Goodell doesn’t answer question about media leaks

During Wednesday’s press conference that ended the quarterly ownership meeting in San Francisco, Tom Curran of CSN New England asked Commissioner Roger Goodell a pointed question regarding media leaks by the league during the #DeflateGate investigation.

In response, Goodell referred generally to the report generated by Ted Wells. When Curran followed with a specific question about the league’s leak of the false information that 11 of the 12 Patriots footballs were two pounds under the 12.5 PSI minimum, Goodell said that Ted Wells “had the opportunity to evaluate that.”

While Wells may have had the opportunity to evaluate whether the NFL deliberately leaked false PSI data, possibly to create an opening narrative of presumed tampering that would trigger a scorched-earth investigation of the Patriots, Wells didn’t address the topic at all in his report.

As noted by Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, Wells devoted only one paragraph to the notion that the investigation arose in whole or in part from an agenda against the Patriots. The 243-page document says nothing about whether Wells explored the leak of false information — a leak that likely led directly to the decision to bring in Wells for another multi-million-dollar probe.

Frankly, it’s a bit ironic that anyone from ESPN would demand transparency regarding the false information disseminated by the league, given that ESPN was the media company that accepted the false information as true and published it. In the 15 days since it became clear that the information given to Chris Mortensen was false, ESPN has said nothing about its role in fueling the early days of the #DeflateGate frenzy.

Either Mortensen was flat wrong or he was lied to. If it was the former, the NFL should have corrected the information quickly and aggressively. Instead, the true PSI numbers remained hidden from view until the Wells report was released.

On one hand, it’s important for a reporter to protect his sources. On the other hand, the rules should change when the reporter has been flat-out lied to. And if the NFL isn’t going to shed light on what actually happened back in January regarding the false PSI data, ESPN shouldn’t simply point out the NFL’s silence; ESPN should end its own.

66 responses to “Goodell doesn’t answer question about media leaks

  1. Oh, for god’s sake the level of paranoia directed at the NFL has reached absurd proportions. The suggestion that the NFL deliberately lied about the amount the balls were deflated makes no sense. If they’re so nefarious, the evil NFL, they’d have just changed the numbers on the PSI that ended up in the Wells report, wouldn’t they?

    NO, much more likely, whoever leaked got it 2nd, 3rd hand and had it wrong or the reporter did. The differences we’re talking about are very small and it’s easy to make a mistake. And, Goodell meant by referring to the Wells report was, these are the correct numbers. The Wells report was an investigation of whether the Patriots deflated balls, not into how the story got leaked. It didn’t even have to be leaked by the league, for god’s sake. It could have been anyone in either team’s camps.

  2. The NFL is a gigantic joke. There is no integrity at all. Deflategate what never about correcting a wrong. It was about leveling the playing field.

    Jets, Dolphins and Bills fail to build any kind to winning football team for a decade and somehow that is the Patriots fault

  3. Of course the wells report didn’t mention it. Why would they take the focus off an obvious witch hunt. Wells knew not to bite the hand that feeds him. The truly disappointing thing is that the report is still being discussed as an “independent report.” What a sham.

  4. Your narative misses the fact that there were referees doing the measuring, and given the amount of discussion that led up to the retesting of the balls…I imagine team personnel were present also. How can you conclude:
    1) The 2 psi isnt accurate & the narative released in the Wells report isnt intended to create an argument in which the Patriots can save face & the NFL could brush it under the rug. But since they did, in fact find the smoking gun text messages, needed to also punish Brady.
    2) Isn’t it possible someone other than “the League” released that information, given that there were others likely present. And, isn’t also possible that the original report was true & later “edited” to convey a more league friendly circumstance?

  5. don’t worry, the NFL is just waiting for the right moment to leak Goodell’s answer to Curran’s questions. like probably after Brady serves whatever the final punishment is determined to be.

  6. Goodell is a LIAR!
    He says that the rules should be followed and that anyone who breaks the rules should be held accountable. I agree with that. The problem is that others have been privately warned but the Patriots are treated like war criminals.

  7. The NFL continues to give it to the Patriots long and hard. Kraft just turned around and said, “Thank you, sir! May I have another?” The NFL is now vindicated and doesn’t have to answer any of the media’s silly questions. Thanks Kraft!

  8. Shocking! How about the integrity of the league Mr Commissioner? I know its, oh so important to all of you. How is it that you cannot answer questions about this very valid question?

    Why are there so many leaks at NFL headquarters? Who is the person(s) leaking the information? Why are SO MANY of the leaks incorrect at first?

    How so many people can put their faith in the league and their “investigation” when the league clearly is inept and run by a bunch of buffoons is puzzling.

  9. He wasn’t saying Wells had the opportunity to evaluate whether the NFL deliberately leaked false PSI data. He was saying Wells had the opportunity to evaluate what the PSI of the balls was. That was obvious. What’s not is whether you were being deliberately obtuse or something in the water in West Virginia has finally gotten to you.

  10. The Boston Sports Talking heads were awash in fears of Kraft “Going all Al Davis”, and how that would be bad. How is that bad? He may have been a jerk and a cook but he had conviction. He took on the NFL and won. The league didn’t exactly fold because of it. An argument could be made that it became stronger. So tell me again how turtling is good for the other 31 teams?

  11. You’re on the money Mike.
    Goodell lied through his teeth yesterday. He never wanted Wells looking into the NFL office and Wells never did. And this is the who Bob Kraft swears by.
    Unreal!!

  12. What a cop-out from Goodell.

    The league knew the actual halftime PSI numbers immediately after halftime, Wells wasn’t needed to investigate that.
    The league either gave or chose to not correct Mortensen’s bogus numbers that were picked up be every media outlet in the world, and which were impossible for the Patriots to defend in a logical way.
    And if Goodell was referring only to Wells having to investigate the leaks themselves, Wells has said it was not his role to do that.
    Sooo, Mr. Goodell, how about trying to answer Curran’s question again, this time without ducking it?

  13. I would really be interested in knowing – how would the NFL even go about firing Goodell? Does anybody know?

    I mean, how does that actually happen? Can it happen?

  14. Is there a committee of owners in the NFL similar to Congress within the US government that can check the President?

    Is there any bi-law on firing the commissioner????

    Anybody?

  15. I think everyone is going to look back years later at this travesty of justice and wonder what happened. There is literally no solid evidence that the Patriots did anything wrong. The most likely scenario (following the ref’s memory on which gauge he used) is that the balls hadn’t been deflated at all. The science only looks bad if you ignore the ref’s memory. The single reference to a ballboy being “the deflator” happened in May and, for anyone who actually searched the term on Google, actually has quite a bit of use in weight loss ads (“Deflate your belly!” shows up about 100,000 times.). Making this about Brady’s texts is just silly. That’s a right-to-privacy issue that every American should be concerned about. Just because someone thinks you might maybe have done something doesn’t mean they get to access your personal correspondence. None of us are safe from persecution if evidence as flimsy and contrived as this can be used against someone. I am going to remain outraged by this ridiculousness for a very long time.

  16. According to Pats-homers, Brady sues the NFL for $500 million and Goodell immediately gets fired. Also, Superman marries Wonder Woman and the Easter Bunny is Best Man.

  17. If this false info reported by Mortenson was not put out, this never would have become a story. It was a bag job done by Patriot haters in the league office.

  18. so, 24 owners of 32 – that is a 75% majority.

    How does something like that get initiated? Is it some impromptu meeting or is there annual review of the commissioner where it would happen?

  19. Goodell is effectively a CEO and the Owners are the Board.

    Owners therefore love the Commissioner as he serves them to fatten their wallets but also must withstand the public scrutiny of his money-grubbing ways. This is why Goodell gets paid so much, because he’s the face behind the owners’ directives. If he can pull off their tricks without losing money they will compensate him for that.

    Overseas games, Extra points, Protect the Shield… these are all tactics to make money and protect branding. These men don’t care about the game’s integrity. They care about money. That simple.

  20. To those who believe that there should be complete integrity in the NFl, should the NFL be put on a higher level of integrity than our government, which lacks all integrity

  21. According to Pats-homers, Brady sues the NFL for $500 million and Goodell immediately gets fired. Also, Superman marries Wonder Woman and the Easter Bunny is Best Man.

    28-24

    Cheer up slugger, its only football…

  22. People can bring up text messages that occurred in May or October all they want, but the NFL has yet to prove that the Patriots deflated footballs in the AFC Championship game. Anything in the past is pure speculation with zero evidence. Since we know about every text the two ballboys ever sent back and forth to each other and otherwise, I think Brady was wise not to hand over his personal info. Particularly since Wells was taking on the role as prosecutor in this whole mess. Kraft backed down because he didn’t have ownership support, and going nuclear just isn’t smart for business. I doubt this will be easily ignored or forgotten when Goodell finally does fall out of favor. To think, the Patriots lose their QB and a first over a fraction of a PSI… what a joke.

  23. Goodell doesn’t have to answer any questions about it now….he screwed the Pats and got away with it so he is just going to sit back and smile about doing it.

  24. Goodell is a snake

    The NFL leaked damning misleading information to the media to help drum up outrage…then wasted 5 months producing the Wells report. The media ran with it, with sports radio personalities adding fuel to the fire, knowing most football fans envy Brady and dislike the Patriots for beating their local teams

    Ted Wells was on a witch hunt, getting paid $5 million for this report is hard to believe. The scientific evidence proves the balls were not deflated by McNally. But Goodell follows the polls, knows there are no media personalities backing Brady, and the public is frustrated at the success of the Patriots, so Goodell will have no blowback if he upholds the Brady suspension…takes the heat off him from all the domestic violence issues he must deal with weekly. This was a well orchestrated smear campaign directed at a player to keep the heat off himself …he chose a white player whom most of America envies…and it is working

  25. Goodell represents the NFL “shield” as if it is a badge of honor.

    Reality is it is a barrier he tries to hide behind, but in this case his behind is sticking out.

  26. Funny how pats homers state the psi overall is no big deal. Yet when it comes to this they scream it from their soap boxes.

  27. Whenever Goodell says he is doing something for the “integrity of the game”, I throw up in my mouth. No one has done more the tarnish the integrity of the NFL more than Roger Goodell.

    Does anyone really believe the NFL never saw the Ray Rice tape until TMZ released it?

    Does anyone really believe that Goodell increased Rice’s suspension because Rice lied to him when he spoke to him and not because the public freaked out when they saw the tape of Rice punching his then girlfriend?

    Does anyone think that Goodell coming down hard on the Saints wasn’t in large part because the concussion lawsuit and he wanted to show the league takes player safety very seriously?

    No one has tarnished the shield more than Roger Goodell.

  28. Dear League Owners,

    I am doing my best to remove the NE PATRIOTS from getting back to the SuperBowl.

    Your support in this matter is necessary.

    Please continue to direct ALL FALSE ACCUSATIONS to my office so that further Investigations can be EXECUTED against them.

    Your Dictator,
    Rodger Good_Jelly

  29. Cheer up slugger, its only football…

    The only thing that remotely doesn’t cheer me is the blatant stupidity exhibited by some of these Pats-homers. I worry that our educational system has now fallen behind that of a 3rd world country.

  30. Welcome to OR_WELL$ 1984, where the SHIELD protects, feeds and punishes you – irregardless of your protests/innocence.

    Where just being aware of a possible violation means – You PROBABLY are involved and where PROBABLY = DEFINITELY/GUILTY.

    Where NFL news leaks are deemed RELIABLE, TRUSTWORTHY and INDISPUTABLE.

    Where the news media is DOUBLE SPEAK and it informs you of ‘What exactly you need to BELIEVE’ – Do not question !!!

    Where any dispute will be followed up with a NFL ‘ASSIGNED’ – ‘IMPARTIAL’ investigator whereby LOGIC & SCIENTIFC ANALYSIS is NOT APPLICABLE unless it can be used against you.

    To Any and ALL who fail to accept these ‘Protective SHIELD Guidelines’, YOU will be INVESTIGATED.

  31. It was either the league who lied to Mortensen or Jim Irsay.
    Or maybe Mort made it all up.
    All of the above hate the Patriots so we’ll never know for sure.

  32. To ALL Concerned Citizens,

    Welcome to the 2015 version of OR_WELL$ 1984, where the SHIELD protects, feeds and punishes you – irregardless of your protests/innocence.

    Where just being aware of a possible violation means – You PROBABLY are involved and where PROBABLY = DEFINITELY/GUILTY.

    Where NFL news leaks are deemed RELIABLE, TRUSTWORTHY and INDISPUTABLE.

    Where the news media is DOUBLE SPEAK and it informs you of ‘What exactly you need to BELIEVE’ – Do not question !!!

    Where any dispute will be followed up with a NFL ‘ASSIGNED’ – ‘IMPARTIAL’ investigator whereby LOGIC & SCIENTIFC ANALYSIS is NOT APPLICABLE unless it can be used against you.

    To Any and ALL who fail to accept these ‘Protective SHIELD Guidelines’, YOU will be INVESTIGATED.

  33. Meanwhile on the presidential campaign trail Ole Bill leans over and and whispers in Hill’s ear “Maybe we could use a good liar like this Goodell”.

  34. After the SuperBowl victory Kraft said “WE ARE ALL PATRIOTS.”

    Mr. KRAFT, by submitting to Goodell you are no longer a true Patriot.

    You have just become a Benedict Arnold.

    To Jonathan Kraft,

    Please take control and have your balls properly inflated to FIGHT LEVEL pressure.

  35. What was interesting after the SB was the reporters from Boston indicated on their wrap up/celebration was that in press row…they said 90% of the reporters there were avid and obnoxious Patriot haters! So, if the “press” decided to talk out of school and report stories as “fact”..maybe it was the press. But it sure would have been worth Wells looking into the NFL officials, given the “leak” by the “press”..

  36. If I am the lawyer for Tom Brady, I want the electronic records of everyone. The NFL opened this door by complaining the Tom Brady wouldn’t turn over his cell phone. I want everyone’s cell phone records, email records…

    and all of their other social media records. For instance, does Ted Wells have a user account for ProFootballlTalk and was he fanning the flames against Brady on that account. How about ESPN? Does he have one there? Ditto for Roger Goodell.

  37. If you’re the lawyer for Tom Brady, you don’t get the electronic records of everyone. I know you think you can demand all the NFL officials turn over their phones, but they weren’t involved in the cheating or the attempt to cover it up. Only those people involved could be subpoenaed – that would include McNally & Jastremski, who have already turned over their information, and Brady, who hasn’t. At most, you might be able to include Belichick and Robert Kraft…somehow I doubt you’re going to be so zealous to see their records.

    It sounds great – especially to rabid Pats-homers, but it aint reality, so it aint happenin’.

  38. Not true. If a cover up / sting was occurring, the could request discovery PWR the judges approval of any/all communications between Wald Andersen, Ted Wells, Goodell, Grigson, Harbaugh, Kensil and Gardi to name a few.That’s why Tiger cut a nackvroombdeal with Kraft.

  39. As I’ve said a few times now, the initial purpose of this whole mishandled debacle was to create a major distraction for the Patriots leading up to the SB. We had the Colts working with former Jets in the NFL front office, all with an ax to grind. Simple as that.

    Hell, remember the female reporter for ESPN issuing some kind of nonsense story, then it turns out she’s married to former long-time Jet executive? Shocking!

    Well, the distraction aspect didn’t work because the Patriots won. So then the next step is to continue the leaks and misinformation and treat this as a horrifying, major issue rather than the minor ball tampering infraction for which other teams have been given a warning.

    And, of course, the haters have gleefully kept their torches lit and continue to cite bogus, overblown claims to discredit any successes NE has ever had.

    I was thinking about it yesterday. Suh got a one game suspension for deliberately stepping on Aaron Rogers and trying to injure him – which was removed on appeal. I see his actions as far, far more damaging to the “integrity of the game” than some weak, inconclusive evidence that balls may have been deflated. Oh, but he got $60 million from the Dolphins.

    Goodell won’t comment because he has no answers or excuses that don’t make this look like a deliberate witch hunt. Any close examination would expose the sycophantic, incestuous relationship between the NFL and ESPN and further reveal how both giant, powerful corporations are lacking in serious credibility.

    I’m not a Patriots fan, I just view this whole thing for what it is.

  40. If a cover up / sting was occurring, you would have to prove that you have cause to move forward with legal action. Likely, filing for action would be laughed at and thrown out. You would never get to the point where you could start issuing subpeonas on people’s electronic data.

  41. And “they’re Jets fans, so of course they hate us and set us up” is not cause. You’d have to do much better than that.

  42. This is a bit unfair to Mike Reiss. He works for ESPN, but he is about as transparent as they come. I’m sure that sometimes Reiss has to swallow hard when he sees some of the crap that comes from Bristol.

  43. The only lies told stem from pats homers twisting and manipulating the Wells report. But they are following what the team does however.

  44. Jets, Dolphins and Bills fail to build any kind to winning football team for a decade and somehow that is the Patriots fault
    =========================
    …That’s why they get all the Number 1 seeds, get home field advantage and an easy route to the AFCC game and Super Bowl every year

  45. Roger Goodell stated the Wells report was
    “Clear & Concise”

    I don’t care which side you are on, the Wells report was NOT clear nor was it concise.

    This commissioner – Roger Goodell –
    Lies like the Dog he is.

  46. You have to have no understanding of history to not know institutions lie about large and small.

    To those that believe the end discipline justified the means, a railroad job filled with lies, just come out and say it don’t tell us to trust Goodell and his toady Wells.

  47. If they let our players play they will prove themselves on the field as they have over 15 years.

  48. Jets, Dolphins and Bills fail to build any kind to winning football team for a decade and somehow that is the Patriots fault
    =========================
    …That’s why they get all the Number 1 seeds, get home field advantage and an easy route to the AFCC game and Super Bowl every year
    =========================
    What are you even talking about?

  49. How to beat the Patriots:

    1. Lose to the Patriots on the field
    2. Scour the rulebook for any obscure rule relating to game play.
    3. Alert the NFL that the Patriots have been violating the rule. Don’t provide any detail whatsoever. Just make the claim.
    4. The next time you play against the Patriots, notify the league that the rule is being broken.
    5. The NFL will immediately launch a full-scale investigation and leak it to the media.
    6. 90% of the public outside of New England will automatically assume the Patriots are guilty and will maintain that opinion, no matter what the facts say.
    7. The NFL will periodically leak misleading or outright false information about the investigation. Again, truth is completely irrelevant. Patriot haters will believe anything negative and repeat it as gospel truth forevermore.
    8. If the investigation finds no wrongdoing, Patriot haters will insist there is a conspiracy in which Roger Goodell is sweeping Patriot offenses under the rug.
    9. If wrongdoing is found, no matter how flimsy or convluted the evidence, haters will scream for year-long suspensions or lifetime banishments due to a “history of cheating”, which consists of filming from the wrong location in a game eight years ago, and a “more probably than not” true allegation that some fat dude snuck into the bathroom and let a couple puffs of air out of some footballs.

  50. Speaking about institutional lies about NFL players, the worst was our military and government lying about Pat Tilman’s death.

    Thankfully, Pat’s family pushed for the truth and did not pull a Kraft.

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