Mortensen pulls plug on WEEI appearance

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Apparently, only 11 of 12 reminders about his WEEI appearance to Chris Mortensen went through.

Mortensen was scheduled to appear on the Dennis & Callahan show at 7:45 a.m. ET, but he has canceled.

“You guys made a mistake by drumming up business for the show and how I would address my reporting for the first time,” Mortensen informed WEEI. “I will not allow WEEI, [Patriots owner Robert] Kraft or anybody to make me the centerpiece of a story that has been misreported far beyond anything I did in the first 48 hours. Maybe when the lawsuit is settled, in Brady’s favor, I hope, we can revisit. Don’t call.”

They tried to call him anyway. No answer.

I like and respect Mort. As Adam Schefter of ESPN said on WEEI on Thursday, Mortensen is a pioneer in this business. But his false report should be the centerpiece of the story. Because without that false report there is no story. More specifically, without that false report, there is no finding of cheating.

The false report instantly changed the narrative from “the NFL checked the Patriots footballs at halftime” to “someone deflated 11 of the 12 the Patriots footballs by two pounds each; what did Brady and Belichick know?” It made another Ted Wells investigation logical, it put the Patriots on the defensive, and it kept the Patriots from responding to the accurate PSI readings by pointing out that, on one of the two air-pressure gauges used, they fall squarely within the range expected by the Ideal Gas Law.

On Thursday, Schefter suggested that Mort was given false information by one or more high-level NFL officials. On Tuesday, the circumstances suggested that Stephen A. Smith of ESPN was given true information by one or more high-level NFL officials to introduce to the public the notion that “Tom Brady destroyed his cellphone.”

This would be a perfect topic for an ESPN Outside the Lines investigation as to how the NFL manipulated the media on multiple occasions for P.R. purposes. If only a couple of prominent ESPN employees hadn’t been pulled into this mess.

232 responses to “Mortensen pulls plug on WEEI appearance

  1. I hope you report how John Dennis is reporting that his sources say Mike Kensil was the source of Mort’s story and behind the sting. Dennis is also going to reveal why Kraft backed down initially according to his sources.

  2. Pretty funny stuff. Eventually, the truth will bubble to the surface. Doesn’t matter if Mort addresses it or not. Surprised he even considered coming on the air. Oh Morty, man up and come clean.

  3. So now that we know this entire sting operation was led by Kensil and the false report to Mortenson was leaked by the NFL now what? The league has spent the last 6 months systematically destroying Brady’s legacy he could possibly be suspended for 4 games never mind the punishment of fines and draft picks to the team, how the hell does anyone let alone a court of law let this complete bag job fiasco continue?

  4. “I will not allow WEEI, [Patriots owner Robert] Kraft or anybody to make me the centerpiece of a story that has been misreported far beyond anything I did in the first 48 hours.”

    WHAT has been misreported Mort?? The actual psi of those footballs perhaps??? Uh huh!!

    What a hypocrite!!!!!

    TO THIS DAY Mortensen has never addressed this.

    Question is why?????????????????????????

  5. Perfect…..

    I like and respect Mort. As Adam Schefter of WEEI said on ESPN on Thursday, Mortensen is a pioneer in this business. But his false report should be the centerpiece of the story. Because without that false report there is no story. More specifically, without that false report, there is no finding of cheating.

    The false report instantly changed the narrative from “the NFL checked the Patriots footballs at halftime” to “someone deflated 11 of the 12 the Patriots footballs by two pounds each; what did Brady and Belichick know?” It made another Ted Wells investigation logical, it put the Patriots on the defensive, and it kept the Patriots from responding to the accurate PSI readings by pointing out that, on one of the two air-pressure gauges used, they fall squarely within the range expected by the Ideal Gas Law.

  6. John Dennis on WEEI is now reporting that Mike Kensil was Mortenson’s source.

    You remember him right Jets fans?

  7. Aren’t reporters supposed to be after the truth? Pretty cowardly by Mortensen. I know fans say ESPN is pro-Boston but their coverage of this whole story has been very one sided and they’ve not even touched a lot of the pro-Brady information. Very odd.

  8. “Maybe when the lawsuit is settled, in Brady’s favor, I hope, we can revisit. Don’t call.”
    *******************
    Wait, so sans the Mortensen report, there would no Deflategate? I read the piece and have seen many suggestions, but I still can’t reconcile that. How does A lead to B?

    Are you saying no investigation ensues, despite the bathroom stop and the unprecedented disappearance of the game balls?

    Explain why a report, even if erroneous, created the snowball that kept rolling down the hill.

  9. Coward. That’s exactly what Mort is, unless Kensil (who was his source let’s be real) and Goodell gave him a gag order which means he has no honor or no integrity which is worse.

    As Florio points out Mort’s false reporting caused this story to blow up the fact that he is hiding is pathetic.

  10. IMO, once we find out the names of Mort’s sources ~cough Kensil~ ~cough Gardi~

    It will be a bigger story than #Deflategate because the bulls eye with be squarely on Roger Goodell. When did Roger know the League’s report to Mort was wrong and why did he wait four months to correct it?

  11. Dennis and Callahan won’t make you the centerpiece of the story, Mort. You and you sources already did. Your sources did by feeding you false information. You did by never correcting the story.

    Stop playing the victim. You are the catalyst of this whole thing. You are the story.

  12. What a punk. He is the reason this thing blew up, and while I know it was not HIS information, he broke it, so he should live up to it…

  13. Disappointing, but not surprising.

    Judging from Schefter’s reporting on this (and even from Mort’s message to WEEI), it seems the NFL is putting pressure on ESPN not to burn any bridges with them. They both clearly have a lot they want to say.

  14. i don’t understand mort’s point, whether they drummed his appearance before or after, it was clearly going to get attention.

    and it should.

    always liked mort, but he’s got some ‘splaining to do, both about his original (false) report, and canceling a scheduled interview to discussion the original (false) report.

    appears brady’s not the only one with something to hide.

  15. “I will not allow WEEI, [Patriots owner Robert] Kraft or anybody to make me the centerpiece of a story that has been misreported far beyond anything I did in the first 48 hours. ”

    Of course if the league office or my masters at BSPN yank the leash he will still sit up and beg

  16. You have to wonder what threats and promises the NFL made to both ESPN and Mortensen yesterday.

    My guess is that the Shill Report will be the go-to place for all of the league’s dirty dealings from here on.

  17. This, this right here. Is not a good look for the NFL. A sting operation masterminded by one of your own? Come on now. That is something out of a movie. Let Brady play and give the Patriots back the draft picks. Unreal.

  18. No real surprise given the fact that Mort has always been gutless,as evident by the fact that he still has a lot of those erroneous tweets in question up on his page. ESPN should be ashamed of themselves for continually taking a crap all over journalistic standards and at times acting as NFLNetw…the leagues propaganda wing. It’s disgraceful really. Shefter is one of the few reporters there with any sense of honor and professional decency.

  19. Come on Florio, it’s hard to have sympathy for Mortenson here. Every single reporter worth his or her salt should know that when an anonymous source gives them inside information, the source is doing so with a potentially hidden agenda. It is the reporter’s job to figure out if a) the information is credible, and b) why the source is putting that information out there.

    I was taught in Journalism 101 if your source gives you bad information and you publish it anyway, then you are the sucker. So Mortenson is the sucker here, no doubt. And he’s been in this game long enough that he should be held accountable for his reporting.

    And Mort’s statement now that “Maybe when the lawsuit is settled, in Brady’s favor, I hope, we can revisit” is astounding. He’s positioned himself as a REPORTER, not a FAN or a COMMENTATOR. His opinion should be kept to himself.

  20. This would be a perfect topic for an ESPN Outside the Lines investigation as to how the NFL manipulated the media on multiple occasions for P.R. purposes. If only a couple of prominent ESPN employees hadn’t been pulled into this mess.

    ————————

    Media fed information for PR purposes, film at 11. We all know the NFLPA would never do this, right Mike? Right?

    Is this one of those situations where it is UNSEEMLY for the NFL to do something the NFLPA does as well?

  21. As a person who doesn’t believe the Pats are guilty of anything in this based on what we know to be true (not innuendo and suggestions, and possibly, maybe, potentially, might have known about something…), I am very disappointed with this.

    Mortenson seems like a decent guy. Loves the NFL. Loves being an insider. And for a long time he was the go to guy. If Mort was reporting something, it was true, no question. And I have taken plenty of shots making 11 of 12 jokes, etc. But this was a chance for Mort to clear things up. It isn’t going to change what happened or how people view the 11 of 12 report, but it would have helped him A LOT.

    As it stands now, he has nothing left. The NFL used him to spread false info, and then, as Mort is too stupid to see, they used a basketball guy (Stephen A Smith) to reveal Brady destroyed his phone. Think about that Mort, the NFL knows that NO ONE will trust anything you say, so they avoided you when releasing the broken phone information.

    So at this point Mort, the NFL knows no one is going to believe you, so they aren’t going to leak info to you. So your career is over. This is your chance to stand up for yourself, have some integrity, and explain that you stand by your report. You admit it was wrong, but you had no reason to question its validity because it came from a very reliable and trustworthy source. There is nothing wrong with that.

    With that being said, he has 2 choices. He can stand by his report and have no career (think about it Mort, the NFL is taking your livelihood away by using you to spread false info, now your career is severely damaged). Or he can risk his career, which is already ruined, and call out whom ever it was that mislead him. If I were Mort I would be pissed that I was used like that, and I would be even more pissed that the NFL cared so little about my career that they risked ruining it for their own self interests.

    Grow a pair and stand up for yourself Mort you slimey POS. Have some integrity and some self respect and take the cross hairs off of you. As I said, no one faults Mort from reporting what he was given, from reliable sources. But don’t roll over cuz the NFL has threatened you. We all know that was what happened. As soon as it was revealed he was gonna talk on WEEI, his phone rang, and it was 345 Park Ave calling, letting him know that if he talks, his career is DONE… Its already done Mort.

  22. I don’t understand this argument.

    So the guy named “the deflator” took balls in a bathroom and didn’t deflate them as much as originally reported.

    So they “cheated a little less than was originally thought” is supposed to exonerate them?

    Does it matter if a player just barely fails a drug test, or completly fails with off the charts readings? No, the punishment is the same. They cheated and it was found out. End of story.

  23. he clearly is being pressured by his sources to not say anything. It’s a matter of him trading his integrity for future leaks/info.

  24. Just like after Spygate there will be an article from the ESPN ombudsman detailing how awful ESPN’s reporting has been. Then the ombudsman won’t be heard from again until after the next scandal that is driven by awful, inaccurate ESPN reporting.

  25. It’s obvious why Mort dropped out, the league office called ESPN and shut it down. I’m sure the call came in, just like it did with Bill Simmons, don’t go against the family.

    Mike Kensil is the source, the NFL office is a joke, Mort knows it, ESPN knows it, but the NFL contract is too valuable to fight the league.

    Sad

  26. I would ask Chris Mortensen just one question.

    Why did those in the NFL office pick YOU (not Florio, not King, not Glazer, not Shefter et al) Chris Mortensen to spread their highly destructive lies.

    Why YOU Mort?????

    The answer lies in the fact that Mortensen has NEVER apologized or written a retraction.

    Mortensen did the bidding of the NFL office and then washed his dirty little reporter hands of the whole story.

  27. Definitely seems like the kind of guy to pal around with Goodell, a man who tried to report Patriots fans to the police for thought crimes.

  28. Goodells strategically timed releases of disinformation were planned to give him the advantage by putting Brady and the NFLPA on the defensive – Not surprising – he needed to “look good” after the Rice/Peterson/Hardy etc… debacles.

    And it worked – most of the talking heads, even those without ties to football, simply repeat (without a shred of skepticism) the headlines Goodell fed them.

    So what is the real INTEGRITY issue that we should be talking about ?

    – PSI in footballs – that with the discrediting of the Wells report – appears not to have happened ….

    OR

    – The commissioner of a multi-billion dollar sports league lying to the public and the fans through well orchestrated releases of disinformation to grab headlines and distract attention away from his incompetence in handling of players that beat up women and children…..?

  29. And Mortensen’s tweet on this (fabricated) story is still up. He hasn’t taken it down. Gutless coward!

  30. COWARD!

    Mort is better than this. Just out Kensil (sp) as the source and you would be supported by and forgiven by all of Patriot Nation. Until you do you will remain on the list of most hated sports personalities in Boston.

    It’s ok Mort …. We all know it ….. Just say it, otherwise continue to sit next to the likes of ….

    Ulf Samuelson, Bill Lambier, Jack Tatum and Ron Borges.

    ESPN The Worldwide Leader in Sports Misinformation!

  31. @eagleswin

    I’ve been reading your posts in several threads and you’re one of the few posters here who seems to get it and be able to respond dispassionately yet right on the mark. Thanks.

  32. None of this changes the guilt:

    Why did the Pats fire those 2 guys?

    Why haven’t they been interviewed on air?

    Why did Kraft accept the team penalties?

    Why did Brady destroy his phone?

    Answer- guilty

  33. So Kensil was the source and used the 10.1 measured from the Ravens game being clueless that balls lose pressure in cold.

    I SO CAN’T WAIT till Kessler ask for his phone in discovery. This will be DELICIOUS! 🙂

    Poor poor Patriot Hater 🙂 It’s not fair having your emotions toyed with like this! 🙂 On second thought it is freaking hilarious! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  34. Reading this story and listening to WEEI’s “exposition” on the anti- Pats conspiracy theory makes me wish that the court could engage in fact finding as opposed to being limited to reviewing the record – clearly PFT and ESPN have their own biases; while the NFL has dug in; the truth be damned; and this circus continues.

    What is irksome is that true champions don’t need to skate on the edge of the rules much less erase the line. Hope this ends soon.

  35. ESPN has always misreported sports news for all leagues. This is no different. That’s why I stopped watching it in the 90’s when the honest people went elsewhere. It’s not journalism, it’s fiction for viewers.

  36. The NFL Vice President in charge of game day operations, Mike Kensil, was the source of the lie.

    He was there when the psi measurements were made, so nobody can say that he did not know the truth.

    NOW WE ARE 100% CERTAIN THAT THIS WAS A STING OPERATION

  37. With Mort’s comment on how he hopes Brady will be cleared, it is obvious now that even he thinks nothing happened here.

  38. Isn’t it significant that Mort, the guy who broke this story, hopes Brady wins the court case? That makes me believe Mort is well aware of what’s gone on.

  39. Very surprised ESPN allowed this to happen. Usually ESPN is the biggest supporters of Kraft, Brady, Patriots, Mike Sam, and Bruce Jenner.

  40. I find it curious that you haven’t yet mentioned that Kensil was outed as the dirty leaker.
    I guess in time it will be addressed.

    As for ESPN, they won’t discuss this at all because it involves wrongdoing of the NFL and their guy is front and center in the story.
    You know that espn won’t touch this.

    Yeah, a league executives lying about a team, setting them up to be “destroyed” with a false narrative would appear to be huge news.
    But just watch. It won’t be a big story.
    If Kensil is not summarily fired, this will hang over Goodell and his leader, Mr. Pash, no matter how hard ESPN tries to bury the story.

  41. That is NOT the move of any RESPECTED reporter! If it had been Florio or Patrick there would have been an OTL expose’ by now.

  42. I understand that part of the integrity of reporters is based upon keeping the identity of ‘sources’ anonymous.

    However, this is pretty simple:

    As long as sources of false information are protected, there will be sources of false information.

  43. How anyone still thinks Brady purposefully had air removed from the balls astounds me. The NFL has done nothing but use their propaganda machine to spread lies and rumors.

  44. Mike Kensil, as we all know, is the former director of football operations for the New York Jetz. Yes, the same loser team whose no-class fans flew that ridiculous banner over Foxboro yesterday. No wonder the Jetz are so hated around here, just like that other spazz team, the Yankees. As far as Mortensen goes, he’s one of those ‘useful idiots’ Comrade Goodell likes to use when he needs to.

  45. What would be refreshing is if the heads of all the major networks and sports news sources got together, and put together a letter to the NFL asking for the sources for the major news items in question.

    Instead to trying to get the scoop, why not try to get the TRUTH????

  46. Since Kraft now realizes he was a “PUNK” for not challenging the league, he should use some of his BILLIONS, to file a Defamation suit against the NFL and the $$$ damge to his business enterrpise (NE Patriots) for the intentional, malice of releasing false and defamatory information.

    Btw Sunday Oct 18th around 1130 PM

    NE 62 Colts 10 Brady 40 of 45 for 435 yards 6 TD’s.

  47. And Mort’s statement now that “Maybe when the lawsuit is settled, in Brady’s favor, I hope, we can revisit”

    I do not think Mort is referring to any of the Brady Lawsuits against anybody connect with the NFL. I believe he is referring to the Brady vs. Mortenson lawsuit which will be settled in Brady’s favor……

  48. believebrady says:
    Jul 31, 2015 8:52 AM

    Isn’t it significant that Mort, the guy who broke this story, hopes Brady wins the court case? That makes me believe Mort is well aware of what’s gone on.

    ——

    Exactly. Mort knows he was used and is taking the hit, but doesn’t want to lose his job.

    By the way…..I wonder how often he was referred to as Mort before the 11 of 12 footballs story. He didn’t even get to C-Mort. Just Mort.

  49. The idea that Mort’s report is the sole reason that any of this has happened is completely illogical. The NFL would have investigated the matter regardless.

    What about the suspect text messages? What about the disappearance of the balls prior to the game? Why did the ball-boy go into the bathroom with the balls? Why did the ball-boy threaten to go to ESPN?

    Why when Tom Brady was asked if he was a cheater did he avoid giving a yes or no answer? Instead he responded with “I don’t think so.”.

    What about Tom Brady’s assertion that he was unaware of who Jastremski was or his responsibilities on the team?

    Why did Brady destroy his cellphone when it would have led to his potential exoneration?

    So the idea that this whole thing is happening only because of a false report is foolish.

    Personally I hope Tom Brady plays another 5 years so we can compare Patriot turnover statistics with known legal balls to their TO statistics prior to the Deflategate saga.

    Then maybe there will be some actual empirical evidence to shed light on what has or has not been occurring in regards to Patriot footballs.

  50. Btw Tom Brady was never the original target of Mike Kensil and Co??

    They were after Bill Belichick.

    They’ve found nothing on Belichick, found nothing on his phone, but were in too far and have had to save face.

  51. jklecko77hof says:
    Jul 31, 2015 8:45 AM
    None of this changes the guilt:

    Why did the Pats fire those 2 guys?

    Why haven’t they been interviewed on air?

    Why did Kraft accept the team penalties?

    Why did Brady destroy his phone?

    Answer- guilty
    _______________________
    Destroy his phone? He was told by the investigators that he would not need to provide information from his phone. Only who he has contacted. McNally and Jastremski were fired by the NFL. Adam Schefter was on WEEI yesterday and says he stands by his story that the NFL forced the Patriots to fire those two. Kraft accepted because he was told by Goodell that Brady would be exonerated.

  52. Do the math. The NFL has a SRVP, Peter Ruocco. His son is ESPN windbag Ryan Ruocco. Both are very close to Mort. Both hate the Pats.

  53. truthfactory says:
    Jul 31, 2015 8:34 AM
    I don’t understand this argument.

    So the guy named “the deflator” took balls in a bathroom and didn’t deflate them as much as originally reported.

    So they “cheated a little less than was originally thought” is supposed to exonerate them?

    Does it matter if a player just barely fails a drug test, or completly fails with off the charts readings? No, the punishment is the same. They cheated and it was found out. End of story.

    -///
    Except no proof he did that.
    What if he actually used the bathroom?

  54. “nodiosmio says:
    Jul 31, 2015 9:10 AM
    The idea that Mort’s report is the sole reason that any of this has happened is completely illogical. The NFL would have investigated the matter regardless.”


    Investigated what? That both the pats and Colts balls were slightly deflated at halftime?

  55. I still don’t understand why he cancelled. Did he think that weei was a non-profit radio station? What does Kraft have to do with weei?

  56. “I will not allow WEEI, [Patriots owner Robert] Kraft or anybody to make me the centerpiece of a story ”

    Unless it’s the NFL League Office, right?

  57. Well what did you think was gonna happen goin on the show Mort? Sit there and listen to commercials?

  58. Without Mort’s story, there’s still the texts, the lack of cooperation and destroyed phone.

    When you see hoof prints, you look for horses not zebras.

  59. Why would anyone want to turn their phone to the NFL?

    You simply cannot trust them with your data. They have a track record for making calculated leaks in order to further their smear campaigns.

  60. 1. read pages 44 through 48 of the Wells report. Wells does a pretty good job of scattering the details, but this is basically what it says:

    – Grigson emailed Dave Gardi & Mike Kensil that Patriots let air out of balls AFTER officials test them.

    – Gardi replies to Grigson that Kensil will be at game and will speak to game officials about his concern (the report does not confirm this happened and mentions no more about it)

    – Kensil forwards Grigson’s email to James Daniel, who forwards it to other Game Operations personnel that will be at the game. Kensil also forwarded Grigson’s email to Dean Blandino and Alberto Riveron, both senior members of the NFL Officiating Department.

    – Both Riveron and Blandino decided that they would raise the issue with Walt Anderson,
    who had been assigned as the referee for the game. Both spoke with Anderson about following standard pregame inspection protocol, but neither mentions the content of Grigson’s email (about air being let out after the balls are tested).

    – footnote #25 on page 46 notes that NFL officials interviewed believe that standard pregame inspection protocol would be sufficient.

    in a nutshell, a team makes a complaint about tampering with footballs AFTER they are tested and is told that Kensil will talk with game officials but never did; the information is passed around to a number of people, and two other Execs that said they will speak with the game officials. Both tell the official to be sure to follow proper pregame inspection protocol, but never tell him about the complaint of what happens AFTER they are tested.

    How did the Wells investigators overlook this? (was it on the same piece of paper as Jim McNally’s ‘deflator comment’?) Was this part of Jeff Pash’s editing of the Wells Report draft?

    If one is setting up a sting, this is exactly what you do: tell Anderson to follow proper pregame inspection protocols….nothing more, nothing less.

  61. Where’s Bob Ley when you need hi…oh wait, he works for ESPN too. No OTL, then. Can we at least hear from the ombudsman, if ESPN still has one?

  62. WEEI of Boston has reported it was ex JET employee Mike Kensil who ‘LIED’ to Mortensen about ball pressure. The NFL should just put up the white flag now because it is obvious this was nothing but a vendetta against Brady and Pats and will be another black eye for league. A sting to be sure and one not based on facts. If I were Bob Kraft I would sue the NFL because his team has been wronged.

  63. restoreintegritytonfl says:
    Jul 31, 2015 9:19 AM

    It’s great how Mort alluded to all the lies that have come out of Patriot camp since the story broke

    ——
    and you think Mort hopes Brady wins because of those lies?

    you make no sense, which is not unusual

  64. He said he hopes Brady wins. What more do you people want? Don’t kill the messenger, particularly when he appears to be on our side.

  65. “More specifically, without that false report, there is no finding of cheating.”

    Exactly – this is the crux of the whole thing. This false report tarnished the reputation of arguably the best QB to ever play the game. It cost the team a million in fines and at least that much in legal fees. It cost TWO draft pics, including a first rounder. It may still cost them 4 games without arguably the greatest QB to ever play the game, near the end of his career. It cost the league whatever tiny bit of credibility it still had following Ray Rice.

    When will it cost Goodell his job?

  66. “Maybe when the lawsuit is settled, in Brady’s favor, I hope”

    I think this is a very overlooked piece of this story. He knows this was a frame job and that he was set up by somebody in the league office to get the ball rolling on said frame job. Period. There’s no other way to interpret that comment in my opinion.

  67. All along NFL Minion Mort has never addressed his false report ESPN a subsidiary of the NFL has never held any standard what-so-ever in accuracy of Minion Mort reporting. The only surprise is that for a brief moment Minion thought it was a good idea, to actually address the false report. thank goodness someone stepped up and slapped some sense to Minion otherwise he just might have given up the ghost

  68. Patriots fans have been holding this line for months. We have been mocked and made fun of… told we are delusional … and misinformed.

    There was no cheating… The league had a different agenda and it is going to come out. They are going to look really really bad!!!

    The shield cannot hope to contain this much longer.

    FREE BRADY NOW!!!
    APOLOGIZE TO KRAFT !!!
    GIVE BACK THE MONEY AND THE DRAFT PICKS!!!

    THIS SHAM HAS GONE ON LONG ENOUGH!!!

  69. truthfactory says:
    Jul 31, 2015 8:34 AM

    I don’t understand this argument.

    So the guy named “the deflator” took balls in a bathroom and didn’t deflate them as much as originally reported.

    So they “cheated a little less than was originally thought” is supposed to exonerate them?

    Does it matter if a player just barely fails a drug test, or completly fails with off the charts readings? No, the punishment is the same. They cheated and it was found out. End of story.
    ______________________________________

    People are suspended for failing a drug test. No one has ever been suspended because it is “more probable than not” that they were “aware” that they may have failed a drug test it is “more probable than not” that they took.

  70. ESPN’s involvement and how the NFL/Goodell have used ESPN to source their agenda/stories/ lies.

    It looks as though Goodell used Mort to take down Brady and the Patriots…then ESPN drives the lie over and over with their constant “sports reporting” of the lie.

    This is big…if anyone wants to go up against the NFL and ESPN.

    Mike and Mike in the morning radio/tv broadcast…not a word about Mort or the Brady deflategate.

    Dan Patrick, to his credit, reported on the story of Mort copping out on the WEEI interview…good job Dan.

    All sports fans want to know…what is the truth?

    We used to take ESPN’s word on sports stories, thinking they were an independent source for sports stories.

    Turns out, sports fans WERE FOOLS TO BELIEVE ESPN was above being bought/used by Goodell and the NFL.

  71. Without morts story
    There is no hiring of wells
    Therefore
    There would be no texts
    No video investigation of the bathroom
    Nothing
    It would have ended

    But there was an obvious agenda led by kensil and who knows who else

    The list of NFL personnel at the game that day appears non coincidental to what then transpired

    I would say it is more probable than not there was a conspiracy

    The defamation lawsuit will be great

  72. Hey patsies Goodell is not going to risk 44 million dollars a year to setup Brady, because we all know Goodell is all about the money. PS Thats why all the owers (even Kraft) love him.

  73. Roger isn’t a PR specialist, he’s a propagandist, call him for what he is. Morty fell right into the Goodell plan. After this fiasco is over with I still wouldn’t give Morty, Steven A. Smith, and their sleazy non-journalism ‘contemporaries'(what a gasbag word for Steven A. Smith) at ESPN my two cents for what they think. After this federal ruling, all these guys will do is try and throw someone else under the bus with no accountability amongst themselves and no respect AND shame for their profession. In other news, the federal judge tells both parties to tone down the rhetoric; that’s got to burn in the panties at Roger Goodell’s camp, someone telling him what to do for the first time during this shameful display of American enterprise and wealth. Finally, a judge to tell this creepshow to shut the hell up.

  74. ****How else have the Patriots been cheating?

    Tune in to more of the Graft/Belicheat/Shady cheating saga this fall when they get busted for a decade long helmet communications scandal.

  75. What a ridiculous conspiracy theory. Does anyone really think that the NFL wanted to frame one of their most popular teams and its poster boy? They wanted this to go away as much as the Patriots did.

  76. The news should be that WEEI and Dennis and Callahan still are on the radio! Nobody listens to that channel unless you are an idiot.. Brady knew what was on his phone, the text messages in the Wells report speak for itself.. Patriots fans keep ignoring the 1 fact.. THOSE TEXT!
    It’s clear Tom Brady knew, just look at the Text, Brady also would buy these guys stuff to cheat for him..
    What are the Patriots going to do make those guys disappear by giving them a couple million and setting them up in Hawaii away from any press like they did with Matt Walsh?? Don’t know who that is Try Google!

  77. Pretty sad, many Patriot fans endlessly gloat when their team wins Super bowls*. Then, they whine and cry like babies when the Patriots get called out for their other potentially questionable behavior.

    I know it won’t happen, but the judge ought to take all of the people surrounding deflate gate and put them under oath and ask them all of the questions in terms of who knew what, and who did what. Bring in Belichick as well and question him to see if he knows anything. Then take all of the info and make it all public for all the world to see.

    If Mort speaks to anyone, it ought to be on the national level. I seriously doubt that he would get a fair shake anywhere in New England.

  78. GO FOR TWO SPORTS says:
    Jul 31, 2015 9:46 AM
    The news should be that WEEI and Dennis and Callahan still are on the radio! Nobody listens to that channel unless you are an idiot.. Brady knew what was on his phone, the text messages in the Wells report speak for itself.. Patriots fans keep ignoring the 1 fact.. THOSE TEXT!
    It’s clear Tom Brady knew, just look at the Text, Brady also would buy these guys stuff to cheat for him..
    What are the Patriots going to do make those guys disappear by giving them a couple million and setting them up in Hawaii away from any press like they did with Matt Walsh?? Don’t know who that is Try Google!

    At last report they are the #1 rated morning radio show in Boston.

    Please please please be specific. Which TEXT shows Brady’s guilt. Wells couldn’t find it but you did? Please show us.

  79. nodiosmio says:

    The idea that Mort’s report is the sole reason that any of this has happened is completely illogical. The NFL would have investigated the matter regardless.

    What about the suspect text messages? (What suspect text messages? All Patriots issued phones were given to the NFL, and they were inspected by Wells)

    What about the disappearance of the balls prior to the game? The ball guy got up and headed to the field at the end of the first game which ran late. He didn’t wait for the official to say go ahead.

    Why did the ball-boy go into the bathroom with the balls?
    Umm, to take a piss? Tell you what, I’ve been in that bathroom at the stadium. Here’s an experiement: Take 2 duffel bags large enough to carry a dozen footballs and an inflation needle and see how many balls you can let air out of in less than 90 seconds because that’s how long he was out of view of a camera.

    Why did the ball-boy threaten to go to ESPN? He made a joke about breaking team policy about getting equipment from the equipment manager, and the joke was made in May 7 months before “Deflategate”

    Why when Tom Brady was asked if he was a cheater did he avoid giving a yes or no answer? Instead he responded with “I don’t think so.”. Pretty sure he was making a joke because he couldn’t believe the ridiculousness of what he was being accused of. It’s called sarcasm, it might be a new concept to others but in the northeast it’s a form of joking.

    What about Tom Brady’s assertion that he was unaware of who Jastremski was or his responsibilities on the team? Brady knew who Jaztremski was, he dealt with him regularly. Brady didn’t know who McInally was because the guy was a part time game day employee

    Why did Brady destroy his cellphone when it would have led to his potential exoneration? I love this one! A broken cellphone does not destroy the text messages. Aaron Hernandez broke his phone before meeting police and when he was on trial every text he sent pertaining to the night he murdered that kid was put on a big screen for the jury to read. If the NFL wants to know who Brady texted and what he said they have more than enough resources to find out. They do not want to find out.

    So the idea that this whole thing is happening only because of a false report is foolish.

    Personally I hope Tom Brady plays another 5 years so we can compare Patriot turnover statistics with known legal balls to their TO statistics prior to the Deflategate saga. Another favorite of mine is how people bring up turnover numbers by the Patriots. Everyone thinks the Patriots fumble less than anyone in the league, well unless you had stevan ridley on your fantasy team or a Pats fan, you would know Belichek HATES people who fumble the ball. Ridley once sat for 4 games because he turned the ball over in a game. You know what? Benjarvus Green-Ellis plays for the Bengals now he never fumbled the footbal for the Patriots and pretty sure he hasn’t in Cincinnati either, are they letting the air out of the balls too?

  80. Another narrative that needs correcting is that the “Wells Report” should be called the “Pash-Wells Report” since Jeff Pash, NFL Executive Vice President and General Counsel, was named co-lead investigator along with Wells by the NFL.

  81. People are suspended for failing a drug test. No one has ever been suspended because it is “more probable than not” that they were “aware” that they may have failed a drug test it is “more probable than not” that they took.

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    People are suspended for providing diluted/altered drug tests. Is that not “more probable than not” that they took banned drugs?

  82. Liar and a coward. Anything Mort ever says from this point forwards is already discredited.

  83. “It’s great how Mort alluded to all the lies that have come out of Patriot camp since the story broke”
    ================================

    That’s not quite what he said but maybe what you wanted him to.

  84. Good for you Mort! BTW, I have it from a very credible source that the Packers put Limburger Cheese under the opposition’s bench and in their lockers to make them nauseous during the game last year. I know… it’s ingenious, but true according to a high ranking NFL official. N(utty) F(reaking) L(oser)

  85. I almost always flip the channel when Mort is on; really don’t care for his reporting.

    On the other hand; isn’t it weird that sometimes you don’t have to look at who wrote the article on here anymore to know who wrote it?

  86. Hey Mort, I feel bad for you that the NFL league office played you like a fiddle, but now it’s time to put on your big-boy pants and face same type of grilling that your false report has subjected Brady and the Patriots to.

    You’re a reporter and this type of thing goes with the territory. Don’t write an article if you’re not willing to back up and defend your research.

  87. Mort refusing to clear the air is cowardly. He is a major part of the story and it’s his fault. He did it to himself.

  88. What a coward – if Mike Kensil doesn’t use two reporters with no ethics (Mortenson and Kravitz) to create a fake scandal, with false information – that the NFL THEMSELVES then perpetuated with the letter to the Patriots containing the same lies, we aren’t even having this discussion today

    NO ONE in the NFL League Office has any integrity

    Ted Wells states that Brady fully cooperated… that the NFL did not require Brady’s cellphone – and the the League suggested Brady should bring phone records to the appeal if he wanted leniency (on something that the Wells Report evidence says DID NOT HAPPEN)

    Once Brady complied, Goodell knew that the only way he could keep this circus going to divert attention from the HORRENDOUS job he’s done punishing the wife and child beaters on other teams was to fabricate a brand NEW charge

    And in mid-appeal Goodell fabricates a NEW issue – demanding the phone the NFL clearly said would not, and COULD not be demanded given the CBA – and indeed that Wells said was not even NEEDED

    Gullible NFL fans are buying this hook line and sinker – seemingly not understanding that someone like Tom Brady, with $125 million and tons of personal information on his cell (Giselle pics alone) would routinely wipe his cellphone clean when getting a new one

    If any of YOU don’t wipe your old cellphones clean you are as intellectually challenged as Goodell HOPES you are (and you’re proving him correct every day)

    The NFL has left a trail of breadLOAVES showing how corrupt the League Offices are – and it’s only a matter of time before SOMEONE calls them out in the mainstream media

    Goodell – the so-called man who claims to be the protector of the Integrity of the League is the BIGGEST THREAT to the Integrity of the League

    THAT’S the Legacy he leaves

  89. This has all made one thing abundantly clear, the NFL and Roger have dug a grave on this one, and they are putting Mort in it. Instead of trying to climb out, Mort is digging deeper. I don’t know what it’s gonna take to stop digging, maybe when they get an authentic fortune cookie

  90. qdog112 says:
    Jul 31, 2015 8:14 AM
    “Maybe when the lawsuit is settled, in Brady’s favor, I hope, we can revisit. Don’t call.”
    *******************
    Wait, so sans the Mortensen report, there would no Deflategate? I read the piece and have seen many suggestions, but I still can’t reconcile that. How does A lead to B?

    Are you saying no investigation ensues, despite the bathroom stop and the unprecedented disappearance of the game balls?

    Explain why a report, even if erroneous, created the snowball that kept rolling down the hill.

    —–

    “unprecedented disappearance”? um, what? If you actually read about it, they do that all the time. The video shows the refs in the room when he takes the balls out and they don’t care. Try finding the info for yourself instead of just reading the TMZSPN headline.

    That’s why the false report is so big. Before that false report, no one, not the refs, not the fans, not the NFL FO, cared about the balls other than a cursory check. Suddenly a report is out, leaked to certain people, that the Pats balls were clearly outside the lines of the rules. Since the refs obviously at least cursorily checked them, the only possible conclusion is that they deflated the balls after. The only possible way is for that guy to do it in the bathroom.

    Everything stems from the idea that the balls were drastically under-inflated. If the truth had come out from the first (both Pats and Colts balls under the 12.5, but within the Ideal Gas Law limits), this whole thing would have been a non-show. Why do you think they tested all Pats balls, but only 4 Colts? Because they ran out of time? Or because whoever was leading the sting (Kensil) realized that both sets of balls were under the 12.5, so stopped it before it became blatantly obvious something else was happening that they didn’t understand. (Ideal Gas Law).

    After all, it only took one guy 90 seconds to deflate 12 balls, in the bathroom, but 3 refs couldn’t test more than 16 balls in 10-12 minutes? Interesting…

  91. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Jul 31, 2015 8:23 AM

    Abolish the franchise.
    ________________________________
    What a drama queen. You trolls are so pathetic. You refuse to see what is going on because you can’t beat the Patriot’s on the field. Act like children and cry cheaters.
    The sad thing about this scam is that hatred of the Patriot’s (because they win all the time and the coach is a jerk) is allowing the chance to finally get rid of Goodell to pass on by. Goodell has been a joke for years and now there is a chance to get rid of him if this story is exposed for the setup that it is. Unfortunately, all the crygaters now love him because of this and he is being allowed to keep his job. When he screws your team over in the future, don’t cry to anybody but yourselves crygaters!
    Can a hater please explain why a league employee leaked false info to Mort? I’m sure it wouldn’t matter to you if it impacted your team crygaters!

  92. Mort is a gutless coward.

    EVERYONE wants Brady to just come clean and admit what he told the ball boys.

    Mort should do the same. Tell the truth. Remember that?

    Now he doesn’t want to be the centerpiece of a story that he fan the flames on.

    Man up Mort. Admit you made a mistake. Reveal your source

  93. OMGosh – I can’t believe he backed out of the interview! Guess he doesn’t want to bite the hand that feeds him.

    So – the Media is in the pocket of the NFL. Or is it just ESPN? Is every sports media outlet afraid of retaliation from Goodell?

    Where are Woodward and Bernstein when you need them.

  94. John Dennis, has a lot of connections with the Patriots that go back many years. If he’s reporting it was Kensil who leaked it to Mort, that’s who the Patriots believe/know it is.

  95. So Mortensen is comfortable with grossly misrepresenting and misreporting the facts of the case by rushing to be the first one to break the news, but he doesn’t have to courage to take accountability for what he did when he couldn’t have been more wrong. Tells me all I need to know about what kind of person he is

  96. Mort cancelling his appearance was the best result we could ask for. Do you really think he’d reveal his source? I’m surprised the NFL hasn’t leaked pictures of a drunken Mort with a prostitute by now. Oh, I’m sorry. That’s AFTER he reveals his source. I’m pretty sure they made him an offer he can’t refuse.

  97. As one user already said: “Why is this already off the front page????”

    Now i’ll ask: why was it never the lead story on the front page? The precedent has already been set over the last 8 months that ANY news on Deflategate is the leading story on this site… so why stop now?

    Why no mention that John Dennis is fingering MIKE KENSIL himself as Mort’s source?

    Oh, but report that Brady “destroyed” his phone and it’ll not only run on the front page, but it’ll stay as the top story for hours… what, are we actually trying to vet our sources now to make sure that they’re factual before they influence public perception?

    Why start now?

  98. I wonder if ‘journalists’ should be encouraged to band together for protection from retaliation from Goodell. Maybe then they would feel free to speak up?

    Who are the sports journalists who might suspect foul play in the front office and be more likely to speak up about it?

    I saw Dan Wetzel on Yahoo, writing about what the NFL is doing. And Jason Whitlock admitted in an article yesterday that the NFL is rigged.

  99. If only Al Davis were around and tweet the words “I told you so” and call Mort a “professional liar” and attach a YouTube link of his projector press conference.

  100. Mike, I am not an “I told you so guy” but when I wrote Mort wouldn’t come clean and if he was he would have done it on ESPN PFT censored my post.

  101. To all of the haters, no fair minded person read the Brady motion without coming away with the understanding that Brady was railroaded. The process was rigged from day one. As a professional that has worked in dispute resolution for 25 years I have seen a lot of sleazy maneuvers by parties to a a dispute but never the outright disregard for due process exhibited by the NFL (Goodell, Pash, Vincent, Kensil) and the Wells law firm.

    Goodell and the NFL have their reasons I am sure but they are not telling us. We can only theorize about the real reasons but it has nothing to do with psi or non cooperation by Brady.

  102. I like and respect Mort. As Adam Schefter of ESPN said on WEEI on Thursday, Mortensen is a pioneer in this business. But his false report should be the centerpiece of the story. Because without that false report there is no story. More specifically, without that false report, there is no finding of cheating.

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

    Sorry Mike, but the true centerpiece of this story is how the Patri*ts owner, Robert Kraft, has allowed his employees to “bend the rules” continually for so long.

    While the Patri*ts may have lived up to the “letter of the law” during their many scandals they have certainly not lived up to the “intent of the law.”

    Call it whatever you’d like, spin it however you’d like. However, the fact that so many rule changes have immediately followed Patri*t “rule bending” speaks volumes.

    When the pursuit of a championship becomes so all-consuming that you are willing to risk further damage to an already tarnished image it is time to re-evaluate things.

    That is what the real centerpiece of this whole sordid affair boils down to and Robert Kraft is the only person who had the authority to do something about it.

  103. Liar and a coward. Anything Mort ever says from this point forwards is already discredited.

    Gee that’s the way everyone outside of New England feels about the Pats and their fans……..they are probably cheating have probably cheated will probably cheat again. Not a team with any honor.

  104. Amazing that there is nothing about this on NFL.com, ESPN.com, etc.

    This whole story has become an abomination of stupidity on the NFL’s part.

  105. Sports writers and insiders are running for cover!
    They know that it’s a HUGE story that multiple top executives have engaged in sabotage against 1 of the teams with devastating lies, but they are afarid. Reporting this story puts them at risk of losing league sources for information.
    As for smaller online publications, the writers have their own teams and biases.
    This isn’t conspiracy theories, this is REAL, in your face stuff but most writers will ignore it.

    We will find out if there are brave journalists out there.
    Floria has been that, but I think there’s a point where it becomes risky.
    We know that Mortensen could open the door for others to discuss it, but has shown his cowardice. He’s out to save himself.
    And that’s not very “Christian”- like.
    See his twitter bio.

  106. @jfcol – What a ridiculous conspiracy theory. Does anyone really think that the NFL wanted to frame one of their most popular teams and its poster boy? They wanted this to go away as much as the Patriots did.
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    You cannot be this stupid. If the NFL wanted this to go away they EASILY could have done that in January. Start by not leaking that false info to Mort (or at least immediately correcting it when it came out). Then announce the balls were inspected at halftime and both teams footballs dropped slightly in pressure but the drop is consistent with what would happen to footballs that were outside in the cold for 2 hours. Even release the data which actually backs up that claim. Boom, done. But nope, they did everything they could to blow this story up into the national s-storm it is now.

    As for “ridiculous” conspiracy theories…how is that rhetoric about domestic violence going lately? Remember prior to the AFCCG when the #1 topic in the NFL was players beating their wives/kids and Goodell’s pathetic handling of it (#2 being players’ brains turning to mush from playing this game)? Well here we are at the end of July and it has been wall to wall talk about the psi’s in a football for +6 months straight. I’d say the league is quite pleased with that change of subject.

  107. Yesterday I point out that I thought ESPN would never let Mortensen say anything about the NFL because of the relationship they have. My post was deleted, several different times. Low and behold, look what happened.

  108. denverdude7 says:

    “Sorry Mike, but the true centerpiece of this story is how the Patri*ts owner, Robert Kraft, has allowed his employees to “bend the rules” continually for so long.

    While the Patri*ts may have lived up to the “letter of the law” during their many scandals they have certainly not lived up to the “intent of the law.”
    ***********
    One of the most frustrating things being a thinking person these days is reading crap like Denverdude7 posted. My head wants to explode.
    Please, please, please supply us with some real facts about how Kraft’s employees “bend the rules continually.” I beg of you. (For the sake of less nonsense from you, let’s leave Spygate and DeflateGate out. Both are bogus, but I will accept them for the sake of DenverDude7 listing the other continuos bending.) Thank you. I am looking forward to his long list.

  109. Mortensen’s refusal is understandable. He’s in a ‘can’t win’ situation at this point. He’d rather stand motionless than try to tiptoe through a legal minefield.

    His comment on when he might open up makes it clear that he is hoping a wide-open discovery process in a court of law reveals enough truth and removes enough mines to make him a footnote rather than the catalyst or centerpiece of a scandal.

    It that courageous? No, not at all. But those who call him a coward are not standing in his shoes.

    Schefter’s line that the NFL is is simply protecting the shield is far more repugnant to me. Does Schefter really believe that footballs slightly over or under the prescribed PSI range are giving Goodell sleepless nights? Does he believe that the Colts lost the AFC Championship game because they played the first half at a PSI disadvantage? That the Jets are historically the victims of Patriots scheming rather than their own incompetence? That the shield has any meaning to Goodell other than the labeling and packaging of an entertainment product?

  110. Denver had to cheat the salary cap twice and play with illegal rosters to with 2 Super Bowls, then they were the only team in history to be caught and fined for illegally taping other teams practices. I think its Denver that has been “bending the rules”

  111. Kensil being the source should not be news, I have been reporting that for months. With the news being public, it may keep Mort out of jail for not reporting his source, during the future defamation suit Brady will file.

  112. Can someone please explain to me that once the correct
    PSI levels of those footballs was found, according to Ian
    Rappport :” Of the 11 deflated footballs used in the New England Patriots’ win over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship, only one was well below the legal limit of 12.5 PSI. That one ball was a full two pounds under while the other 10 were just a tick below, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. That news counters previous reports that said officials found 11 of 12 balls deflated by two pounds of pressure or more.”

    So why in God’s Name would Brady ever have to give a phone to roger goodell ?

    What is this “Destroyed his phone losing evidence”……

    Evidence of what !?!?!? There is no crime !??!?

  113. If Mort really cared about the game, he would have come right out and tweeted a retraction and that his original tweet was not close to being correct. What a joke this has become……

  114. I don’t get it. Mortensen doesn’t even look that bad if he comes out and says, “Yeah, lied to me. I ran with it. I should have checked, but was in a position to know and he lied to me.”

    Yeah… He’ll burn that source for sure – but that guy’s a jerk. Everyone else will know he’s a straight dealer, and you don’t lie to him.

  115. It’s also interesting that anytime someone comments on an article posted on ESPN.com regarding this situation and calls out Mort, their post is deleted pretty fast………

  116. I have one question I haven’t heard asked to this point.

    Where were the balls in question kept on the sidelines during the game?

    In a box? In a bag? Behind the bench?

    I only ask this because it would be very interesting to see if they were in the same place for the entire first half prior to being re-measured or if they were moved say closer to a heater as half-time approached.

    If the balls were indeed moved closer to a heater wouldn’t this have a huge impact on the pressure readings taken at half-time?

    I would have to think that a video might just show something if reviewed closely enough…

  117. bosb88 says:
    Jul 31, 2015 11:16 AM
    It’s also interesting that anytime someone comments on an article posted on ESPN.com regarding this situation and calls out Mort, their post is deleted pretty fast………

    _________________________________________

    Really true? It is odd that this is off the front page already… and no news sources covering the info that Mike Kensil (formerly of the New York Jets) probably leaked the false information that kick-started the entire investigation.

    A lot of people have been saying that the NFL office “had no choice” but to pay $5M to investigate and drag their Superbowl champs through the mud because the reporters got out in front of the story and made it a big deal. But if its confirmed that this all got started because the league office lied to Chris Mortensen, that’s basically the definition of railroading.

  118. @denverdude7 – I assume you being a Broncos fan you are more than familiar with the much more significant, egregious, and provable “cheating” scandals – only they werent scandals because they happened just before social media and 24/7 sports networks became a phenomenon. O-Lineman covering themselves in an illegal substance (vaseline) so D-Lineman would slide right off of them. They did this in a playoff game during a SB run. Filming opponents even after NE was busted for spygate. Violating the salary cap (twice) which led to having both Elway AND Davis on their roster when at least one of them shouldn’t have been. There actually is no franchise with more suspect Superbowl titles than the Denver Broncos.

  119. People are suspended for providing diluted/altered drug tests. Is that not “more probable than not” that they took banned drugs?
    ===
    No. That’s because it is COLLECTIVELY BARGAINED and CLEAR POLICY that if you submit a diluted/altered test you get suspended.

  120. Hey Mike (Florio). I know you wouldn’t want to interject yourself into the story. But I have questions that maybe you would address if you do another article related to this.

    My questions are as follows…

    How would you have handled this if you were Mort?

    Would you have went to the interview?

    Would you reveal your source that mislead you?

    Just curious. Thanks man.

  121. So let’s summarize. A man is accused and charged with the murder of another man. It turns out the other man is alive and well. Doesn’t matter, the prosecution continues.

  122. NFLPA needs to subpoena and force Mortensen to testify under oath to give up his source which we all know was that scumbag Hack Mike Kensil. But let the NFLPA show on the record who his source(s) were. Lock his butt up in jail if he doesnt comply.

  123. hairpie2 says:
    Jul 31, 2015 11:11 AM

    Denver had to cheat the salary cap twice and play with illegal rosters to with 2 Super Bowls, then they were the only team in history to be caught and fined for illegally taping other teams practices. I think its Denver that has been “bending the rules”

    1212121212121212121212121212121212121212

    First, you are correct. However that was 17 years ago and they haven’t been accused of anything since then aside from the taping incident which was, coincidently, done by your once and now current offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

    Go figure…

  124. Sally Jenkins at the Washington Post seems to be one of the few actual REPORTERS who has keyed in on the TRUE scandal here:

    “The… larger matter is that of the league’s basic due process. There is… a very unseemly pattern of unethical behavior by the league office under Goodell’s leadership.”

    Neutral observer, John Dowd – the guy who helped BAN Pete Rose for LIFE so it’s clear he has no tolerance for unethical athletes – called Goodell’s ruling against Brady based on a sudden issue over Brady’s cellphone “an ambush” noting that Brady had been told several times that his phone was not required (as the CBA doesn’t allow the NFL to demand it) and that producing the records – WHICH BRADY DID – would suffice.

    Goodell- who knew he couldn’t suspend Brady on a weak Wells Report that didn’t even prove Deflation occurred – did what he always does… Move the goalposts and then engages in a public campaign of misinformation and lies.

    Even the Haters can’t get around these facts.

    Thanks to the lies coming from Goodell and his office, Brady has already lost the PR war.

    But the fact remains, that when the NFL Commissioner has no integrity, there is no integrity in the NFL

    Eventually more in the media will pick up on the irony that the Commissioner who CLAIMS to be tough on corruption has provided AMPLE proof, that he, and those in the NFL League office – ARE CORRUPT.

  125. Called this one.

    NFL execs told Mort to shut-up or he would lose favored-nation status with the execs.

    Mort is persona-no-grata at Foxboro and Patriots-nation.

    Be a man and tell everyone who fed you the bogus information. A libel suit might change your tune, but I doubt one will ever come because of the high bar a public figure has. Too bad.

  126. overthemmountains22 says:
    Jul 31, 2015 11:26 AM

    @denverdude7 – I assume you being a Broncos fan you are more than familiar with the much more significant, egregious, and provable “cheating” scandals – only they werent scandals because they happened just before social media and 24/7 sports networks became a phenomenon. O-Lineman covering themselves in an illegal substance (vaseline) so D-Lineman would slide right off of them. They did this in a playoff game during a SB run. Filming opponents even after NE was busted for spygate. Violating the salary cap (twice) which led to having both Elway AND Davis on their roster when at least one of them shouldn’t have been. There actually is no franchise with more suspect Superbowl titles than the Denver Broncos.

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

    There actually is only one franchise with more suspect Superbowl titles than the Denver Broncos… the New England Patri*ts.

    There, fixed it for you.

  127. ***you are correct. However that was 17 years ago and they haven’t been accused of anything since then aside from the taping incident***

    so they havent been accused of anything except being the only team in the history of the league to be fined for cheating by taping another teams practices???? uuummm… ok i guess. nothing to see here!

  128. audio2sell says:
    Jul 31, 2015 11:36 AM

    Called this one.

    NFL execs told Mort to shut-up or he would lose favored-nation status with the execs.

    Mort is persona-no-grata at Foxboro and Patriots-nation.

    Be a man and tell everyone who fed you the bogus information. A libel suit might change your tune, but I doubt one will ever come because of the high bar a public figure has. Too bad.
    **************************************

    Mort’s source was Jastremski…

  129. “While the Patri*ts may have lived up to the “letter of the law” during their many scandals they have certainly not lived up to the “intent of the law.” ”

    Actually, this is an admission by fans of other teams that the Patriots winning justifies burning Brady at the stake. The intent they really speak of is parity and the Patriots have made a mockery of NFL parity.

    Think about it, Denver fans thought they would win the super bowl when they got Manning. They made it to super bowl 48, got all excited, and then got blown out in the first quarter by the Seahawks (believe me, I remember how tough it was to watch the Bears blow the Patriots out).

    Then they had to watch Brady orchestrate a fourth quarter comeback in super bowl 49 against those same Seahawks when a rookie free agent corner picked Wilson off at the goal line to preserve the win, making it the most exciting super bowl finish ever.

    To mix my film metaphors, the Patriots winning is like Groundhog Day and the owners, coaches, and fans of other teams are mad as hell and they are not going to take it any more. Collectively, they are the moral equivalent of Tanya Harding.

  130. Now all you pats haters that said they looked guilty as sin… Be objective and comment on how this looks!!! Lol the truth iS going to come out eventually and man I can’t wait until it does!!! Kensil, Goodell, the colts, raven, mort… Etc all have mud on their face here!! Brady and the boys are kicking their chops!!

  131. I love Denver fans trashing the Patriots. Denver – most PED suspensions since 2003. Cheated the salary cap during their Super Bowl winning seasons. Taped a portion of the 49ers walk through before their 2010 game in London.

  132. The scary thing is they can conspire to ruin any player or any team they want and we, as the general public just lick up what they feed us and believe it to be true.

  133. wk1234 says:
    Jul 31, 2015 11:07 AM

    denverdude7 says:

    “Sorry Mike, but the true centerpiece of this story is how the Patri*ts owner, Robert Kraft, has allowed his employees to “bend the rules” continually for so long.

    While the Patri*ts may have lived up to the “letter of the law” during their many scandals they have certainly not lived up to the “intent of the law.”
    ***********
    One of the most frustrating things being a thinking person these days is reading crap like Denverdude7 posted. My head wants to explode.
    Please, please, please supply us with some real facts about how Kraft’s employees “bend the rules continually.” I beg of you. (For the sake of less nonsense from you, let’s leave Spygate and DeflateGate out. Both are bogus, but I will accept them for the sake of DenverDude7 listing the other continuos bending.) Thank you. I am looking forward to his long list.

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

    No problem…

    SnowplowGate
    InelligibleGate
    McDanielsGate
    BlountGate
    OTAGate
    GambleGate

    … and these are only the ones we know about. Pretty sure there’s more that haven’t been uncovered… yet.

  134. @denverdude7 – please elaborate. You can claim this recent victory was “suspect” if you choose even though the league and their multi-month, multi-million dollar investigation turned up nothing but innuendo and their science has been shredded over and over. But please fill me in on the suspision of the first 3 SBs. Now, before you waste your time and go into a soliloquy about spygate lets all remember 1) stealing signals has never been and still is not against the rules and 2) teams were not instructed about the restricted locations from where to film until a 2006 memo came out. The only time the Patriots have ever been caught in violation of the rule was in the first half of week 1 in 2007.

    On the other hand the Broncos have been caught literally red-handed in all the incidents I listed. There was no grey area. They did those things and there is no doubt in anyone’s mind, even Broncos fans, that they happened. In the case of the Patriots the league cant even prove that the footballs were deflated (beyond what would happen naturally in cold weather) to begin with.

  135. ***
    SnowplowGate
    InelligibleGate
    McDanielsGate
    BlountGate
    OTAGate
    GambleGate

    … and these are only the ones we know about. Pretty sure there’s more that haven’t been uncovered… yet.***

    you mean more you havent made up yet? What do any of these mean? Can you explain any of them aside from the SnowPlow, which was hysterical and probably justified against those cheating Shula Dolphins…..

  136. Mort chickened out because if it turns out he was fed bad information by someone like Mike Kensil, who clearly was in the know on the actual PSI data, he becomes the number 1 witness to an epic defamation suit. The whole key to defamation is the intent to cause harm. If it turns out to be Mike Kensil, the only reason for releasing the false information would be to cause harm. Think about that.

  137. To mix my film metaphors, the Patriots winning is like Groundhog Day and the owners, coaches, and fans of other teams are mad as hell and they are not going to take it any more. Collectively, they are the moral equivalent of Tanya Harding.

    _________________________________________

    I had to check IMDB to see if Tonya Harding was ever in a movie. In fact, she played herself in a comedic mockumentary called “Bad Signs”, in which a lowly schmuck takes on an evil advertising empire. So I applaud you for that deep deep dive into movie trivia to come up with a metaphor that explains the NFL’s sophisticated railroading of the Patriots.

    If there’s any consolation, in that movie (according to IMDB) “… a sexy street stripper devises a wickedly clever plan to take [the NFL] down. Surprise help from unexpected allies will help [Tom Brady] lead his group into a confrontation with their costumed rivals [I assume this represents the NFL front office executives in this metaphor], culminating in an explosive action-intense climax.”

    I really hope this ends the same way. Can’t wait for the sequel.

  138. If I were Mort I would have called an attorney at the NFL executive offices. I would tell them what was said and exactly who said it. I would ask for confirmation. Mort can then report the story of 11 balls being 2lbs. psi under limit. He must then also include that the league response by the attorney and who the attorney is but not the source of the erroneous info.

  139. willycents says:
    Jul 31, 2015 9:57 AM

    ——————————————————

    People are suspended for providing diluted/altered drug tests. Is that not “more probable than not” that they took banned drugs?

    ————————

    Yeah…..maybe. But to make your example relevant to this situation, you’ve got the guy who administers the drug test never actually recording the results, but later on telling someone he recalls they were positive, after which a report is sent to a lab well-known as being ‘for-hire’ to confirm it. However, when several REPUTABLE labs look at the report, they come to the conclusion that the results are actually normal and easily explained by natural functioning of the human body.

    So I’m thinking no one would (or should) get suspended for that, except maybe the clowns who screwed up the testing.

  140. Mort is probably a key witness for Tom Brady. He’s a prime example of an unfair process. The NFL’s continuous leaks (some truthful and others fabricated) created the momentum to suspend Tom Brady. I don’t think witnesses should be doing interviews. Mort may not have to reveal his source, but he can certainly say in court whether it was an NFL employee or a Colts employee or owner. I really don’t think Roger Goodell is going to come out of this unscathed. My hope is that Tom Brady’s suspension is removed and Roger Goodell’s employment is terminated. It certainly sounds as if Mort agrees. The NFL used Mort, used Stephen A, and others as marks to drive an agenda. That is weak.

  141. qdog112 says:
    Jul 31, 2015 8:14 AM
    “Maybe when the lawsuit is settled, in Brady’s favor, I hope, we can revisit. Don’t call.”
    *******************
    Wait, so sans the Mortensen report, there would no Deflategate? I read the piece and have seen many suggestions, but I still can’t reconcile that. How does A lead to B?

    Explain why a report, even if erroneous, created the snowball that kept rolling down the hill.

    __________________________________________

    You are right that the information gathered in the subsequent 4 month investigation was damning. But you should not downplay the nefarious nature of the entire incident on the part of the NFL office.

    If it is true that the NFL office (in particular Mike Kensil, a former Jets executive for 20 years) was lying to reporters the day after the game, then that means the entire investigation was launched on false pretenses by someone who was trying to further an agenda.

    Why else would he do that? He was in the officials locker room pre-game when the balls were checked and taken out to the field. He was in the room at halftime when the balls were being checked. He told the Patriots that they were “in big trouble” that day, before anyone knew anything about “unprecedented” or “deflator” or “dorito dink”.

    If he’s the liar it proves that the NFL investigation was biased, flawed, and inaccurate from the day it was started. Therefore, the process was unfair.

  142. “without that false report, there is no finding of cheating.”

    Someone toss Florio a life ring down the rabbit hole.

  143. “smasonsmith says:
    Jul 31, 2015 12:10 PM
    InelligibleGate
    ===
    Explain.”

    I can do that for you. I don’t speak hater but I can read it.

    InelligibleGate refers to Belichick out coaching Jim Harbaugh in the 2014 divisional round of the playoffs when he used trick (but legal) formations to force the Ravens out of man to man defense and into a zone that would favor Brady. Harbaugh refused to switch defenses and got burned, ran out on to the field to complain, and was penalized. The ref actually went above and beyond what he was responsible to do, telling the Ravens not only which player was ineligible but also not to cover the player.

    In hater language,out smarting an opponent and out executing an opponent is “cheating”.

  144. Mort’s report made Brady break his phone? Mort’s report made the Patriots insist “The Deflator is because he’s fat”? Mort’s report made the balls STILL underinflated by some amount? Mort’s report made The Deflator bring the balls into the bathroom?

  145. Make no bones about it…..

    The deflator took the balls against proper protocol out of the locker room without supervision and into a locked bathroom for 100 sec

    THe pats balls measured at halftime were below based on either guage 2 for one and 7 for another outside what the gas laws would dictate scientifically.

    Means one thing. Human element!!!

    Cheaters 🙂 🙂 :$

  146. You guys need to check out Tom Currans article he just posted called What’s NFL hiding behind sealed Deflategate records?
    July 31, 2015, 12:15 pm

    its amazing how corrupt the front office is. Someone really needs to start a blog detailing all their transgressions.

  147. jetsfan136 says:
    Jul 31, 2015 11:55 AM
    Jets now winning the border war. Got their guy in the Commissioners office. All is fair in love and war, Pats fans.

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

    The former Jets guys (Goodell, Kensil, Gardi, Graves) are definitely in the NFL front office. And the Jets have basically picked earlier in the draft than the Patriots for nearly all of the last 15 years. And yet, the Jets team record does not appear to be reflecting such great advantages. Can you imagine how many more games the Patriots would have won these last 15 years if they were allowed to regularly draft from among the top 10 or 15 players?

    I have to dispute your idea that “Jets now winning the border war.” Perhaps if Jets fans rented a few more planes to fly over the Patriots practice fields, that would turn the tide? Not.

  148. Guys, there is a reason why you have seen a pronounced change in Florio’s reporting. He is a lawyer by training. For those of us with professional experience in litigation, the revelations that have come out in the pleadings by both sides in this case are nothing short of shocking.

    Florio, to his credit, is showing some real outrage and he has pointed out a number of procedural points that make the NFL and the Wells law firm look not just bad, but intentionally deceitful. Their PR campaign has been intentionally deceitful as well.

    What the NFL has done is so outrageous I will not be surprised if the NLRB investigates its actions. Alas, the NFL has many powerful friends in government and the media and the silence about what they have done to date is just sad for those of us who care about due process.

  149. Now that we know that Roger Goodel has engaged in “a very unseemly pattern of unethical behavior by the league office under [his] leadership,” as reported by Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post…

    … doesn’t it follow that Chris Mortensen himself and ESPN in general is involved in this same pattern of unethical behavior?

    After all, they have yet to correct or retract the false report – let alone explain how they came to let themselves be used

    Then this week they failed in their due diligence as reporters, running with the “Brady destroyed…” headlines when Brady simply upgraded to a new phone and did what any celebrity with $125 million and photos of a Super Model wife would do (as should anyone):

    He deleted the data from the old phone which Wells himself said the NFL did not want or need.

    This pattern of unethical, libelous, slanderous reporting is clear – ESPN is the unEthical Sports Propaganda Network for Goodell

    I’d hope they’d be banned from being anywhere near the Patriots moving forward, and any other sports team would be well advised to do the same

    Mortensen had a chance to defend his integrity this morning – his decision not to do so implies that he simply can’t

  150. When a source lies to you, there is no reason to protect them. In fact, when most journalists report something they later find out to be false they usually attack the messenger with ferociousness.

  151. Once again 1 ball was at that amount. There are 6 measurements just shy of it by 1/2 PSI. A ratio of 3 to 1 to the next teams balls. This ratio will never show up in upcoming NFL checks this season.

  152. ***The ref actually went above and beyond what he was responsible to do, telling the Ravens not only which player was ineligible but also not to cover the player.***

    Sounds like another fine example of the league trying to cheat for a team playing the Pats, like they did for the Jets by illegally over inflating footballs to 16 PSI.

  153. Patriots haters. Please respond:
    Taken from CSNNE.com article

    As Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk pointed out, “The Wells report notes that not a single measurement of any of the New England footballs reflected a PSI reading of 10.1. In fact, only one measurement of one football was as low as 10.5 PSI. The Wells report also points out that Gardi’s comments about the Colts’ game balls was not accurate. On one of the two gauges used to test the footballs, THREE of the four Colts balls tested were UNDER the limit of 12.5 PSI.”

  154. paulrevereshorse1775 says:
    Jul 31, 2015 9:02 AM

    What would be refreshing is if the heads of all the major networks and sports news sources got together, and put together a letter to the NFL asking for the sources for the major news items in question.

    Instead to trying to get the scoop, why not try to get the TRUTH????

    ———-

    at the risk of looking like an idiot for commenting on my own comment, I posted this earlier and noticed there were 67 thumbs up and 1 down.

    who would not want the truth to be known?

  155. See, right out of the gate a SETUP. What makes all the other teams fans hate the Pats?
    Oh, if they had a great team in their back yard it would be different .
    You just have to the NFL or now called the new liars club.
    .

  156. tigerlilac says:
    Jul 31, 2015 12:51 PM

    Guys, there is a reason why you have seen a pronounced change in Florio’s reporting. He is a lawyer by training.
    ————————-

    He went Full Tinfoil Truther because he wants pageviews, nothing more. Being the one stop shop for Pats fans who want to whine and complain does just that. He should hand back his J.D. for treating the insane ramblings of Don Yee as anything close to accurate, that’s for sure.

  157. Tigerlilac:
    I know what they’re referring to when they say “Ineligiblegate,” and I relish hearing them whine about it.

  158. Guys, there is a reason why you have seen a pronounced change in Florio’s reporting. He is a lawyer by training.
    ===
    He’s both a lawyer and an engineer.

    That makes this story right in his wheelhouse.

  159. Don’t you guys notice that Mort and S. Smith mentions ” don’t call me”. Amusing… Feeling the heat I guess. Time to hide under the rock.

  160. unbreakable02215 says:
    Jul 31, 2015 1:04 PM

    Patriots haters. Please respond:
    Taken from CSNNE.com article

    As Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk pointed out, “The Wells report notes that not a single measurement of any of the New England footballs reflected a PSI reading of 10.1. In fact, only one measurement of one football was as low as 10.5 PSI. The Wells report also points out that Gardi’s comments about the Colts’ game balls was not accurate. On one of the two gauges used to test the footballs, THREE of the four Colts balls tested were UNDER the limit of 12.5 PSI.”
    ****
    OK I will even do the math for you.
    12.5 – 10.5 = 2 PSI
    Standard for test: Has to pass on one gauge.

    But lets look at the amounts under.There are 6 pats measurements just shy of 2psi by 1/2 PSI. A ratio of 3 to 1 to the next teams balls on average. Do you really think that any retesting will show this again?

  161. But lets look at the amounts under.There are 6 pats measurements just shy of 2psi by 1/2 PSI.
    ===
    You don’t get to round to integers when you’ve actually collected data at the hundredths.

    Let me do some math back at you 2 PSI – .5 PSI is 1.5 PSI. So what you’re saying is six balls were about 1.5 PSI low?

    That’s IGL expected. Try again.

  162. I love how some people are baffled by the fact that Brady destroys his phone when he replaces it. He’s a well known sports star in the country. He is married to one of the most well known models all over the world. Of course he’s going to destroy his old phone and not run the risk of it being compromised.

  163. “northeastkiller says:
    Jul 31, 2015 12:41 PM
    Mort’s report made Brady break his phone? Mort’s report made the Patriots insist “The Deflator is because he’s fat”? Mort’s report made the balls STILL underinflated by some amount? Mort’s report made The Deflator bring the balls into the bathroom?”

    This is what I love about the haters. They list a litany of things that don’t matter (or that are factually incorrect) and pretend they they are unassailable proof of Brady’s guilt.

    1. Brady broke his phone. (irrelevant)

    2. A guy months before deflategate was called “deflator” once in a text. (irrelevant)

    3. A guy was in a bathroom with balls for 90 seconds. (Never said with the truth that the balls were given to him to take to the field by the NFL officials and that no one could deflate 11 balls to precise levels in 90 seconds – there was no rush to get to the field -, and that after the balls were measured at halftime they gave him the balls again to take to the field)

    4. The balls psi was low in the AFCCG. (Science explains the lower psi was a natural occurrence)

    We understand that many of you have faith in Brady’s guilt. We also understand you refuse to believe he earns his victories through hard work, preparation and execution despite that being a fact for 14 years.

    Low psi didn’t matter in the second half of the AFCCG that the Patriots outscored the Colts 27-0, with Brady playing with balls above the required psi and Luck playing with balls below the required psi.

    It appears the NFL and the haters believe the Patriots are guilty of a thought crime.

  164. I wonder why the people that are so concerned about a text message where a guy is called “deflater” back in May 14, arent concerned with text messages where Brady insists on Jastremski making sure the refs understand the rules prior to the game. Seems saying that and then cheating would be a bit silly.

  165. smasonsmith says:
    Jul 31, 2015 1:42 PM

    But lets look at the amounts under.There are 6 pats measurements just shy of 2psi by 1/2 PSI.
    ===
    You don’t get to round to integers when you’ve actually collected data at the hundredths.

    Let me do some math back at you 2 PSI – .5 PSI is 1.5 PSI. So what you’re saying is six balls were about 1.5 PSI low?

    That’s IGL expected. Try again.

    Just look at the chart and round off. It is a 3-1 ratio on the highest discrepancies.

  166. Just look at the chart and round off. It is a 3-1 ratio on the highest discrepancies.
    ===
    You don’t get to round off to the nearest integer when your data is to the hundredth place. That’s bad math.

    And what do you mean it is a “3:1 ratio on the highest discrepancies”? That sentence makes no sense.

  167. @Wiilamsannand

    Yes, but – if he canceled on WEEI, I can only
    imagine the ammunition that gave that duo.
    I bet they talked about it for half the show.

  168. Has it occurred to anyone that if Mort reveals the name of whoever the leak was, that the NFL is just going to lie about it? They’ve had plenty of time to cover their tracks.

  169. “Maybe when the lawsuit is settled, in Brady’s favor, I hope, we can revisit. Don’t call.”
    ——————–
    Translation: I am just now getting the mud off of me. Stop throwing more, it’s sticky.

  170. And what do you mean it is a “3:1 ratio on the highest discrepancies”? That sentence makes no sense.
    ____

    1.5 v .5 = 3-1 ratio. (12.5 starting point v 13 starting point.

  171. smasonsmith says:
    Jul 31, 2015 11:15 AM
    I don’t get it. Mortensen doesn’t even look that bad if he comes out and says, “Yeah, lied to me. I ran with it. I should have checked, but was in a position to know and he lied to me.”

    Yeah… He’ll burn that source for sure – but that guy’s a jerk. Everyone else will know he’s a straight dealer, and you don’t lie to him.
    —————————————
    What do you mean he doesnt even look bad if he comes out now? His report came out over 6 months ago and even though he has known for nearly that entire time the information in it was completely false and seen the traction his lies gave this story he has not taken down his tweet or retracted his story in any way. He’s looked bad since we found out he was dead wrong, he’s looks even worse every day that goes by and he continues to refuse to acknowledge his false reporting.

  172. fanofpft says:
    Jul 31, 2015 3:53 PM
    And what do you mean it is a “3:1 ratio on the highest discrepancies”? That sentence makes no sense.
    ____

    1.5 v .5 = 3-1 ratio. (12.5 starting point v 13 starting point.

    ————————————–

    You realize the drop in pressure is going to be far less in the Colts balls because they sat inside and warmed up for at least 15 minutes while they tested the Patriots balls as soon as they brought them in from the cold right? They literally waited till the very end of halftime to test the Colts balls which is why they only had time to test 4 of them.

    Regardless of how you view the science its clear that proper testing methods and equipment were not used and the fact the NFL used these in-exact measurements as the catalyst for this witch hunt is a complete joke.

  173. Warming of course……it was lab tested……not good enough.

    My point is when the NFL does game testing this season. Your tested not to my liking theory will get blown to hell.

  174. jfcol says:
    Jul 31, 2015 9:45 AM

    What a ridiculous conspiracy theory. ,b.Does anyone really think that the NFL wanted to frame one of their most popular teams and its poster boy?,/b. They wanted this to go away as much as the Patriots did.

    Of course they did, hence the reaction of Mike Kensil when he “weighed” the intercepted football during the AFCCG.

    If the league wanted this to go away, no one would ever have heard a peep about deflated* footballs.

  175. Denverdude is getting unnerved. His actions say a lot. Feel it all slipping away, denverdud? Sucks to see your franchise trending in the wrong direction. You cry constantly. Pats got you all disheveled. And the tables will turn on deflategate, you can sense it.More frustration on tap for you, skingun. good times….best of times. Remember who the reigning champs are. Suck it.

  176. PV=nRT means nothing to the league. Such an easy problem if given the room temp where the balls were inflated and the on-field temp during the game. But who could possibly rely on proven methods used every day by many engineers and scientist? Much better to just create a soap opera I suppose.

  177. Mort…if you really hope that Brady wins, then do the right thing….and confirm the source. Confirming that the NFL leaked the info to you, along with the email exchange, with the league, that the Pats released today…..would be huge for Brady.

    Or, learn first hand what it’s like to have your reputation and legacy shredded for something that, more probable than not, wasn’t your fault.

  178. It’s quite obvious–Mort would love to retract the proven false information he was given, BUT…

    He’s been “talked to” by the NFL to stay quiet because they know Kensil and his thinly-veiled bias initiated the lie, AND..

    ESPN would never do anything to to disrupt their relationship with the NFL.

    Bottom Line: Kensil must go. Go back to the Jets if you want, but he is unfit for his current position with the league, and a dangerous rogue. He has proven this at every turn due to his unabashed hatred for the superior Belichick, who has had unsurpassed success once he resigned from Kensil in 2000. Defaming a team you hate with all your might doesn’t mean they did anything at all, no matter what your agenda. It is criminal in and of itself.

    The man is the equivalent of Ray Finkle and how he feels about Dan Marino. I can see him now in his bedroom dressed in a Jets uni, setting a ball on a tee…

    “LACES OUT, BELICHICK–LACES OUT!!!!”

  179. “I will not allow WEEI, [Patriots owner Robert] Kraft or anybody to make me the centerpiece of a story that has been misreported far beyond anything I did in the first 48 hours.”

    Meaning – “Yeah, I started the misperceptions with my initial lie, but I am not responsible for the huge snowball that eventually became.”

    Or, in a different vernacular, “Yeah, I totally misreported, but everyone else did too.”

    What a moral coward Mortensen is.

  180. My question now is who leaked to Kravitz? Was that Kensil as well? I haven’t read anything on that in a few months so I am not sure.

    But, if Kensil leaked to Kravitz right after the game and then leaked the incorrect pressures to Mortenson, you have a very interesting trail going back to the league offices.

  181. Chris Mortensen’s tweet had no bearing on whether an investigation would take place. That was going to happen no matter what.

    Leaking that absolutely false information to him was just the beginning of the NFL propaganda campaign that was to come. You can see how successful it was by reading all of the moronic Patriot’s Hater posts.

    Even when presented with facts and logic, the Patriot’s Hater carries on with the same lame nonsense.

  182. Again, why is everybody just taking some Boston station’s report as fact at face value? Isn’t that a bit self-interested?

    Mortensen said he had MULTIPLE sources, so the idea that this was the work of the Dark Lord Kensil seems doubtful now. Plus, it cracks me up to hear about an ESPN “bias” when it’s a hometown station that’s feeding us all this news about Mortensen and Kensil. Anyone ever hear of “consider the source”?

  183. hivelocityimpactsplatter says:
    Jul 31, 2015 9:43 AM

    My sources tell me that Brady has already admitted cheating to Kessler, but they are fighting hard for a reduction for lack of evidence. Look for Brady to serve at least two games.
    ___________________________________

    My sources tell me that its more probable than not that you were released from the psych ward too early with rage issues.

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