Wells Report: Brady, Pats staffer spoke at least six times after allegations arose

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Among the most notable assertions in Wednesday’s Wells Report on alleged football under-inflation by the Patriots was that investigators believe it was “more probable than not” that New England quarterback Tom Brady was “at least generally aware” that two Patriots gameday employees were letting air out of footballs.

Writing in the report, the investigative team points to the “material increase in the frequency of telephone and text communications” between Brady and a Patriots staffer alleged to have manipulated footballs as “evidence of Brady‟s awareness” of efforts to under-inflate footballs.

Those communications, the report alleges, picked up beginning on Monday, January 19, when the deflation allegations came to light.

According to the Wells Report, Brady and Patriots equipment assistant John Jastremski communicated via telephone at least six times before Jastremski turned in his telephone to the Patriots to be imaged forensically on January 21.

Overall, Brady and Jastremski had two conversations apiece occurring on January 20 and 21 and “at least” two conversations on January 19, investigators assert. Brady and Jastremski spoke for nearly an hour in total over the three days, the Wells Report found.

Moreover, investigators allege they found Brady sent text messages to Jastremski “seemingly designed to calm” the equipment assistant.

“You good Jonny boy?” read one of the texts allegedly sent by Brady to Jastremski.

Wrote Jastremski in one of his text messages to Brady, as found by the report: “Still nervous; so far so good though.”

According to the Wells Report, Jastremski and Brady had not texted or communicated over the phone for more than six months prior to January 19.

Brady is also alleged to have invited Jastremski to the Patriots’ quarterbacks room on January 19 — something that had never occurred previously, Jastremski was alleged to have told investigators.

After the inflation allegations against the Patriots surfaced after their win in the AFC title game on January 18, Brady told Boston radio station WEEI that it was “ridiculous” to believe New England was improperly altering footballs.

71 responses to “Wells Report: Brady, Pats staffer spoke at least six times after allegations arose

  1. Tom Brady is now ineligible from any and all discussions of “greatest QB”.

    Tainted legacy, has been cheating his entire career.

  2. I love it that there are Patriots fans still puffing their chests out and trying to explain away stuff like this as if it’s not a huuuge problem for their organization.

  3. 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.

  4. vbe2

    actually that would be factually incorrect. I don’t believe balls were in the control of teams before games until after 2006 if I recall. Manning and Brady were the ones to lobby for it.

  5. 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.

  6. “According to the Wells Report, Jastremski and Brady had not texted or communicated over the phone for more than six months prior to January 19”

    Well, doesn’t this actually make it seem like Brady was communicating with the equipment guy only AFTER the reports came out to try to get to the bottom of what happened?

    Otherwise (if it were an ongoing conspiracy) they would have spoken weekly.

  7. Smoking?; I’ll give you smoldering……The report looks bad for Brady…..Hard to believe he didn’t just fess up and say he directed them to keep the air at the lowest legal limit and there may have been some errors or accidental over deflation…….He could have solved the problem. Now; he looks guilty and at least, not honest.

    Great QB with an * that really didn’t need to be there.

  8. vbe2 says:
    May 6, 2015 3:29 PM
    Tom Brady is now ineligible from any and all discussions of “greatest QB”.

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

    come on. he’s still the best.

    GCOAT

    greatest cheater of all time

  9. Not a Pats fan in the least… but Seattle fans… if you ran the football you would have won the SB. Brady getting extra grip on the ball in a game vs Indy doesn’t make you the champs.

  10. A long history of cheating. The snow plow game… etc.

    this is the most tainted franchise in the NFL. Pathetic fans would sell their souls for a meaningless title. ****

  11. New England should be forced to have Greg Schiano coach the team and should be forced to give the Bucs a 1st rounder for Mike Glennon in return (to make up for the Talib and Blount trade scams).

  12. These guys are probably going to end up losing their jobs listening to what “Captain Tom” told them to do. While Brady probably will get a big fine, maybe a suspension, but still have millions (and Gisele) waiting for him at home.

  13. The Pats are the modern day faiders.

    Low character franchise. At least dead al would own his cheating ways. Bob Kraft is the scum of the earth.

    The Pats dynasty has mud all over it, and always will.

  14. At the end of the day, the NFL doesn’t care about any of this stuff until someone exposes the underworld of the NFL and the media gets a hold of it. Then they are forced to pretend they care.

    Concussions, gamesmanship, violence, etc..

    Would this even be a story if it was the Cleveland Browns?

  15. umm doesn’t it make sense that there would be an uptick in communication after a controversy?

    In the real world, my boss comes to talk to me a lot more when there’s a problem than when everything is good.

  16. slick50ks says:
    May 6, 2015 3:43 PM

    The Pats are the modern day faiders.

    Low character franchise. At least dead al would own his cheating ways. Bob Kraft is the scum of the earth.

    The Pats dynasty has mud all over it, and always will.
    ===============================

    If only they had the quiet dignity of an internet troll

  17. Anything less than a year suspension for Brady is too light a punishment.

    The Colt’s GM letter to the officials before the game that it is widely known Brady likes to have his footballs deflated makes it pretty clear Brady has been doing this for years.

    It’ll be interesting if Brady gets a year suspension if he ever plays again.

  18. Does Goodell have the stones to suspend Brady for the Thursday Night season opener? The league’s marquee opening game.

    The punishments will be interesting and will speak volumes to what his true relationship is with the Patriots.

  19. rodvmunchiii says:
    May 6, 2015 3:38 PM
    Not a Pats fan in the least… but Seattle fans… if you ran the football you would have won the SB. Brady getting extra grip on the ball in a game vs Indy doesn’t make you the champs.
    ********************
    As a Seattle fan I am fine with the results from the Superbowl.
    However Tom Brady now has a horrible look to his resume.

  20. What gets me is all the people that say the deflated balls didn’t matter, they killed the Colt’s anyways. As this probably happened all year (per the text messages) how much of an advantage was the pat’s having home field advantage throughout the playoffs, and did those balls contribute to their win totals? If it effected one or two regular season games, wouldn’t that game have been played in Indy???

  21. If Kraft can’t run his team by firing Bill, the coaching staff that creates the culture of cheating, and players then he should be forced to sell the team. Kraft is the worst owner with one coach and one QB that cheated for 15 years faking the Patriot Way as something good. Keep lying N.E.

    The Rooney’s and Mara’s need to step in and have vote to force Kraft out f he can’t have a fire sale from the top down tomorrow.

  22. Suspend Brady for the season. Send a message to the Pats that enough is enough.

  23. heelergirl says:
    New England won the Super Bowl
    ———————————————————-
    No, Seattle gave it away, and the Patriots cheated to get there. Obviously they’ve been cheating this way for years. The cold weather turnover stats prove that.

    Enjoy watching the Seahawks in the Super Bowl again this year.

  24. Lance Armstrong went after everyone who dared to question his integrity. He was so vehement that even his closest supporters even believed him until the denials blew up in his face. The Patriots used the Lance Armstrong approach and now it’s blown up. Good.

  25. And Aaron Rodgers has admitted to preferring more than the standard of 13.5……packers super bowl tainted…..Jerry rice admits to stickum, there is no way Joe didn’t feel the stuckum when he was throwing the ball. He might’ve even had better grip throwing it, tainted!!! Colts were pumping in noise when Peyton was there OH!!!! Tainted….give me a break…….I’ll continue basking in the red wine bath that is our super bowl victory!!! 4 rings….you nobodies can place your imaginary asterisk wherever you’d like……two words to you chumps!!!!! KEEP CRYING!!!! HA!!!!

  26. I am a long time Patriots fan. I love Tom Brady and believe that he is the greatest player ever to play in the NFL. But after reading the Wells report, there is no doubt that he cheated. Not only that. But he lied about it. I feel like a parent who finds out that one of their children is not the person he thought he was

  27. So what if Brady likes his balls deflated? It seems just personal preference over any advantage. Some QBs like their balls hard others like them soft. Brady likes his soft and it sounded like the Refs often blew his up really big and full. The stats show that RBs, WRs, and TEs handle them the same either way. Really a non-scandal.

  28. Oh, my: Tommy Boy ordered the balls deflated–a practice that he no doubt started years ago–then tried to cover his tracks with the equipment manager when the news broke. Fact. The balls WERE deflated–intentionally so.

  29. Coach and QB both caught cheating and lying over their time together both should be banned from any records or Super Bowls. NFL doesn’t need these losers who can’t win legit …

  30. Brady hearing the news today that A) he refused to cooperate with the Wells investigation, phone calls to the employees right after the accusations were made, refusing to give his phone records to investigators, employees texts amongst themselves providing proof they were deliberately going against the rules on Brady’s direct orders….

    Brady today: YOU MAD BRO?

  31. Well, in the second half v the Colts, I did see Brady miserably underthrow a wide open Edelman for a TD. He had to stop running to catch it and he threw a 4 yard pass to a down lineman for a TD. That jacks up your QB rating. Against Seattle he did toast a secondary that had dislocated shoulders and elbows and sprained MCL’s and broken arms. 6 of his passes made it 10 yards past the line of scrimmage. Watch the tape, I on the other hand am not lying. Oh losing Cliff Avril to concussion for game didnt hurt either late third after the last Brady pick. Profootball focus rated his throws -0.3. for the day. What a performance.

  32. BANISH him from football, records,hall of fame ‘everything “. if the MBL can banish Pete Rose, for betting against his team, the NFL should Banish Brady FOR CHEATING

  33. If Brady was secure with his place in history, he would have owned it. Instead he threw the ball boys under the bus. Pats fans who believed in him must be so deflated. Gutless cheater.

  34. Haha. If you think Goodell suspends Brady longer than four games, you’re dreaming. Kraft will open up the dirt on Goodell if that were to happen. Good ol black mail.

  35. spoke 6 times ha ha now if we doo math thats carry thr three they meant 666 cheese strikes again from gods team you all suck kiss my earnd rings loosers

  36. i am not a Brady or Patriot fan but I think this is the most overblown (or under) that I have ever seen. If you look at this in the worst possible light for Brady and the Pats the worst thing they did is make the footballs less inflated than the legal limit and lied about doing it. That ain’t no big deal. Brady likes softer footballs. So what. He may have had the equipment guy soften them a little extra. Big deal. He still had to read the defense and deliver the ball which he did better than anyone else in history. Soft balls or not. Look what happened in the SB. No under inflated balls There and he shreads the vaunted Seahawks defense. All if this chatter about “Greatest Cheater” are from fans frustrated by the fact that the Patriots kick there teams butt every time they play. They edged my team last year too. Not because the ball was soft but because they were better. Guess what. It will continue.

  37. Tiki Barber is “Flabbergasted”!!!!!

    Seriously, if the Pat’s lost would this even be a conversation?

    I’m a Giant fan and I couldn’t give two Balls about this story.

    You accusers should explain why his 2nd half passing stats were better than his first!

    Just let it go

  38. Those texts are gonna come out, if TB does not own up tonite, expect it to be 1000 times worse when these two pawns get axed by NE, and then TMZ offers them $100K to spill it. If not this year, these guys will crack before Judgement Day. How about the day before the Hall of Fame Induction circa 2027? Tom should blame it on CTE.

  39. Tiger Woods and OJ Simpson were the biggest cheaters in sports. Brady has surpassed them, especially since he compromised the actual game.

  40. Wells: investigate him, and ask for his phone. When he says no, then we can make it a conduct detrimental charge, and forget about the air pressure thing altogether, it will have served its purpose.

    I’m against Brady on this, but can we just go back to the air pressure thing and punish him for that? The phone thing is understandable if you’re a Celebrity, am I right?

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