Mortensen talks 11-of-12 footballs report on ESPN Radio

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On Friday, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen bailed on an interview with WEEI aimed at addressing the delayed firestorm regarding his report that 11 of 12 footballs used by the Patriots in the first half of the AFC Championship were two pounds under the minimum allowable inflation of 12.5 PSI. On Monday, Mort appeared on ESPN Radio’s The Dan Le Batard Show to discuss the situation.

I tuned in a little late, and I plan to listen to the on-demand version and type up some of the most important responses. For now, here are the highlights based on the fastest hunting-and-pecking I could do while Mort was talking.

First, Mortensen said that he adjusted the report early on from “two pounds under” to “significantly underinflated.”

“I will never retract that,” Mortensen said of the revised report that the balls were “significantly underinflated.”  But he admitted that the two-pounds-under report was “obviously in error” and that it “technically was a mistake” to not retract it on Twitter. (The tweet still lives.)

The softened claim that the footballs were “significantly underinflated” is far more ambiguous than the hard numbers, which were generated by two air pressure gauges that varied by 0.45 PSI. It also overlooks the fact that cold weather and wet conditions will cause the PSI readings to drop.

So is it accurate to say that the footballs were “significantly underinflated”? Would it have been more accurate to say that the footballs were “underinflated”? Would it have been the most accurate to report the numbers actually measured by the two conflicting gauges?

Mortensen also pointed out that his report didn’t directly implicate Brady or the Patriots, but this explanation overlooks the importance of the original report to the story. It took what was a curiosity and converted it into a presumption that someone had tampered with the footballs, and that the only questions to be resolved were who did it and who knew about it?

If the actual numbers had been reported early on, the Patriots could have defused the bomb quickly, pointing to the discrepancy between the two gauges (which arguably is enough to justify a conclusion that the numbers are inconclusive) and explaining that one set of measurements falls squarely within the range predicted by the Ideal Gaw Law.

Mortensen also said he has recently spoken to Patriots owner Robert Kraft. While declining to delve into any details of the conversation, Mortensen said that Kraft told him, “Our fight is not with you. It’s with the NFL.”

Mort has no issue with the NFL. He said he doesn’t feel betrayed because he sought out the information.

Still, he was given false information. And even though he at some point changed the report to “significantly underinflated,” Mortensen told WEEI in January that he sought further confirmation of the accuracy of the two-pounds-under report, and that he received it.

‘Listen,’ I said, ‘is there any discrepancies in what I reported, because I want to know,’” Mortensen said at the time. “And I was just told, ‘No, you were right on.’”

Mort continues to be in a tough spot, and multiple someones at the league office owe him plenty of favors for taking the bullet on this one. And even though Mort never will give up his sources (and he shouldn’t), it would be easy for the NFL to investigate whether one or more league-office employees talked to Mortensen at or about the time of his initial report, and to find out who leaked the false information to him.

Assuming, of course, that none of the relevant persons have destroyed their cell phones.

114 responses to “Mortensen talks 11-of-12 footballs report on ESPN Radio

  1. I’m not even a Pats fan, but its pretty clear the NFL set this entire mess up in an attempt to bring down a franchise the other 31 teams couldn’t do themselves.

    Sad times for football and the NFL

  2. Assuming, of course, that they weren’t all involved in smearing the Patriots and Brady and therefore have no desire for the truth to come out.

  3. Well then… now that that’s all cleared up…

    Mort acts with far more arrogance, defiance, and belief that he’s ‘above the law’ than critics accuse the Patriots of being.

  4. If Mortenson wants to have ANY credibility after being USED by his “mulitple NFL sources” he’d do a story that uncovers WHY the NFL would purposefully initiate and perpetuate a false story for FOUR MONTHS to fan the flames of this scandal

    His “NFL sources” have also broken the NFL’s own Code of Ethics, perpetuating false information and failing to immediately correct it (Section C) – that Code of Ethics also states that these offenses can result in the Termination of NFL employees (Section D)

    Mortenson will find this was a set up from the start – whether it was Kensil or not it served Goodell’s purposes and he had the motive, method and opportunity to create a firestorm to divert attention from his mishandling of the Ray Rice suspension

    FrameGate starts there – when a US District Court Judge politely but clearly called out Goodell as a liar for denying he was aware that Ray Rice struck his girlfriend in the elevator

    She just didn’t find Goodell credible.

  5. I am embarrassed for Mort. His lack of accountability is astounding. Worse, his willingness to continue to be the NFL’s patsy speaks volumes about the master-servant relationship between the NFL and ESPN.

  6. ESPN pays the NFL 1.9 billion per year to air Monday Night Football.

    Olbermann and Simmons, former ESPN employees, were both let go from ESPN, and were quite critical of Roger Goodell and the NFL.

    ESPN nor the NFL are being held accountable for their actions.

    Someone out there, please fix this.

  7. Mortensen should be fired for writing and standing by a false report. The fact that he’s not angry with the people who lied to him says a lot. He contributed to the scandal of what deflategate grew into and he should be screaming off the rooftops that he was lied to…..unless of course his reputation means nothing to him. I certainly will never read another article by him nor patronize any network or site he works for.

  8. So mortenson is too spineless to go on WEEI, where they will ask hard questions, then he goes on an ESPN show, where I am sure there was a list of softball questions that both mort and lebatard had worked out ahead of time…

  9. This guy had long retracted everything but twitter (maybe he don’t know how) So leave him alone already.

  10. Mortensen needs to be fired! He always modifies and acquiesces and makes excuses. Its always someone elses fault and he is always right…

  11. The simple fact that the false report STILL isn’t retracted, combined with the obvious aftermath that Mortensen was “talked to” to keep in good graces with NFL offices is probably a bigger crime that anything Deflategate may (or most likely not) be.

    It’s sad how just many people there are that have an agenda in trampling on the Patriots

  12. Tom Brady answers questions under oath and the penalty of perjury.

    The NFL guys don’t answer questions. Mort takes six month before answering questions and does it after days of coaching and on ESPN radio. They didn’t want any videotape in case he slipped up.

    The NFL and ESPN remind me of the Archdiocese of Boston when the scandals hit. It was deny, deny, deny. Keep the priests cloistered from the public. The faithful believed the denials until the evidence was just too overwhelming.

  13. I’m not surprised by Mort’s arrogance on this matter. He and ESPN have been the NFL’s mouthpiece during this entire ordeal. He could choose to anger and ruin his reputation with one fan base (that ship has already sailed) or he could anger the entire NFL and risk his livelihood as a reporter. He showed that he has no integrity, but he kept his sources happy.

    He can reach out to Kraft all he wants, but his bridge has been burned with the Patriots.

  14. He also said all colts footballs were in legal limits which was untrue also. He didnt care to address or retract that either.

  15. fanofpft says:
    Aug 3, 2015 6:17 PM
    This guy had long retracted everything but twitter (maybe he don’t know how) So leave him alone already.

    *************
    No he hasn’t.

  16. He wouldn’t go on WEEI because he doesn’t want to admit the truth, he was used by a bunch of NFL exJets to go after the Pats

  17. Le Batard showed his true stripes as well. For weeks Le Batard talked a tough game regarding the NFL defamation efforts. But when given a chance to ask direct questions to his coworker, Le Batard shrunk like a violet. No surprise to watch two ESPN minions assume the company position….bent over with Roger Goodell positioned behind them.

  18. Amazing that pats fans are fixated on this. Only effect of that report is that it prevented the issue from being swept under the rug. All judgement and punishment was based on the actual readings and other evidence (texts, guy taking balls into the bathroom, etc). The balls were initially reported to be 2 psi under. they were really 1.4 PSI under. It’s debatable whether public perception would have been much different.

  19. He’s even more of a coward than I realized.
    Mortensen said on the radio a week or so later (the transcript is easily found), that the NFL contacts close to the investigation REITERATED that the 2 psi under report was “right on”.
    HIS WORDS! And he said it was multiple execs, not just 1. Just say what you were told and you yourself repeated. The NFL told you the 2 psi numbers were right on, it was YOU who chose the significantly underweight language.
    I’m sure that Mort will be greatly rewarded for pushing the disgraceful agenda of Kensil, Gardi, Pash, Goodell, Vincent.
    And I see that Le Batard didn’t bother making it clear that the lie was from the NFL.
    Wouldn’t want to upset the bosses.

    But yeah, it was from league executives, and they gleefully put that lie out there.
    As for the league investigating that?
    Everyone knows that will never happen.
    The cover up is always worse, right?
    Except when it has to do with Goodell’s top lieutenants.

  20. And again, this is a red herring, designed to divert our attnetion away from the actual issue. Balls were deflated beyond what any laws of physics can explain. GUILTY!!!!!

  21. Furthermore, the Patriots were not ever going to “diffuse the bomb quickly,” stop being silly. As previously stated, with this being a potential second offense, there was always going to be an investigation with or without this text.

  22. More probable than not the .45 PSI Under 12.5 legal amount was due to the staffer in the restroom with a pin than the weather.
    Staffer lied about taking the balls once legal officials had control.
    Held to the lie until proven on video what he did.

    More probable than not the text messages were about deflating footballs than a weight loss plan that the Pats contend.

    More probable than not that Tom was hiding evidence when he he wouldn’t provide the text messages (not give up his phone but simply provide the text messages with the two staffers through his legal team)

    More probable than not Tom was guilty and that’s why he had his phone smashed.

    More probable than not that Kraft new of very damaging evidence and that’s why he didn’t appeal.

  23. “Mort doesn’t feel betrayed when he was lied to?”

    Yeah, I don’t get it. Nor do I get Mortensen’s apparent loyalty to this “anonymous” tipster (we all know it was Mike Kensil).

    I understand that reporters are supposed to protect their sources, but when those sources use you like a tool, feed you false information, and then leave you twisting in the wind after you’ve been made to look like a fool, then I say loyalty goes out the window.

  24. In the past I had a great respect for Mortensen’s reporting. Listening to his responses to this issue leaves me with nothing but anger and pity. The man in his effort to be the first person to report that top NFL officials had the goods on the “Patriots are at it again”. He was used. He is between a rock and hard place, he can’t out his sources. The result would be career suicide at ESPN and the NFL would make him pay dearly with no further insider info. So he’s left with his feeble attempt to justify his gross mistake. Shame on you Mr. Mortensen, I’ll never believe anything you report again.

  25. If you start out by saying that the balls were 2PSI under, and repeat that enough times, it makes no difference at all if you then switch to calling them “significantly underinflated”.

    Mort….you don’t have to worry about any squirrels crawling up your leg looking for their winter fare.

    A lying coward. Just like the rest of them.
    I wonder is Schefter still thinks so highly of you? I doubt it.

  26. I can’t believe a commissioner would let this relatively insignificant infraction tarnish a title game, a star player, and now the issue is bleeding over into the next season….Is he working for or against the NFL?

  27. The next person to go on the radio should be Dave Gardi. He’s the one who wrote the fraudulant letter to the Patriots stating one of NE’s football’s was 10.1 psi and all the Colts footballs were fine.

    Now, it’s clear Gardi was one of Mort’s sources along with Kensil, so Gardi has a lot of explaining to do.

  28. 31 of 32 owners were not letting Goodell pass on investigating a potential 2nd offense by the Pats, regardless of Mort’s text, period. Any other notion is pure fantasy.

  29. to those saying the nfl tried taking down a franchise 31 other teams couldnt…..

    the Giants are their fans always have a good laugh at that so keep it up

  30. I just read the transcript and it is incredibly obvious both that he was coached by lawyers for that interview and that his body language would not have stood up on camera. He used multiple text bridges (things people do when they know they are being deceptive and don’t want to talk about something) and obviously sought to emphasize the 11 out of 12 number, rather than the 2 pounds figure. He also sought to shift the dialogue to Belichick by emphasizing his role in associating this mess with Brady. This was a not-very-slick performance by someone who feels compelled (likely by his bosses) to follow a narrative he is not entirely comfortable with. Great work ESPN! I hope getting a slightly better MNF schedule is worth taking out another person’s credibility.

  31. this is a serious dent in mort’s credibility, will be hard to hammer and buff it out

    still not nearly as big as the cannonball ted wells’s reputation has taken

    keep an empty box near your desk, mike kensil, you’re going to need it soon

  32. I’m not saying Chris Mortensen should give up the names of his sources, but if there just happened to be a leak and those names came out, well…

    It’s what the NFL would do.

  33. It’s “definitely probable” that the Embarrassing Sports Propoganda Networks is clearly HAPPY to be used by “multiple NFL sources” – Mort clearly has no intention of, you know, being a reporter and finding out WHY he was used

    The irony is the NFL League Offices under Goodell who claim to be the righteous police opposing corruption…

    But it’s THEY that ARE CORRUPT

    However it’s the OWNERS of all the teams who Goodell reports to who ultimately need to be investigated for knowingly supporting

    What’s the over/under on when the FBI is seen carrying boxes of files out of 345 Park Avenue?

  34. The balls were initially reported to be 2 psi under. they were really 1.4 PSI under. It’s debatable whether public perception would have been much different.

    I agree, sort of. Ideal Gas Law has the balls deflating about 1.2 PSI at the time of the game. If the report as more accurate, pretty much every high school and college physics professor would have chimed in that 1.4 is pretty close to the expected value….Add the wetness of ball and there you go.

  35. Every time I see that Planters commercial I think of Pats fans, just substitute “nutrition” out and put “ideal gas law” in, like so:
    Do you understand the ideal gas law? No. The answer is no. Because it’s complicated and “sciency”.

    That said, the real problem I see in all of this is a disheartening realization that most people seem unable to take any info from the media with a grain of salt. At least initially. Just because someone reports something with sources that seem reputable doesn’t make it a fact. Wait until more info becomes available and verifiable from multiple media outlets before being absolutely convinced. Being first with a story is more important than being accurate now. It’s only going to get worse in the future.

  36. It appears that I am the only one that thinks that Mort didn’t have a source – he simply made it up!

    Sheffy was getting all the attention and Mort’s ego was hurt – he had to come up with something important to gain the attention he craved.

    Mort never envisioned that his little lie would mushroom into such a big deal – but he can’t admit that he lied so he has to stay with his original story, knowing that nobody can prove that he didn’t actually have a source in the first place…

  37. This is some next level frame job going here. At first I thought may be they let a little air out, no big deal. Now I know the NFL office set out to frame the Pats and this could be the straw that broke the camels back for the NFL

  38. I never trusted lawyers before, but now I have a better understanding. I applaud your dogged determination to get to the truth Mike.

    I’m actually somewhere in the middle on this. Do I think Brady’s boys deflated footballs after the refs checked them? Yes, but only to the lowest point allowable because they got screwed before (Jets game, 16.0).

    I think McNally got them down to 12.8-12.5 in that bathroom because they were, yet again with Kensil overseeing them, over-inflated. I’ve also heard that Kensil was in attendence at that mid-October Pat-Jet game where the balls were blown up like watermelons at 16 PSI.

    If Mike Kensil was in fact at that game (maybe he’ll turn his cell phone over to verify, HA! :)),then that would lend even more credence to the obvious sting operation he so obliviously co-ordinated.

  39. I don’t believe in a league conspiracy. The Pats have been a golden goose for 20 years. I do think the league is trying to CYA for someone instead of just admitting it. Now how powerful that someone is we may never know.

  40. Well, with that kind of non event explanation of what happened, where he seems to be CYA and helping others to do the same, I certainly wouldn’t trust him as a writer at this point.

  41. I just read the entire transcript and it’s much worse than even this story describes.

    Mort kept harping on the 11 footballs significantly “underinflated” and avoiding the most
    important 2 psi under part of it.
    All footballs will be under 12.5 when in that weather when they start at 12.5 PSI.
    It would be impossible for them to not be well under that figure.
    So Mort harping on that is completely pointless.
    The 2 PSI UNDER NUMBERS, that is what we had for the first time and was repeated by every media outlet in the world covering the super bowl.

    Additionally, there was no mention that Mort also said early on that the Colts also like the footballs to start at the low end of allowable psi (untrue)
    and that they remained just fine at half time (untrue). Weak!

  42. ESPN and the front office are throwing Mortenson under the bus and then backing it over him as well.
    He just doesn’t get it! Falling on sword for them is his ruin, and it still doesn’t exonerate whoever leaked him info. The league still has an obligation to out the rat. I wonder who will draw the short straw, and have to take the fall?

  43. who cares. only thing that matters now is the court case.

    the nfl is overcovered by the media. both schefter and mortensen are not needed. their “each gets 15 seconds for 1 quick story” segment on mnf is quite lame.

  44. We’ve been watching and listening to Mort’s reports for decades now, and he’s a very honest person. The New England Patriots used footballs that were underinflated, and any idiot knows that wouldn’t have happened without Brady’s consent. Brady isn’t the first great athlete that’s cheated. This story has become kind of a runaway freight train, and it’s running over a lot of innocent bystanders. The NFL would not have suspended Brady without 100% proof that he cheated.

  45. The whole story is very old. As a Giants fan all I care about is Brady playing against the Cowboys in Game 4.

  46. “He’s even more of a coward than I realized.
    Mortensen said on the radio a week or so later (the transcript is easily found), that the NFL contacts close to the investigation REITERATED that the 2 psi under report was “right on”.
    HIS WORDS! And he said it was multiple execs, not just 1.”

    He said it in an interview on Dennis and Callahan… the radio show he skipped out on on Friday morning.

  47. This looks like Mortensen just took liberties and the NFL didn’t bother to set the record straight. Nobody should believe what Mortensen says anyway. He’s just an NFL shill.

    It doesn’t change the fact that the NFL didn’t prove the footballs were doctored. It should have been easy enough to prove. The investigation was flawed from the get-go, so everything that followed was garbage.

  48. >”Mort has no issue with the NFL. He said he doesn’t feel betrayed because he sought out the information.”

    ————————————-

    Interesting standard.

    Maybe Goodell could lie with impunity in court, then try that with the federal judge. “Well sure I lied to you, your honor. But what do you expect? You had the audacity to ask me a direct question.” /sarcasm

  49. Mortensen sits on the issue for six months without a peep. Then he cancels an appearance on one ESPN radio affiliate saying he doesn’t want to be a tool to juice their ratings. Next he pops on a different ESPN radio affiliate to unburden himself of his innocence.

    Apparently he feels okay with how he handled the leak, and Robert Kraft is not sore at him. Plus, he’s hoping that Brady wins hi lawsuit.

    He has no issue with the League Office either because he asked them for PSI information. I guess since he asked, he feels he deserved no better than lies.

    So everything’s okay and everyone’s happy.

  50. sawick48 says:
    Aug 3, 2015 7:02 PM

    to those saying the nfl tried taking down a franchise 31 other teams couldnt…..

    the Giants are their fans always have a good laugh at that so keep it up
    ———————————————————-
    As a Pats fan I am willing to admit that Giants fans are the one fan base allowed to talk smack. They also prove that winning the Super Bowl means everything. Regular season records of 10-6 and 9-7 would be quickly forgotten if not for the miracle finishes in 2007 and 2011 Super Bowls.

  51. Add Skip Bayless to those no longer fooled by Goodell

    “More I hear, more I believe Goodell railroaded Tom Brady, framed him, used media to wrongly convict him in court of public opinion. Travesty”

  52. Seriously, Mort doesn’t seem to understand that he has been duped. Reading the transcript, it’s pretty clear he still believes his sources. Either that…or he was coached by DisneyNFL.

  53. redrew says:
    Aug 3, 2015 6:13 PM
    I am embarrassed for Mort. His lack of accountability is astounding. Worse, his willingness to continue to be the NFL’s patsy speaks volumes about the master-servant relationship between the NFL and ESPN.

    ———————–
    Mort has a good deal with ESPN. Where else could he collect a paycheck like he gets from ESPN? If it takes looking like a fool sometimes, so be it.

  54. So his sources ar scum of the the earth liars and you don’t think that they should be identified… weird.

  55. Anyone in the nfl front office could shift right over into politics and fit right in with the rest of the scumbags running this country into the ground.

  56. I couldnt agree with “martylaughlin” more! Im no pats fan at all, but this is all very obvious the NFL set the Pats up. The reasoning, whos really knows…

  57. afootballshouldbethecolorsoftheamericanflag says:
    Aug 3, 2015 6:13 PM
    ESPN pays the NFL 1.9 billion per year to air Monday Night Football.

    Olbermann and Simmons, former ESPN employees, were both let go from ESPN, and were quite critical of Roger Goodell and the NFL.

    ESPN nor the NFL are being held accountable for their actions.

    Someone out there, please fix this.
    ————————————————————-

    I am pretty sure that $1.9 billion is what ESPN pays to air not only MNF, but NFL Live, NFL Insiders, the Draft, etc.

    Just sayin’.

  58. It seems he has not talked with a lawyer. Keep digging; soon you’ll be disavowed by ESPN and all other media. Disclose the source and let’s get the intentional tort case going! It’s coming.

  59. “The NFL would not have suspended Brady without 100% proof that he cheated.”
    ====================================
    Glad I wasn’t eating anything when I read that. Used car salesmen must smile when they see you walking onto their lot.

  60. “Mort has no issue with the NFL. He said he doesn’t feel betrayed because he sought out the information.”

    Wait a second–because he “sought out the information” he says being lied to by the NFL is OK? Maybe I’ve been living in a parallel universe, but my impression is that reporters ALWAYS seek out information. Isn’t that, you know, what it means to be reporter?

    I guess the point here is that the assumption that a trusted source should give you accurate information is just a quaint notion.

    Bottom line for ESPN: Lying/cheating in a game– that’s a BIG DEAL. Lying/cheating in actual life? Oh well—it happens.

  61. CORRECTION:
    “Significant” is actually a technical term in science and statistics. Look it up. It means the “difference” is real, big enough to worry about, not just a slight variation from one to another. There are universally accepted equations that the scientific community uses to determine “significance.”

    For example, if everyone in a classroom weighs 150-155 lbs and one kid weighs 180, a formula (based on the type of data) is chosen and numbers are plugged in. There is a “cut off” point based on the number of data points and the data points where everything beyond it is considered “significant.” A lot of time, just by looking at the data one can tell if there is a significant difference. So, for the kids, 25 lbs would logically be significant; However, we still run it through the proper equation to see if it is or not.

    With the footballs, the other team’s measurements might be a good measuring stick; however, teams are allowed to set them from 12.5 psi to 13.5. So, the numbers from both sides might be (will be) different based on the initial amount. So, one cannot really say that “Patriots’ balls were less than 12.5, the Colts’ were in the proper range, and we can conclude Patriots were cheating.”

    If in the locker room they were set to 12.5, they will go lower once brought outdoors in the much colder environment because gases contract in colder temperatures (and expand in warmer ones).

    The rule is ambiguous; there were/is no League protocol about what to set the PSI to account for the temperature change (and therefore the PSI change). They are trying to enforce a rule that was not thought through.

    You cannot get upset at the Patriots for taking advantage of unclear rules. People do it all the time when filing taxes until Congress addresses it.

    Any lawyer worth their salt can show enough uncertainty to clear the Patriots and Brady.

  62. When will Goodell learn that he will always lose in court because he can’t follow the rules that have been collectively bargained. He lost with Rice. He lost with Peterson. He would have lost with Hardy. He WILL lose against Brady. How about instead of throwing absurd punishment out for everything under the sun, you and the NFLPA change the rules/punishment. Your rules say he gets a fine. Non cooperation punishment has already been set with Favre. Goodell is a joke and needs to go. He picked a battle with possibly the greatest QB ever. He’s lost against lesser foes and will lose against this one.

  63. Brady has been defamed in a way that few, if ANY, public figures have EVER been defamed. Who is going to pay for this? I think there will be a multimillion-dollar civil suit, sports fans.

  64. If Mortensen were being honest, he should acknowledge that he had an obligation to report that more than one person at NFL headquarters had fed him information that was either a BIG mistake or intentionally false.

    Not only would that have been journalistically honest it was newsworthy & would have grabbed huge headlines.

    Why didn’t he?

  65. It’s obviously Jeff Pash the buck at the direction of Roger get the Patriots Goodel! They all look stupid now and the Patriots will win again!

    ONE FOR THE THUMB!

  66. It was the NFL was it Goodell or former Jet employee Kensil I don’t know but facts are facts.
    Fact they checked the Pats balls immediately upon entering the locker room
    Fact they waited and time passed then they checked Colts balls
    Fact The Colts whined to the NFL the day before the game
    Fact per Dean Blandino head of Officials he was not aware of the situation until the game was going on
    Fact the NFL stated that TB was uncooperative yet they NFL set the precedent for such a situation
    Fact they fined the Chargers 20K for ball dring and being evasive/uncooperative no investigation took place to asking Phillip Rivers for his phone
    Fact for basically the same offense the NFL decided to grow a pair as their appearance of strong rules enforcement was a joke

  67. Way to late for this phoney to try & set the record straight. Of all the fourms the Dan le Batard show. What all the PBS cartoon shows booked. Mort you phoney just because a source tells you through a door once, a window the second time, and on your cell the third time, doesn’t mean you check with 3 sources. Do what you get paid for &pick up Schefters laundry.

  68. I’m not even a Pats fan, but its pretty clear the NFL set this entire mess up in an attempt to bring down a franchise the other 31 teams couldn’t do themselves.

    Sad times for football and the NFL

    __________________________
    You mean 30 teams as the Giants have beaten them twice for Super Bowls in the past 10 years

  69. For gawd’s sake, *everyone* knows by now that his original source was Kensil. Mort might as well just come out and admit it; it’s not like Kensil will have a job for that much longer.

  70. Spurred by ESPN’s poor and inaccurate reporting, the NFL brass has turned the game of football into a soap opera while purposely and needlessly drowning their most successful franchise in two decades in disparagement and defamation. ESPN should be boycotted in all of their mediums both in print and electronic as they do not deserve a fan’s time and money for the foundless drivel which is usually far more opinion than fact they put out. The NFL front office should hang their heads in shame, 1) for providing such poor, weak and inane leadership, 2) for failing to provide appropriate oversight of championship games to include officials’ conduct in their responsibilities and game management.
    The success of the New England Patriots and the leadership by example demonstrated by their owner Mr. Robert Kraft; who was a key in shortening the last lockout, is one of the reasons why Mr. Goodell enjoys a $44 million per year salary. Not only is Mr. Goodell not very astute, he is also an ingrate.

  71. tonebones says:
    Aug 3, 2015 7:49 PM

    The NFL would not have suspended Brady without 100% proof that he cheated.
    _______________________________________

    From the Wells Report: “We nevertheless believe, based on the totality of the evidence, that it is more probable than not that Brady was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities of McNally and Jastremski involving the release of air from Patriots game balls.”

    There is a reason the Wells Report uses the phrase “more probable than not.” They did not have 100% proof. In addition, the Wells Report does not say Tom Brady cheated, they said he was “generally aware” (whatever the he11 that means) of inappropriate activities. Lastly, the Wells Report didn’t even prove that Patriots’ personnel released air from the footballs, but once again deemed it “more probable than not.”

    Bottom line … the NFL never had 100% proof that Brady cheated. In fact they didn’t have any proof. All they had was circumstantial evidence that Tom Brady may have been generally aware of inappropriate activities than may (or may not) have taken place. Yet, somehow, the NFL has managed to persuade a significant segment of the population that Tom Brady was 100% guilty of cheating. Disgraceful!

  72. I’m really surprised by this. Mortensen is purportedly a journalist, but he’s showing no ire or regret for being fed misinformation by the NFL front office. He comes across as more concerned with defending the incorrect information than showing any sort of remorse or understanding of his role in the whole fiasco.

    If this situation hadn’t been overblown from the beginning – which started with the Colts but Mort’s tweet threw gas on whatever small flame there was – the NFL could’ve handled it as an equipment violation (for both teams, if they wanted to be correct) instead of acting like it was The Biggest Scandal Ever.

    What a bunch of nonsense. Mortensen and ESPN should be proud – they are truly the media lackeys that the NFL has groomed them to be.

  73. As a Pats fan I don’t know whether to be happy or not. I mean….it looks real bad on the NFL. But given the leaks that occurred along with the leaks that were lies, I’m saddened. It truly feels like people the league don’t like us, and even if Tommy is cleared I believe the next Pats conspiracy is right around the corner…..oh well!!! Drive for FIVE!!!! Let’s gooooooooooooooooo!!!!!

  74. Initial reports may have made us think something, but they were cleared up sooooo seriously how is this the biggest issue right now? Regardless of what I or anyone else here things, there was a separate investigation that had nothing to do with ‘initial claims’ and looked at facts. Roger knew what the initial claims were and found out the truth and made a decision based off that. Who cares what initial claims were?!?!?! This is a dog and pony show and trying to deflect us away from the facts. Instead of “is tom guilty?” we are now focusing on some stupid report (which MANY reports come out false, this is nothing new ppl, hence the word ‘report’).

  75. Pat’s fans are so funny,something good : It must be true !! Something against Brady : Must be a lie !! Do keep it up though,very entertaining.

  76. all of the gas law calcs, including the one in the wells report, artificially favor the patriots. Why? Becuase they assume the final temp of the pats balls were 48F. This is impossible. By the time they were brought to the locker room in the heated stadium, they would have been nearer to 55-60, and by the time the 11th ball was measured, closer to 72. The final ball on the logo gauge read 10.9. Based on this, there is no question there was tampering. 1234

  77. j0esixpack says:
    Aug 3, 2015 8:42 PM
    Add Skip Bayless to those no longer fooled by Goodell…

    Full disclosure: Pats fan here who is no fan of Bayless even though he is a long-time Brady supporter.

    However, that tweet probably puts Bayless job with ESPN in jeopardy, which takes some guts.

    Good for you Skip.

  78. Patriot fans are completely nuts. Why in the world would the league go after its premier franchise and their golden boy??? That’s like MLB going after Jeter or the NBA going after Jordan. Try watching a Pats game without blinders on. If a defensive player lays a finger on pretty boy, it’s a 15 yarder. Gronk commits offensive PI on every play and never gets a flag. Belichick runs out onto the field and never gets a flag – any other coach gets a penalty. The love the NFL has shown these guys is disgusting. But now that your team got caught cheating AGAIN and you all claim conspiracy. Get a grip people.

  79. Mortenson and Goodell are brothers and Kensil is thier cousin . They want the Jets to win the conference so they planted the inderinflated footballs to get the Pats . Goodell is going to keep the million dollar fine and split it with those two . I have my sources and this is the truth and i’m not retracting it . There Mortenson how do you like it , sucks when someone else does it to you .

  80. I dont get it, if the Patriots are innocent, why is their own employee running around with a nickname, Deflator, and why did Brady see fit to destroy his own cell phone?

  81. @northeastkiller: you mentioned “second offense” twice. It’s funny, the Jets cheated twice in two years and I don’t recall any $5 million investigations, Mark Brunell crying, or contrived outrage on ESPN and the NFL Network. How could that be?

  82. helmetcatch says:
    Aug 4, 2015 8:16 AM

    all of the gas law calcs, including the one in the wells report, artificially favor the patriots. Why? Becuase they assume the final temp of the pats balls were 48F. This is impossible. By the time they were brought to the locker room in the heated stadium, they would have been nearer to 55-60, and by the time the 11th ball was measured, closer to 72. The final ball on the logo gauge read 10.9. Based on this, there is no question there was tampering.
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    Exponent’s transient curve analysis for the non-logo gauge (see Figure 25 on page 51 of their report), the one they concluded Anderson used, indicates that the Pats’ footballs should be at 11.6 psi by the time the last football was measured. An IGL calculation based on 11.6 psi yields a temperature of 54 degrees, not 72 degrees as some have erroneously suggested.

    The last ball did test at 10.9 (on the non-logo gauge, not on the logo gauge as you suggest). However, the first ball tested at 11.5 on the non-logo gauge even though it had little time to adjust to the warmer locker room environment. That’s why Exponent’s analysis is not sufficient to draw any substantive conclusions. Clearly, there were factors at work that Exponent has failed to identify and account for. Unless or until these factors are identified and incorporated in the analysis. the only honest statement one can make is, “We don’t know if there was tampering or not.”

  83. Letmefeelyourlove says:
    Aug 4, 2015 9:42 AM

    You are incorrect. Ball 11 was 10.9 on the logo gauge and 10.5 on non logo. Exponents transient analysis clearly shows that the pats balls fell outside the expected range. The variance itself in the inflation levels of the pats balls indicates tampering.

  84. If you report something believed inaccurate you either correct it or you stick to your guns and claim it’s accurate. There isn’t a middle ground. That’s his job. It’s only his reputation on the line if he fails to correct it.

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