Blank says Pats’ “failure to acknowledge” caused hammer to fall

AP

When the NFL investigated the Falcons for pumping fake crowd noise into the Georgia Dome, they took a novel approach.

They fessed up, got rid of a scapegoat, took their punishment and didn’t write a 20,000-word screed explaining that it was just Jim McNally’s step class mix tape.

And Falcons owner Arthur Blank seemed to suggest that was the difference in penalties between his team ($350,000, a fifth-rounder and three months of team president Rich McKay on the competition committee) and the Patriots ($1,000,000, a first- and fourth-round draft pick and four games worth of quarterback Tom Brady).

“That seems to be the general feeling, that some of the frustration whether on an individual basis or organizational basis, was the failure to acknowledge,” Blank said of the Patriots punishment, via the Associated Press.

Blank said he wasn’t familiar with all the details of the DeflateGate investigation (they keep the 10-foot-poles with which to not touch things on Aisle 37 at Home Depot), but couldn’t help but see the differences in his case and Robert Kraft’s.

“Of course you think about it,” Blank said. “The league feels a tremendous sense of responsibility, as do all the owners, in reinforcing the culture of the NFL, the shield and make sure the game remains as balanced and as pure and as true to its integrity and its ethics as can be done. When they find any organization or any individual has gotten off those tracks it’s their job to remind them of that and bring them back on the tracks and do it in a way that really reinforces what the league is about.

“I think in the case of New England they have done that.”

Blank also said that Kraft remained one of the influential owners in the league, and thinks he’ll be able to weather the storm.

“I think after things are processed, Robert will be in a good place, I think the commissioner will be in a good place, I think their relationship will be a good one and they will continue to work for the benefit of the National Football League for a long time,” Blank said.

Of course, that relationship is going to need some work in the time being, and Blank may have to offer a discount on some spackle and a can of paint to get it patched up.

154 responses to “Blank says Pats’ “failure to acknowledge” caused hammer to fall

  1. The Pats didnt come clean because they believe in their constitutional right to cheat.

  2. Keep dreaming Arthur-Kraft is done with Ex Jet Goodell and frankly no one cares about the Falcons.

  3. Sure – they came right out with Spygate and admitted to doing something incorrectly. If they did that then, why would they not do it now for a far lesser infraction? Either you have a conspiracy theory about trying to prevent BB from getting fired, or maybe, just maybe, they honestly didn’t do anything wrong.

  4. The Patriots might actually believe they did nothing wrong and that this is worth fighting about – especially since they are already labeled cheaters by everyone outside of New England. I think they have finally had enough – especially when it completely overwhelmed Super Bowl preparations.

  5. “and didn’t write a 20,000-word screed explaining that it was just Jim McNally’s step class mix tape.”

    ———
    you might want to read it again (though it appears more probable than not that you haven’t already) as 20,000 words were not spent on the ‘deflator’ topic alone.

    true….the explanation seems ridiculous, but there were a lot more items discussed than just the ‘deflator’.

    Why not write about one of those too?

  6. I agree with Blank on this. Pats should have come clean on this long time ago then possibly they would have had fine & loss of 4th round pick.
    It is worse to continue to lie.
    For those PATS fans that want to take to court & think it is a simple case, they are in for a shock if they do. In court, both employees have to testify and we are not sure if they would crack and tell the whole story. Brady’s phone & electronic records may have to be surrendered as well. We don’t know what else cheating was going on which will come to light then (LOL)!!!

  7. If they’d won the SB I imagine they’d have been in line for a sterner talking-to.

  8. The only thing more ludicrous this whole deflate gate fiasco, is the complete denial by Patriots fans that their organization got caught breaking the rules.

  9. “I think after things are processed, Robert will be in a good place, I think the commissioner will be in a good place, I think their relationship will be a good one…” Blank said.

    Oh you think so, do you? I’ll be disappointed if Kraft does anything besides make Goodell’s life a living hell for the time he has left as Commissioner.

  10. You know what this amounts too, is people are going to believe what they want to believe. Some people no matter how much information is given or not given will still think what they are going to think. Just like the headline the Boston paper “why do they hate us” Well maybe people hate you because they think you cheat! Of course if someone doesn’t think they cheat all of this seems different. Oh also lawyering up and getting out of the charges don’t make you innocent. It just shows how the justice system works in this country. As a TED talk they covered on 60 minutes the legal system favor rich guilty people instead of poor innocent people. Let’s see last I looked Brady is a rich guy you fill in the rest.

  11. so then you plead guilty to something you didn’t do because you’ll get less punishment when the League decides you’re guilty anyways?

  12. How do you fess up to something you didn’t do? Everyone is talking about this like it was a slam dunk case against the Patriots, but the sum of evidence is a few odd text messages between meatheads. The scientific evidence SUPPORTS the Patriots’ claims, there’s no smoking gun, and there’s no admission of guilt by anyone. So why in the world would the Patriots come clean? That makes zero sense.

  13. this guy really shouldn’t be saying anything after the slap on the wrist they got got a serious offense. pumping in crowd noise is way worse.

  14. Robert Kraft is a senile old man, people have this idea he is in charge of the NFL, he is not and his coach, and his franchise player now have exhibited disgraceful behavior in recently and they started by shoveling the snow for the field goal kicker that one game and they have continued to display a disregard for rules and you just can’t do that as a member off the shield.

  15. Lie and coverup led to the additional penalties, not a surprise and many have been talking about this all week.

    First owner to come out and say something other than supporting RG (Jerrah Jones), Blank is right to speak this. There is NFL by laws to follow.

    Stomping your feet in denial make Kraft seem like a 15 year old. Kraft wills ettle down after he gets pounded by 31 other owners in a backroom dodge ball session. Then the Billionaire Boys Club will move on

  16. The longer the Pats deny their guilt, the longer they will not be focused on winning football games. They have become their own worst enemy.

  17. “I think after things are processed, Robert will be in a good place, I think the commissioner will be in a good place, I think their relationship will be a good one and they will continue to work for the benefit of the National Football League for a long time,” Blank said.

    Translation: As far as the other owners are concerned, as long as Kraft never tries to be in their presence and does not interfere, he is in a good place and the relationship will be fine.

  18. Pats fans shrilly screaming that the fumble evidence being debunked is like Lady screaming every time he’s touched and deflator being a weight loss program.

    LOL

    First, like your scientist, the two guys who purportedly debunked the Sharp report…
    1 Only said it overstated the amazing turnaround in fumbles, not that there was none

    and

    2 Were two admitted Pats fans who assured everyone that they weren’t biased

    After all this and these posts, can anything from a Pats fan be believed?

    But let’s throw out that report and instead look up the stats for yourself (or are NFL stats biased?)

    2003-2006 The Pats fumbled 1 per 44.3 plays with the best year being 1 per 45.93 and the worst 1 per 41.5 (which was 2006).

    Rule change

    2007-2014 The Pats fumbled 1 per 74.5 with the best being 1 per 89.43 and, excluding 2013 when Brady played with a broken hand, the worst being 1 per 60.91 plays. 2007 was 1 per 82.25 vs 2006 which was, again, 1 per 41.5.

    Even the broken hand year which should present ball security issues, the Pats fumbled less per play than any year between 2003-2006.

    Remember, Belichick was the coach and Brady the QB during this entire stretch.

    Additionally, Pats did not dramatically change their approach as some suggest.

    Between 2003-2006 the Pats ran 65.2 plays per game and passes 33.38 times.

    Between 2007-2014 the Pats ran 67.9 plays per game and passed 36.96 times per game.

    So the Pats ran 2.7 more plays per game and passes 3.6 times more per game. That means the argument that fumbles happen predominantly on run plays and the Pats stopped running is factually wrong. Te Pats reduced runs by 0.9 runs per game.

    Patriots cheat, this is proof.

  19. Ridiculous. The hammer fell in 2007 with immediate acknowledgement. Blank is foolish to overlook.

  20. “And Falcons owner Arthur Blank seemed to suggest that was the difference in penalties between his team ($350,000, a fifth-rounder and three months of team president Rich McKay on the competition committee) and the Patriots ($1,000,000, a first- and fourth-round draft pick and four games worth of quarterback Tom Brady).

    “That seems to be the general feeling, that some of the frustration whether on an individual basis or organizational basis, was the failure to acknowledge,” Blank said of the Patriots punishment, via the Associated Press.”
    ———————————————————–
    Bingo!!!

    Just own up to it, apologize, and accept your punishment, which if you did, would have been a lot less. But I guess the Patriots thought that was beneath them to do the obvious and correct thing.

    Arrogance and delusions of grandeur.

  21. Riiiight. The Falcons came clean and fingered the marketing guy who was taking it upon himself, with no one else’s knowledge, to cheat.

    No 5 million dollar investigation, no media hysteria, no transparent faction of NFL league officials looking to bring you down, no mob of disgruntled NFL fans who don’t like your team.

    Can you imagine the outrage if Kraft had said, yes, this underling did it and no one else knew. We’ll give up a fifth rounder. Sorry Arthur, the Pats weren’t going to be covered for by the League as the Falcons were.

  22. For most people, sans the most ardent Patriot fans and NFL/Goodell haters … it would appear that Brady and his two partners had something to do with manipulating the air pressure in footballs. Those text messages are just too damning … and I just rolled my eyes when they came out with the McNally is fat / the Deflator excuse.

    Failure to acknowledge is probably part of the reason the hammer came down like it did … the other part was from past sins – the filming of practices at the Super Bowl and other sideline antics.

    Lord help the Patriots if there is a third major incident in the future.

    Bob Kraft can pout if he wants to – but it sure looks like his team once again got caught with their hand in the cookie jar. And really, how much room is there for pouting when you’re part of a multi-billion dollar industry? No need to kick the golden goose and farther than you’ve kicked him.

    Reducing Brady’s punishment would set off a howl that could be heard all across the country.

  23. Lol! Even Mr. Wells could not say the Magnificent TBrady cheated. Instead he said there is a chance he knew something illegal might be going on in the event there was one.

  24. Kraft gave Roger a huge raise & can take it away at any minute in court, because Kraft is the NFL.

    You can’t make this stuff up, LOL at all the Pats homers trying to defense weight-loss.

    #Jennycraigdeflatorinrectum

  25. My feeling is The Patriots and Brady are guilty. But I’m sure they will get off. Kraft will buy their way out of it.

  26. So in Blank’s mind the only way to avoid harsh punishment is to confess. That is great if you are indeed guilty as the Falcons were, but what if you are not?

    It really comes down to this – had the Wells report not been riddled with inaccuracies and had actually provided some proof I’d say that Blank’s comments were spot on. However the report was a joke and it seems like the league started with their conclusion and had Wells work back to prove it.

    I think that Blank and all of the owners should take a few minutes to review the details (Blank admits that he has not done this) because it sets a terrible precedent for the other 31 owners – if you are accused of anything, true or not, just admit guilt or you will be hammered.

  27. I love that with no proof, we should all assume like Ted Wells that the pats did it and therefore should fess up, at the end of this battle a real court of law will determine that brady and the patriots did nothing wrong, but everyone will say they should just admit it.

    what If they did nothing wrong, should they still admit it?

    maybe its time for Arthur Blank and his fellow owners to fess up to this being a sham and a ridiculous punishment for an investigation that came up with not a single shred of evidence that anyone did anything wrong.

    yes we know that McNally deflated balls as he must always do as brady likes them at the low end which is well below what the balls are when they are delivered or when the refs blow them up to illegal number above the allowable rate. there isn’t a single shred of evidence that anyone told anyone to deflate balls after the refs inspected them and the refs themselves claim they have never lost track of the balls in their 19 years other then the AFC championship game

  28. If they are innocent, why did they fire the ball boys? Why did they fire the ball boys before the Wells report was released? And then try to explain away their texts?

    (Indefinite suspension without pay = fired. If you whip someone or punch a woman, you still get paid, and therefore are not fired.)

  29. Falcons couldn’t get anyone to take the fall for them like CBS did back when the Colts were caught.

    You know, when the crowd noise seemed to actually skip lol

  30. Think about that logic for a moment. Big brothers assumes your guilty of something. If you waive your right to defend yourself we will only tax you $300,000. If you fight us your still guilty and the tax is now $1,000,000.

    This type of justice system is appalling and should be exposed in court. The accusation letter the NFL sent to Kraft the day after the AFC title game levied charges that were utterly false. That a ball was 2 psi under and 11 balls were at least 1 psi under. Both totally false and leaked to the media in an attempt to cause a firestorm and I imagine some sort of confession. Not happening!

  31. If somebody accused you on something you did not do, what would be your response? Admit you did it? This is ridiculous.

  32. Tom Brady and the Patriots took something relatively small, and made it huge due to their failure to acknowledge and furthermore their failure to cooperate with the NFL Deflategate investigation. Both Tom Brady and the Patriots organization should get more of a penalty for dragging this thing on as long as they have, while digging themselves in a grand canyon size hole. The Patriots need to be made an example of for the simple fact they’re repeat offenders.

  33. So the Patriots failed to acknowledge that the NFL doesn’t know jack about the physics of air pressure in footballs and does not have a clue about defining procedures that support the rules in their own rule book?

  34. In other words man up and and accept the fact that you got caught Tom. A guitly man always cries foul play and blames everyone else. I’m going to the gym to deflate myself now.

  35. Charles Manson is claiming innocence after all these years……..and he’s still in prison.

  36. Does anyone really think the Falcon’s “came clean” here, with the full story? Is your skepticism and indignation really just reserved for the four time champs?

    Never mind duds, you don’t need to answer that.

  37. Two things:
    1. If the Pats truly believed there was no wrong doing then why did the (the club) indefinitely suspend the two employees in question in the first place (before the Wells report)?

    2. If Brady was truly not involved or aware of the situation, then why did he not cooperate with the investigation? If you have nothing to hide, then don’t hide it.

    The Pats can scream all they want, as can the fans, but if they want to clear their names (Pats and Brady), then put it all out on the table. Otherwise, shut up and take your medicine.

  38. Quick question: assuming guilt by the Pats (which I don’t). Which advantage would an NFL team rather have: intense dome noise drowning out their opponent’s signal calls, causing false starts, late starts etc?

    Or POINT THREE PSI less air pressure in their opponent’s footballs. (Again, I don’t think this happened, but at worst that is the extent of it. That’s the absurd thing about this Wells Report – its pressure readings basically have exonerated the Pats from day one, despite the league’s lies about this.)

    The extent of the “competitive advantage” is supposed to figure in the penalty. It obviously didn’t.

  39. The ironic thing is that the Pats are withholding direct evidence and then claiming in the same breadth that the NFL does not have any direct evidence against them. The typical punishment for withholding evidence is that the person deciding the case can make negative inferences against the withholder. So until the Pats step up to the plate and provide everything they’ve been asked to provide (assuming it has not now been destroyed), I don’t see how the outcome can be changed.

  40. Patriot’s reaction to this whole thing demonstrates how much a harsh penalty was needed.

    Frankly, I’m not sure it was harsh enough.

    To appeal everything to death, come up with 20,000 word farcical explanations not worth the paper they were written on tells of an organization out of touch with reality.

    Most Americans support the punishment the Patriots were handed out. Even more among fans who know more about what happened.

    Most of the top football sportswriters support the Patriots punishment, and some wonder why Belichick was not suspended too.

    And most of the NFL franchise owners support the Patriots punishment too.

    At the end of the day, this is about a franchise that refuses to acknowledge it has cheated, that it’s most prominent player was at the heart of it, that it has been going on for sometime, and is part of the franchise culture.

    The NFL is right to dish out harsh punishment to the Patriots franchise and Tom Brady. But until the Patriots actually start acknowledging their wrongdoing and change the culture of their organization, I’m afraid it’s not enough.

  41. So did the falcons for piping in their lame noise because falcons fans are incapable of getting loud…cute little brother.

  42. This whole discussion about all of it is full of a lack of stating facts. It is a fact that Robert Kraft would accept the punishment doled out by the commissioner’s office. The Wells report exonerates culpability of the Patriots organization. Goodell then proceeds to have his VP take a 1st round and 4th round draft pick. The Falcons owner accepted a fine and a pick I believe. I think he would have a change of heart too if they took a 1st round pick as well. Despite the prevailing attitude of the haters the Patriots do have the right to defend themselves when the laws of physics are suspended in the NFL office and the court of public opinion.

  43. Kraft lied to the league when he said they he had their full cooperation. Whether you can relate to his point is moot. You say one thing and do another it comes at a cost.

    That’s all the fine and draft picks represent.

    Blank managed to make the NFL and the Pats collectively agree he’s an idiot. Shared opinions bringing the two together. Maybe he’s a genius.

  44. Jerry Jones, Blank and Elway – so that’s 3 of the clique that made this power move against Kraft
    enjoying the politics here, NFL Game of Cards now 🙂

  45. Still don’t know how they “know” it was Brady who asked or demanded that footballs be inflated or deflated to a certain PSI.

    And now they’re saying because Brady and the Patriots didn’t acknowledge their guilt, its proof of their guilt?

  46. Here is the problem: NFL puts manhood on the line to force the Patriots to confess, but they believe they did not do it. This is a formula for disastrous and prolonged deadlock.
    All the result of really poor management.

  47. Why do pats**** fans keep saying they came out upfront with spy gate? The Cheat still says he did not break any rules with his video taping. (His interpretation of the rule anyway)

  48. Let’s just say the Kraft won’t be booking any golf sessions with Blank anytime soon….

  49. I imagine if the Pats got only a 5th round pick they wouldn’t be objecting like this.

  50. If Brady was truly not involved or aware of the situation, then why did he not cooperate with the investigation? If you have nothing to hide, then don’t hide it.
    ===========================

    The next time you clock in late for work or leave early for lunch (a form of cheating), you will give up your **personal** cell phone to the boss so he or she can see if you discussed leaving early with another employee?

  51. Blank is right.

    Everyone…..please stop slitting hairs with self-serving examples.

  52. There is not one single piece of evidence incriminating Tom Brady. NOTHING.

    THEY ARE FIGHTING IT BECAUSE THEY ARE INNOCENT.

    He doesn’t have to hand over his phone per the CBA. Just like Roger can appoint himself arbitrator per the CBA. It is incomprehensible that the NFL can site the CBA for that move yet admonish Brady for using the same tactic.

    This is getting ridiculous.

  53. @junkmagnet

    ” if they (the Patriots) want to clear their names, put it all on the table. Otherwise, shut up and take your medicine. ”

    As Brady said,” Learn the rules of the game ” The NFL turned the ball over when they released the Wells report. They have no more cards to play. The Patriots and the NFLPA will be calling the plays from here on and the league will be reacting to them .

    Even the league’s media machine is of no value as they can issue no further incriminating evidence, whereas the Patriots can continue to attack Wells at will.

    Finally, there’s the threat of federal court, coming on the heels of the Missouri decision, which ruled that Goodell could not be prosecutor, judge and jury simultaneously. In a federal court setting, anything could be introduced. They include other teams illegalities, misconduct by other players and owners, personal information etc etc.

    Does Jerry Jones want to talk about Hardy? How about Biscotti and Rice? Biscotti / Ray Lewis? Wilf / Peterson? Every discipline case ever heard will come under scrutiny.
    .

  54. Difference is the Falcons DID break the rule. The Patriots have not and thereis a lot of credible evidence to back up the claim that they are being railroaded. This will be a very interesting appeal and could lead to Goodell losing discipline power. He needs to step away as the face of the league office.

  55. Not a Pats fan (or hater), but if they are innocent (and they may be), why would they ever acknowledge wrongdoing? Would they do it simply because 31 owners of teams who frequently get their butts kicked by them tell them they should? Okay…

  56. The reason why high character men like Kraft and Brady are not owning up to do something wrong is because THEY DID NOT DO ANY THING WRONG. Spygate was Belichick’s blunder, not Kraft and Brady! And the Pat’s organization owned it, and paid for it. The current lack of confession by Kraft and Brady, who have always represented everything with intgrity, is further proof of their innocence. WHAT PART IF THIS DO YOU CLOWNS NOT UNDERSTAND? Innocent men have every right to defend themselves – and to call out other men with less proven integrity who are mindlessly mis-interpreting non-evidence to sway public opinion negatively.

  57. “In court, both employees have to testify and we are not sure if they would crack and tell the whole story. Brady’s phone & electronic records may have to be surrendered as well.”

    So will Goodells, Vincents, Wells and anyone else the prosecution requires… lets see how co-operative they are when their time comes!

  58. Because the balls wouldn’t have been deflated, unless Brady wanted them deflated. Who else would it have been, Santa Claus?

  59. 1. If the Pats truly believed there was no wrong doing then why did the (the club) indefinitely suspend the two employees in question in the first place (before the Wells report)?

    Because it was encouraged by the league and Troy Vincent has to approve of their admission back into the league. Also, if they kept them all the haters would cry PAY OFF!!

    2. If Brady was truly not involved or aware of the situation, then why did he not cooperate with the investigation? If you have nothing to hide, then don’t hide it.

    He cooperated 100%. He spent 5-6 hours answering every single questions Sherlock Wells asked him. He refused handing his cell phone over and was smart to do so. Also, don’t say his lawyers could have gone through it. How would that conversation go? Tom do you have any incriminating text messages to anyone that I can see? No. Mr. Wells, I do not. Wells: I know you’re lying!

    How would that help? Wells would have leaked Brady’s private conversations like he did with Jastremskis mother

  60. Brady refused to release cell phone records, even when screened by his own lawyers… so either

    A- he was breaking the inflation rules

    or

    B- he was trying to hide something else from the NFL, who knows what he was doing that he dosent want the NFL or fans to know how he was cheating

    either way , he is a cheater… about 75% of fans agree hes a cheater, and I hope to god that a jerk like that never gets into the HOF

  61. Arthur Blank used the right word to explain the issue: culture.
    The culture within the Patriots organiztion is breeding an attitude and actions that, if it’s allowed to continue, will infect the whole league.

  62. Because the balls wouldn’t have been deflated, unless Brady wanted them deflated. Who else would it have been, Santa Claus?
    ========================
    Sound reasoning, sir. Perhaps the next time there is a bank robbery and the police don’t have an actual suspect they can just arrest everybody in town that needs money.

  63. No proof????

    Ballboys texts and emails. Multiple calls back and forth from Brady to them after the scandal.? Brady lying, denying refusing to turn over his emails/phone? If you’re innocent, turn them over to make the NFL look stupid……….

    This was haunting when the story broke. Reporter: “Tom, are you a cheater”? Tom: “Well I dont believe I am”

    What??? If you were innocent would you respond that way?
    Heck no, you’d say ” No and I resent that question!”

    Implied in his answer was…well yes you all think its cheating, but I dont”…

    Its just the Patriot way….

  64. Enough of the “they didn’t cop to it because they don’t think they did anything wrong” defense. It’s ridiculous. Those text messages were not made up and they’re pretty strong evidence. Everyone on the planet, including Kraft, Brady and company knows they broke rules.

    The truth is they got busted for something they’ve been doing for so long that in their minds it was Ok because “everybody does it and nobody’s watching”. Had they acted with integrity and manned up, this thing would likely be over by now.

  65. I wish someone would ask Blank to show them where, exactly, in the Wells Report it PROVES that the Patriots did anything to break the rules.

    I would ask ANYONE to show exactly where it proves the Patriots did anything to break the rules. It simply isn’t there because the Patriots didn’t. The Wells Report is COMPLETE speculation and assumption!

    Arthur Blank was caught and it was FULLY proven. The reason he didn’t receive any significant penalty is because the NFL took pity on him and his franchise; not because he “acknowledged” it.

  66. Pats getting hammered because they think they are the Kennedys and rules and regulations dont apply to them. They also are smarter than us, better than us, and usually get all the hot babes.

  67. I would love to see the texts/phone calls between Brady, Kraft, Belichick & other staff during this same time period.

    Please take this to the courts.

  68. U DO THE CRIME, U DO THE TIME…. BRADY LEGACY IS RUIN! THAT ORGANIZATION BEEN CHEATING 4 YEARS.. ITS ABOUT TIME THEY GET WHATS COMING 2 ‘EM…BUMS!!!!

  69. Patriots said they did nothing wrong. Yet they fired two employees in the middle of deflategate.

    I’m sure both randomly decided to deflate footballs after the refs checked them on a hunch that Brady would approve.

  70. Failure to acknowledge what exactly? That the Patriots did something that EVERY other QB in the NFL does, as Aaron Rodgers admitted? Screwing around with football inflation has been going on for years and the NFL knows it and hasn’t cared because it doesn’t affect the outcome of games and it’s not a big deal. At least it wasn’t a big deal until the Patriots were involved and John Harbaugh whined to the Colts and the Colts whined to the NFL. I guess it’s okay for other teams to ‘cheat’ and practice ‘gamesmanship’ but not the Patriots. They’re held to a different standard because everyone hates them and we need to take the model NFL franchise down because that’s what 31 owners want who can’t stand to see them win all the time.

  71. The Pats did not come clean because they thought they were too clever to be detected by the NFL. When you respond to a direct question of whether you are a cheater by saying “I don’t THINK I’m a cheater,” it’s obvious you mean, “I’m not a cheater if you can’t prove it.” Tom Brady himself was the chink in this scheme.

  72. Arthur, shut up and keep pumping crowd noise into your mausoleum.

    You will never win a Super Bowl. So just keep ripping off your season ticket holders.

  73. How can the Falcons not see that NE is trying to help the integrity of the game. Blindly accepting an outrageous punishment for something they didn’t do doesn’t help NEs integrity and by extension the leagues integrity, assuming their innocent of course. But the more they fight the more likely it is that NE is innocent. They wouldn’t take it this far if they weren’t. And because they did nothing wrong and the league botched another investigation, a member club fighting the commissioners tyranny will only help restore the leagues integrity. How long can you let a bumbling moron run your league constantly into chaos before something changes?

  74. This line of thinking would carry more weight if the NFL had any, what do they call it……. oh that’s right, evidence.

    In 2007 the Pats got were accused of taping opponents signals and what did they do, they admitted it, handed over the tapes, and apologized. Yet, here for a far far lesser infraction everyone wants to believe they are involved in some massive cover-up?????

    Think it through folks.

    Thus endeth the lesson.

  75. I am by no way a Pats fan and am convinced something underhanded took place. But Blank’s comments smack of the lines from Braveheart…

    Rise to your knees, kiss the royal emblem on my cloak, and you will feel no more. It can all end right now. Peace. Bliss. Just say it. Cry out mercy.

  76. Why should the *Pats ‘fess up to anything? I mean, don’t they own the NFL and all the other 31 teams and everybody works for Robert the mayonaiise king? Why fess up when nothing happened and they fired those two guys who did nothing because nothing happened remember?
    * Patriots

  77. I wish Pats fans would stop trying to say nothing happened. Given all the evidence it’s pretty clear even though there’s not 100% evidence. It’s still overwhelming evidence.

    Let me ask this. How many Pat fans think OJ Simpson was involved in the murder of Nicole Brown? I would think most if not all but yet he was found innocent in a Federal court of law. Then the family sued him in a civil suit and won. Why? Because it was more probable than not or the preponderance of the evidence showed he was guilty.

    Different crimes of course but the same basis of law applies. The preponderance of evidence shows that Brady had something to do with deflating the balls enough to be under the limit. It’s not without a shadow of a doubt as needed in Federal Courts. But preponderance of the evidence is enough to say he’s guilty.

    All they have to do is deal with it and take responsibility for his actions. If he’s innocent, give up his cell phone so it can be reimaged and prove the case one way or the other. The fact he won’t do that shows there may be a chance he’s guilty. Just like if you are pulled over for a DUI and don’t do a breathalizer, you are presumed guilty. It’s that simple.

  78. Arthur…. You should just shut the F up. You guys were pumping up crowd noise for 2 years. Not one game…. 2 years…… Why in the world would Kraft cop to something he knows they didn’t do? Hopefully the truth will come out….. and they can all eat CROW?

  79. bullcharger says:
    May 15, 2015 12:55 PM

    So if you believe you are innocent you should admit guilt to get a lessor punishment? Not exactly in the spirit of the constitution.
    ————————————
    No. If you are innocent you fire the two people that did nothing wrong, right?

  80. blogatron2000 says:
    May 15, 2015 12:43 PM
    Enough of the “they didn’t cop to it because they don’t think they did anything wrong” defense. It’s ridiculous. Those text messages were not made up and they’re pretty strong evidence. Everyone on the planet, including Kraft, Brady and company knows they broke rules.

    The truth is they got busted for something they’ve been doing for so long that in their minds it was Ok because “everybody does it and nobody’s watching”. Had they acted with integrity and manned up, this thing would likely be over by now.
    —————————————–
    So apparently you and every other 3rd party knows better than the people who were actually texting about what said? You want to talk about excuse making. Thats literally all you have to still call them guilty. And the only reason it works is because you can speculate on your own to make the texts mean whatever you want them to. How exactly is your answer more accurate than what McNally and Jastremskis answer was. Were you in on the conversation? Explain to me this, if Walt Anderson used the gauge he thinks he used, the footballs aren’t under inflated. So what do the texts mean in that more probable than not situation? Quite clearly they mean nothing, no matter the context, because with out the footballs being under the accepted range, you have no leg to stand on

  81. The Patriots didn’t come right out and confess this time due to the timing of things. They decided they had to deny the allegations during the 2 weeks before the Super Bowl in order to avoid disgrace and/or an immediate Brady suspension. Now their hands are tied because they lied up front. Duh!

  82. The whole Deflategate fiasco has been a witch hunt for the get go. Not only did it place undo stress on the entire Patriots organization as they prepared for the Superbowl, it has now opened the door for all the haters (and the other 31 teams) to pile on with their ‘cheating’ mantra.
    For Goodell or anyone in the NFL offices to admit that it was a planned witch hunt is close to impossible. Win or lose, I sincerely hope the Pats take this to court. Will this tarnish the NFL product? Yes, but at this point Pats fans could care less!

  83. Does anyone with half a brain really buy into the notion that the event and marketing manager did this completely on his own volition with neither the authorization nor the knowledge of anyone else within the Falcons organization?

    I guess the morale of the story is fess up, fire a scapegoat, accept your slap on the wrist and then all the tough questions go away.

  84. The Patriots suspended two employees involved in this scandal. The say they were talking about weight loss. So why fire your employees discussing weight loss. It’s just strange and they need to stop talking.

  85. To be honest I would never give my employer my personal phone for review in any facet. ESPECIALLY one known for media leaks and leaking misinformation without attaching their name to it. It really is an invasion of privacy and a reach to try and find something. They had FULL ACCESS to McNally’s phone within 48 hours of the game. That would include texts received, calls received, and they cross referenced them with the phone companies. Nothing alluded to Tom communicating with them prior to the games. If Wells is not looking for specific communications between those two or three then he is reaching to try and find ANYTHING. I don’t see how his communications with other business partners and Gisele are relevant to the case.

    I don’t understand how the average fan can look at the NFL and not see how they made this a ridiculous blunder from the beginning. The NFL is responsible for keeping the integrity of the game and making sure that every team plays fair and by the rules. Yet, the rules and procedures they have in place are so lax and nonchalant. The NFL, although very responsible for this, has yet to own up to their side of poor handling and hasn’t even mentioned the fact there is a lot of work that needs to be done on their half about ball handling and PSI recordings pre game. Obviously the issue isn’t important enough to put proper safeguards in place to ensure even competition but its important enough to launch a four month investigation over. Legitimately this is a PR nightmare for them, and even the Patriots too. And to think that the NFL is truly a fair, unbiased, truthful organization is utterly ridiculous. Do you believe them on Ray Rice situation? Hell no. Do you believe that the Bounty gate wasn’t timed at the same time as the head injury case to emphasize that players are causing their OWN injuries intentionally and to use in their favor during litigation? Hell No. Do you honestly believe a single word that comes out of the NFL’s mouth? Like legitimately.

    I just want ACTUAL football to be back. This whole debacle is ridiculously stupid and I am just sick of it. I want to talk about rookies, fantasy football, the 2015 season and matchups. You know, stuff that MATTTERSSSSSSSS

  86. Strong evidence? It’s pretty thin within the context of those texts to associate “he” and “him” with Brady. Hell, it could have been Kraft, or Belichick or Arthur Blank.

  87. The Patriots suspended two employees involved in this scandal. The say they were talking about weight loss. So why fire your employees discussing weight loss. It’s just strange and they need to stop talking.
    +++++++++++++++
    They were directed to by the league…read PFT from May 11, I think it was at 7:44 (I remember ’cause I have to keep reposting this message on the same blog that originally reported it?!!!??)

  88. Did you get the knife you used to stab Kraft with from one of your stores. I would not be surprized if the handle broke off knowing the junk you peddle.

  89. That would be excellent advice for the Colts too – who have also been caught by the media (with skipping crowd noise) pumping in artificial crowd noise

    Of course the Colts purposefully threw games in order to get the #1 draft pick

    But PURPOSEFULLY LOSING GAMES generates no interest or outrage from either the NFL offices or the fan base

    1 psi that can be explained by the Laws of Physics?

    Now THAT’S a MAJOR SCANDAL

  90. Therein lies the difference between the Falcons and Patriots. The Falcons are perennially chumps who’ve never won a Super Bowl. They’re owned by a surrender monkey.

    Whereas the Patriots have averaged over 12 wins per season since 2001 and the Patriots owner isn’t a sheep who says, BAAAAA on Goodell’s command.
    .

  91. mdsteved says:
    May 15, 2015 1:14 PM

    The Patriots suspended two employees involved in this scandal. The say they were talking about weight loss. So why fire your employees discussing weight loss.

    *******************************

    Do you know the difference between the words “fire” and “suspend”?

  92. The reason I know that you are all haters is because your not crying for punishments for Aaron Rodgers, the Vikings and Panthers or the Chargers (who did not comply with league) this is only a big deal because your favorite team sucks and you dont want real justice you just want to throw dirt on the the team that consistently is better than yours

  93. Under your logic, Rivers and Rodgers should be banned for life and their teams docked 1st round draft picks. And the Vikings and PAnthers should have to forfeit their teams and be forced to sell.

  94. when this is over they’re going to end up in a good place all right – the United States Federal District Court in Boston. The Patriots are going to sue the league, Brady is going to sue the league and PA is going to sue the league. The NFL probably can get the Kraft thing to go away easily but, say there is nothing on Brady’s phone and he is willing to turn it over in discovery, the NFL loses its defamation case on that alone. As for the PA, getting this to Court is the way the disciplinary process the NFL has gets brought into consistency with the laws of the United States something it isn’t right now.

    As for all these crime analogies people are throwing around, ok, let’s evaluate this evidence using the higher criminal standard and see if the NFL met it ? You know the answer to that…….Absent the lowest possible civil standard, the NFL has nothing

  95. Tom Brady has let this lie get bigger than anything in the NFL. He let two guys get fired, he cost his team a 1st round pick, 4th round pick and $1M. His lie, much like Hernandez, has put his owner in a tough spot to fully support him. All because he couldn’t fess up! It’s pathetic…he had a chance to be a leader and take one for the team….but ultimately, his team will take one for him (1st rounder, 4th rounder & $1M).

    He may get his suspension reduce, but his team can’t give back the draft picks or fine unless they sue the NFL. That won’t happen, the other owners won’t allow that!

    Tom Brady, is the worst kind of guy you have to work with. He’s the superstar in your office, that the company can’t do without, forcing management to take the lumps & allow him to treat everyone else like scum. He’s the guy that got to the top & could careless about all of the people he put in a bad position….all because he couldn’t be a leader and fess up. All for his lie!

  96. 1. The NFL leaked blatantly false information lying about the PSI levels in the balls after the AFCCG

    2. The NFL LIED about PSI measurements in its letter informing the Patriots of the investigation (10.1 PSI)

    3. Ted Wells LIED in his report claiming he wanted to interview McNally again to go over a text from the 2014 football season. The text in question was from the previous May. He had access to ALL OF THOSE TEXTS FOR MONTHS. This was not some new thing that popped up out of the blue. He was scrambling to find ANYTHING even remotely questionable that he could spin against the Patriots.

    4. Ted Wells believes everything Anderson has to say….except of course his recollection of what gauge he used pregame because that would easily explain why the Pats balls were under. Then, goes on to suspend his own logic and reasoning for the Patriots PSI levels in order to frame the PSI levels of the Colts in a different light. Two sets of balls, two different patterns of logic explaining their deflation.

    5. There is not one single piece of evidence that suggests Tom Brady or anyone else ever asked for balls to be deflated below the minimum after ref inspection. NONE.

    6. The Wells report claims that referees (many, many referees) stated that the ball procedure happens the same way every time. They are never out of their sight. A logical person would conclude that if all these people are saying the balls never leave their sight that it would be highly unlikely for some crazy deflation scheme to be long standing with the Patriots or anyone else.

    7. The Wells report relies on sarcastic text messages that do not even pertain to the AFCCG to condemn Tom Brady for cheating in the AFCCG. Nonsense.

    Face it people. You all overreacted because the NFL is incompetent, leaked false information, failed to correct it and now has completely botched the levying of this penalty — from the penalties themselves, to how the penalties were handed down.

  97. As a parent I have to agree with Mr Blank. When my kids messed up, I never punished them for what they did (we all make mistakes as kids) but the coverup is something I would not tolerate (And) I always let them know that the attempted cover-up is why they received whatever punishment I they got. The Patriots organization are acting like adolescents.

  98. Go watch the movie the Crucible with Daniel Day Lewis. In this he is accused of being a witch and imprisoned. Everybody tells him that if just confesses he’ll be let free and left alone. He refuses based on principals and is put to death.

  99. theuglitruth says:
    May 15, 2015 1:28 PM

    Tom Brady, is the worst kind of guy you have to work with. He’s the superstar in your office, that the company can’t do without, forcing management to take the lumps & allow him to treat everyone else like scum. He’s the guy that got to the top & could careless about all of the people he put in a bad position….all because he couldn’t be a leader and fess up. All for his lie!

    —-

    The actual truth is that Tom Brady is known as a stand up guy within Gillette. He never refuses to sign memorabilia to employees. You really think Brady is on the level of Jay Cutler? All you need to do is look at how Brady’s teammates are supporting him. That my friend, is not the uglitruth, but the actual truth.

  100. Think about this… If Goodell caves to Patriots on this… (regardless of the facts of the case) he will appear weak. This fact in itself is reason number one why he needs to step away. Let both sides argue their case and let the chips fall where they may to an independent entity. I think it should be Tags hearing the appeal. He has the respect of the other owners and he can be “fair” in hearing both sides.

    1) If they Patriots fail to make a case, they lose, and we all move on, and they should have to admit their guilt to America.

    2) If they don’t, The NFL clearly should be culpable.

    The Patriots are a great scape goat. 90% of America hates them, and what better to distract everyone from all of the other issues facing the NFL than to slam the Patriots (guilty or not). Great PR.

  101. Patriots “acknowledged” Spygate. Why would they not acknowledge this now if they didn’t truly believe they were innocent?

    p40/41 to p62 of the Exponent section identifies plausible game-day scenarios wherein no tampering with the footballs would be found assuming that Walt Anderson used the Logo gauge (which, btw, *is his best recollection*; he only ceded the *possibility* that he used the non-logo gauge when pressed about it).

    They find these scenarios, then throw them away because, of the three halftime measurement scenarios *they tested*, only two would have found no evidence of wrongdoing, and those two were not close enough to the *median pressure observed at halftime* for their liking (even though both scenarios produced readings within the *range* of PSIs of all the balls involved, and they only tested 2 balls per team).

  102. This hammer was more like that plastic toy one that makes noise when you strike with it.

  103. There is little doubt the bulk of the punishment surrounds the failure to cooperate requirements.

    While this matter and evidence proof is similar to civil law cases, the NFL does not have subpoena power as you would have in civil court. Hence, the NFL requirement to be cooperative in investigations is all the more important. I am guessing that is why they ask this of the teams and players that are part of their proprietary enterprise called the NFL.

    So Tom Brady’s failure to cooperate (provide phone records) in a venue that he does not have to worry about subpoena’s really does limit the investigation. And given the other records from McNally and Jatremski, like it or not, phone records are relavent. So whether those of you pro-Patriot people want to admit it or not, with the other messages obtained, and the somewhat obtuse meaning of a few, Brady’s information was essential to the investigation. But not cooperating this was huge to the investigation.

    That’s what’s funny about those of you complaining about Goodell presiding over this. Yes, if it was a court proceeding Gooddell would have a conflict. But then again, if it was a court proceeding, Mr. Brady would be compelled by subpoena to have his phone, text, and email records provided. Be careful what you all ask for here.

    If I were Gooddell, I’d offer to recuse myself on absolute condition that Brady turns over all records. The prior deal to provide prior reviewed transcripts would be off the table.

    Given the information in the Wells report, it is fair to speculate in all types of directions. That made Wells’ request to provide screened phone and electronic records that much more vital. Further

  104. patriotsdefense says:

    Ridiculous. The hammer fell in 2007 with immediate acknowledgement.
    ======================================

    The Patriots had previously been WARNED to not tape other teams. They did it anyway. They had no choice but for “immediate acknowledgement” because the NFL had the freaking tapes.

  105. mataug says:
    May 15, 2015 11:54 AM

    Jerry Jones, Blank and Elway – so that’s 3 of the clique that made this power move against Kraft
    enjoying the politics here, NFL Game of Cards now
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    No one made any power move. Kraft and his minions got caught. If anything, they just expect him and his organization to be held accountable like everyone else.

  106. Arthur you scumbag i would never take anything you say seriously. It is clear that most of the 31 owners are jealous of the Patriots. Child grow up.

  107. It’s arrogant of the NFL to assume the opposing party doesn’t honestly believe their position and should just go directly to bended knee.

    To say defend ending oneself merits a harsher judgment is proof of an unfair penalty.

  108. I see a lot of chatter but no Pats fan can explain or refute the fumble data cited earlier in this thread.

    Do you know why?

    The only logical explanation is that the Pats didn’t just deflate the balls for the AFCCG, they’ve been doing it since the rule change.

    This means Belichick was in it up to his eyebrows.

    Pats should take their punishment and thank the stars they didn’t get what they deserved.

  109. Clearly, Bernie Marcus was the brains behind The Home Depot.
    I mean, WHAT POSSIBLE REASON could the Patriots have for not admitting fault?

    After all, in the videotaping scandal, they admitted fault when asked, and turned over all the tapes. Which the league promptly leaked.
    Why didn’t they admit fault THIS TIME then?

    Maybe THEY DIDN’T DO IT!!!! Especially since by the referee’s “best recollection” he used the logo gauge, then there was NO deflation outside of what would be expected at that temperature.

    But hey, that can’t be possible, because look at how little them fumble!

    Then again, THEY BENCH FUMBLERS.
    But it can’t be that, right? Nope. Got to be footballs. Can’t be discipline and motivation not to give the ball away.

    More than I hate Goodell, I’m really starting to hate 78% of football fans out there. Too lazy to read, they just skim the headlines and charge straight into the comment section.

  110. The pats should have come clean and made a play for a light punishment. Instead, the cover up is worse than the cime.

    Kraft’s arrrogant demand for an apology up front and this wounded victim routine make it worse. The press is happy to have you stoke the fire.

    Pats fans… *every* single non-pats friend I have believes you did it. We are not lawyers looking for absolute proof or angles based on technicalties.

    We read the text messages and apply basic common sense.

  111. Prolonging this issue, combined with their current talent level, and the Jets , Fins, Bills improvements will most certainly get them 3rd place in the division next year.

    But even before deflate gate, the writing was on the wall that the Dyn*sty was over.

  112. this reminds me of people who constantly think its OK to break the LAW and repeatedly say” ill beat this case cuz they cant prove it without a reasonable doubt” but yet are in and out of jail every 6 months” the reality is thats the Patriots… we all know they are that BAD person that refuses to change and always blames someone else and constantly blames law enforcement for their problems because they are ALWAYS so innocent … troubled franchise in a bit of a pickle right now that needs to take a hard long look at themselves and make a decision to change otherwise keep doing the same things and expect different results is INSANITY !!! they need to stop blaming the NFL n the COLTS and change their behavior and cheating mentality. thats the bottom line with this organization that has a culture where cheating is not frowned upon…. such a shame !

  113. Judge to Goodell : The second half of the AFCCG was PATRIOTS 28 to colts 0. Mr. Goodell, Why did you not exonerate the PATRIOTS at that point ???

    Goodell to Judge : It backfired on us on the first sting attempt.

    Judge to Goodell : Mr. Goodell, you leaked false information for two weeks leading up to the SuperBowl, WHY ???

    Goodell to Judge : That was our second attempt to undermine the PATRIOTS.

    Judge to Goodell : Under the highest NFL scrutiny, the PATRIOTS defeated, perhaps, the Best Defense in NFL history – Why did you not exonerate the PATRIOTS at this point.

    Goodell to Judge : We were hoping the Seahawks would win (whimper) but that also FAILED.

    Judge to Goodell: And no exoneration for the PATRIOTS I assume? What did you do next?

    Goodell to Judge : I hired Mr. Well$ in a fourth attempt to discredit the PATRIOTS.

    Judge to Goodell : Mr. Goodell, Why do you feel it necessary to discredit the PATRIOTS.

    Goodell to Judge : For NFL Parity & to protect the Sheild – I AM the SHEILD !!!!

    Judge to Goodell : OK, I’ve heard enough !!! Take Mr. Goodell to the psyche ward and have him thoroughly evaluated.

    Judge : Mr. Well$, you are up next!

  114. I can’t wait to see the fumbles and interceptions up next year.

    Every time Brady throws a bad ball…Gee…I wonder if that happened because now the ball is legal.

    Every time Gronkowski drops the pass..Gee..I wonder if that would have happened if the ball were deflated.

    Gee…why have their fumbles and Brady’s interceptions have doubled.

    What a way for Tom Shady to exit!

  115. Davedsone, you are wrong in fumbles, if the Pats play mostly no-huddle offense and throw the short passes. Nah…. This cannot be the reason for lack of fumbles either.

    Could it be that we turn Welker into a 100+ receiving monster the reason for the lack of fumbles? Nah — all of his passes were the long initial receiving … Oh wait, I am wrong, these were in the slot for 5+ initial yards. (I do not count the yards gain after the catch)…

    Could it be Randy Moss with his 22 TD passes, Nah

    By themselves, the Fumblers are correct 100%. BUT, THESE TWO play at the same time.

    Oh wait, someone found out that between 2012-2014, the Patriots rank number 3 in lowest fumble rates.

    NFL fumble rates (2012-2014)
    Team Fumbles per 100 plays
    Ravens 1.05 – great Coach – Haubaugh
    Saints 1.14 – another great coach- Sean Peyton
    Patriots 1.21
    Falcons 1.23- must be cheating, bad coach
    Browns 1.30 -must be cheating, bad coach…..
    NFL Average 1.63

    If the Pats cheated that means the Ravens & Saints also cheated! Oh wait, these two are winning SB coaches….

    DREAM ON HATERS!

  116. abninf says:
    May 15, 2015 1:54 PM

    The Patriots had previously been WARNED to not tape other teams. They did it anyway. They had no choice but for “immediate acknowledgement” because the NFL had the freaking tapes.

    All 32 teams were WARNED (IN ALL CAPS TO MAKE IT SOUND SUPER SERIOUS) to tape FROM THE APPROVED BOOTH AND NOT THE SIDELINES. There were probably 20+ other teams that could have been caught doing the same thing that day (first week of the season) that weren’t playing against a spiteful Mangini.

    NFL and the media win again in their quest to make football news relevant for 52 weeks/year. No coincidence this whole story started during the Pro Bowl bye week and was refreshed immediately following the draft.

  117. Blank is always commenting on things that don’t concern him. He needs to worry about what his own team did, remember pumping in fake crowd noise.

  118. Torture you enough and you admit something you did not do. That’s what the NFL is doing to the Patriots. They’re trying to break them so they’ll admit anything the NFL wants them to. Not gonna happen. During Spygate the Patriots admitted they are wrong in defying the memo- which is not about stealing signals- on the correct location of camera placement. There’s nowhere in that Wells report that Brady told the guys to deflate the football, nor his preference for below psi balls, psi reads are arbitrary because they don’t know which gauges are used nor the referee had a reference point since he did not record the initial psi reading. etc etc– The Wells report is a Million Dollars Sham.– So you want the Patriots to just stand down to make peace? Next time it will be another team that the NFL will bully. Reminds of the IRS.

  119. I don’t think the Patriots cheated. I think Tom Brady cheated. He’s getting older, he needs an edge, he works hard for a rule change, and then he buys off the ball boys. I think Kraft (in this instance) is completely in the dark. Kraft is outraged because he actually believes Tom Shady. If this results in Brady being permanently suspended, it’ll all be worth it.

  120. I love all these people who claim there is all this evidence, especially the texts. The texts referenced by Wells in the report are months old. One set almost a year old. One set was from October and the other from May of 2014. These are held up as evidence of something happening in February of 2015. Never mind that they’re highly ambiguous. If taken literally the texts indicate overinflation not underinflation as Wells totally subjective interpretation suggests.
    Never mind dismissing Walt Anderson’s testimony as to which air pressure gauge he used to test he Patriots footballs pregame. Wells went to great lengths to declare how much integrity Walt Anderson had and how his word can be trusted, yet in probably the critical juncture he disregards Anderson’s testimony and chooses speculation instead to fit his narrative that the balls were deflated outside the range (barely at that) explained by science.

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