King apologizes for false PSI report

Since the Ted Wells report was released on May 6, we’ve known that a report from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen regarding the air pressure measured in 11 of 12 Patriots footballs at halftime of the AFC title game was wrong. ESPN has never apologized for the erroneous report. (Mortensen recently deleted a tweet containing the report without comment; however, the original ESPN.com story still contains the inaccurate information.)

On Sunday, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe brought to light the fact that Peter King of TheMMQB.com later echoed Mort’s report. King’s report also included a claim that all 12 footballs used by the Colts were measured to be within the accepted range at halftime of the game. (In reality, only four Colts footballs were measured, and one of the gauges used showed that three of the balls were under 12.5 PSI.)

King has now explained his report, and he has apologized for it.

It wasn’t King’s report but Mortensen’s that turned a curiosity into #DeflateGate! Still, the reports were both wrong — and the fact that two prominent national reporters published the same false information makes the league’s decision to remain silent in the aftermath of the reports even more glaring.

On Sunday, when the dots were connected from an ESPN story back to an ESPN analyst regarding the shameful “fall guy” routine from the 2014 Rookie Symposium, the NFL immediately pulled the plug on a video that had been hiding in plain sight on the league’s website for more than a year. Why did the NFL never correct the record on data that created a clear impression that tampering occurred at a time when the Patriots were forced to defend themselves in the court of public opinion without access to the truth?

King still believes that his source believed the false information to be true, which may or may not be the product of George Costanza’s advice for beating a polygraph machine. King also isn’t convinced that he and Mort were used to push a false narrative.

As we see it, there’s no other logical explanation. Otherwise, the NFL would have pounced to correct the error.

“[T]he reason I’m skeptical about this is because with the knowledge that there would be a full investigation and clearly the air pressure in the footballs would be publicized at some point, the league would look stupid for putting out false information that would eventually come back to embarrass the league,” King wrote Monday.

But it wasn’t definite that the league would look stupid. With the false PSI reports from more than three months earlier not even mentioned in the 243-page Wells report, someone had to actually connect the dots back to the initial reports. Perhaps whoever leaked the false information was more concerned about ensuring that the presumption of cheating would be investigated than about the possibility of the league being embarrassed later by a disconnect between the leaks provided to Mortensen and King and reality.

Regardless of whether King’s source believed or didn’t believe the information, someone told a lie to someone else, and that lie became regarded as the truth due in large part to the failure of the NFL to call out the falsehoods.

“Clearly, this story, along with the Ray Rice story from last fall, has made me question sources and sourcing in general, and in a story as inflammatory as this one, you can’t just take the story of a person whose word you trust as gospel,” King explained.

The broader message is that it’s dangerous in cases like this to believe anything at face value. Everyone who provides information on an off-the-record basis has an agenda. Sometimes, the goal is merely to have a good relationship with the reporter. On other occasions, the goal is to use that good relationship to propagate a lie.

100 responses to “King apologizes for false PSI report

  1. Chris Mortensen dont press exit out close screen………..its not going away till you address it….You should follow suit and do the same….I will NEVER EVER listen to your reporting again….

  2. glad King corrected it, not surprised at all that his MMQB article gives the NFL the benefit of the doubt.

    King is one of the most pro-NFL skewed reporters there are- many fans view him as the lapdog of the league.

    When your entire career is based on access, specifically to the NFL offices, how can you afford to piss people off? I challenge you to find a single instance when he has not towed the Goodell-led PR line on a controversial topic in the NFL.

  3. xsorethumbx says:
    Aug 24, 2015 3:34 PM
    who is the fall guy for the bad reports?
    ______________________________

    The Patriots.

  4. The kid managing the footballs took the footballs into the restroom WITH a needle….a needle he did not need for any reason to have.
    Tom Brady suddenly trashed his phone one day after being requested by investigators
    Pats refused follow up conversations with the ball boy.
    NFL Players association SIGNED OFF on a contract allowing the Commish to give out punishments.
    What’s the problem here?
    It is CRYSTAL CLEAR the Pats had something going on.
    Spying during the super bowl – GUILTY
    suddenly they have the lowest fumble rate of any team in the league….then RB’s leave the Pats and the fumbles go back to league norm…because the ball is much easier to squeeze and hold onto when deflated.
    Haters hate, but Brady will ALWAYS have an * in my book next to every game.
    I coach soccer and I check the PSI of every soccer ball at every practice and every game so they get the same results. PSI matters. I’ve been doing it for years….because PSI of the ball matters.

  5. pete and mort lost any remaining credibility during the pre-video ray rice reporting.

    pete , however,is a good travel writer. i always followed his training camp coffee shop and menu suggestions…

  6. Vincent testified in the appeal hearing that neither he nor anyone present at the half time measuring of fooballs did not know anything about the impact of weather on air pressure.

    “… the league would look stupid for putting out false information that would eventually come back to embarrass the league,”

    Which makes the league look more embarrassed – stupid even – the ignorance or the lies?

  7. What I think I think:
    The No Facts League front office probably isn’t anymore of a cesspool now than it was 2 years ago. But the ground covering it is definitely softer and the prevailing wind has definitely shifted because the putrid scent sure as heck isn’t down wind anymore.

  8. So Mr. King instead of providing what amounts to an empty apology, can I suggest you exercise what I had once considered your impressive journalistic credentials too stand behind them and redeem yourself by getting to the real facts! Oh by the way when all the dust settles maybe I could read a well authored book by a well respected author who “did his job” with no excuses or apologys, but just the authentic journalism!

  9. Anyone consider that the “source” of the leaks also had the wrong information, so the NFL did not correct the error because the didn’t yet know the information was false?

  10. So now we’re down to ALL of the Patriots footballs were well under 12.5 PSI on both gauges, and 3 of the Colts balls were under 12.5 only on the defective gauge?

    Thanks. Got it.

  11. We don’t need your apologies, King. We need you, and the press in general to start performing up to the levels of the Vietnam era. When an anonymous source gives you info, turn it around 180 degress and start from there. Find out WHY the NFL was trying to manipulate the press, and go after the underlying lie. Then you’ll have your story.

  12. Don’t know what to believe,should i believe a cover up for Tom or a conspiracy to hurt the Pats?I will wait till the out come ,which i believe will be reduced.I feel the deflating of the ball have been going on for quite some time,it explains the strong throws that was not there before,he always beat you with decision making and command not with darts.

  13. patsbrat says:

    Vincent testified in the appeal hearing that neither he nor anyone present at the half time measuring of fooballs did not know anything about the impact of weather on air pressure.
    ———————————————————
    That’s because it’s total nonsense perpetrated by economists hired by Kraft to cover up for Brady.

  14. .
    ” King also isn’t convinced that he and Mort were used to push a false narrative. ”

    Let’s see, we know the story was 100% false and we know that it was leaked to King and Mort.

    And now we are seeing the results of trash journalism”, the ex post facto self exoneration.
    .

  15. PSI matters. I’ve been doing it for years….because PSI of the ball matters.

    Literally nothing in your long winded statement has any basis in reality.

    Mcnally never had a needle. Did you just legit make this up? No one has ever even hinted they know this to have occurred. Brady got a new phone before the interview, and after he told them they would not be getting the phone, to which Well$ had no issue with. You’re right, the pats said no to another interview. BECAUSE MCNALLY HAD ALREADY BEEN INTERVIEWED 5 TIMES. Not the pats fault Well$ didn’t do his homework. To your last point; maybe, but the NFLPA had no idea Goodell would act so ridiculously unreasonable.

    I think you should stick to u-10 soccer and checking PSI for a kids soccer game.

  16. @marko, the balls were measured at halftime, the nfl knew at midgame where the balls were at. They knew it, leaked bad information (kensil) and never corrected it to this day. Patriots sent emails asking the nfl to rescind the false information and they did NOTHING.

  17. King is so far off the mark it’s scary.

    The ‘at least 2 psi under and colts balls were perfectly OK’ routine saturated the media.
    People to this day do not know 3 of only 4 Colts balls that were tested were underinflated on the gauge the ref said he used pregame.
    The false reporting serves the purpose, and then some.

  18. Peter King has been a fool for many years. He was convinced Nick Saban was staying with the Dolphins because Saban told him himself. Never occurred to Peter that he was being used.

    Played himself as the expert during each of the Favre retirement/unretirement episodes even though he was clearly guessing just like everyone else. Of course, he always used the “I talked to Favre himself” line as if that made it the truth (see Nick Saban reference above again).

    In other words, as we all can plainly see, Peter King is full of himself – and as such is very easily used by the NFL and players / coaches.

  19. Chris Mortensen allowed Kensil and Gardi to use him and eventually ruin his reputation.

    It’s time he fights back and expose them as the “Leakers.”

  20. Whatever anyone thinks about the Pats false leaks at the head of the investigation is the modus operandi of Goodell. BountyGate players were smeared by them and a Judge overturned all player suspensions later. Just as most people believe the League found that the Pats taped walkthroughs.

    It is a Kangaroo court. The fact they started THIS year with a more thorough process for regulating PSI’s a half century after the rule was in place was a defacto admission they didn’t never cared before, nor had any relaible way of proving anything. They control the narrative and sway public opinion towards their crusades.

    We need a new commisioner and/or a truly independent process.

  21. Of course the NFL knew the PSI information was wrong. They knew the right figures the night of the AFCCG.

    Dave Gardi also lied about it in the letter he sent the Patriots as well.

    They’ve been duplicitous throughout the whole fiasco.

  22. I appreciate King did the right thing after all these months.

    Used to read his column up to a few years ago, he’s a pretty good football writer. Couldn’t take the injections of liberalism anymore.

  23. The kid managing the footballs took the footballs into the restroom WITH a needle….a needle he did not need for any reason to have.
    ——————-

    This story gets more embellished by the haters every time they tell it.

    Jim McNally isn’t a kid, and there is zero evidence he had a needle.

  24. There also the fact that the NFL fired an employee after that same game that was caught fooling around with the balls and apparently selling them. This employee was taking balls out of play to sell them.(perhaps deflating them) He even had taken a kicking ball out of play and when the kicker complained tried giving it back to Jastremski to hand to the Ref. Outside the Lines had a program to Out everybody that was just as quickly scratched once they couldn’t blame Jatremski for that. Why wasn’t this included in the Investigation???

    This mysterious person was fired supposedly but wonder if Wells interviewed him. Maybe he is the Culprit!!

  25. Ever notice when PKing gives his itinerary for his rolling tour of NFL training camps it never includes Foxboro? It’s because Belichick had him pegged for a shill years ago, and won’t even speak to him.

  26. Web of lies. Anyone who parrots the deflation fable at this point outs themselves as a league shill or just dumb, but I repeat myself.

  27. “King also isn’t convinced that he and Mort were used to push a false narrative.”

    What a disgrace.

    These guys are owned by the NFL. They have sold their souls.

    The Carter story, and MMQB’s role in it exposes all of these guys as hypocrites.

    They post the lies they are fed and then make excuses.

    They agree to keep factual stories secret to protect access and then make excuses.

    Disgraceful.

  28. King believes that the person who leaked the info believed it to be true. He felt this because he believed that if the info were to come back wrong the NFL would look bad. Wow, what a crock!

    I get that at the time he could tell himself this to help ease his bruised ego at being used as a tool by the NFL, but how in good conscience can he say this now given the benefit of hindsight?

    It is clear that the NFL office will never look into this matter. Lets hope that Judge Berman reads MMQB and shook his head in disbelief just as we all did. He is a smart man and will know that he is one of the few people in America that actually has the ability to find out the real story when he has Goodell and his cronies in court next week.

  29. I’ve switched sides on this matter now. I think a victory by Brady would help convince the owners that Gooddell personally is the problem. I think they liked the idea of the NFL commissioner having final say, but not THIS commissioner.

    What York said about “times changing” is more toward PEDs and domestic violence. A suspected cheating violation shouldn’t be so difficult or drawn out.

    And yet I keep going back to Kraft giving in on the fine and draft pick loss. Why give in if you were sure no one did anything wrong?

    “I truly believe that what I did in May, given the actual evidence of this situation and the league’s history on discipline matters, would make it much easier for the league to exonerate Tom Brady. ”

    What does that mean? Can someone explain why he felt it appropriate to be fined and give up two draft picks?

  30. He’s the NFL’s stooge but Pete’s a good guy because he likes craft beers and Starbucks coffee.

  31. I read King’s “apology” I can’t find an “im sorry” anywhere in it. This is a joke. At best, he recognizes the erroneous report and then adds a statement suggests he’ll try harder in the future.

    That’s not an apology.

    Try again Peter!

  32. The two biggest stories in the past few years were the Ray Rice story and Deflategate. Peter King had to come out an cover for the NFL giving him false information on both stories. I wonder how many other stories King has reported are not accurate.

  33. A member club, the Patriots, pleaded in writing through their own general counsel of the NFL’s general counsel to correct the public record on psi and Pash refused in writing. The Patriots released those emails to the public. Does King just write or can he read too?

  34. Good read for today was the interview Browns tackle Joe Thomas gave espn.com after Sunday practice as reported by MSN sports today in which he rips Goodell over Deflategate ‘witch hunt’. I’m now a Thomas fan.

  35. Thank you Mike Florio for being the voice of reason in your willingness to search for the truth in this affair. The Patriots have been treated in a horrible manner by a certain network who for some reason have an agenda designed to destroy their reputation. BB has never cared for their methods and has displayed that distrust of them in an open manner. The crew that inhabits Bristol is proving that the vermin who leave the cesspool of NYC do not travel far in order to sell their lies.

  36. There’s nothing noble here. King is only outing himself because someone else did it for him a day before. And the way he is apologizing attmpts to draw attention to how important he is and how scrupulous he is as a jouurnalist.

    If he really thought the Patriots deserved better, he should have made it a point to flush his error and his troubled conscience much earlier.

  37. It’s nice that he explained and retracted the story, but he does not apologize for anything in the column. He is only reacting here to another columnist who lumped him in with Chris Mortensen as reporters who don’t know how to delete tweets or retract stories.

    The part that is still not explained is the timing. He should have done this months ago in the wake of the Wells report, when it became obvious that every leak leading up to the superbowl was false. Why didn’t he?

    He explains that his source probably thought the numbers were accurate. Possible. Then why didn’t the NFL correct the story? They are so reactionary when false stories come out. Even if this was an honest mistake by someone in the league office the real numbers were known. No one corrected it.

    Reporters get bad information all the time. But once they know its false they should and do correct the narrative. Why, in this case, is it taking months for otherwise good reporters to correct these errors? Or in Mort’s case, to not correct or address the issue ever. Peter King should address these questions in his next column.

  38. I coach soccer and I check the PSI of every soccer ball at every practice and every game so they get the same results. PSI matters. I’ve been doing it for years….because PSI of the ball matters.
    ===
    As a USSF ref, I’ll tell you that you’re wasting your time – at least as far as the LOTG are concered. I never gauge soccer balls. The thumb test* is sufficient, if I even bother any test. Do you know why? Because the LOTG state that a soccer ball is legal from 8.5 PSIg to 15.6 PSIg. Even if a coach hands me three marshmallows for a match I’m about to call, chances are those balls are legal. I can ask him to add air, but I can’t make him do it.

    *Hold the ball in two hands. Press with thumbs – on old-style balls on a pentagonal panel. If you can press more than about 3/8 of an inch, it needs more air.

  39. The NFL is experienced in smear campaigns.
    Below is from an article on August 12th in Rolling Stone magazine

    The moving-target prosecution works. Look at the New Orleans Saints. In June of 2012, Goodell’s office leaked a document to Jason Cole of Yahoo! that purported to show a “ledger” of payments made to Saints team members for hits that injured opposing players.

    The story was amazingly specific, citing a game against the Buffalo Bills in 2009 in which three players were paid $1,000 apiece for hits that led to players being “carted off” the field.

    But it later came out that of the four Bills players injured in that game, three played defense, making it impossible for Saints defensive players to have been guilty. So Cole’s league source “corrected” the leak, saying that the game in question was actually a November 2009 contest against the Panthers.

    But in that game, only one Panthers player was injured, a linebacker who fell down untouched while backpedaling. The story has never been retracted.

    The league leaked all sorts of bits and pieces of evidence against the Saints. Much of it turned out to be not true, or not exactly true. The league, for instance, said that linebacker Jonathan Vilma put $10,000 on a table before a game, offering it to any teammate who would knock out Brett Favre. But it’s not clear that actually happened.

    The league said another player, Anthony Hargrove, was caught on video asking for money for hitting Favre. Goodell’s office even issued the video. But it wasn’t clear in the end that Hargrove actually said anything incriminating, or why the NFL was so sure he had.

    By the time all of this got sorted out in the media, the players’ suspensions were being upheld in a ruling that didn’t mention the ledger and only said “a Saints player” was heard saying stuff on video, and mostly just slammed them all for refusing to admit guilt.

  40. I like Peter King, but I wonder if seeing Mortensen lose so much credibility impacted his decision to apologize here. Even if Goodell and the NFL win their legal battle on a technicality, everyone now knows Goodell and the NFL had no clean hands in the investigation or penalty phase in the hunt after Tom Brady. It was disgusting and they used Mortensen and King in the process. This was truly obnoxious and made everyone look bad. I know many are rooting against Tom Brady, but most of it has to be a dislike of the New England, Boston, and the Patriots. I get that, but watch out who you are rooting for here.

  41. King is already persona-non-grata in New Orleans. I think the Patriots will also tell him to take a hike.
    Reporting rumors is easy, lazy work. Until they come back to bite you in your ample derrière.

  42. This is the reason of deflategate to delusionists. Not the fact the measurements where the way they are.
    10.85-10.70-10.95-10.50-10.90
    Nearly half the balls have measurements over one and a half psi under.

    Free a level and fair playing field.

  43. hawks52 says:
    Aug 24, 2015 4:26 PM

    And yet I keep going back to Kraft giving in on the fine and draft pick loss. Why give in if you were sure no one did anything wrong?

    “I truly believe that what I did in May, given the actual evidence of this situation and the league’s history on discipline matters, would make it much easier for the league to exonerate Tom Brady. ”

    What does that mean? Can someone explain why he felt it appropriate to be fined and give up two draft picks?

    ===============================
    Many Patriots fans deplore the Krafts behavior in this whole matter. You are not alone. It was disgusting and was actually selling Tom Brady down the river because it was a tacit admission of guilt. The Krafts thought they were doing Goodell a favor in accepting the penalties and affirming his position as the “enforcer”, but they only made it easier for the injustice to build. You should always stick up for what you believe in and the Krafts did not. They played a politics. They were late to the table in their apology to Tom Brady, who has done more for the Kraft family and all of football than Roger Goodell ever has or ever will. Shame on the Krafts. This mistake was bigger than their treatment of Bill Parcells.

  44. 10.85-10.70-10.95-10.50-10.90
    Nearly half the balls have measurements over one and a half psi under.
    ===
    You don’t get to round to the ones place when you have data to hundredths place. That’s bad math.

  45. Is it true Kraft stated the innocence of the ball boys? If so why did he not make an effort to fight for them?

  46. This is the guy who wrote this, right?

    Aaron Hernandez trial update: shaking prosecution, confident defense

    Attorneys Rob Simmelkjaer and Seema Iyer join NFL National reporter Ben Volin to talk latest on the Aaron Hernandez trial, stating no clear weapon or motive is trending toward a shaky prosecution and confident defense.

  47. He like the rest will never apologize. As a football fan I stopped reading him years ago as he is just another blow hard. This whole process has made me think all the so called scandals, gates and punishments are all a bunch of bs. Until I had read all the documents on deflate gate I really never questioned the league and it’s discipline. The media has driven this story from the get go and will never apologize for ruining a man’s reputation( and many others in the NFL) As I read this site and the comments it is clear how missed informed people really are but still they choose to post. I read it all Pats fans and it still boggles my mind that the comments made it these sections are so uneducated. Add Peter King to another journalist who can’t be bothered to do his homework. At least some in the media are trying to be educated but I have heard nobody issue a retraction after all the documents came out. Smh

  48. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Aug 24, 2015 3:54 PM
    He’s been deflating footballs for years, along with bugging lockerrooms and filming walkthroughs, this is all common knowledge.
    ————————-
    You strike me as a very religious person.

  49. It’s months too late for Peter King to come out with an apology. Isn’t it time for the media to stop tap dancing around the elephant in the room. Isn’t it time the media simply come out and say what we all know to be true (even the haters).

    NO ONE schemed to deflate any footballs during the AFCCG., and certainly Tom Brady didn’t do anything to abet the alleged scheme. All of the footballs were inflated to about what should be expected given the weather and temperature. AND the is no question that no unfair advantage was gained by the Pats, especially when you consider they outscored the Colts 24-0 in the 2nd half using only league controlled balls.

    Now whether the error in reporting was because none of the NFL game officials knew or comprehended that the weather could have an effect on a ball’s air pressure, or whether they simply were out to get the Pats by any means necessary, we won’t know for sure until the defamation case.

    But one thing we DO know for a certainty is that elements in the league office, once they did know the real numbers and the science behind them, engaged in a systematic smear campaign of lies, unsubstantiated leaks, and inuendo for the next 5 months.

    I also know that if you are a fund raiser or recipient of a charity Tom Brady sponsors or likes, 2016 is going to be a BIG year for you. Because that will be the year the NFL and their complicit cronies (ie ESPN) will be donating over 9 figures to those charity’s coffers.

    But in the mean time, now is the time for the so called sport media to call a spade a spade and come out and say WITHOUT qualification, that “deflategate” is a hoax, and DEFAMEGATE is the real story here.

  50. What do the leaks have to do with the text messages, Brady’s lies and JJ and JM’S lies? What do the leaks have to do with the smash cell phone? The Patriots have always pushed the envelope and dared any one to catch them crossing it. They got caught.

  51. “The Krafts thought they were doing Goodell a favor in accepting the penalties and affirming his position as the “enforcer””

    That’s what I’m thinking to. He did seem to expect a quid pro quo on giving in and was visibly shaken when he didn’t get it.

    But why did he expect that? And why did Roger not deliver it?

    I refuse to believe Roger has it in for Brady or Kraft. Maybe it’s as simple as Roger truly having a God-complex.

    To be clear – I’ve been saying for months I think the Patriots push the envelope too far, and I also think there are owners who are tired of it. Maybe Roger was trying to curry favor with them – but picked the wrong issue.

  52. hawks52 says:
    Aug 24, 2015 4:26 PM

    I’ve switched sides on this matter now. I think a victory by Brady would help convince the owners that Gooddell personally is the problem. I think they liked the idea of the NFL commissioner having final say, but not THIS commissioner.

    What York said about “times changing” is more toward PEDs and domestic violence. A suspected cheating violation shouldn’t be so difficult or drawn out.

    And yet I keep going back to Kraft giving in on the fine and draft pick loss. Why give in if you were sure no one did anything wrong?

    “I truly believe that what I did in May, given the actual evidence of this situation and the league’s history on discipline matters, would make it much easier for the league to exonerate Tom Brady. ”

    What does that mean? Can someone explain why he felt it appropriate to be fined and give up two draft picks?
    —————————–

    Robert Kraft knows that fighting the NFL isn’t good for the league, so he accepted the punishments.

    What he didn’t count on was the corruption and complete lack of integrity of the NFL commissioner.

    Kraft looks at the big picture. Goodell just looks at himself in a mirror.

  53. What do the leaks have to do with the text messages, Brady’s lies and JJ and JM’S lies? What do the leaks have to do with the smash cell phone? The Patriots have always pushed the envelope and dared any one to catch them crossing it. They got caught.
    ===
    Ever take an SAT?

    The things you mention : Ball deflation during AFCCG :: Leaks : Impartial NFL behavior

  54. Its kind of hard to jump to the conclusion that those reports caused the buzz. Also, its pretty ridiculous for a convicted cheater to claim defamation.
    Maybe the Patriots would have received the benefit of the doubt if they had a clean track record on ethics and integrity
    This is all the Patriots fault, grow up and take responsibility already!

  55. What do the leaks have to do with the text messages, Brady’s lies and JJ and JM’S lies? What do the leaks have to do with the smash cell phone? The Patriots have always pushed the envelope and dared any one to catch them crossing it. They got caught.
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    1., Exactly what text messages are you referring to? Haters continually bring them up BUT none ever post what they said that was damning.

    2. What are the lies you mention. Where does Brady lie, even once.

    3. Jastremki and McNally were grilled for over 5 hours by Welles, yet not a SINGLE line of their testimony made it into his voluminous report….not even in the footnote. Have you ever wondered why? So what are the lies you mentioin

    4. “Smashed”, “Destroyed” all melodramatic uses designed to incite the haters’ wrath. What about the fact that Welles told Brady he didn’t need to hand over that cell phone. What about the fact that Brady gave Welles all the relative evidence he needed. What about the fact that Welles could have gotten all the relative information on the so called “destroyed cell phone” by using other sources like Patriots staff’s phones, or the carriers.

    The fact is the “destroyed cell phone” only became an issue AFTER the NFL’s case started to fall apart after the appeals hearing testimony became public

    5. And finally, how can you be “caught” when its becoming more and more apparent as time goes on, NOTHING happened.

  56. Hawks, normally I agree with you. But in the media circus the real ‘crime’ has been left out. This is a clear cheating scandal that effects the out comes of games and the stats that come out of it. I would love to get a bookie’s take on this. Or someone who makes a living off of fantasy football. This has been treated as an equipment violation, it’s not. It has a direct impact on the integrity of the game and the public’s confidence in the results.

  57. “To be clear – I’ve been saying for months I think the Patriots push the envelope too far, and I also think there are owners who are tired of it. Maybe Roger was trying to curry favor with them – but picked the wrong issue”

    I appreciate your effort at trying to be fair, And I do belief, sadly, that Bob Kraft has to answer for HIS part in not only this mess, but the other significant errors in judgment he has supported Goodell on the last several years.

    Believe me, Pats fans have been angry about this long before Bob had his “come to Jesus” moment last month. The man saved the franchise when he bought it, and since then it’s achieved a remarkable legacy even before the Bellichick era. He turned around the joke of the league and made into the blueprint other team attempt to follow.

    Unfortunately this great legacy will be forever tarnished by his decision to “accept” the initial penalties. Many Pats fans will NEVER forgive him. He needs to do more than merely admit his mistake (which he already did), but he needs to fight back. He needs to stop being one of those guys who just want to be part of the “club”.

    But I have to question the first sentence of the paragraph I highlighted above. What do you mean “pushed the envelope too far” Do you mean using the 3-4 2 gap, long before it was fashionable:? Do you mean using the 2 TE offense to create mismatches and break offensive record, or was the innovative formations he used against the Ravens in the last playoff.

    The Pats win so often is because most of the time they are better prepared, better coached, and more focused on the details. also its the fact that the plays ALL buy into a system that requires them to work longer and be smarter than most of their opponents.

    In a game where the margin of victory is SO thin week to week, its those things that allow the Pats to win so consistently over the years. It sounds so simple, yet it is so hard to create.

    They aren’t cheating, they are merely doing their jobs infinitesimally better than their opponents, and when all thing are so equal its those little things that end up winning or losing games.

  58. Hawks, normally I agree with you. But in the media circus the real ‘crime’ has been left out. This is a clear cheating scandal that effects the out comes of games and the stats that come out of it. I would love to get a bookie’s take on this. Or someone who makes a living off of fantasy football. This has been treated as an equipment violation, it’s not. It has a direct impact on the integrity of the game and the public’s confidence in the results.
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    I, for one, could not care less what a bunch of degenerate gamblers and their enablers think. What we do know is that a Federal Judge doesn’t see the competitive advantage.

  59. Smasonsmith, what is clear the judge does know the footballs were tampered with. And he has the same question that every one has, why do it in the first place?

  60. Smasonsmith, what is clear the judge does know the footballs were tampered with. And he has the same question that every one has, why do it in the first place?
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    That’s not clear at all from the transcript if you actually read it. What is clear is that he considers the actual PSI irrelevant.

    You should actually read the transcripts. It would save you from… well… Just read the transcripts already.

  61. Why isn’t anyone coming out and saying the obvious

    Goodell wanted a scandal where he could be the tough good guy. He NEEDED a scandal where he could be the good guy

    Why let the fact that the footballs weren’t deflated get in the way of that?

  62. “What we do know is that a Federal Judge doesn’t see the competitive advantage.”

    Well then that Federal Judge is a complete moron LoL how does one not understand how lower psi balls give a competitive advantage?

  63. Kensil, Kensil, Kensil! This guy is the catalyst to it all and must be brought to justice. He engineered the “sting” because he HATES THE PATRIOTS. It was a vendetta…qui bono…who benefits?….he does he is a Jets lover, with a shrine to the Jets in his basement….he has a history of telling people he hates the Patriots…he is the fox in the henhouse… This is the ONLY way he saw the Jets or anyone else in the AFC East winning the division for the next 5 years. If there is a “cheater” in the group, he is it. Can this guy…NOW….get rid of that buffoon Goodell and reset. This is looking more like the WWF every day….

  64. So how come when he mentions connecting the dots Mike Kensil’s name isn’t mentioned? He’s vowed publicly to get back at Belicjhek and the Pats over BB suing to get out of his Jets contract. Kensil was the guy Grigson contacted and was heading the testing procedure at halftime. Framegate.

  65. So everyone now says the PSI report was false. But no one says what the correct PSI numbers actually were! And what about the texts between Brady and the “deflators” that proved they were indeed deflating his footballs?

  66. mpzz:

    Actually Ted Wells’ own “experts” at Exponent stated that the “actual correct PSI numbers” (as measured on the gauge that the head official said he used) were consistent with what one would expect based on the temperature that day.

    So, yes, people have talked about the CORRECT PSI numbers.

    They have also talked about how the CORRECT numbers show that 75% of the Colts balls that were tested at half time were BELOW the minimum.

  67. So the NFL gets a pass allowing false information to float out there about deflategate, yet Brady destroys his phone and now deemed guilty of deflategate?

  68. Data in Wells’s own report unequivocally proves that all that happened that day was due to Mother Nature / Laws of Physics! Anyone with even a rudimentary physics background will see this immediately, if you look at the data.

    Here’s what happened that day: the Colts complained about the Pats’ ball pressure. So, the refs took ALL the game balks into the locker room and, understandably, first measured the Pats’ balls. They noticed that the Pats’ balls were below regulation. So, they pumped them up to regulation pressure. Then, they tried to measure the pressure of the Colts’ balls. After they measured 4 of the Colts’ balls, they ran out of time for the second half to start.

    That’s it! That is ALL that happened that day.

    Welks’s own data shows that the Pats’ balls are pretty much right where the ideal gas law predicts (according to Wells’s own eXponent generated tables in the report-how they missed that, I have no earthly idea!).
    Note: Balls of EVERY NFL team that set their balls on the lower end of the LEGAL range would have measured UNDER the lower limit, as long as the temperature on the field was sufficiently colder than the locker room where the balks were checked by the refs. That day the change in temps was enough to cause a little over 1 psi in pressure drop! NATURALLY!

    The reason why the Colts’ balls seem to have lost less pressure than the Pats’ balls (the cornerstone of Wells’s case against Brady) is simply because the Colts’ balls were sitting in the warm (as compared to the field) locker room, warming up from their equilibrium field temperature and therefore PRESSURIZING, while the refs were measuring the Pats’ balls. Footballs have a small volume, and it does not take long for them to gain noticeably, in pressure.

    THAT is the only plausible explanation for why the Colts’ balls appear to violate the laws of physics.

    If ANYONE can provide a scientifically plausible explanation for the Colts’ ball pressure measurements during halftime that does not exonerate the Pats, I am ALL ears!

    You CANNOT violate the laws of physics. It’s better than finding DNA evidence.

  69. There are no texts from Brady to Jastrzemski or McNally telling them to deflate the balls. Wells had their phones, he never needed Bradys and told him so early on.

  70. crazieates says:
    Aug 25, 2015 6:58 AM

    “What we do know is that a Federal Judge doesn’t see the competitive advantage.”

    Well then that Federal Judge is a complete moron LoL how does one not understand how lower psi balls give a competitive advantage?
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    Oh I don’t know. Maybe the fact Brady had a superior second half with re-inflated balls might be one reason. But what do I know, I trust facts and science over false reports and vindictive dolts in the NFL league office.

  71. Haters clearly exhibit double digit iqs incapable of coherent thought. It’s a great reflection of the sheer stupidity and anger many Americans wallow in on a daily basis. As the JUDGE in New York said in court LAST WEEK, and he actually carefully examined every bit of information available, to the NFL, “You Have NO EVIDENCE!”. That’s not good enough for the knucklehead haters. They know better ROTFLMAO.

  72. Thanks, Peter King. A correction buried 8,000 words down in a 10,000 word article is about as solid as a 12:20 am broadcast apology from ESPN. Still better than Mort…

  73. Who cares! Even if every word of his report was in error doesn’t for one minute change the fact that the Pats are cheaters of the highest order and should have had to forfeit their SB trophy. Kraft, the Putz’s, and Bilicheat have stuck their thumb in the eye of ‘fair play’ for years and now they have the ‘seeds’ to complain about a four game suspension for the ‘jr. cheater’. Give me a break! The whole organization should be banned from competition for the entire season. Goodell, who I can’t stand, actually did the franchise a favor……and obviously Kraft knew it when he accepted the discipline. Only after he saw public opinion turning did he then get on his corrupt high horse to start mouthing Goodell. He’s as big a coward as ‘lay-down’ Tommy Terrific.

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