The Deflator, Pats equipment assistant suspended indefinitely

It seems safe to assume we have probably seen the last of The Deflator on the Patriots sidelines.

As part of the league’s announcement of the punishment of the team and Tom Brady for #DeflateGate, the Patriots admitted that “employees John Jastremski and James McNally have been indefinitely suspended without pay by the club, effective on May 6th.”

Jastremski was an assistant equipment man with the team, and a full-time employee, while McNally was a game-day attendant for the officials locker room, and the self-described “Deflator.”

The league announced that neither can be reinstated without league executive vice president Troy Vincent’s approval, and spells out that: “If they are reinstated by the Patriots, Jastremski is prohibited from having any role in the preparation, supervision, or handling of footballs to be used in NFL games during the 2015 season. McNally is barred from serving as a locker room attendant for the game officials, or having any involvement with the preparation, supervision, or handling of footballs or any other equipment on game day.”

Unless Jastremski is secretly related to Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski, it’s hard to imagine him resurfacing with the team, considering the level of contact he had with Brady which contributed to the “more probable than not” tampering.

Given McNally’s gameday temp status, and the apparent glee he took in messing with Brady, extorting memorabilia and threatening to go to ESPN in his text messages, it’s a good bet he won’t be hanging around Gillette Stadium any time soon.

94 responses to “The Deflator, Pats equipment assistant suspended indefinitely

  1. I told you all for years New England is a complete fraud. I know football. I know the good guys and disgraceful ones. The Patri*ts are disgraceful and that whole franchise should be relocated period. Should have Pete Rose’d Tom Bunchen-Brady. #ZeroLegitSuperbowls

  2. A classy organization like the Patriots would never keep cheaters around — just look at how they sent Belichick, McDaniels, and Brady packing for Spygate, Spygate 2, and Deflategate. Oh wait…

    But don’t worry, I’m sure they’ll ban the comical ball boys from the stadium to teach other low-level employees not to send text messages incriminating higher ups ever again! That’s the Patriots way!

  3. Does anyone find it disconcerting that Goodell is judge, jury, executioner? Oh, and by the way. Goodell will hear the appeal also.

    If Goodell has the guts to let this go before arbitration, it will get tossed out. Mark my words

  4. Of course they fire the kid. And I don’t care about his low-level extortion from millionaire pretty-boy after it all started to hit the fan. If it’s more likely than not that Brady directed him to cheat, it’s also more likely than not that Brady never would have stood by and let him loose his meager livelihood.

  5. The reason the Patriots and Brady received this particular punishment was because:
    A. The NFL hates the Patriots
    Or
    B. The NFL loves the Patriots.

  6. I hope these guy sue the crap out of raft. Under the pressure of golden cheat Brady they get suspended.

  7. Watch these guys start a lawsuit against Brady since they did it on his orders. We will all find out the truth then.

  8. If I were either of the Patriots’ employees who were suspended, I’d be headed straight to the media to tell the whole truth. I’ll bet they’d make enough that they wouldn’t ever have to work again!

  9. Can’t wait to catch Bird’s interview on 60 Minutes or ESPN’s Sunday Conversation. LOL!

  10. And these guys cooperated with the investigation! If they are suspended indefinitely then so should the UGG wearing QB…on a side note someone needs to do a Super Bowl Shuffle Parody Patriot style! It practically writes itself!

  11. This the one that wanted new kicks? Well he got it. Now sell your story bub and clean up. Let’s see how many skeletons fall out of the closest.With more deserved penalties that they should have had all along.

  12. If you guys think this ruling will hold muster by a neutral party, all of you are seriously on drugs!

    When the head judge, says he used the gauge that showed the balls to be legal, and then the investigators for the Wells report tell the judge he must be wrong and he used the other gauge, you have serious legal issues.

    One gauge shows the balls legal AND that is the one the Judge claimed he used. Case closed!!!

  13. And if he’d refused to do it for Brady they’d have fired him on the spot for not being a team player and you’d never have heard of him. Maybe this way he’ll make some money for telling his story.

  14. alan226 says: May 11, 2015 7:53 PM

    Does anyone find it disconcerting that Goodell is judge, jury, executioner? Oh, and by the way. Goodell will hear the appeal also.
    ****
    Only that he didn’t bury Brady under the courthouse.
    But after these guys are done spilling the beans (Boston get it ) There will be more hell to pay.

  15. Like I said a few days ago, these guys get suspended (fired) for doing Tom’s bidding and Tom gets to go home to one of his many million dollar mansions & Gisele. If I’m Jastremski, I’m already on the phones trying to get the most I can to expose the fraud organization the Patriots are and/or letting the Pats know it won’t be cheap to purchase my silence.

  16. All this Patriot hate comes off mostly as jealousy.

    Tom did something wrong (it appears, well never know for sure because or the NFL and Wells crappy investigation and conclusions) and is being punished.

    Are and have Tom and the Patriots been legitimate champions – Yes they have.

    Put your Linus cry towels down and hope your own eams start competing.

    Im a Cowboys fan and dont really care for the Patriots either, but Im not so maieve as to convince myself spygate and deflated balls have made a significant difference in whether Tom and they won most games or not.

    Cowboys gonna own the East again on the way to winning the Lombardi in SB50! Oh yeah!)

  17. It’s also a good bet you’ll see McNally on television. Journalists will be offering twice his annual salary for an interview. And then Brady and the Patriots are really in trouble.

  18. nothingman says:
    May 11, 2015 8:07 PM
    The Deflator has… a very particular set of skills
    ——
    I’m sorry but that’s just too funny! I keep hearing it over and over again in the voice of Liam Neeson.

    Good ONE!

  19. blackman510 says:
    May 11, 2015 8:24 PM
    The best part about this whole thing is The Patriots are still the Super Bowl Champs, eat meat haters
    ——-
    This is NOT news. For months most of us outside of New England have been saying the price of New England fans integrity is a SB. Old news.

  20. So, I’m guessing that the value of McNally’s signed memorabilia has just increased in value, for you know some rabid Pat’s fan just has to have it!

  21. Have to think ESPiN is likely getting the “tell all” from these two equipment guys. No way the NFL channel is stepping in this. I got my popcorn ready!

  22. In the end, Tom Deflatey will be inducted into the extra special *HOF (not to be confused with the real HOF). Sorry Tom, there is a standard for real HOF players.

  23. Bring on the appeal! Really interested to see where this goes, with a truly unbiased/neutral 3rd party.

    Revis leaving is actually more detrimental to this team than TB being out 2-4 games, or even the full season for that matter. I thought the Pats would suck next year (9-7, miss the playoffs), due to a Super Bowl hangover and the departure of Revis. But with all this bulletin board material? I just hope the Pats don’t play the Giants in the Super Bowl.

  24. the ball boys will get paid later in life (ie book deals interviews) however how would you treat them now if they were your neighbor? If it were me, i’d probably have to move since your name is out there. Don’t blame the kids, they were doing what a HOF QB told them to do. (they would be fired if they didn’t) Bottom line is Brady got busted !! Penalty would have not been as harsh had not there have been history !! If anyone thinks this is the only time this happened, then your a dumbass !!! When the rubber meets the road, Brady will get a 3 game suspension (Back by the Cowboys then Colts) a 750K fine and a loss of a 2 nd round pick.

  25. Jim0tt0 says:
    May 11, 2015 9:08 PM
    In the end, Tom Deflatey will be inducted into the extra special *HOF (not to be confused with the real HOF). Sorry Tom, there is a standard for real HOF players.

    Actually, his induction to Canton will end with, “it is more probable than not that you are the greatest QB in the history of the game.”

  26. The thing I remember so vividly is how smug TB was in his first interview after the “story” broke. That boy’s gotta lotta hubris in him, and that’s what leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Everybody’s got their own reasons for what they do and their own insecurities that compel them to act on those reasons, it still don’t make it right though. Convincing a Patriots homer that Belichick and Brady don’t excrete Tiffany cuff links is like like trying to make water dry, it can be done, but it isn’t really water anymore is it. If only Patriots fans taste wasn’t all in their mouths, they might begin to see the forest through the trees.

  27. Belichick was unnecessarily exonerated by Wells. He bears the same blame carried by the Saints and Falcons coaches and front office personnel.

    Remember when Blount revealed how Belichick meticulously scuffed, roughed up and wet practice balls? Well, doesn’t it hold that he would be involved with game ball setup, as well?

    Those saying Brady cooperated, should know that not turning over his phone is analogous to a suspected player rejecting a drug urinalysis. He is presumed guilty.

    Refusal to take a drug test brings discipline and so should Brady’s refusal. When you consider this in its totality, the Pats were handled with kid gloves.

  28. NFL: The texts clearly show evidence of wrong doing.

    Patriots: What about the text showing your officials tampering with balls?

    NFL: No, *that* text is unreliable. See you have to take that one out to make the deflator texts looks bad. So we’re going to ignore it in the effort of impartiality.

  29. If Brady had anything to do with the footballs I would expect a wrongful termination lawsuit coming down the pike.

  30. Roger Goodell [to Ted Wells]: Consider yourself in Contempt!
    Ted Wells: Tom Brady, did you order the balls bled?
    Goodell: You don’t have to answer that question!
    Brady: I’ll answer the question!
    [to Goodell]
    Brady: You want answers?
    Wells: I think I’m entitled to…
    Brady: You want answers?
    Wells: I want the truth!
    Brady: You can’t handle the truth!
    [pauses]
    Brady: Son, we play in a game that has balls, and those balls have to be fired by men with arms. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Mike Florio? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Indianapolis, and you curse the Patriots. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Indy’s loss, while tragic, probably saved ratings. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves ratings. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me throwing balls, you need me throwing balls. We use words like power, team, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the financial windfall that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a football, and connect on a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to.
    Wells: Did you order the balls bled?
    Brady: I did the job I…
    Wells: Did you order the balls bled?!
    Brady: YOU’RE G##DAMN RIGHT I DID!!!

  31. logicalvoicesays says:
    May 11, 2015 7:46 PM

    ‘I know football.’

    and(or but):

    ‘Robert Griffin the 3rd will be the greatest QB to ever live when it’s all said and done. The Washington Redskins are a first class organization who will win Super Bowl upon Super Bowl for taking initative to draft RGIII. If you don’t agree than you are either don’t know the sport of football or are a moron. Case closed. #HTTR’

  32. Here’s some interesting FACTS….in 2006 Brady succefully lobbied for teams to control their own Gameday footballs. The next season in 2007, Jim McNally (the deflator), who had been with the team for 20+ years, was assigned to be the locker room attendant for the officials on game day with access to the game balls. That very season, the Patriot’s rate of fumbles per touches dramatically dropped to the lowest in the league, and absurdly lower than the next ranked teams, and they have maintained that position every season since……

    Coincidence????

  33. I can’t wait until “Deflator ” McNally goes to 60 Minutes or TMZ and tells the whole story that he has been deflating balls for Brady since 2007. Hence the byproduct of the Pats extremely low number of fumbles relative to other NFL teams since then. He can smell the $$$$$.

  34. Check the fumbling data. It’s out there and it’s accurate. The pats have been cheating for years because it reduces their fumbling rate.
    ====
    Still bad statistical work.

  35. Where is Kraft’s support of the equipment managers? Yet he supports Brady who told them to do it? What a piece of garbage Kraft is.

  36. All this bleating………..you guys are going to be awfully disappointed when they keep winning.

    Start getting some new excuses lined up.

  37. They can’t lose their jobs just yet. If the team fired them, they’d go straight to the media. If Kraft keeps them on the payroll, he can hope that they won’t do anything. Once the issue dies down (in about a year or so), they can be let go with some lame reason.

  38. The only honest men in the Patriots organization receive the harshest punishment…That’s not the Patriot Way I guess. Kraft and Belichick only hire lying, cheating, classless, murdering, horrible people like themselves. I wonder why Kraft isn’t promoting them and cracking skulls from Belichick down to the people selling hot dogs in the stands.

  39. I hope these two tell Tom to F^&k off with his hush money and tell all!! What a scumbag Brady is letting these two lose their jobs over his more likely than not command to deflate the balls. I lost all respect for Tom!!! What a lousy scumbag!! Even though these two guys were lower level workers did they not work for the Patriots? Did they not help the team? YES yet Tom Scumbag let these two take the wrap and in my book that is letting your team down not much of a team player!! You Patsie fans keep cheering this cheating jerk and corrupt team. I lost all respect and as long as Kraft and BB and Scumbag play I will be hoping they lose every game!!!

  40. smasonsmith says:
    May 11, 2015 11:29 PM

    Check the fumbling data. It’s out there and it’s accurate. The pats have been cheating for years because it reduces their fumbling rate.
    ====
    Still bad statistical work.

    Please explain it.

    It’s simply factual that in the four years before the rule change the Pats fumbled once every 44.3 plays with the best year being 1 per 45.93 and worst 1 per 41.5. This was about average in the NFL.

    After the rule change from 2007 through 2014 the Pats suddenly only fumbled 1 per 72.9 plays and if you remove the 2013 season when Brady played with a broken hand, 1 per 76 plays. Again excluding the broken hand year their best was 1 per 89.43 and worst 1 per 60.98.

    Even when Brady played with a broken hand they fumbled less than any year before the rule change.

    Look up the stats.

    Now we have Pats caught deflating balls.

    If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck.

    Unless you have an alternate explanation other than “that doesn’t prove it”.

    Documented
    Serial
    Cheaters

  41. Crazedog56, you’re forgetting a couple things. 1. Namely dropped passes also. Randy Moss was even benched for dropping passes.
    2. Ball handling affects everyone who touched the ball from the center to receivers, tight ends, and running backs.
    3. Billacheat was trained under Bill Parcels, who knew everything about his locker room and operations. First and last names of everyone. No way Billacheat didn’t know.

  42. Why were these two suspended? It’s pretty simple. Because they trashed Brady through out their text messages. People, stop trying to find a smoking gun when there isn’t one.

  43. The other reason they were suspended by the Patriots?

    Because the League mandated that it happen…

    Everyone’s acting like it was a CHOICE by the Patriots and an admission of Guilt but apparently they can’t even read the above article

    The league announced that neither can be reinstated without league executive vice president Troy Vincent’s approval, and spells out that: “If they are reinstated by the Patriots, Jastremski is prohibited from having any role in the preparation, supervision, or handling of footballs to be used in NFL games during the 2015 season. McNally is barred from serving as a locker room attendant for the game officials, or having any involvement with the preparation, supervision, or handling of footballs or any other equipment on game day.”

    My guess is that the Patriots felt that, even though there was no proof, dismissing them would appease the League. They were wrong – the League went nuclear and suspended Brady and took away draft picks

    Now expect Kraft, Belichick and Brady to “go nuclear” and call out Goodell for what he is

  44. With all the talk about the fumble rate might I suggest the following. (assuming someone has not mentioned it already) There is a lot of video of NFL games from the last few years available. Out of all that video might there be a close up of a defender trying to punch out the ball from a Patriot’s carrier? I would love to see a picture of the (potentially) deflated ball absorbing the blow without coming loose from the ball carrier. This could offer visual proof that the deflated balls have been around for a while.

  45. The fumble rate is an interesting discussion, from a perspective of..Who’s idea was offered for why the Patriots fumble less?

    Is that something that started with Bellichek answering a reporters questions.

    Reporter…”Bill why do the Patriots fumble so much less”?

    Bill…”We have this routine in camp…”

    Bill leaves out the impact of deflated footballs.

    However, that is cheater 101…Rather than wait for others to find how you are cheating, offer a bogus fact to get everybody off track.

  46. Bill employed Cheater 101 with Deflategate.

    What did Bill not talk about during his exhaustive evaluation of the football????

    The only way they could have been deflated after being certified by the Refs is if the ball boys tampered with the balls. So how did Bill miss the obvious? He was talking about gauges, 1 pound pressure when you rub the balls, etc.

  47. This is really a shame for John Jastremski.
    Jastremski and McNally did exchange text messages regarding football inflation and deflation.
    However, the one single act that gave cause to discover their texting was The under inflated football for The AFC Championship game.
    That ball, I truly believe was not intended to be deflated. I do not believe any were intended for removing air. I think it happened inadvertently. The footballs losing air pressure never happened. The preparation of the footballs created Thermal Expansion. Then Jastremski, never having used the method before, gauged the footballs, found them over the psi level they were looking for, let air escape until the gauge read 12.6psi.
    After Brady examined them, Brady asked that they keep working on them. The footballs were turned in for inspection 55 minutes before Referee Walt Anderson inspected them. The inspection process took 20 for both teams footballs. I could be, the footballs were under thermal expansion when Anderson approved them. This would have had the effect of turning in footballs with a false psi. Google search, “John Jastremskie gloving footballs”. Look for an article called, Deflate Gate Manipulation. You will end that article with a different notion on how the footballs seem to have been deflated.

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