1. I’m not at all religious, but this sort of reminds me of the bible passages where Peter is told he’ll deny Christ 3 times before the rooster crows (or whatever it is). And he insists it could never happen. Hilarious.

    Sure thing Peter, and Tom. Sure thing.

  2. At this point I don’t really care, they won the Super Bowl, but deep down in my heart, I always knew the Patriots were cheating and I knew Brady was a cheater. Those are the facts. Patriot fans can say and argue what they want, but the fact is the rest of America will always think of them as shady and they never won fair. Just the way it is.

  3. Some people need to read the full report, that will sheed some light into the tainted legacy of the New England deflators.

  4. Aaron Hernandez “assured” Robert Kraft that he was in the club at the time of the murder.

  5. The text messages were pretty obvious. Autographs and shoes… Tom knew this whole time and when questioned, he acted as if he was so hurt. How can you not be associated with a * now?

  6. what about the 3-4 Colt balls that were found to be deflated?
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    I read the report (yes the full report) and they never mention that Colts balls were deflated, read pages 66, 67, 68, and 69 if you don’t believe. Don’t believe Kraft, he is a liar.

  7. For an investigation to take 103 days to come up with “more probable than not” or “strongly suggest” Brady pressured someone is not proof of anything. Take that to court and see how far you get. Where is the hard evidence, because that’s what the NFL will need to punish anyone.

  8. Belichick and Brady attended the team meeting, and Belichick told the team that there was ‘not one shred of truth’ to the deflation allegations. …

    It was great; they all laughed…

  9. Who cares they both cheat and are a disgrace to the shield. What is even more disgraceful is the long history of this and always getting off lightly.

  10. The cover up is always worse than the crime.

    The worst thing you can be is a liar.

  11. Whiny narcissists are always the least likely to accept responsibility for their actions and most likely to point at others.

  12. This reminds me of the scene in ‘A Few Good Men’ when Lt. Col. Markinson told the troops not to harm Corporal Santiago…but then a few minutes later ordered the “Code Red” at Col. Jessup’s command.

    In other words…Yeah, RIGHT!!

  13. Lets see if the NFL gives any slap on the wrist to Tommy Boy.

    More like suspend him for the season is in order.

  14. New England fans are clearly in denial, pages 66-69 of the reports show the testing at halftime, 11 New England balls were deflated, they added some air, and voila by the end of the game (another testing) the pressure remained the same, magic balls?

  15. The Wells report is a joke. There is simply no proof given in that report that the Patriots did anything wrong. In fact, I find it “more probable than not” that Wells did not find any proof of tampering.

  16. I didn’t think anything would come from the report, but it certainly appears that Brady was at the very least aware of what was going on if not orchestrating it. I do think Belichick and Kraft were unaware, but Brady looks busted. NFL needs to suspend him for 1 or 2 games.

  17. Not saying Belichick knew or didn’t know, but he runs that organization. He is the boss and at least two of his employees conspired to break the rules. Involved or not he has some culpability.

  18. So the #deflator really was deflating balls and not his bladder in those 90 seconds. Can’t count the nights that puzzling bit of evidence had kept me up.

  19. Belichek should ask Sean Peyton for advise on what to do in a season where members of his staff cheated and “he knew nothing about it”. Good time to read a hundred good books, maybe learn a second language, golf. LOL.

  20. So he won superbowls when he had the defensive signals and a deflated football to work with.

    Seems like the greatest something, though I don’t think player is the term I’d be using here.

  21. 0.45 to 1.02 psi

    That’s what were talking about.

    50+ men, coaches, passing plays, runs, defense, special teams, kicking….

    And were talking about 4-8% of a footballs air.

  22. The only thing the Wells Report definitively shows with respect to Brady is that he was furious that the refs inflated the ballse to 16 psi during the Jets game (which is a legitimate gripe), and told the equipment guy to not let that happen.

  23. Its official, Brady(aka the cheater) is just a straight up liar and cheater. Next time he should tell his ball boy not to use the name the deflator.

    Enjoy your tainted post career tommy boy. We all knew you cheated the game. Rules are rules and now your sb wins are officially tainted.

  24. What a complete pos. wow Nfl is the best sport in America the fans and other teams deserve better then this. Unless they replay the Nfl postseason. Their honestly should be N/a listed as Super bowl cha,pions this year. Nothing less then taking their rings and announcing Tom Brady should be kicked out of the Nfl indefinently will do.

  25. @1smoothoperator says: May 6, 2015 2:42 PM

    For an investigation to take 103 days to come up with “more probable than not” or “strongly suggest” Brady pressured someone is not proof of anything. Take that to court and see how far you get. Where is the hard evidence, because that’s what the NFL will need to punish anyone.
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    Apparently you aren’t knowledgeable of the difference between a court’s & an employer’s required level of “proof” before it can impose a punishment. But, I think you will be learning the difference fairly quickly (as soon as the punishment is delivered).

  26. “The Wells report is a joke. There is simply no proof given in that report that the Patriots did anything wrong. ”
    ___________

    LOL. Yeah, I’m totally with you. That’s just the kind of awesome guy Brady is. Nothing better to do than hand out stuff to people who judging by the texts didn’t even seem to really like him.

  27. The only way you could truly stop the Pats from cheating again is to take away an entire draft class and suspend Belichick for an entire season. Instead, Brady will miss a couple preseason games and the ball boys will be fired.

  28. Just because Brady cheated and Belichick already has a history of cheating doesn’t mean anything. Oh wait, scratch that, there is only one reason why they would cheat in the first place. Multiple titles=Multiple asterisks…this isn’t an opinionated statement…Patriots are now officially in the books as being multiple violators when in comes to cheating…period. But let’s not let anything trivial such as the FACTS get in the way here.

  29. This is sad new for the NFlL. Taking rings and indefinite suspension for Brady is the only punishment acceptable at this point. They should have been stripped of any draft picks as well. Convenient timing if I ever seen it.

  30. Remember that Saturday Night Live skit with Brady and the equipment manage after the story originally broke?

    Good times.

  31. Interesting standard of proof – “more likely than not”. While I would welcome discipline if there was clear proof, the standard for NFL conduct punishment should not be diluted to a 51% probability. The implications for the players are potentially enormous. I am sure the NFLPA will contest any discipline of Brady to protect the thousands of other members from the imposition of any new standard.

  32. Seriously is sad for the Nfl. Tom Brady has got to be indefinite suspension and the pats championship needs to wiped out of the books. Nobody won the Super bowl this year.

  33. I still have a few questions, and so far they dont seem to be answered. How do people feel about underinflated versus deflated?

    In other words, if the Patriots gave the officials 12 footballs that were underinflated, and the officials allowed them to use them in the game, is that the same as if the Patriots deflated legal balls after they were checked?

    To me, if the Patriots provided underinflated balls, there is nothing to be concerned with. If the Patriots provided properly inflated balls and then deflated them after, that to me is a huge deal.

    So far nothing answers the question. Did they provide under inflated balls that were subsequently approved? Or did they supply properly inflated balls, that were approved, and then subsequently deflated. Those actions to me are completely different.

    I am of the opinion that if they gave the officials game balls that were low on pressure, they didnt cheat. Its the responsibility of the officials to catch it and correct it. No different than when Rodgers said he often gives the refs game balls that are over inflated. Providing them that way and getting through to the game is fair game. Manipulating them after officials inspected them is not. Just because the Colts made a claim that the Pats deflated the balls, and the balls were in fact under inflated, doesnt mean that they deflated them. If there was a record of the pressure after the officials inspected the balls, then yes I agree they deflated them and should be punished harshly. I just havent seen the proof that the Pats made an effort to take legal, inspected balls, and deflate them…

  34. For those of you complaining about the “more likely than not” standard, that is the standard that is used in civil trials across the country. This is not a criminal procedure where a reasonable doubt standard applies. So there is nothing unusual or interesting about this.

  35. 1smoothoperator says:
    May 6, 2015 2:42 PM

    For an investigation to take 103 days to come up with “more probable than not” or “strongly suggest” Brady pressured someone is not proof of anything. Take that to court and see how far you get. Where is the hard evidence, because that’s what the NFL will need to punish anyone.
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    Where was the concrete proof Aaron Hernandez murdered Odin Lloyd? There was none. It was all circumstantial evidence. But he was convicted and sentenced based on jurors’ belief he most probably took part in the murder.

  36. Flood the NFL with emails demanding they take appropriate action.

    After reading the Wells report and especially the emails, I’m floored.

    Wow.

    Brazen and Tommy Boy was buying silence.

  37. Don’t be too hard on Belichick. Aaron Hernandez also gave his word to him that Brady was telling the truth.

  38. Of course Brady didn’t do anything wrong. He had someone else do it for him.

  39. Brady would complain about the footballs DURING games. He wanted them to HIS liking. Ban the bum!

  40. So when is the Wells Report coming out on Aaron Rodgers? He ADMITTED ON THE RECORD that he likes his footballs overinflated. So when will the NFL report on the Packers come out? This is such a joke because EVERY team in the NFL SCREWS around with football inflation/deflation and the NFL doesn’t care because they’ve NEVER enforced the fine on the books for it. Somehow it’s now an issue because it’s the Patriots? What a joke.

  41. If you suspend Sean Payton for Bountygate, you pretty much have to suspend Belichick for Deflategate. Ignorance is no excuse. Brady should be expelled from the league. The fact that he initiated the rules violation, lied about it after the fact, and wouldn’t allow access to his electronic communications is just too egregious for a short-term suspension. Shady Brady!

  42. Bull crap! Sean Payton didn’t know either and he was suspended for a year when there was absolutely not a shred of evidence. Here, there’s obviously evidence. Goodell set the precedent with Payton…B&B both deserve the same treatment.

  43. BTW…

    I hope that Bob Kraft would apologize to the entire NFL and, in particular, to the Indianapolis Colts, the media and all football fans for the whining that he and his coach and players deserved an apology.

  44. What does the report say about the two equipment guys with regards to their interviews? We’re they asked about the text messages? How did they respond? The text messages alone don’t mean anything to be except that Brady likes the balls to be slightly deflated… That’s not news or evidence. It was already known and previously acknowledged by Brady. It’s only evidence if he told them to deflate balls post inspection. 240 pages of reporting, but none of them say that.

  45. Uh oh!

    Brady cheated. The reaped benefits of that cheating was a playoff victory leading to a Super Bowl title.

    Unless both wins are vacated, then “cheating does pay.”

    And parents all over the country should possibly reevaluate the lessons we teach our kids.

    “Cheat, if the prize is big enough. Even if you get caught you can keep the ill gotten bounty.”

    Perhaps stealing and robbing banks is ok after all?

  46. You can bet Brady’s been doing this ever since control of game balls was handed over to each team thanks to his and Peyton’s lobbying efforts.

  47. Just read through the report. Page 69 specifically shows (there’s a table pasted in the report( that 3 of 4 Colt’s balls tested were under inflated by halftime.

    Here’s what I got from reading the report.

    1: Balls were tested before game. Patriot’s balls were around 12.5 PSI on average, Colt’s balls were around 13-13.5 PSI. Colt’s QB just likes them with a bit more air. Nothing wrong there. Both were within limits.

    2: At half time, 11 Patriots balls and 4 Colts balls were tested. Officials said they ran out of time to test more Colts balls.

    3: All balls had lost air since being tested prior to the game.

    4: All 11 Patriots balls were below the allowed limit.

    5: 3 of 4 Colts balls were below the allowed limit.

    To me, this seems consistent with the idea that balls inflated during warm indoor conditions lose some PSI when placed in cold outdoor conditions. Since we know that that the Patriots balls were inflated to the low end of the allowed limit to start, it makes sense that all 11 would be below the limit by halftime. What’s interesting is that even though the Colts balls were initially inflated to a higher PSI, 3 of the 4 tested were also below the allowed limit by halftime.

    Based on the data in the report, it seems as if all the balls in the game were consistent. They all lost some PSI over the course of the first half. This does not seem like cheating to me.

  48. There we go!! I always said they should put asterisks next to the cheaters. This report proves it

  49. I’m embarrased for Tom Brady and the Patriots, I didn’t think they were guilty.

    One thing the texts also said the refs pumped some fottballs up as much as 16 psi, isn’t that also agianst the same league rules? Can’t the NFL get anything right or consistent.

    We know footballs nuturally lose pressre in lower temperatures, we dind’t know the refs pumped footballs beyond 13.5 psi.

    Brady is going to take a big hit, and he deserves it…

  50. Brady would complain about the footballs DURING games. He wanted them to HIS liking. Ban the bum!

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    ALL QBS WANT THEM TO THEIR LIKING!!! Rodgers and Eli say the same. All of them complain if they aren’t how they want them. It doesnt meant Brady told them to tamper with the balls. Even the most incriminating text regarding “it must be stressful” doesn’t meant Brady asked them to do anything to the balls post inspection.

  51. Brady might get benched. Bill has punished people for coming late to a meeting, let alone lying to his face. Lies that make you look bad after going all scientific in a press conference how whether conditions effect balls.

  52. The picture says it all. We cheated again and got away with it coach. He’ll be forever known as Tainted Tom.

    Patriots fans you have officially lost today. Lets hear the excuses.

  53. Bang! Patriots did not cooperate and actually impeded the investigation:

    “The Patriots provided cooperation throughout the investigation, including by
    making personnel and information available to us upon request. Counsel for the Patriots,
    however, refused to make Jim McNally available for a follow-up interview requested by our
    investigative team on what we believed were important topics, despite our offer to meet at any
    time and location that would be convenient for McNally. Counsel for the Patriots apparently
    refused even to inform McNally of our request. We believe the failure by the Patriots and its
    counsel to produce McNally for the requested follow-up interview violated the club‟s obligations
    to cooperate with the investigation under the Policy on Integrity of the Game & Enforcement of
    League Rules and was inconsistent with public statements made by the Patriots pledging full
    cooperation with the investigation.”

  54. Circumstantial evidence is evidence nonetheless. Quit minimizing the issue at hand based on your adoration of the team and/or player.

  55. johnodocks says:
    May 6, 2015 3:10 PM
    You can bet Brady’s been doing this ever since control of game balls was handed over to each team thanks to his and Peyton’s lobbying efforts.

    ——

    THAT WAS THE POINT!!!!! The QBs could have the balls how ever they wanted them! If the league wants consistency they should do what baseball does and the officials should work in the game balls. Why did they allow the rule change if they care so much!

  56. “ALL QBS WANT THEM TO THEIR LIKING!!! Rodgers and Eli say the same”
    ————-
    No kidding. But….there is a range that they need to be in and they actually want them to their liking WITHIN the range of inflation. Brady cheats by going lower than the bottom range.

    This is a really sad excuse….you are trying to use.

  57. Deny, deny, deny, deny, deny, deny, deny…

    Geez, Tom, did Enron, Arthur Andersen, and Pete Rose teach you nothing??????

  58. I’m a Patriots and Brady fan, but Brady has some serious explaining to do here. McNally’s and Jastremski’s texts explain that Brady liked low psi. It’s possible that Brady told them to inflate to lowest psi allowed and these two guys took matters into their own hands, but that seems like a reach.

  59. Funny….Aaron Hernandez swore he didn’t do anything wrong either.

    Patriots way

  60. Belichick needs to punished too.

    Brady deserves a year suspension, at least.

    Belichick should be suspended too. “Ignorance is no excuse. Neither is asking about it after the fact.

  61. You Pat fans that kept trying to desperately pin it on the Colts look about as smart as you really are right now. Oh and that conventional thinking that the Pats are going to run up the score on the Colts is more of that crap you all think. Not happening.

  62. “There’s an old saying in Tennessee…I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee that says, ‘Fool me once, shame on ………………. shame on you. Fool me… You can’t get fooled again!'”
    ***********************************************
    How apropos Mr. Bush….

  63. bullcharger says:
    May 6, 2015 2:44 PM
    The report is moronic

    It is you blind homer fan that is moronic. But, keep drinking the Kool-Aid. The rest of the world knows your team is scum.

  64. When it comes down to it players still have to make players. Its not about scheme and deflated balls or frozend turff. Does it give another team and advantage? Sure it does. So does playing in your own stadium or a taller quaterback over a shorter one. Let’s calm down a bit. Yes they should be punished for breaking the rules but not on the level the majority of fans believe. I’m a Packers fan not a Patriots fan and I believe the right team won because players made plays.

  65. SKOLOLOLOLOL says:
    May 6, 2015 3:18 PM
    “ALL QBS WANT THEM TO THEIR LIKING!!! Rodgers and Eli say the same”
    ————-
    No kidding. But….there is a range that they need to be in and they actually want them to their liking WITHIN the range of inflation. Brady cheats by going lower than the bottom range.

    This is a really sad excuse….you are trying to use.

    ————-

    No….. Read what Rodgers said. He tries to get them passed over inflated. Higher than the highest acceptable by the rules. Nothing wrong with that. It’s only if Brady ordered tampering after the inspection that would be a deliberate breaking of the rule. He knew they were getting the balls how he wanted them. No evidence he told them to break any rules.

  66. Reading this but I see nothing in there that warrants a suspension for Brady. I’ll be shocked if he is.

    A fine for sure though.

  67. Brady did not cooperate in the investigation –

    Page 21 of the report:

    “Similarly, although Tom Brady appeared for a requested interview and answered
    questions voluntarily, he declined to make available any documents or electronic information
    (including text messages and emails) that we requested, even though those requests were limited
    to the subject matter of our investigation (such as messages concerning the preparation of game
    balls, air pressure of balls, inflation of balls or deflation of balls) and we offered to allow Brady‟s
    counsel to screen and control the production so that it would be limited strictly to responsive
    materials and would not involve our taking possession of Brady‟s telephone or other electronic
    devices. Our inability to review contemporaneous communications and other documents in
    Brady‟s possession and control related to the matters under review potentially limited the
    discovery of relevant evidence and was not helpful to the investigation.”

  68. Not a Patriots fan, but I respected Tom Brady…not so much now. He could have been a standup guy and just took the blame when this all came down. But, he just made things worse.

  69. hehateme2 says:
    May 6, 2015 3:23 PM
    bullcharger says:
    May 6, 2015 2:44 PM
    The report is moronic

    It is you blind homer fan that is moronic. But, keep drinking the Kool-Aid. The rest of the world knows your team is scum.

    ——-

    I call the report moronic and you call me moronic. Nice and classy!

    Not really in the spirit of arguing an issue and certainly not a good argument at all.

    The report is moronic because it draws ver circumstantial conclusions implicating Brady with no actual proof that he asked them to break any rules. They may have permanently damaged his rep over something there is no evidence he did. Can’t reverse it with a lawsuit or an apology or anything. It’s moronic!

    If the report found evidence that they actually tampered with the balls post inspection or evidence that Brady ordered the (code red) deflation, the I’d be right there with you. But there’s no evidence, just something close to slander.

  70. You know I never thought this deflate thing was any big deal. But lying about it is.

    I guess Kraft still wants his “apology”?

    Actually it looks like he should be the one making it now.

  71. Bull crap! Sean Payton didn’t know either and he was suspended for a year when there was absolutely not a shred of evidence. Here, there’s obviously evidence. Goodell set the precedent with Payton…B&B both deserve the same treatment.

  72. I want to see Robert Kraft apologize to the league after all this. Plus the Pats to lose several draft picks and Belicheat and Brady suspended for the whole season.

  73. theuglitruth says:
    May 6, 2015 3:29 PM
    Not a Patriots fan, but I respected Tom Brady…not so much now. He could have been a standup guy and just took the blame when this all came down. But, he just made things worse.

    ———

    No…. He didn’t have to take blame for something he didn’t do. Where does it say he asked them to tamper with the balls post inspection and where does it say they actually did tamper with the balls post inspection. Nowhere.

  74. Read the report, not just the summaries. Wells spends a whole section trying to make it seem nefarious that Brady signed a football, and gave away some shoes. I’ve seen PFT troll posts with better research.

  75. Listen to all you losers….do you know why we don’t hear about the crowd noise being pumped into the Georgia Dome…because no one cares about loser organizations….keep ripping the Pats cause it the end of the day banner 4 goes up and you clowns will still be crying but only wishing deep down your team could win one of these….good day

  76. On the Colts 3 of 4 balls:

    “According to both Exponent and Dr. Marlow,
    the difference in the average pressure drops between the Patriots and Colts footballs is
    statistically significant….

    According to our scientific consultants, however, the reduction in pressure of the Patriots game balls cannot be explained completely by basic scientific principles, such as the Ideal Gas Law, based on the circumstances and conditions likely to have been present on the day of the AFC Championship Game.”

  77. This is ridiculous. If anybody is to blame, its the NFL who changed the rule allowing the teams to procure their own footballs for the game. What did they think would happen?

    I hate the patriots but anybody who thinks decreasing a football 2PSI was the competitive edge that allowed this team to win championships is ignorant.

  78. I think Hillarious Clinton has found a possible running mate – dishonest, unethical, unprofessional, and downright huge human scumball.

    Clinton-Brady 2016 – It ain’t lyin’ until you can prove WE DID IT!

    New England Cheaters – The leftist north has a team that they can be proud of.

  79. No….. Read what Rodgers said. He tries to get them passed over inflated. Higher than the highest acceptable by the rules. Nothing wrong with that.

    It’s only if Brady ordered tampering after the inspection that would be a deliberate breaking of the rule. He knew they were getting the balls how he wanted them. No evidence he told them to break any rules.
    ————–
    There is enough evidence that shows that Brady is not trying to see what the officials will let them get away with. Especially since these balls were clearly deflated AFTER the officials inspected them.

    Keep trying….or maybe try reading the report.

  80. What do you make of this text:

    Jastremski: I checked some of the balls this morn… The refs f**ked us…a few of then were at almost 16

    ——

    That means the refs over inflated the game balls and they obviously weren’t tampered with…. No?

  81. I think it’s odd that Brady would tell Wells he didn’t know McNally’s name when that was just not true. Also wonder why he didn’t show Wells the text messages.

    Looking forward to his explanation.

  82. So now were pulling championships and suspending players for longer than people who beat wives and children for .5 -1.0 psi.

    You people are insane.

    Fine them. Sit Brady for 2 games and let it go people.

  83. How’d he do against Seattle in the greatest 4th QTR comeback in SB history? LOL!! You haters got nothing. Best QB ever. Deal with it.

  84. 12444uggg says: May 6, 2015 3:21 PM

    You Pat fans that kept trying to desperately pin it on the Colts look about as smart as you really are right now. Oh and that conventional thinking that the Pats are going to run up the score on the Colts is more of that crap you all think. Not happening.

    ———–

    Youve been embarrassed the last 3 times theyve played. Look for it to be a 4th time.

    Great pick on Dorsett, thanks for Brown. Im sure that has nothing to do with winning and losing its gotta be the 1 psi of air…

  85. Brady paid off the ball boys with autographed memorabilia. This keeps getting better and better.

  86. If Ray Farmer was suspended for games for texting to the field, then how many games should Brady and Bellichek be suspended??????

    That’s the question that has to be answered.

  87. Let the ‘Payton Precedent’ guide you Mr. Goodell. Afterall…you did set the precedent and now you’re married to it forever. Quote…’Sean Payton is the head coach. Ignorance is no excuse.’ Oh boy…gonna get nasty. If it doesn’t, I suggest Goodell never set foot in NOLA ever again..

  88. Didn’t they ask Aaron Hernandez the same exact question? ” Did you have anything to do with the murder” Nope.. okay works for me .. until they are charged/found guilty.

  89. Tom Brady is one of those sly sneaky characters. He’s the one who smiles and gets cozy with the family.. only later you found out he slept with your wife and cleaned out your bank account. Who would have thought.. Ole Friendly do good tom brady

  90. 37-50, 328 yards 4 TDs vs. the best defense in the world.

    And a report that is inconclusive. Too funny. I’ll enjoy our winning ways.

  91. This is absolutely worse than the child beater and domestic violence people.

    Not on a human level, certainly, but those cretins and their acts were outside of the NFL and did not impact games’ outcomes.

    This directly attacks the integrity of the game and Goodell better be very careful here if he doesn’t want the NFL to end up like pro wrestling.

    He better be crushing on the penalties for this.

  92. This has to be the most one sided witch hunt ever over what, air (nothing). Why does Wells not investigate all clubs why no mention of Indianspolis’s deflated balls what about the personal vendetta two NFL employees have against the Patriots plus add in Irsay always crying to the league after the Patriots beat the Colts into the ground. How Many QB’s admitted to this. Why did the league setup a sting only on the Patriots and no one else to be fair. Funny how you still have to play the games and the results speak for themselves. Don’t hold your hero higher than anybody because they all have skeletons in their closet. But when it all comes down don’t tell me no other football player took steroids, HGH, Adderall, used stickum, etc….. To gain an advantage. A tiny bit of air out of a football changes zero of one person or teams ability to win games. Until I see no other player get caught doing something to gain an advantage this is 100 % bull and points back to Goodell being a horses butt. In a court of law probably or might have hold zero amount of air in convicting someone. You got nothing NFL and once again you look like a horses butt

  93. So, the guy with tiny hands that cheats is also a liar. Did Giselle know that Tom had really tiny hands and was a liar before she married him. I think this may be grounds for divorce in Brazil. I am certain it is! Now Giselle and I can be together, walking on the beach, and holding not-tiny hands.

  94. Tom Brady is a cheater and liar and has been for years! He has benefited from the tuck rule, spygate and now deflate gate. His entire career deserves an asterisk!

  95. The NFL needs to show that it has a zero tolerance for cheaters.
    Take back the trophy and don’t give them any rings and suspend them for a whole season.
    That will teach them and other teams that they shouldn’t cheat.

  96. And will Kraft hire a contingent of lawyers to fight any penalties … and if so could he actually bankrupt the NFL via expensive litigation?? Not sure if he would actually go that far for Brady.

  97. New England Patriots
    2001 Superbowl Champions (1)
    2003 Superbowl Champions (1)
    2004 Superbowl Champions (1)
    2014 Superbowl Champions (2)

    Notes:
    (1) – with helps from spygate
    (2) – with helps from deflategate

  98. Lets face it, hes not going to get much of a punishment so lets just make all of his balls for next year be over-inflated. Then we will really see how much of a difference it makes for him.

  99. If anyone should be punished here it’s the Colts. If not for making false allegations then for their constant whining and complaining to the league.

    Seriously, this team is pathetic. Every time they lose to the Patriots they run to the league and complain.

    What I find really hilarious is how there are people who say that Bob Kraft has the commissioner in his back pocket. What a joke! If anyone has the commissioner in his pocket it’s Jim “Thanks Dad” Irsay.

    Let’s look at some history here:

    – After the Patriots’ defense humbled Peyton Manning and the Colts’ supposedly unstoppable offense in the 2003 AFC Championship game, Bill Polian and Tony Dungy use their status as influential members of the league’s Competition Committee to get team owners to agree to change the rules on defensive holding and illegal contact. So if you don’t particularly enjoy the current “no defense allowed” brand of football currently being played in the NFL, you can blame the Colts.

    – In 2005, prior to a game in Foxboro between the Colts and Patriots, the Colts filed a formal complaint with the league about the condition of the field at Gillette. In an unprecedented move, then NFL commissioner (and noted Polian lap dog) Paul Tagliabue intervened on the Colts’ behalf, and the Patriots were forced to hastily re-sod the field in the days before the game.

    – And now, in 2015, the Colts make an allegation about deflated footballs, and the league not only launches a four month investigation of the Patriots, but they do it at the most important point in the season – as the team is prepping for the Super Bowl.

    Yeah, Goodell really loves the Pats. It’s obvious – because everyone knows that nothing helps a team prep for the SB better than having charges of cheating hanging over your head and your team and facility crawling with investigators.

  100. Pat fans been talking trash for long time now ….so let see what Garapolo’s got. My guess…not much.

  101. And BTW, contrast the way the league has handled the “deflategate” allegations against the Patriots with allegations several years ago that the Colts were piping noise into their dome.

    When the Colts made the deflated balls allegations against the Pats, the league launched a four month investigation.

    Contrast that to how the league acted when the Colts were acccused (not only by the Patriots BTW, but also the Steelers). The Patriots filed a formal complaint with a league about the Colts’ artificial noise on a Monday morning. It took the league literally A COUPLE OF HOURS to come to the conclusion that the Colt shad done nothing wrong.

    That’s right – they issued a verdict of “not guilty” that afternoon. No acoustics experts or Columbia University physics experts were hired, no investigators sent to Indy to interrogate team employees, like they did with Deflategate. Nothing.

    Apparently the entire investigation of the Colts amounted to then commissioner Paul Tagliabue calling then Colts GM Bill Polian and saying “so Bill, did you guys pipe in noise? No? Okay, that’s good enough for me”.

    If anyone has the commissioner in their pocket it’s the Colts. And yet the Pats still dominate them LOL.

  102. One thing i was fairly shocked and relieved to see was that refs did their job and did it better then I would have if i’m being honest about my attention to small detail. they come out looking great in this report when i feared they’d be the reason Brady would get off.

  103. It was obvious from his press conference that Brady sounded like a man with something to hide. But as a Patriots fan I gave him the benefit of a doubt. Then it turns out he lied to us. He has been lying all along. Now all his cold weather records, playoff records will be questioned. Would he have won as many games in Foxboro in January if he was playing with regular footballs? People will ask that question fair or not. The Super Bowl records are irrelevant because in the first 3 he was just a game manager and they were largely a defensive efforts. But the records are his and they have tarnished forever.

  104. For an investigation to take 103 days to come up with “more probable than not” or “strongly suggest” Brady pressured someone is not proof of anything. Take that to court and see how far you get. Where is the hard evidence, because that’s what the NFL will need to punish anyone.

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    Per legal expert on NFL Network…… it means that the investigator is confident that Tom Brady knew about the balls being deflated.

  105. Maybe these guys gotta study the rule book and figure it out.

  106. The way the League handled the Saints for performance incentives has set a precedent on how it should handle everything from here on out. Is Belicheck going to be suspended for a year? Remember, their was no proof the Saints players ever tried to hurt anyone, just that they had pay for performance for big hits (every team has always done this.) The League came down SO HARD. Suspended the coach for a full year (!), lost draft picks, and they weren’t cheating, just breaking the rules on paying incentives. They really screwed the Saints over. The Saints were warned and they didn’t stop it, so OK, but the penalty was STIFF. Now we have a team CHEATING on the field to gain an advantage, AGAIN. Belicheck gonna get banned for a year?? Doubt it!

  107. Wait a Second…

    Didn’t Bellichek say after his presser that he was done with this after all the investigation of the drop in pressure when a QB rubs the ball (smoke-screen) that he was not spending any more time on this?

    He lied…he had one more thing to do. He had to do a CYA before he moved on to the Super Bowl.

  108. Brady needs to be banned for life. This a direct slap in the face at the integrity of the game. Goodell needs to protect the shield.

  109. Ignorance of the events is no excuse…

    It will be interesting to see whether they allow the damage control crew to salvage Belichick from any penalties.

  110. Too funny…

    Any other team besides the Patriots, Bellichek would just be returning from his last suspension, and would get suspended again. However, since this is the Patriots, it is good enough to say Bill the Chess player knew nothing. Hey..the reason his RBs don’t fumble is because they play a game of keep away in camp..right?

  111. If you suspend Sean Payton for Bountygate, you pretty much have to suspend Belichick for Deflategate.

    Really??? You think that paying bounties for trying to injure other players and this minor infraction of an almost unknown rule are on the same level?

    Obviously the refs didn’t care much about the PSI rule if they over-inflated balls 2.5 PSI above the 13.5 limit.

    Get a grip. Brady obviously told them to make sure the balls were in the range he liked them. Even if he actually had gone so far as to deflate the ball 1psi himself it is still in no way comparable to the practice of paying bounties to injure players. One infraction results in a small edge, the other could put someone in a wheel chair or worse.

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