Wells report chides Patriots for not cooperating with investigation

AP

Patriots owner Robert Kraft promised his full cooperation with the Ted Wells investigation.

What Wells found from the Patriots was something that falls well below the threshold of full.

The Wells report said that the Patriots refused to make officials locker room attendant Jim McNally available for a follow-up interview which was requested, “despite our offer to meet at any time and location that would be convenient for McNally.”

The report said Patriots counsel apparently didn’t inform McNally of the request, and that the refusal “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.”

That sets the stage for some significant punishment for the team, which began this process with bluster, demanding an apology from the league if no evidence was found.

The team wasn’t alone playing keep-away, as quarterback Tom Brady refused to provide text messages and e-mails “even though those requests were limited to the subject matter of our investigation” which means they weren’t just looking for cell phone pics of Gisele Bundchen.

The report also concluded that the Patriots “questioned the integrity and objectivity of game officials, various NFL executives and certain NFL Security representatives present at the AFC Championship Game or otherwise involved in the investigative process.”

That’s not surprising. People put on the defensive act defensively. But the team that boasted about full cooperation then refused to cooperate fully, and that’s something the organization will likely answer for soon.

79 responses to “Wells report chides Patriots for not cooperating with investigation

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

    Tainted legacy, has been cheating his entire career.

  2. Suggestions:

    Brady has to divorce Gisele and marry Rosie O Donnell.

    Kraft has to sell the Pats and purchase the Browns.

    That’s about fair.

  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. Kraft says they already met him 4 times, Report says they failed to get a follow up meeting.

    We’ve got ourselves a he said, she said. One of these is true.

  5. And what about the 4 colts under inflated balls? Luck just gets a pass cause he hasn’t won a super bowl yet? More probably than not. Wow, 104 days and not a single conclusion other than showing silly texts between two ball boys. Nice NFL

  6. They had already interviewed him 4 times and Kraft felt that the need to interview a part time game day employee who also has another full time job for the fifth time was unnecessary

  7. That’s why Kraft should be the one most severely punished for this. He stonewalled the investigation and has overseen a “if you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin'” team culture. He should pay a 7-figure fine and essentially be banned from being an owner, George Steinbrenner-style, for a year.

  8. Brady and Belichick insist on there being a 3-strike policy before any significant punishment take place. Patriots are now on the books for being cheaters “only twice”…no big deal everyone.

  9. It’s never too late for the “Chewbacca” defense.

    Put the Bon Bon’s away Gisele, you’re not retiring this year.

  10. Dishonesty is only one of the issues here. How about stupidity / hubris?

    The Pats have to know the league has a magnifying glass on them at all times, yet they persist in shady stuff. They are either dumb, or think they’re untouchable. Both are detrimental.

  11. Why refuse to show e-mails and messages? Only people with something to hide act such a way. There are people who keep trying to downplay it, but this violates the integrity of the game.

  12. Goodell has never gotten a punishment correct, probably ever in his tenure. So my prediction is a $50k fine to Kraft and no ice cream after dinner at Goodells

  13. 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?

  14. Who cares.
    The Colts sucked anyway. Deflated balls doesn’t mean 50 point win.

    Blah blah blah.
    I’m a Giants fan and Gentle Tom Bradyn is the GOAT!

  15. Bradycheat is the biggest cheater in sports history. Now we know why a scrub QB 6th round pick with limited talent can accomplish what he has. Bcuz hes been cheating for 15 years!!!!!

  16. Kraft comes off as arrogant, the NFL won’t do anything to those two employees for the fear of them running to ESPN with more NFL stories

  17. Imagine what type of backlash would have resulted if Ray Rice or Adrian Peterson refused to turn over evidence or submit to interviews with the NFL. The report makes it clear that the Patriots and Brady actively obstructed the investigation. Why should they get a pass? If they do, it sets the precedent that players in the future that are potentially subject to discipline do not need to be forthcoming.

  18. I don’t doubt for a second that the Patriots failed to fully cooperate.

    It should not matter how many times the interviews were held with McNally. New evidence comes to light. You follow up. It’s called being thorough.

    At the January press conference, when Brady said, “this isn’t ISIS nobody is dying,” I immediately thought he knew about the deflated balls and that was lying. Why else try to trivialize the issue?

    For me, that was a smoking gun.

  19. Did someone really ask who is surprised by this? Uh have you been reading PFT and the indignant Pats fans who blamed the Indy GM, the Indy ball boys, the media etc

  20. So the guy that is accused of deflating the footballs said “the only thing deflating is Brady’s passer rating”. He said that in a text. So he’s saying that nothing else is being deflated? But he’s the one who deflated the footballs? What

  21. Kraft should receive a sizable fine and further punishment:

    1. $10m fine.

    2. Strip him of the Lombardi and AFC Championship trophies.

    3. Docked next year’s 1st round draft pick

    4. League should mandate extensive policy changes for the franchise to prevent future cheating including full cooperation with any investigation.

    This in addition to suspending Brady and Belichick for the season.

  22. i’d pay $100 if we can get entire football stadiums chanting

    spaz – spaz – spaz – spaz ….

    whenever brady is on the field

  23. With the smugness and defiance that the Patriots have presented, the NFL should have no choice but to throw the book at Brady and ownership. I also don’t see how Belichick didn’t know about this being the micro-manager he is. He said Brady told him nothing happened, but would you believe Brady?

  24. The report in pages 66 to 69 says everything we need to know. At halftime 11 out of 12 Pats balls were deflated, none of the Colts balls were, if that’s not enough evidence, then I don’t know what is. Furthermore, at the end of the end of the game all the Pats balls were within range, case closed.

  25. Noncooperation is just another form of their cheating, and another stain..

    So for all the chowderheads who will try and reverse the spin and downplay this, after they come out of hiding of course, let’s be clear::

    YOU “WON” 4 RINGS BY A GRAND TOTAL OF 12PTS, YES THATS RIGHT, 4 RINGS BY A GRAND EFFING TOTAL OF 12PTS, WHILE CHEATING AT SEEMINGLY EVERY TURN.

    YOUR TEAM AND ENTIRE FANBASE ARE AN EMBARRASSMENT TO FOOTBALL. THE WHOLE FRANCHISE SHOULD BE CONTRACTED IN FAVOR OF AN EXPANSION TEAM, AND ALL TROPHIES FORFEITED AND TURNED OVER. FURTHERMORE, YOU SUCK.

  26. Brady out a minimum of 1 year.

    Belicheat out a minimum of 1 year.

    Kraft fined $10M

    First round picks gone for next 5 years.

  27. It is official – the NFL has a new franchise in New England – the Patriots no longer exist – instead we have the official New England Cheaters.

    Absolutely disgusting.

    But the NFL is not alone in the world of big time cheats – NASCAR has the Hendrick Motorsports Mafia who has a champion, James Mae Johnson, who was caught AND penalized no less than 14 times during his shampionships – and in his latest one – he ran an illegal car, the Chevrolet SS, which did not meet the requirements of a civilian model being sold to consumers during 2013 until the last day of October that year. NASCAR has done nothing – has not invalidated ALL Chevrolet SS wins that year – and the media has remained silent on this. Do the research – sales reports by Chevrolet show NO CHEVROLET SS SALES in 2013 until the OCTOBER 2013 sales reports were released in the first part of November – that means every race up to that point had an illegal Chevrolet in competition.

    The James Mae Johnson team along with chief cheater, Chad Mouse, has been complicit in flagrant rules violations and has received the least punishment of SERIAL REPEAT OFFENDERS in the sport.

    We also need to remember that the Hendrick Mafia team is owned by the convicted felon who served prison time for cheating his Honduh customers and then he was later pardoned by the impeached President William Jefferson Blythe Clinton.

    Deflategate has nothing on NASCAR’s Chevrolet SS Scandal – the largest fraud in sports history.

  28. jcooper17 says:
    May 6, 2015 3:25 PM
    And what about the 4 colts under inflated balls? Luck just gets a pass cause he hasn’t won a super bowl yet? More probably than not. Wow, 104 days and not a single conclusion other than showing silly texts between two ball boys. Nice NFL
    **********************
    Too bad for you, they were under-inflated but not under the legal limit.
    Read the report and then comment.

  29. There’s full cooperation, and then there’s the witch hunt this became. McNally met with investigators 4 times, then they declined a 5th interview. I’d say that’s cooperating. If I’m Brady there’s no way I hand over my phone to anybody without a court order. Hacking isn’t the only way photos get leaked.

  30. Read Kraft’s response about the lack of “full cooperation.” They had interviewed Jim McNally four times already and didn’t provide any justification for demanding a fifth interview. At some point you just have to say enough is enough.

  31. boston444 says:
    May 6, 2015 3:25 PM
    They had already interviewed him 4 times and Kraft felt that the need to interview a part time game day employee who also has another full time job for the fifth time was unnecessary
    *******************
    Not up to Kraft after he promised full cooperation.

  32. You got your good boy phone and your naughty boy phone.

    Brady must have been hiding some other kind of cheating.

  33. 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.

  34. >>edgarpoe3 says:
    May 6, 2015 3:35 PM
    With the smugness and defiance that the Patriots have presented, the NFL should have no choice but to throw the book at Brady and ownership. I also don’t see how Belichick didn’t know about this being the micro-manager he is. He said Brady told him nothing happened, but would you believe Brady?

    I can’t stand Belichick, but I agree he is likely innocent in this case.

    But Brady is a different story. Goodell needs to throw the book at him.

  35. “The report in pages 66 to 69 says everything we need to know. At halftime 11 out of 12 Pats balls were deflated, none of the Colts balls were”

    Actually, according to Prioleau’s gauge, three of four Colts’ footballs were under the 12.5 psi threshold at half-time (12.35, 12.30 and 12.15).

  36. I wouldnt share my phone records either… Sure they’re only looking for subject matter associated with the investigation, but wouldnt they have to look at everything first to decide whether it is associated?

  37. Nice job Pats. Promise full cooperation, then delay turning over damning evidence until AFTER interviews, and when investigators want to re interview subjects to ask about go, ‘lol no you already interviewed them!’ THEN play the victim. Classic.

    Not to mention Brady’s lack of cooperation.

  38. Scumbag cheaters. Anyone who disagrees is totally ignoring Belichick’s history and is probably a Pats homer who would blindly defend them no matter what they did.
    This statement is true whether you agree with it or not.

  39. If I have to hear one more imbecile say, “well they beat the colts by 40, it made no difference whatsoever”…

    Whether or not they would’ve beaten the Colts is besides the point altogether. The point is they deliberately cheated in an effort to gain an advantage. Based on the text messages, this was happening back in October. This has been happening all year, and it should surprise no one.

  40. It took how long to figure out what the rest of us with half a brain already figured out? Give Brady his suspension and fine and let’s move on already. And I would also like an apology from Kraft who called us all stupid.

  41. Conspicuously absent, is any mention of the Pats pattern for rules violation, which, you can presume, makes it more likely, the issue was widely known throughout the organization. When players have issues, they follow them to the end of their careers and are used for more severe punishment for subsequent acts.

    Here, the Pats are treated like they’ve never done anything before, giving them “cover and insulation” not usually afforded previous “bad actors”. When there is a question of cheating, the Pats should be regarded as a usual suspect.

  42. Wells expected the Pats to cooperate with the investigation?
    Really?
    A blatantly guilty party is going to be helpful to the investigator?
    Sounds like every episode of “Columbo” to me.

  43. This is so much worse than the Redskins and Cowboys cheating a cap in a year without a cap. This is so much worse……………

  44. “Based on the text messages, this was happening back in October. ”

    The fact that Brady didn’t like that the balls were inflated to 16 PSI during a game is evidence that the balls were being deliberately deflated below the limit since October? Is that a joke? How is that evidence? That’s conjecture, a guess.

    You’re all delusional if you think any trophies will be stripped. Not. A. Chance. Kraft and Belichick (and every other Patriots employee besides Brady and the two singled out ) were found to be guilty of nothing. Make sure to watch on September 10th trolls, as the reigning Super Bowl champions are honored for their accomplishment.

  45. Imagine the outcry had my beloved Phins refused to cooperate with the Wells investigation during the Bullygate scandal.

    Only the New England ** Patriots!

  46. the pats and their fans can say what they will, this does stain the trio of brady belichick and kraft. anyone saying different is fooling themselves. and the rep is all you end up with at the end. so they will bet theirs.

    ask sosa and clemens and bonds and the rest

  47. “the pats and their fans can say what they will, this does stain the trio of brady belichick and kraft.”

    Except for the fact that Belichick and Kraft were cleared of any wrong doing. That’s not up for interpretation. That’s stated in the report.

    So who’s fooling themselves again?

  48. tajuara says:
    May 6, 2015 3:36 PM

    The report in pages 66 to 69 says everything we need to know. At halftime 11 out of 12 Pats balls were deflated, none of the Colts balls were, if that’s not enough evidence, then I don’t know what is. Furthermore, at the end of the end of the game all the Pats balls were within range, case closed.

    >>>>>>>>>>.

    Read the report again…amazing how much conjecture and “…we believe…” these experts spew out…so much supposition…so little tangible evidence…

    ….so, as long as we have traveled down this path of supposition…could it not happen that the Colts, knowing of their intention to raise the issue of inflation levels, could have, possibly, more probably than not, deflated the intercepted ball a little bit BEFORE the three measurements? Could they not, possibly, have inflated their balls before turning them over to officials? That Seabrooks guy is amazing….

  49. The dude got interviewed 4 times! He felt a 5th was a bit over the top since this isn’t his full time job. He does have a full time job he’s commited to. Wow these people commenting need med’s. Bad

  50. The bigger question to me is why doesn’t the NFL have the power to mandate that they meet with them and turn over everything and have a policy that any refusal to do so results in the charge being judged as guilty. Seems simple enough. Is this beyond Goodell’s ability to implement because he’s underpaid at his position?

  51. Tom Brady is the Greatest QB ever
    Tom Brady is as honest as humble pie
    Tom Brady is My hero
    Tom Brady will forever be know as Mr. Clutch

    NOT to All

    Signed

    Joe Montana

  52. 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!

  53. The NFL is a joke. A guy smokes weed at home and is out for half the season. Brady & Bellicheck have cheated numerous times and have gotten caught. Who knows what else they’ve gotten away with?

    A 1 season ban for Brady at MINIMUM.

  54. As a Patriot fan since 1976, Tom Brady’s act has often gotten on my nerves the last 4-5 years, but the pitchfork totting morons, with Gantt leading the pack, can just kiss my behind. If the red headed step child should suspend tommy boy it will only help the Patriots in the long run.

    Jimmy G. will do just fine under the guidance of Hall of Fame Coach Bill Belicheck. The report said there was no proof BB had any knowledge of deflation of footballs. After “Spy Gate” I just can’t see BB risking anymore marks against his reputation. So stab away until the season starts and then craw back into your man caves in silence when the season kicks off.

  55. Brady ordered the code red. And you darn right the micro manager of all micro managers knew about it. Don’t be fooled!

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