Mort says Kraft apologized to him, Patriots deny it

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Not much had been said in recent days about Chris Mortensen’s role in the hatching of #DeflateGate because nobody had really said much about it. Mort said some more stuff about it on Thursday, and he probably now wishes that he hadn’t.

Appearing on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, Mortensen addressed various aspects of his report that 11 of 12 Patriots footballs measured at two pounds below the 12.5 PSI minimum at halftime of the AFC Championship Game.

Among other things, Mortensen claimed that Patriots owner Robert Kraft and team president Jonathan Kraft separately called to apologize to him for “the way this thing has gone down.” WEEI in Boston reports that the Patriots say the Krafts did not apologize to Mortensen.

Beyond the disputed notion that the Krafts apologized, Mortensen made other claims during the interview regarding the report. They’re listed below.

First, Mortensen downplayed the perception that the NFL peddled false information by explaining that the sources didn’t reach out to him, but that he reached out to the sources.

“The whole narrative that somebody from the league deliberately leaked false information to me is so much baloney,” Mortensen said. “It’s actually insulting, because I made the inquiry.”

In other words, Mortensen is saying the league is absolved of deliberately leaking false information because the sources didn’t affirmatively provide the information to Mortensen, but that the league instead provided the information upon request. However, the league then never corrected the false information, even after the same false information was reported both by Mortensen and by Peter King.

So Mort can choose to be insulted, but the “baloney” narrative seems accurate.

Second, Mortensen continues to downplay the clearly false report that 11 of 12 footballs were two pounds under the minimum by claiming that he quickly amended the report, claiming that the footballs were “significantly” underinflated. But what is “significantly” underinflated, given the NFL’s admitted ignorance of the operation of the Ideal Gas Law and the fact that, on one of the two pressure gauges, the measurements fell within what the Ideal Gas Law would predict? Moreover, despite his claim that ESPN quickly clarified the report, the original ESPN.com story to this very moment states that 11 of the 12 footballs were two pounds under the minimum.

Third, Mortensen fails to acknowledge that three of the four Colts footballs also were measured below the 12.5 minimum on one of the two pressure gauges, even though those footballs started the game at 13 PSI.

Fourth, Mortensen claims he didn’t suggest that the balls were tampered with. But the magnitude of the report — 11 of 12 footballs a full two pounds under the 12.5 PSI minimum — did the suggesting for him. Indeed, the most common reaction to Mortensen’s report was “wow, somebody tampered with the footballs,” and the only remaining questions related to who ordered it and/or who knew about it.

Fifth, Mortensen tries to shift the focus away from himself by claiming that he “never implicated” Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, and that the first person who did was coach Bill Belichick. Technically, Mortensen is right; his report didn’t specifically implicate Brady. But it was a damning report to the Patriots, and it turned a curiosity into a hashtag, making the decision to hire “independent” investigator Ted Wells a no-brainer and putting Belichick, Brady, and the rest of the organization squarely on the defensive until the team finally was told the truth in late March.

The truth remains that Mortensen’s sources lied to him. Instead of blaming the sources for lying to him, Mortensen is trying to create the impression that they didn’t lie to him.

So now Mortensen’s sources owe him. Big time. Here’s hoping that the stuff they give him this season and beyond is a lot more accurate.

254 responses to “Mort says Kraft apologized to him, Patriots deny it

  1. The problem is that espn and Peter king are hacks despite the man-love of people like those who run this website.

    Because they are bad reporters makes it the NFL’s fault. I think not.

  2. Mort is simply a fool. Goodell is corrupt. The No Facts League has less credibility than the WWE. Clean house…

  3. Kraft apologized??? About what??
    The only apology I can see coming from Bob Kraft’s lips to Mort’s ear…”Sorry the NFL used you like a hooker during Fleet Week”

  4. Mort’s reputation is going to ultimately take a worse beating than even Brady’s has through this whole fiasco. Unbelievable that there are still people out there that think the Pats aren’t the victims here. Like honestly, even I feel freakin crazy sometimes with the “conspiracy theories”, but as it turns out, they look more and more true by the day. It’s gotten THAT nuts. Truly an unbelievable story from the very start.

  5. I hope Brady’s suspension is dropped. With an offensive line that could only charitably be called offensive, and by far the worse wide receiver collection in the NFL…not to mention Brady looking like hot poop on the freeway…the Cheatriot offense is coming to Earth with a thud.

    Is it fair that everyone will say it’s because they’re not cheating now?

    Who cares. It’ll be FUNNY, and watching home fans boo Brady is going to be gold, Jerry, gold.

  6. It’s easy to see why the NFL did not comment on information that comes from suppose leaks. It if did, it would have to comment every time someone open their mouth.

    Instead the NFL position is that if it didn’t come from us officially, then all reports need to be taken for what they are; gossip.

  7. How many times have we heard that this investigation was to protect the INTEGRITY of the game.

    Integrity?
    Mortensen, ESPN, Goodell, Vincent, Kensil, Gardi…..

  8. We are all getting set up. NFL knows Brady will win and it will be a victory for Joe NFL Football Fan and Tom Skywalker over the evil emperor Goodell. Everyone will rejoice and have their eyes glued while Brady runs out onto the field geared up for a good old fashion Indy curbstompin. Give the masses a victory and watch the interest swell.

  9. He’s a liar, but he’s a sportswriter, and he works for the NFL’s own chosen media outlet. I know I won’t trust anything he says in the future. He has no credibility.

  10. Still laughing at his blatant lie that the Krafts called to apologize to HIM!!!!!

    Doesn’t he realize his career is done, over, ended, dead and buried? He’s trying to create his own relevance and failing miserably.

  11. Giving confidential controversial information to a reporter anonymously is a leak whether or not the reporter requested the information. Keep digging Mort…

  12. Both Mort and ESPN no longer have any credibility !

    When they failed to correct the false reports, can you believe anything they say?

    Peter King’s in the same boat, he took way to long to admit his mistake.

    This all goes back on Goodell and the NFL owners, pressuring those who make a living by feeding from the NFL trough.

  13. If you pay attention to the NFL it is very hard not to wonder how both Mort and King also reported that the NFL had the “inside elevator” footage of the Ray Rice incident.

    Well they reported it and described it, then the NFL denied it. Then they stopped reporting it, and started questioning their own reporting.

    Maybe PK and CM do mushrooms, maybe the don’t. Who knows?

  14. So morts source that 2 Krafts called him to apologize also lied to him and then he reported it anyway.. noticing a trend here.

    Doesnt even make sense, thats like me punching the guy next to me and him apologizing for having his face in the way of where I was swinging my fist… uhhhm, what?

  15. At this point the end of Mort’s ever growing nose has moved past Jupiter and is on its way out of the solar system.

  16. NE cheated it’s so obvious. If they would make the ball boys testify this whole thing would be over, with Brady being found guilty . No matter what happens know this: the Pats and Brady will forever be tarnished as cheaters. # legacy ruined. Ha ha ha!!

  17. Attribution.
    And we don’t have to believe anything he says until we find out is true? Why take serious anything a rumor mill mouthpiece repeats? Everyone wants to be first, even if they don’t get it right.
    You’re as good as your sources.

  18. It took me multiple attempts before I was able to read through this. I laughed too hard to continue

    Oh Mort…

  19. Being a Dolphins fan I was really glad to see this happen to Brady and the Patriots…Now, not so much…

    After reading the Wells Report, AEI, Science Journal, and listening to the likes of Michael McCann, Stephanie Stradley, and John Dowd I’m now convinced the NFL set this whole thing up…Now we know that not only are Brady/Patriots getting railroaded, but it now looks like the Dolphins line coach, Incognito, and the Saints Organization also have ridden that same train! Just my opinion.

  20. Let me get this straight.

    Mort, on his own, out of the blue, calls his contacts in the NFL and asks them if footballs were under inflated?

    I must be missing something. What would cause him to ask about ball inflation when this was never an issue before?

    Is he saying this to protect the NFL?

    I just don’t know what to think.

    Can someone help me out here?

    Thanks,

  21. orsiris33:

    So during the many weeks that the FALSE information that the NFL deliberately leaked was reported on the National News Networks was just fine with you because, after all, four months later the NFL belatedly admitted that they had lied.

  22. philvil41 says:
    Aug 27, 2015 10:49 PM
    NE cheated it’s so obvious. If they would make the ball boys testify this whole thing would be over, with Brady being found guilty . No matter what happens know this: the Pats and Brady will forever be tarnished as cheaters. # legacy ruined. Ha ha ha!!
    —————————————————————-

    Both were interviewed at length 4 times if I remember correctly…None, and I mean NONE of their answers were EVER published in the Wells Report…You may ask why those answers weren’t published, it’s because they answered everytime that they did nothing to the balls and didn’t know what happened.

    You can look it up in the Wells Report or the Patriots Context report of Wells.

  23. vbe2 says:
    Aug 27, 2015 11:05 PM
    I believe Mortensen. The Patriots are liars and cheaters. Nothing that they say can be trusted.
    ——————————————————————

    Best laugh of the night.

    Thank you.

  24. Mort needs to Learn when to just STOP and Shut up. If he is caught lying about this supposed apology his Career is OVER. if the Krafts push this denial it could get ugly for him

  25. Looks like the everyday trolls made a few new login names.

    The Patriots legacy will be as it has been: an unmatched legacy of championships and success in the salary cap era while the whole league tried to take them down. And failed

    No matter how loud you yell cheater that’s the truth

  26. philvil41 says:
    Aug 27, 2015 10:49 PM
    NE cheated it’s so obvious. If they would make the ball boys testify this whole thing would be over, with Brady being found guilty

    ===

    The “ball boys” testified months ago. Like every aspect of the case that favors the Patriots, Goodell ignored it, and apparently you have, too.

    Don’t you think it’s just a bit pathetic that here we are, seven months in, and you still need to rely on evidence that remains fictional in order to back up your argument? One might think that somewhere in the last seven months you’d noticed that, even time you bring in the possibility of the “ball boys” changing their testimony to back you up, you are essentially conceding that the evidence we have so far isn’t enough to justify all the punishment that has been dumped on the Patriots.

    I can make my argument using only information that’s already out there.
    – the best analyis of the air pressures shows no tampering
    – the only room for doubt is a result of the NFL’s poor testing protocol
    – numerous people on the NFL’s side have been exposed as liars, repeatedly

    If Goodell were not relying upon his own ability to abuse power, if he’d needed to prosecute Brady in a real court, this thing would have been laughed out of court summarily. Even the appeal judge is wondering why there’s a lack of evidence.

  27. As for Mort, this notion that Belichick was the one to focus attention on Brady is just so much horse dropping. Brady was being badgered about this nonsense long before Belichick’s press conference.

  28. 6th you continue to ignore the text messages that intricate a scheme to deflate footballs after NFL inspection, and that Brady knew about this scheme. You also continue to make lame excuses for Brady destroying his cell phone. He’s guilty and for some reason you keep trying to get him off.

  29. Despite what people think of Mort, there is a code in journalism/reporting and he is willing to die by it basically by protecting his sources. Like he rather do 20 yrs in the pen then be a rat to his sources to save himself. Why don’t more pitchfork carrying fans see this? Or am I missing something? Mort has always been a good reporter, he deserves better then this. He knows it, and yet he is still willing to take it on the chin. I kinda feel bad for the guy. He reports on the information that’s fed to him

  30. I was thinking earlier today about when the NFL pulled the plug on the Playmakers show, because they thought it gave the NFL a bad reputation. Looking back, a lot of what was on that show has since actually occurred in the NFL…but nobody in their wildest dreams would have written a script like the one playing on in this “DeflateGate” fiasco.
    Imagine the NFL wanting to protect “The Shield” at all costs from all enemies…except their biggest enemy dwells at their headquarters.
    Imagine the NFL wanting to protect “The Shield” at all costs…then dragging one of their all time best players’ name through the mud, while sending out false information to major media outlets, and spending millions on a 243 page piece of crap report…
    Goodell is making $44million a year. Let that sink in a minute. The man has probably cost the league 10 times that in bad press, disgruntled fans, and employees wasting time on witch hunts…

  31. vbe2 says:
    Aug 27, 2015 11:05 PM
    I believe Mortensen. The Patriots are liars and cheaters. Nothing that they say can be trusted.
    ————–
    Ahhhhh, so you’re the one.

  32. I hate New England. However, I think Brady will get away with this one due to the fact that nothing but lies surround this issue. I do believe Brady ordered the ball guy to let air out of a few of the footballs. I do believe Brady was looking for some type of advantage in the AFC Championship game. With that being said, I think the judge will eventually throw the case out of court, resulting in Brady getting to start the season in week 1.

  33. How come you can bash whoever you want but you don’t allow posters to call you out?
    AEI propaganda ring a bell?
    Also, the Patriots have zero credibility. Why would Mort lie about that?

  34. Dennis and Callahan
    ‏@DandCShow Just spoke with the Patriots and once again Chris Mortensen is wrong, the Krafts did not apologize. Details tomorrow morning at 6.

    I’ll have to get up at 6 tomorrow morning to hear this.
    I think this is WEEI in Boston, and if it is…That’s the same station Mort wouldn’t go on earlier this month. This should be verrrrrrrrrrrrry interesting!

  35. Mort should be fired. ESPN management obviously knows where their bread is buttered and won’t touch him. He continues to sound like an NFL lackey more than a reporter and this cannot be good for the network. Mort better pray that he never has to testify in a deposition under oath.

  36. Ok kids,

    Tune in to WEEI at 6am…This is going to be good.

    I think this is the station Mort told to “lose his number”!

    This whole deflategate thing just keeps getting better all of the time.

  37. “Instead of blaming the sources for lying to him”
    Hypocrite!
    Take your own advice, blame the Patriots for cheating instead of Goodell for making some mistakes.

  38. It appears we are seeing the self destruction of Mort. Going forward, anything he says on serious subjects will be met with skepticism. People will be wondering whose agenda he is promoting. .

  39. I’m surprised that you aren’t also calling attention to the 11 of 12 language. It was 11 of 11, the 12th ball was intercepted by the Colts and not measured. The narrative of 11 of 12 inherently indicates an inconsistency between balls, and therefore suggests tampering. Saying that all 11 balls measured relatively equal to each other makes it sound a lot less nefarious.

  40. The Patriots should be apologizing to everyone for destroying the integrity of the game we know and love so well.

  41. ESPN legal should be telling Mort to shut up. They are not out of the woods on a defamation lawsuit yet and his words can be used as evidence. If deposed, his protection of sources could be compromised.

  42. How Mort still can call himself a “reporter” is laughable he’s had more misses than Tiger Woods has had on the fairway. I don’t know why he just doesn’t start wearing an official NFL hat when reports being he’s the mouthpiece for the NFL and Goodell. For Christs sake man show some professionalism, I know it’s hard when Roger hands you that envelope full of cash every week.

  43. I accuse the league of attempting to influence the outcome of at least four games and the divisional championship in the AFC East. My prima facie evidence is the suspension of the division’s best quarterback thereby giving divisional rivals an advantage. The suspensions were based on false allegations and the unilateral actions of the commissioner himself. The rigging of these games is felonious and should be investigated by the DOJ. Unlike the case of suspension, I have actual evidence of a corrupted disciplinary procedure and an actual violation in terms of the suspension that effected the outcome of games.

  44. Al Davis was right when he called Mortensen a professional liar, but it goes beyond that at ESPN. ESPN is the official NFL fiction factory, but what do you expect for a company that has 101 employees as part of the Ashley Madison hack.

  45. My lying cheating stealing blackmailing ex has 10000000 times more credibility than this clown Mort. What a donkey.

  46. Best move Brady ever did was not to say a damn thing. The rest of these idiots are self destructing before our eyes and people who are willing to look at things objectively are seeing this was a sting right from the start. Clean house NFL. Or else Mark Cuban will be right. The NFL will be yesterday’s news

  47. I believe that Oswald acted alone and that man has landed on the moon. I do not believe in conspiracies BUT something is going on here with the NFL. NO matter what side you are on I think most would agree that it is reasonable to let the facts speak for themselves. It is beyond dispute that one side, the NFL, has repeatedly lied, put out false information, refused to correct incorrect reporting and much more in an attempt to win in the court of public opinion. The question is why? The answer is the facts do not stand on their own merits because it is actually FAR more probable than not that natural conditions lowered the PSI in a couple of footballs and the amount is so insignificant it cannot be detected by a single person on the planet earth now or ever.

  48. mike83ri says:
    Aug 27, 2015 11:57 PM
    I’m surprised that you aren’t also calling attention to the 11 of 12 language. It was 11 of 11, the 12th ball was intercepted by the Colts and not measured.
    **************************************
    Get your facts strait! The Colts football was actually gauged 3 times BY THE COLTS. Each measurement varied significantly I think it was 11.45, 11.35 and 11.75. who knows which was the accurate PSI, which also should convince most people that the halftime readings are not reliable.

    By the way, the PSI readings the Colts had were ALL exactly within the range per the Ideal Gas law in other words NO TAMPERING of that football. That is not disputed in the Wells report. It is also not explained in the Wells report why THAT ball is different from the others. My guess is most likely because it was not different but that does not fit the preferred tampering conclusion.

  49. shogunassassin30:

    The “code of journalism” may call for journalists to protect THE IDENTITY of their sources, but it doesn’t require or even encourage journalists to coddle and make excuses for their sources.

    It isn’t against the code of journalism for Mortensen to say, my source gave me bad information, I’m sorry I published it and FALSELY tarnished Brady and the Patriots. I don’t know whether my source lied or was just mistaken.

  50. Claiming he was lied to is a pretty big assumption. Just because information is turns out to be wrong doesn’t mean the person who supplied it was lying. The source could of have bad information. The fact the Mort contacted him and not the other way around probably means the source didn’t have all the I formation neatly payed out in front of him so he could pass it out to the press. Its just as likely that the guy was mistaken as it is that he purposely lied about it.

    Also to try to put the interest in deflategate solely on Mort and his report is extremely dishonest and self serving. The story started gaining traction the moment people heard that the Patriots balls were being looked at for tampering. The second that story got out it was destined to become as big as it did. People already seen Brady and the patriots as cheaters. Anything that even hinted at them possibly getting caught again was going to be huge. PFT was just as responsible in creating that fervor as any other person or media outlet. Just look at how many page views and comments you got on your deflategate posts. It all started well before Mort and his air pressure report.

    Also if Mort got lied to then so did everyone who piggybacked off his report. Every media outlet is responsible for the material they put out. The instant they ru a story where someone quotes a source, that source becomes their source too. If you don’t want to take responsibility for the information that you get through someone else from a source you don’t know then don’t run the story.

    I’m sure every writer or reporter likes to believe that only quoting someone else means that they aren’t responsible for the information that person puts out , and in their world that’s true. The problem is the people they are writing to are in the real world. Where your responsible for the things you promote.

    Quoting is promoting.

  51. Mort just doesn’t get it. If he calls and the NFL provided the mis-information – they (NFL) still leaked it. The issue was not whether or not the NFL called – it was the fact they leaked false information and neither Mort nor the NFL have taken responsibility. When we talk about “Integrity” both in the NFL and Journalism – accountability should stand tall. It doesn’t.

  52. Do you know who his sources were? Maybe the sources didn’t lie, but merely passed on second hand (mis)information.

  53. Robert Kraft handled the situation poorly by accepting that ridiculous team punishment which was an admission of guilt. In doing so, he sold Tom Brady down the river. He later apologized to the fans and probably Tom Brady. Too little, too late. Mortensen and Peter King are league hacks. Florio and Sally Jenkins are the national media who have covered this story fairly. The rest are part of a sick and twisted power game being played by the NFL. Mortensen is the worst. I believe Kraft may have told him that he was sorry the way it turned out for him. If you are a journalist who is owned by who you are covering, you’re not a real journalist.

  54. Judge Berman. Do your job and call out Goodell and company and free Brady. As for those who don’t think Brady has weapons, he has Gronk, Edelman, Amendola, LaFell, Chandler, and Wayne. Of course Brady got the Pats to an AFC CG with Reche Caldwell as his top receiver. Maybe father time will catch up with him. Don’t bet on it this year.

  55. Good thing we have some sites, like this one, willing to call out the NFL, AND ESPN on their BS. Mort can’t apologize and continues to stand by this crap because his network, which is in bed withh the NFL, demands it. When even notorious NFL butt-boy Peter king apologized, You know there is something wrong. To take ESPN as a serious news organization, at least when it applies to the NFL, is a mistake. It’s a corporate mouthpiece for Goodell, with no credibility whatsoever.

  56. Anybody watched the 2008 movie “Nothing but the truth” by Kate Beckinsale? The journalist Rachel refused to give the name of her source so that she was put into jail for years. Her source was literally a little girl. So I am wondering Mort’s source is a little baby of an NFL league employee. LMAO…. What a liar.

  57. Keeps getting better. Mort, when in a hole and trying to get out, stop digging. It started with a lie and at the end of today, another lie. Free Brady. If judge Berman has any integrity at all, he has to throw this witch hunt out.

  58. Mort is the lowest form of human. Can’t admit when he is wrong and covering for people that used him as a joke. The Patriots should never speak to this loser again.

  59. “Didn’t Big Al refer to Mortensen as a “professional liar” ???”

    I most certainly did. Him and that Lance Kiffin, the two of ’em.

  60. beach305 says
    Aug 27, 2015 10:30 PM
    It’s easy to see why the NFL did not comment on information that comes from suppose leaks. It if did, it would have to comment every time someone open their mouth.

    Instead the NFL position is that if it didn’t come from us officially, then all reports need to be taken for what they are; gossip.
    ====================================
    Firstly, it is OBVIOUS was a league source that LEAKED this to Mortenson. Who else would KNOW or CLAIM to know about the socalledBut you are deflated footballs EXCEPT for someone from the league??
    It was LEAKED as a smear and Mortenson was a tool USED for that purpose!!!
    Funny how the NFL answers SOME things quick…when it benefits them…as they did with the amount of time Tom Brady would have at the appeal. Aiello was QUICK to answer that. When they want a story untrue to do damge…they will NEVER answer it…PRETTY selective to me!! But too many miss all this support the NFL smears!!
    Mortenson has now LIED straight out….his career is in the toilet now!! Should be gone…as Goodell should be!!
    BUT please one will NEVER see this story on ESPN…a real fraud of a network!!

  61. I no longer care. The NFL has embarrassed their own shield. We know tommy boy is a liar but because roger wants to be a dictator this dumb story is around

  62. I’m really confused on why this surprises anyone. Chris Mortensens sources have been giving him bad information for over a decade now. That’s about how long I’ve disregarded everything the man reports as well. Its a joke that some people actually think he has any real respect from the people within the NFL.

  63. Mortensen trying to sell a story that the Krafts apologized to him is insulting.

    I will say that Peter King, as usual, has gotten a free ride on his cozy reporting of NFL disinformation. As for Mortensen, he is intellectually incapable of putting the report he published together with other facts to reach the only viable conclusion: he was used early by NFL sources to sell a storyline that was a fabrication. One so important to the NFL that it has spent seven plus months defending it, incurring (at a minimum) $10 million in legal and consultant fees in doing so.

    For a guy who wears his religion on his sleeve, Mortensen does not show any empathy to Brady for being part of the machine that has railroaded the man and sought to destroy his good name. Nor does Mortensen express any real mea culpas for his role in this sordid affair.

  64. Mort’s first explanation makes no logical sense. He solicited information from the NFL – as though he’s never done this before.

    The fact that they provided blatantly false information after being asked does not mean it wasn’t intentional. Also, it’s still a LEAK even if he contacted them and not the other way around.

  65. Dave Meggyesy was western regional director of the NFLPA for 25 years before his retirement in 2006. He retired from the NFL at age 28, after seven years as a linebacker with the St. Louis Cardinals, and wrote the best book ever written about the NFL, “Out of Their League”, that opened my eyes to the reality of a sport I have loved my whole life.

    Meggyesy has a very perceptive take on Deflategatee. “This is not about Brady. It’s about bigger stuff.” He said it is about Goodell exerting power over players and owners.

    “The commissioner is employed by the 32 owners, so there’s always competition among them over who’s being favored for this and that, and why,’’ Meggyesy said. “They fight about (Patriots) owner Robert Kraft and the perception that he’s Goodell’s guy.

    “So, this is all sending a message to the other owners in the league that, ‘I’m not in Bob Kraft’s pocket, I’m my own guy, so I’m going to show I’m an independent guy — and to prove it, I’m gonna slap your boy Brady over, really, nothing.’”

    Haters, open you eyes.

  66. what is best in life?

    to crush your enemies, especially after having been down 14 twice

    to see them driven (crazy) before you,

    and my personal favorite,

    to hear, and read, the lamentation of the women.

    you can go back to your lamenting now ladies.

  67. Mort Reports that Micheal Vick WILL NOT do any jail time ……….Mort Reports that the next Cowboys coach is Ron Rivera ……. Didn’t anybody see a pattern before the Deflategate report and its authenticity!??!!

  68. FYI Mort……you are not in anyway obligated to protect a source who lied to you. Come clean and try to save your career.

  69. LOL

    mort, you’re a dope and FINALLY pats nation gets a taste of misery, even if it wasn’t on the field.

    how can you feel bad for a team that has 4 super bowls and has kicked butt for the last 15 YEARS???!!!

    pats dominate our thoughts…and our teams…

  70. Funny.. when someone says something you don’t like to hear they are lying…

    He is a reporter and I wish ALL of them would report the truth rather then trying to curry favor from owners.

    Truth is ALL teams cheat.. in some way. SO the Pat’s are not exclusive to this… The NFL is clearly a mess… but the sheeple continue to hand over huge dollars to them…

  71. I think its funny that Mort went on the radio station in AZ to tell everyone of the Kraft apology. What no Sports Radio in Alaska? Wouldn’t that have been a good story to tell on WEEI instead of cancelling your appearance? BTW aren’t you paid to talk on the radio? Shouldn’t the radio station promoting your appearance be a GOOD thing for someone that makes money talking on the radio????

  72. Who’s Chris Mortensen? …I know, some idiot lap dog of the NFL…a stooge, a liar…..everyone has lost all respect for this man..if you want to call him a man.

  73. I’ve completely stopped watching ESPN because of framegate. If Mort ever works anywhere else – which is unlikely – I won’t be watching.

  74. That’s pretty much what I expect in today’s world where a person defends the higher ups for giving him BS info instead of calling them out and he’s instead trying to flip it on others. Apparently it is everyone else’s fault for why this ballooned into the drama it is, not his source or his BS report. A normal person would be upset they were given false info and took the brunt of the criticism because of it but not this guy as hey, he needs to bow down to his sources and the NFL so he won’t be black listed by them. Mort has just lost any and all credibility with me and any “info from sources” he gives going forward should instantly be taken with a grain of salt until it is confirmed by others but I doubt people will do that since also typical in today’s world, most people keep choosing to blindly instantly believe known liars.

    It’s also pretty amusing if he is lying about the Krafts calling him. Why make this up? On the other hand if they did call, why would they lie saying they didn’t? Talk about something really stupid to lie about but that is also par for the course in today’s world as people lie about the stupidest of things.

  75. Chris Mortensen was originally lied to by league officials in an effort to smear the New England Patriots. Now, it is Chris Mortensen who is doing the lying. Mortensen needs to be taken OFF THE AIR for lying in much the same way that Curt Schilling was recently removed by ESPN for expressing an opinion. Which is worse? Shame on you, Mr. Mortensen.

  76. I still held out hope for Mort, thinking he was simply used. But here he chose to side with his NFL source rather than the truth. Credibility = gone.

  77. lostsok says: Aug 27, 2015 10:29 PM

    I hope Brady’s suspension is dropped. With an offensive line that could only charitably be called offensive, and by far the worse wide receiver collection in the NFL…not to mention Brady looking like hot poop on the freeway…the Cheatriot offense is coming to Earth with a thud.

    Is it fair that everyone will say it’s because they’re not cheating now?

    Who cares. It’ll be FUNNY, and watching home fans boo Brady is going to be gold, Jerry, gold.

    ++++++++++++

    As a pats fan, I truly LOVE comments like this. The bitterness from you is showing to the entire world!!!

    With the ‘worst receivers’, the Pats won last years Superbowl if you didn’t notice. Also, they still have BB and Brady, who will be playing the entire regular season.

    Lastly, I don’t think it possible for Brady to be booed at home. 15 years of success, all the memories, touchdowns, charging the fans up….and of course, 6 Superbowl appearances, and 4 SB victories. What is there to boo?

    It’s been a pleasure having the GOAT.

    (Side note, you’d dump your own QB in .5 seconds if there was a chance you could have Brady on your team)

  78. The frustrating thing is that now there are a bunch of clowns in Arizona that believe him. This is essentially as bad as the original mistake.

  79. c’mon Mort…..your argument is that because you made the inquiry, your source couldn’t possibly have intentionally given you false information?

    Think about it Mort…..if your source didn’t lie to you intentionally, then the only alternative is that they didn’t know what they were talking about….. they made up information. which basically, is also an intentional lie.

  80. What’s even worse than the lie of 11 of 12 being deflated 2 pounds of PSI (if that wasn’t criminal enough by the league and Mort) was that he says that Belichick “implicated” Brady and he absolutely didn’t.

    Belichick did nothing of the kind. All he said was, if it’s a question about the ball, you’ll have to ask Tom. That’s it. Belichick and every other coach in the league has nothing to do with what the balls are up to as they’re game-planning.

    Mort digs his own inexcusable hole deeper with the irresponsible tone and back-peddling defense he uses. Sure, he’s embarrassed, but reporters better than him have been fed bad information before and were excused.

    Even if you were given wrong information and look ridiculous now, own up to what happened and move on–you’ve victimized an entire organization. What you, and others have done is help cement false information for the cement-headed haters who wait, drooling, for anything they can latch onto without validation.

    The least you could do is the right thing, and un-do it.

  81. Is Mort Jimmy Johnson’s son? I mean, with that big hair and all.

    Seriously, it’s obvious Mortensen has lost his sense of what is right and what is wrong.

    Mortensen would make a good politician. He could use phrases such as “I was less than truthful” rather than say “I lied through my teeth”, or “I am not a crook” rather than say, “I would do anything to keep the power I have” just as they do.

  82. ” With an offensive line that could only charitably be called offensive, and by far the worse wide receiver collection in the NFL…not to mention Brady looking like hot poop on the freeway…”

    Typical hater knows actually nothing about the team. You do realize the Pats have had 4 Oline starters out don’t you ? And that there have been 3 rookies and two 2nd year guys in there ?

    No ? Of course not, you’d actually have to fit facts in your brain.

    And that Edelman, LaFell and Gronk have all either been injured or held out of the preseason games, the top 3 receivers on the teams ?

    No ? Or course not, you’d actually have to fit a few more facts in your brain. I know I know, its easier to leave it empty and blindly hate.

    When the Pats start the regular season with those players back in you’ll no doubt whine the Pats are somehow “cheating” and put “illegal players in in the preseason to fool the other teams” and that how dare they be allowed to play their starters.

    SMH

  83. What a sad man Mort has turned out to be. He obviously convinced himself that if he has to be seen as either a targeted lackey the NFL chose to release their false information to for dissemination to the masses or a self appointed media maven who dictates who he will allow to provide him with false information for him to disseminate to the masses, he chooses the later. Better to be seen as incompetent I guess that to be considered someone’s lackey. Sad isn’t it. Just more of Goodell’s carnage.
    I am certain that even Limakey agrees with me on this. I think.

  84. danceformemarionetteboy says:
    Aug 27, 2015 10:41 PM

    Well we know the Pats organization are serial cheaters and liars; that much has been admitted by Kraft’s payments and draft pick forfeitures.

    Mort? Who knows.

    Fair and balanced.
    ==========

    How can you argue this?

    Kraft has willingly paid fines and forfeited picks and Pat fans’ narrative about doing it for the heck of it holds no water.

    None.

  85. snowboardinganteater says:
    Aug 27, 2015 11:34 PM
    I hate New England. However, I think Brady will get away with this one due to the fact that nothing but lies surround this issue. I do believe Brady ordered the ball guy to let air out of a few of the footballs. I do believe Brady was looking for some type of advantage in the AFC Championship game. With that being said, I think the judge will eventually throw the case out of court, resulting in Brady getting to start the season in week 1.
    ——————————————————————–
    snowboarding,
    putting aside your admitted hate for the Pats, do you believe that Brady ordered the ball boys to let air out to a specific level below 12.5? is there any evidence whatsoever that suggests that? and you do know that every QB in the league manipulates the footballs, in some instances for days, before the games right?

    bottom line, no matter how much you or anybody may hate the Pats, anybody that can muster up two brain cells to rub together and has actually taken the time to read the details of this fiasco from start to finish can come to no reasonable conclusion that this was a disgraceful witch hunt by the league.

  86. The “Deflator” took the balls to the bathroom. “Watermelons coming”. Put your cell through the wood chipper. Why did you arbitrarily pick 12.5 if you didn’t know? Who cares what Mort said. Yes. The league wants to bury the Pats. That’s why the NFL Network runs fluff pieces in “football life” on Brady and Bellichek. Lets make a “Brady rule” for below knee hits on QB. I hope Bill figured out how to set the clock in his SUV after tailgating with his family. Fluff. You know I actually started to almost like those guys after watching those two shows. Back to reality.

  87. Pats apologizes to Mort??? It should be the other way around.

    I have a “10% rule” – The rule applies to the bottom of the barrel in society’s their respected occupations: 10% of doctors should never be let near a patient, 10% of teachers should never be allowed in a classroom, 10% of commercial truckers shouldn’t be allowed on the road. And 10% of “journalist” should never be given the power of the pen to ruin someone’s reputation.

    We’ll Mort, you are the 10%.

  88. Mort misunderstood again. Kraft said he was sorry that Mort was such a bad reporter. That is not an apology Mort!!!

  89. Pats fans, we shouldn’t blame Mort. At all. He’s just a reporter. He was given false information. Why is that his fault? The league let this whole thing blow out of proportion either through sheer spite and malice, or just plain incompetence, or just corporate kronism trying to stick it to the union, or just all of the above.

  90. Mort, you should have just said this:

    “I reported the information that was given to me from a member of the NFL office. That information was wrong, I was lied to.”

  91. Given the reaction of Pats fans when they thought Kraft had not adequately supported them, it’s not exactly surprising Kraft would deny any further public report along these lines. Those fans are, shall we say, intense.

  92. “Can someone explain to me why Jim McNally and John Jastremski were suspended by the Patriots *”

    They were not suspended by the Pats. They were suspended by the league at the request of Troy Vincent. Which is another fact buried by the league and media who prefer the narrative that the Pats suspended them since it makes the Pats look worse

  93. I could see the Krafts calling Mort to tell him that it was never about him. That it was about the league lying and not correcting the info. I do NOT see them actually apologizing to Mort. I think Mort is full of crap.

  94. oh Mort there you go, “it wasn’t me it was them the Warriors” haha You cannot be trusted and poor Shefter has to sit next to this guy. Oh well I don’t watch ESPN anyway.

  95. Grandsonofacoach:

    Which team are you a homer for that got beaten by the Pats in the past 15 years? Those scars must be deep. If there were a real arbiter on this it would have been laughed out of court in the beginning. The Wells Report left out the testimony of McNally, Jastremski and Brady for a reason, it did not fit with their story. Here is a question for you: Your boss has a vendetta against you(Goodell and Kensil are both closely tied to the frustrated Jets). Misinformation is leaked about you in the workplace…(you cheated on an expense report for instance is alleged). You know your boss and his lacky’s leaked this information with absolutely NO actual evidence. Then your boss asks you to turn over your cell phone. I am sure you would do it without question right??…cause you never ever ever have texted anything that could be taken out of context that could be used to further tarnish your name in the workplace…you are living in a fantasy world. Next time you get pulled over for speeding or get a DUI, if they convict you with circumstantial evidence and NO actual evidence, or the police don’t follow procedure and you still get convicted please don’t whine. Especially if it makes the newspapers….

  96. Pretty much on track..

    A Brady apologist article every 30 minutes.

    Get over it, or track down what Bellichek knew and when he knew it, stop tracking down Mort.

  97. Mort can defend his source all he wants, and the reporter/anon source debate can go on forever. None of that justifies the fact that neither Mort, ESPN, or the NFL budged an inch to correct the story. They all deserve to go down for this.

  98. Mort has become a total joke. What on earth would the Krafts have to apologize to him for? “We’re sorry that you are horrible at your job and your bad reporting ended up destroying our offseason and will hurt us for years to come?”

    Mort, stop the lies!

  99. Mort and the Krafts should get together over a nice tall glass of Bradys Deflatoraid, which I hear has incredible powers, and sort this out.

  100. “billburke says:
    Aug 28, 2015 9:08 AM
    Pats fans, we shouldn’t blame Mort. At all. He’s just a reporter. He was given false information. Why is that his fault? ”


    It’s not his fault he was given false information. It’s his fault that 7 months later he CONTINUES to parse words and pretend his report wasn’t completely wrong.

  101. For Me …and what puts this in context …

    What would have happened after the AFC championship game had the actual numbers been published??? (including the Colts balls PSI?)

    a) Would there have been the need for an investigation?
    b) Would the news Networks led with that story the next day?
    c) Would that ridiculous press conference with BB and Brady happened? (Tom are you a cheater?)
    d) Would we be here now?

    I think not… Mort has to be accountable for that!!!
    Rodger Goodell and the NFL are a disgrace.

    The only real question left to answer…
    e) Is why do this to the Patriots & Brady … That is the question and should the Federal courts allow them to get away with it despite Article 46 of the CBA?

    We’ll see I guess… and soon!

  102. harrisonhits2 says:
    Aug 28, 2015 9:15 AM
    “Can someone explain to me why Jim McNally and John Jastremski were suspended by the Patriots *”

    They were not suspended by the Pats. They were suspended by the league at the request of Troy Vincent. Which is another fact buried by the league and media who prefer the narrative that the Pats suspended them since it makes the Pats look worse

    _________________________

    Actually they were suspended by the patriots. Yes it was at the request of the league, but if my corporate office told me to suspend an employee who I knew was 100% innocent there is no way I would suspended that person or in this case persons.

    Jastremski and McNally repeated lied to Wells and when they called the patriots to interview them for the fourth time they were denied by the patriots. So if your innocent why are you suspending employees and destroying cell phones?

  103. whitetrash69 says:
    Aug 27, 2015 11:44 PM
    “Instead of blaming the sources for lying to him”
    Hypocrite!
    Take your own advice, blame the Patriots for cheating instead of Goodell for making some mistakes.
    ===
    So far the judge on this case has blasted the NFL for not having evidence (whether that is what he can rule on or not). So please enlighten us since you obviously have more information on this case than the presiding judge. Can you settle this for all of us and prove the NFL’s case (I am sure if you can they desperately need you right now), or are you just speculating based on your on bias?

  104. so let’s get this straight. the NFL isn’t culpable for overtly using mort as a shil’l; rather they opportunistically used him as a shill, knowing that in either case, they could count on him as their ‘reliable shill. got it.

  105. realitycheckbaby says:
    Aug 28, 2015 8:56 AM

    Kraft has willingly paid fines and forfeited picks and Pat fans’ narrative about doing it for the heck of it holds no water.
    —————

    so what other viable alternatives do you think Kraft had?

    Please share them with us.

  106. Mort needs to be fired. He intentionally leaked out bogus information about PSI without confirming it and is now unwilling to apologize. Shouldn’t he be apologizing to the Patriots for starting this whole mess? Also, assuming Mike Kensil leaked him the bogus info from the NFL office, then Mike Kensil needs to be fired as well. Mike Kensil’s actions are criminal as far as I’m concerned and he could easily be sued by the Patriots. Chris Mortensen was just a pawn in this whole thing but his journalistic credibility has been shot forever. If ESPN had any guts, which they don’t, since they’ve been used by the NFL to suit their anti-Patriot agenda, they’d fire him immediately. For Mort not to be backing down now after seeing all the damage he’s caused is disgusting.

  107. Very interesting and informative interview with Mike Florio on WEEI today. I encourage people to take 16 minutes and listen to it.

  108. whitetrash69 has some serious scars from the Pats beating his team over the past 15 years…it ain’t over yet whitetrash…Bills don’t have a quarterback, Jets don’t have a quarterback, so even if the suspension is upheld…which it won’t, it will be the Fins and the Pats fighting to win the division…Kensil couldn’t stop the train with his manipulation of the process or the press..he will be in his basement stewing for the whole season..probably unemployed…see you in January!

  109. I can’t take this any Mort! The guy is a shill for the NFL and he has zero integrity as an unbiased reporter. He is just covering for all of the front office cronies so he doesn’t bite off the hand that feeds him bad information.

  110. Who can actually prove that the air pressure readings weren’t accurate?

    Is it really that big of a reach to understand that a team willing to cheat would be smart enough to know which air pressure gauge was reading high and which gauge was reading low?

    I really don’t think so.

    After all, we are talking about equipment managers at the NFL level here right? I am sure they have a learned a trick or two before getting to the NFL and if a blue collar guy like me can think of letting the officials use my “high” pressure gauge instead of my “low” pressure gauge to make sure the footballs passed pre-game inspection then who would be the wiser?

    Just wanted to offer a previously un-mentioned alternative to the Ideal Gas Law everyone seems to be so enamored with.

  111. billburke says:
    Aug 28, 2015 9:08 AM
    Pats fans, we shouldn’t blame Mort. At all. He’s just a reporter. He was given false information. Why is that his fault? The league let this whole thing blow out of proportion either through sheer spite and malice, or just plain incompetence, or just corporate kronism trying to stick it to the union, or just all of the above.
    ——————————————————————-
    BillB, that’s total BS! A reporter has an obligation to take responsibility for publishing something that turns out to be blatantly erroneous. Mortensen has taken absolutely no accountability for the role he has played in this utterly ridiculous investigation. He doesn’t need to give up his sources, but if he had any integrity whatsoever he’s man up, admit the many shortcomings of his story and actually have the stones to go on to a Boston radio station and take his medicine.

  112. raidernation210 says:
    Aug 28, 2015 9:36 AM
    harrisonhits2 says:
    Aug 28, 2015 9:15 AM
    “Can someone explain to me why Jim McNally and John Jastremski were suspended by the Patriots *”

    They were not suspended by the Pats. They were suspended by the league at the request of Troy Vincent. Which is another fact buried by the league and media who prefer the narrative that the Pats suspended them since it makes the Pats look worse

    _________________________

    Actually they were suspended by the patriots. Yes it was at the request of the league, but if my corporate office told me to suspend an employee who I knew was 100% innocent there is no way I would suspended that person or in this case persons.

    Jastremski and McNally repeated lied to Wells and when they called the patriots to interview them for the fourth time they were denied by the patriots. So if your innocent why are you suspending employees and destroying cell phones?

    —–
    Wrong again, they were interviewed 4 times. Now you have everyone destroying their phones. What next Brady caused Katrina?

    You guys are pathetic and the sad part is you can’t even get your lies straight.

  113. Ferdinand says:
    Aug 27, 2015 10:27 PM
    Who do you believe when neither organization is known for integrity?

    _________________________________________

    Belief is not part of the discussion here. It all comes down to bad reporting.

    False stories/narratives/information gets leaked all the time. It is part of the life of a reporter, to vet and recheck and judge information, and then correct that narrative if it turns out to be false. Mort himself was very critical of the false reports on Spygate. But that newspaper printed a full-page retraction apology as soon as it was noticed.

    I kind of understand what Mort is saying. He’s hinting that his mistake doesn’t matter now because the real information is out there. But he is missing the point. He reported false information from sources, that wasn’t corrected by the NFL office for months. (who, by the way, can be very quick to correct info that makes THEM look bad).

    The reason that WEEI keeps hammering this is… there’s a real story here, Mort. Somebody purposefully kept this quiet and threw you under the train. What other explanation is there?

    Figure that out and you’ll stop getting trolled on twitter.

  114. Mort is making things worse and worse. First, the story was never a big deal because 11 of 12 footballs were significantly under, which is false, BUT that it was by 2 PSI. That is what made his anthill into a mountain. Second, the story still says exactly that.

    Does anyone believe anything Mort says about deflategate? Soon if he continues likes this, I wont believe anything he says about football in general.

  115. I never believed the original Mort report because he had gotten a major Patriots story from 2014 wrong earlier in the season. After the Kansas City game it was Mort who was reporting that Brady had lost game plan influence and his input with Belichick had diminished.

    Belichick, who rarely replies to nonsense, refuted the Mort report about Brady’s game plan input. With the Patriots going on to win the Super Bowl, its clear Mort was wrong and that again more sources had lied to him.

  116. The only thing Kraft should apologize for is that his team got caught cheating once again. You would think that if cheating is central to their winning, they would be even better at it than they are.

  117. What does Mort not get? I wanted forgive him before he bailed on WEEI earlier this month. I wanted to forgive him because he was the person lied to. But after all this nonsense from Mort I want the guy out of football. I and many other football consumers will never believe anything he reports again.

  118. It’s more probable than not that Walt Anderson, who has been protected like the pope through all of this, flat out didn’t do his job properly. Do not believe for one nanosecond that he properly inspected the balls.

  119. Why is Mort even talking??? No way did Jonathan apologize and Robert for that matter. Hey Mort here’s an idea, just say “I was lied to, my source gave me the wrong information”. None of this “I didn’t point the finger at Brady, no not me, it wasn’t me” bull crap. Be a man not a puppet.

  120. What difference does it makes if Mort went to the source or the source went to Mort? The end result is still the source lying and Mort reporting false information and being played like a fool. WHY is Mort still to this day trying to pretend he got this story right? You got it wrong Mort and your keep showing how shallow you are by waging this battle that somehow you were correct. False. Mort is still wrong all these months later.

  121. Belichick said to ask Brady because the Mort report made no sense to him and didn’t match up with anything he had knowledge of.

    To turn around months later and say it was BB who brought Belichick into this is incredibly disingenuous.

  122. Oh Mort really? When you and Stephen A admit that you were duped by the league that’s when I’ll start respecting you two as journalists again. Can you kindly admit that you made a mistake or does that mean those envelopes full of cash from the commissioner’s office will stop coming to you?

    This story has gone way beyond pathetic and yet here we are after 7 months and the NFL is convced that Chris Mortensen’s original story is gospel truth. This witch hunt against Brady and the Patriots is an absolute travesty. Shame on the NFL and its commissioner.

  123. Saying Belichick brought Brady into this would be like waking up your wife, telling her you smell smoke and then saying it was her fault that she called 911.

    Of Course BB told the press to talk to Brady. He knew NOTHING about it, and it turned out nobody did. It was all BS

  124. to those who have bought into this idiotic notion that BB threw Brady under the bus.

    He did no such thing. He did what he always does when asked to comment on what someone else did. Go ask them yourself. Bill speaks for Bill. PERIOD. Why would he feed those vultures who have never done anything worthwhile in their lives. They all want to be Woodward & Bernstein until a real story comes up that requires effort, investigation, diligence. Rather they grab a sound bite and run with it then claim journalistic immunity when they are wrong.

    I’m beginning to see why Lynch does what he does in post game.

  125. shogunassasin30 says:
    Aug 27, 2015 11:25 PM
    Despite what people think of Mort, there is a code in journalism/reporting and he is willing to die by it basically by protecting his sources. Like he rather do 20 yrs in the pen then be a rat to his sources to save himself. Why don’t more pitchfork carrying fans see this? Or am I missing something? Mort has always been a good reporter, he deserves better then this. He knows it, and yet he is still willing to take it on the chin. I kinda feel bad for the guy. He reports on the information that’s fed to him

    —-
    A good reporter validates before he disseminates. This ‘code” of which you speak is a convenient hiding place for weasels who are too eager to be first with the bad news. He had a chance to correct this without revealing his source. Once a source feeds you bad info he loses his protection.

  126. When three of the four Colts footballs also were measured below the 12.5 minimum on one of the two pressure gauges, why doesn’t the NFL claim Andrew Luck was also materially aware that the Colts balls were deflated below the NFL minimum?

  127. shogunassasin30 says:
    Aug 27, 2015 11:25 PM
    Despite what people think of Mort, there is a code in journalism/reporting and he is willing to die by it basically by protecting his sources.
    ************

    That’s right- up to a point. But, in fact, hardly anyone is asking him to identify his source. The issues are that 1) He will not admit to being used and 2) Even after he knew the story to be FALSE, he would not correct it. and 3) He will not apologize for being part of a character assassination -whether he was used or not.

  128. Clearly Mort doesn’t understand Twitter so he probably thinks he can safely go on the air in Phoenix without anyone finding out about his comments. What a stooge!

    So to recap, Al Davis calls Mort a professional liar. Mort reports Ray Rivera as the new coach of the Cowboys, he said Michael Vick wouldn’t serve any jail time, he once reported Eli Manning would miss a month when in fact he didn’t miss a game that month, he falsely reported 11 of 12 footballs were 2 psi underinflated, and he falsely reported during SpyGate that the Pats taped the Rams walk-throughs. At least he corrected his false SpyGate story.

    Seriously, how does Mort still have a job?!?!?!

  129. I always try to find a simply answer for complex problems. For the Pats narrative to work, how many people need to lie? The Nfl office? ESPN? The Colts? The Jets? The Ravens?
    Or just one guy…..BRADY !!! See simple case solved. Now let’s start some football.

    WHO DAT!!!!

  130. philvil41 says:
    Aug 27, 2015 10:49 PM
    NE cheated it’s so obvious. If they would make the ball boys testify this whole thing would be over, with Brady being found guilty . No matter what happens know this: the Pats and Brady will forever be tarnished as cheaters. # legacy ruined. Ha ha ha!!
    _____________________________________

    They were each interviewed at least 4 times and never admitted wrongdoing.

    On the other hand information that has been put out there by the league has repeatedly been proven to be either incorrect, a fabrication or to be omitting relevant facts that hurt their case.

    What you need to remember here is that despite the promise to do so the Wells report did NOT look into the behavior of NFL League Employees associated with this. What the league is hiding is a problem within their own offices.

  131. quizlingclinic says:
    Aug 28, 2015 10:38 AM
    Belichick said to ask Brady because the Mort report made no sense to him and didn’t match up with anything he had knowledge of.

    To turn around months later and say it was BB who brought Belichick into this is incredibly disingenuous.


    You’re being too kind,

    gutless
    cowardly
    weasely
    shamelessly

    If Mort had come out and said that he did then and still now fully believes his source then say it,

    but you didn’t, did you Mort? You’re still trying to baffle us with bs. You know it’s a fake story. You were quick to throw it out there. Forget Brady, I’d want to clear up my own rep first.

  132. whodatcharlie says:
    Aug 28, 2015 11:22 AM
    I always try to find a simply answer for complex problems. For the Pats narrative to work, how many people need to lie? The Nfl office? ESPN? The Colts? The Jets? The Ravens?
    Or just one guy…..BRADY !!! See simple case solved. Now let’s start some football.

    WHO DAT!!!!
    _____________________________________

    The simple answer is that the deflation was caused by atmospheric conditions and that a couple people with an axe to grind got so excited about the possibility of taking down Belichick that they put the cart before the horse and starting sharing bad information to make the Pats look even worse, figuring it wouldn’t matter because they had them.

    The NFL has had to continue to double down on this because admitting their own incompetence and desire to take down someone they don’t like is far more damaging to the shield than the BS going on now.

  133. “Third, Mortensen fails to acknowledge that three of the four Colts footballs also were measured below the 12.5 minimum on one of the two pressure gauges, even though those footballs started the game at 13 PSI.”

    ————-

    It really is worse than that. After the false PSI tweet, Mort repeatedly tweeted that the Colts footballs all remained within regulation.

    THAT narrative that the Colts footballs remained within regulation cemented the idea that something fishy had happened. 3 of the 4 Colts footballs tested were under regulation. It made defending the Patriots that much harder because immediately it was asked why the Colts footballs didn’t loose pressure. Except that is false and the Colts balls lost pressure just like the Patriots footballs.

  134. Mort again and again said the Colts footballs remained in regulation. That set the narrative. If anything, isn’t there just as much “evidence” that someone tampered with the Colts footballs too? Why isn’t Andrew Luck suspended 4 games, why do the Colts still have their 2016 1st round pick?

  135. They were each interviewed at least 4 times and never admitted wrongdoing.

    On the other hand information that has been put out there by the league has repeatedly been proven to be either incorrect, a fabrication or to be omitting relevant facts that hurt their case.

    What you need to remember here is that despite the promise to do so the Wells report did NOT look into the behavior of NFL League Employees associated with this. What the league is hiding is a problem within their own offices.

    JM was only interviewed once by Wells. When a follow-up interview was requested, the Pats lawyers would not make him available to Wells. Even when Wells said any day … any time …. any where.
    The Wells report also addresses investigating league personnel in this matter.
    Do you folks read any of the reports or testimony ???? It seems like Pats fans make it up as they go along.

    WHO DAT !!!

  136. “Mort, on his own, out of the blue, calls his contacts in the NFL and asks them if footballs were under inflated?”

    Not out of the blue – Kravitz broke the story, which was fed to him by Grigson. Every journalist called his/her contacts at that point…

  137. The simple answer is that the deflation was caused by atmospheric conditions and that a couple people with an axe to grind got so excited about the possibility of taking down Belichick that they put the cart before the horse and starting sharing bad information to make the Pats look even worse, figuring it wouldn’t matter because they had them.

    The NFL has had to continue to double down on this because admitting their own incompetence and desire to take down someone they don’t like is far more damaging to the shield than the BS going on now.
    ———————————————-
    Nice try but actually no. Explain the one ball for the Pats that was 2 psi below range that was measured at halftime. The IGL can not account for that.

  138. ———————————————-
    “Nice try but actually no. Explain the one ball for the Pats that was 2 psi below range that was measured at halftime. The IGL can not account for that.”
    ———————————-

    Of the 12 balls, the Colts had possession of the intercepted one and have admitted to a sticking in needle into it on the sidelines which is massively against the rules. Yet of course the NFL didn’t punish the Colts for anything. And if you takes your terrible argument that no Idle Gas Law, THEN please explain how of the 4 Colts footballs tested that 3 were under inflated.

  139. It’s really amazing to read the idiocy on here from the anti-pats crowd. Most of you are either just making things up to validate your opinions, or completely ignoring actual facts that decimate your opinion. Pathetic, really.

  140. I have always questioned why the league was so rigid on the 4 game suspension on appeal when a little give to 1-2 games would have potentially been more defensible and de-escalating. It is suspicious that a 4 game gap separated the Pats from its divisional rivals last year. Could it be that the penalty was derived to close that gap? With no real precedence why 4 games? Similar to steroid use? No way. If the 4 game suspension was based upon handicapping the Pats competitively with its divisional rivals, is this a crime? Is this rigging the divisional title? A lot of gambling dollars have already been laid down on the divisional championship race. Why would the league want to help the Jets, Bills or Dolphins compete?

  141. 2001asterisk2003asterisk2004asterisk2014asterisk says:
    Aug 27, 2015 10:26 PM

    Patriots owners are lying scum who support and employ a culture of cheating. Sell the team and give us our league back.
    ———————————————————
    Read that closely and tell me that isn’t Mike Kensil talking. Hatred of Patriots ownership due to Belichick bailing on him while with the Jets and wanting “our” league back. There’s the real scum in all of this…..Mike Kensil MUST GO!!! BTW, no freaking way the Krafts apologized to that lying turd from bspn. The guys showing his true colors as a pathological liar. The perfect guy for a despicable outfit owned by Disney. I suggest reading the article in Forbes magazine outlining the NFL and ESPN’s negative, unfair treatment of the Patriots. It’s quite interesting.

  142. People keep asking why Mort won’t reveal his source.

    The better questions:

    Why hasn’t Goodell done an internal investigation and reveled the source?

    Why didn’t Ted Wells’ investigation reveal the source?

    While they are at it, why didn’t they make the Colts reveal who leaked to Kravitz that initiated the who mess?

    Once they had those two sources, why didn’t investigate to see if there was collusion between those two sources?

  143. Why would anyone ever believe another word Mort said or wrote?

    fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.

  144. Jets, Bills or Fins fan bushwoodcc? They were interviewed, as was Brady, but that testimony was not in the Wells report, because it would have refuted the outcome…..read the facts of the case…

  145. No, no, no, he got it all wrong. The Kraft’s called him up demanding that he apologize to the organization, Tom Brady, and all the New England Patriot fans who have had to endlessly defend our team against unwarranted attacks because of Mort’s original bogus story. What a tool.

  146. I still think its incredible that some people think a 50 year old fat guy can duck into a bath room and, not knowing hes being timed, deflate 11-12 footballs to exactly the amount expected by the Ideal Gas Law in a minute and a half, yet a team of refs couldnt measure all the Colts balls because 20 minutes wasnt enough even though 3-4 (75%) were under inflated? very strange.

  147. ———————————-

    Of the 12 balls, the Colts had possession of the intercepted one and have admitted to a sticking in needle into it on the sidelines which is massively against the rules. Yet of course the NFL didn’t punish the Colts for anything. And if you takes your terrible argument that no Idle Gas Law, THEN please explain how of the 4 Colts footballs tested that 3 were under inflated.
    =====================
    I did not mention the intercepted ball. You know…. the ones measured in the locker room at halftime???? You did read the actual reports or just a bunch of blogs?
    Again if you had read the report you would have discovered that those were measure with gauge that read low. But in contrast all Pats balls with both gauges were under specs.

    WHO DAT !!

  148. Mort: “Gee Mr. Kraft, I’m sorry for the way things turned out due to my irresponsible journalism.”

    Mr. Kraft: “Yeah. Me too.”

    Mort reads this as a Kraft apology.

  149. As Florio pointed out today on WEEI, the incompetent Wells was not aware of the ‘deflator’ texts that he had in his possession when he did the interviews.

    Jastremski and McNally have not testified or been interviewed since those text exchanges came to light.

    It was Florio’s opinion that Brady and the NFLPA would not want them questioned under oath in this or any new proceeding.

    Thanks to PFT and PFT posters for the tip about the WEEI coverage today.

  150. nightflyer2012 says:
    Aug 28, 2015 12:53 PM
    As Florio pointed out today on WEEI, the incompetent Wells
    —–

    I always get a chuckle out of these comments. Outside of this New England/Football fanatic bubble, Wells is recognized as one of the top practicing lawyers in his field (you know, people who understand the profession). People harvest this narrative created by those offended (Pats, Dolphins), and believe he’s incompetent.

  151. mrmcdougle says:
    Aug 28, 2015 1:03 PM
    nightflyer2012 says:
    Aug 28, 2015 12:53 PM
    As Florio pointed out today on WEEI, the incompetent Wells
    —–

    I always get a chuckle out of these comments. Outside of this New England/Football fanatic bubble, Wells is recognized as one of the top practicing lawyers in his field (you know, people who understand the profession). People harvest this narrative created by those offended (Pats, Dolphins), and believe he’s incompetent.
    ======———-=========

    Actually Florio went so far as to say that Wells committed ‘malpractice’ by not being aware of the info he had in his possession when he questioned McNally/ Jastremski.

  152. grandsonofcoach says:Aug 27, 2015 11:23 PM

    6th you continue to ignore the text messages that intricate a scheme to deflate footballs after NFL inspection, and that Brady knew about this scheme. You also continue to make lame excuses for Brady destroying his cell phone. He’s guilty and for some reason you keep trying to get him off
    —————————————————–

    Well, you solved the case! Someone call Judge Berman….

  153. Actually Florio went so far as to say that Wells committed ‘malpractice’ by not being aware of the info he had in his possession when he questioned McNally/ Jastremski.

    Good for him. Lawyers/Ex-Lawyers have weighed in on both sides (depending on their agenda), and these comments are subsequently embraced or rejected (depending on readers/listeners agenda). This doesn’t change the fact that Wells is far from incompetent.

  154. If you havnt watched Goodell’s speech at UMass Lowell from 2010 then you really need to find it on youtube, you will be blown away about what he has to say. He mentions gathering facts and then ensuring those facts are from credible people and then verifying those facts. Oh yea, its amazing.. talk about not practicing what you preach!!

  155. guadalahonky says:
    Aug 28, 2015 9:54 AM
    You ever notice whenever the Patriots ‘deny’ something, it turns out to be true?
    ____________________________________
    Actually, no.

  156. Want to get to the bottom of this whole “Deflategate” drama?

    Subpoena the two locker room staffers… put them on the stand… under oath.
    Get the exact text messages from Verizon.

    I can assure you the joking back and forth calling each other “the deflator” wasn’t regarding recent weight loss…. give me a break!

    The ongoing choice NOT to call these two and put this issue to bed makes one wonder… do they know what the answer would be… therefore don’t want to call them and ruin Brady’s legacy? They just want it settled out and over….

    I’d like to hear the truth put out there…. PUT THEM ON THE STAND !!!!

  157. chirobp says:
    Aug 28, 2015 2:00 PM
    …..
    I can assure you the joking back and forth calling each other “the deflator” wasn’t regarding recent weight loss…. give me a break!…

    There is no record in the Wells Report of the equipment guys calling each other “the deflator”. There is one text message where McNally called himself “the deflator” (eight months before the AFCCG). No back and forth on “deflator”.

    Having said that, if Berman sends this back for arbitration again, I too hope that the equipment guys get called to testify under oath.

  158. whodatcharlie says:
    Aug 28, 2015 11:22 AM
    I always try to find a simply answer for complex problems. For the Pats narrative to work, how many people need to lie? The Nfl office? ESPN? The Colts? The Jets? The Ravens?
    Or just one guy…..BRADY !!! See simple case solved. Now let’s start some football.
    ===
    There are a few flaws with your simple answer.

    The NFL did lie
    ESPN did lie
    Colts did lie
    Ravens did lie

    Brady did destroy his phone, but he didn’t lie about it.

  159. shogunassasin30 says:
    Aug 27, 2015 11:25 PM
    Despite what people think of Mort, there is a code in journalism/reporting and he is willing to die by it basically by protecting his sources.
    ========================================
    Saying that Chris Mortensen would die to protect his sources is a despicable insult to reporters who actually do put themselves in harm’s way in order to inform the public.
    And what about Mort’s claim that the Krafts apologized to him? If that actually happened (and I don’t believe it for one second), how does revealing the contents of an off-the-record conversation square with the reporter’s code that you claim Mort lives by?

  160. At the 2 minute warning of the 2nd half, the same 2 officials logged measurements of the footballs with the same 2 gauges, and recorded things in the same order. Wells excluded this data, and Exponent disagreed on its exclusion (per the hearing transcript). What, did the Ideal Gas Law suddenly disappear later in the game, despite the temperature getting colder? Walt Anderson, what PSI did you re-fill the Pats balls? Wells, you didn’t think to ask Anderson that?

    NFL botched this, without a doubt. But there’s some key data here that no one looks at. The 2 minute break is significantly shorter than half-time. And the Pats had the ball before the break.

    Pats ball
    1 13.50 13.15
    2 13.35 12.95
    3 13.35 12.95
    4 13.65 13.25

    Colts ball
    1 12.90 12.50
    2 12.45 12.10
    3 12.80 12.45
    4 12.70 12.35

  161. for some reason, we don’t get to hear from McNally and Jastremski. Well, one thing’s for sure, August 31, or at the latest September 4, i.e., one week from today, we’ll know for sure. This asininity is driving me up the wall. Let’s get this BS over with already.

  162. mrmcdougle says:
    Aug 28, 2015 1:03 PM
    I always get a chuckle out of these comments. Outside of this New England/Football fanatic bubble, Wells is recognized as one of the top practicing lawyers in his field (you know, people who understand the profession). People harvest this narrative created by those offended (Pats, Dolphins), and believe he’s incompetent.
    ====
    The judge didn’t seem to find his report all that thorough or competent. The judge said something along the lines of:
    “More probable than not that (Brady) was at least generally aware — I’m not sure I understand what in the world that means.”

    Do you insinuate that Judge Berman is part of the fanatic bubble, or do you accept that he is one who understands Wells’ profession?

  163. My wish… Get at the truth in a truly independent unbiased hearing.

    Everyone testifies under oath and all the evidence presented … if it comes out at the end that NFL’s case is legit… I’ll accept it.

    I just don’t think it is, and frankly given how this whole thing was managed by the League … Brady should walk … with an apology… on principle alone!!

  164. padronebradfather says:
    Aug 28, 2015 2:45 PM
    for some reason, we don’t get to hear from McNally and Jastremski. Well, one thing’s for sure, August 31, or at the latest September 4, i.e., one week from today, we’ll know for sure. This asininity is driving me up the wall. Let’s get this BS over with already.
    ========================================
    Barring a settlement, there’s almost no chance that this BS will end anytime soon. For one thing, Berman has already stated that he may not be ready to rule by 9/4. And when he does rule, the appeals process (incredibly, this nonsense could potentially reach the Supreme Court) could cause this thing to drag on for years. Even if Berman were to order a new arbitration hearing for Brady, that wouldn’t necessarily be the end of things, as the loser there could still go back to court and start this whole legal process all over again.
    Only one thing is certain – at the end of the day, the lawyers will be the ones who get rich.

  165. Mort’s article still says “the [11] footballs were inflated 2 pounds per square inch below what’s required” even now. That’s in the second paragraph of the report.

    He consistently fails to mention this whenever he talks about it. Instead he talks about his now-deleted tweet and the fact that the first paragraph now says “significantly underinflated.”

    No retraction, no correction, no apology for the original article…which is STILL WRONG.

  166. helmetsail says:
    Aug 28, 2015 2:42 PM
    Walt Anderson, what PSI did you re-fill the Pats balls? Wells, you didn’t think to ask Anderson that?
    =====================================
    Good question – the (problematic) answer is that Anderson wasn’t in the locker room when the balls were reinflated at half time. Per the NFL’s rules, he should have been there since the referee is to be the “sole judge” of whether the footballs comply with the required specifications. Would’ve thought that the “independent” Wells report would have highlighted this violation of NFL rules. Ho ho.

  167. I recall after Brady’s first appearance on this issue, that someone said he was probably the most honest person in the room. I see no reason now not to believe that was true.

  168. Walt Anderson, what PSI did you re-fill the Pats balls? Wells, you didn’t think to ask Anderson that?
    =====================================
    Good question – the (problematic) answer is that Anderson wasn’t in the locker room when the balls were reinflated at half time. Per the NFL’s rules, he should have been there since the referee is to be the “sole judge” of whether the footballs comply with the required specifications. Would’ve thought that the “independent” Wells report would have highlighted this violation of NFL rules. Ho ho.
    ___________________________________
    I guess we either assume Wells really is incompetent or that is merely one of the parts of the investigation that Pash edited out. Or both.

  169. “for some reason, we don’t get to hear from McNally and Jastremski.”
    You do realize that they were each interviewed 4 times in the investigation, right? The 4th time for McNally was a 7 hour interrogation with 4 Wells lawyers hurling accusations at him trying to get him to break. You know that right? You know they answered all questions and Wells get nothing out of it right? How much of their testimony made it into the Wells Report? Almost nothing. Wells could have put their side of the story in there but for some reason decided not to. Gee, I wonder why? Especially since it is obvious from what is currently in the Wells Report that they were very desperate to find anything to put in there. The fact that almost nothing of all those hours of testimony is in the report speaks volumes.

  170. “JM was only interviewed once by Wells. When a follow-up interview was requested, the Pats lawyers would not make him available to Wells. Even when Wells said any day … any time …. any where.
    The Wells report also addresses investigating league personnel in this matter.
    Do you folks read any of the reports or testimony ???? It seems like Pats fans make it up as they go along.”

    Wrong. JM was interviewed 4 times, once by Wells. Before Wells interviewed him they had an agreement with the Pats that there would be no 5th interview unless new evidence came up. The 4th interview was a 7 hour interrogation with 4 Wells attorneys. When the 5th interview was requested it was determined that Wells had no new information that they didnt previously have so the Pats declined to have JM spend another day away from his real job. JM is only a part time employee on home game days only. The Pats did offer alternative means of interview like a phone interview but Wells never followed up on it. Do you read any of the reports or testimony ???? It seems like haters make it up as they go along.

  171. “Nice try but actually no. Explain the one ball for the Pats that was 2 psi below range that was measured at halftime. The IGL can not account for that.”

    – Walt said he used the logo gauge, no footballs were near 2 psi under. Nice try.

  172. metlifeteardown:The “Deflator” took the balls to the bathroom.

    — You do realize that Wells went back at least a year on 5 patriots cell phones (including belichicks) and out of the thousands and thousands and thousands of texts and emails the term “deflator” was only used once. 8 months before the AFCCG game, in the middle of a 7 month offseason period when JM was not involved with the team he referred to himself as “the deflator” in a text while in a weight room with no context around that involving the Patriots or footballs. That’s it. It was never used otherwise. That’s pretty slim pickens to say that means he’s deflating footballs

    metlifeteardown: “Watermelons coming”.

    ——- You do realize that when they talked of watermelons and rugby balls they were talking about “inflating” (i.e. begins with “in” meaning to add air) footballs to piss Brady off because they got yelled at. You do get that right? Please google the phrase “define inflate”. “inflating” is in fact the opposite of “deflating”, just so you know. They were obviously just ranting which it is clear they did that (ranting) all the time.

    metlifeteardown: “Put your cell through the wood chipper.”

    ——- You do realize that at that point Wells had already told Brady he didnt want the phone:
    And I want to be crystal clear. I told Mr. Brady and his agents, I was willing not to take possession of the phone. I said, “I don’t want to see any private information.” I said, “Keep the phone. You and the agent, Mr. Yee, you can look at the phone. You give me documents that are responsive to this investigation and I will take your word that you have given me what’s responsive.”
    -Ted Wells, 5/12/15

    metlifeteardown:”Why did you arbitrarily pick 12.5 if you didn’t know?”

    —- What does this even mean? It is undeniably clear from the Wells report that prior to the Jets game a few weeks before the AFCCG, Brady and the equipment guys had no idea what the legal range for the footballs was and they set the balls set to 12.7 or so for no other reason than that’s what the guy before Jastremski set them to. Gee, that sounds like a group of people who are trying to get the balls as low as possible doesnt it? My inclination, and what do I know, would be that if they were trying to get the balls as low as possible they would know what the lowest level was that they could start with in case they didnt get a chance to deflate them but again, that’s just me. In fact if what is true by many sources that the refs often dont really check the balls anyway then they could go the Aaron Rogers route and set them outside the range to start with in hope that they get through the inspection but again, that is me and what do I know?

    metlifeteardown:”Who cares what Mort said.”

    —- Well of course that fact that what he said was blatantly wrong and it started a media storm for months based on lies that set the public’s opinion which was intentionally not corrected by the NFL for months so it would do just that I guess is inconsequential?

    metlifeteardown:” Yes. The league wants to bury the Pats. That’s why the NFL Network runs fluff pieces in “football life” on Brady and Bellichek. Lets make a “Brady rule” for below knee hits on QB. I hope Bill figured out how to set the clock in his SUV after tailgating with his family. Fluff.

    —- Maybe you can explain away how the NFL showed extreme prejudice to the Pats from the get go starting with Mike Kensil in the 2nd half of the AFCCG on the Patriots sideline taunting the Pats equipment manager with the F word, then the NFL leaking blatantly false information of 11 of 12 footballs being 2 psi under and blatantly false info of all the Colts balls being within range (only 4 were measured and 3 were out of range by 1 gauge) and then the deceitful information that McNally had handed the ref a non-official kicking ball during the AFCCG (when in fact is was an NFL “official” who was stealing balls to sell that handed the ball to McNally) and then the NFLs Dave Gardi sent an official letter to the Pats stating one ball was 10.1 psi (none were close to that) and repeated the lie that all the Colts footballs were in range and then the refusal by the NFL to correct the false information in the media despite repeated requests by the Patriots (the emails have been released). Not to mention the shoddy Wells Report that has been ripped to shreds by many intelligent and qualified people and Roger and others getting caught having blatantly lied when the judge unexpectedly published the arbitration hearings. Until you can explain away that extreme prejudice, every word, sentence, or conclusion from the NFL has to be taken with a pound of salt. It is clear the NFL assumed or just wanted to prove guilt from the beginning.

    metlifeteardown:”Back to reality.”

    — Yes, the Patriots will continue to give your sorry arse team beatdowns and you will continue to hate them for it.

  173. metlifeteardown says:
    Aug 28, 2015 8:59 AM
    …. Lets make a “Brady rule” for below knee hits on QB. …

    Reality to metlifeteardown:
    You know that’s actually the “Carson Palmer rule”, right? Google it.

  174. Mort is a liar and a fraud. Methinks he doth protest too much. He has lost all credibility, and do has the rest of that pathetic ESPN site. I refuse to visit it any longer. I cannot support such incompetent liars and hacks.

  175. Chris Mortensen is a liar.

    ______________

    He may be a liar. But my first impression of him is that he is simply not a smart person. Have you heard the guy speak? Not smart.

    Actually, he may be BOTH.

    A liar AND a dummy.

  176. The NFL has managed to stretch Deflategate – of all things – for 7 months. That’s impressive.

  177. Has anyone noticed how much Mort has aged in the past 6-7 months?
    He looks as if he added 10 years to his looks. Must be tough to keep all these lies inside and not be able to just tell the truth. What a shame, I use to think of Mort as an honest reporter but now I have no respect for him at all. He would sell out his mother for a story. He has hurt his own reputation as well as Brady’s because of a Lie.

    What a disgrace…. Mort the lier!

  178. Spin all you want. There are just a few too many things to just throw them out as coincidence. This hurts the NFL. Please tell me how this helps any other team? What? People are gonna buy more Jets jerseys because Tom got caught colluding to take a little extra out of a ball. Why did Kraft cave? A 1 and a 3 aint cheap. Its worse than an aging dink and dunker missing 4 games. Sean Payton sat a year as “ignorance was no excuse” yet, BB sits a sacred cow. Untouchable in the incident. It was a small crime but the cover up is what pissed the NFL off. Brady’s interviews the day after contradicted many of his previous statements.He’s all over the place on what he knows and didn’t know if you do a timeline check. He did not have the balls to stand up there and say “No way in hell I did this”. I believe there was a Divisional playoff game up in Foxboro where Sanchez of all people beat a flinching Brady in 2010 season. If thats the regular beatings your referring to. I think he got beat by Geno Smith his rookie campaign also. Those 2 point victories last year were also epic blowouts. OK butt fumble ya got me. Brady and Bill knew that if Ravens beat you last year and won SB they could easily claim team of millenium based on 2 SB, tougher division, multiple playoff wins in your house. Thats with the Lee Evans drop. They held that “ineligible receiver” card for the right time. Hand off Lynch, Tuck rule, Rams claims of walk thru knowledge, spygate, and on and on. Like I said, those fluff pieces on NFL network almost got me. Now all Brady does is have his lawyer speak for him. You’ll NEVER see him on the stand and you know it. If it ever gets that far. Perjury is no joke.

  179. No, the Carson Palmer Rule was made to protect quarterbacks from severe knee injury by outlawing direct hits on the knees of a quarterback in a throwing motion by defenders.

    When Tom Brady missed a season because of a direct hit on the knee by a defender, enforcing the Carson Palmer Rule became a point of emphasis by the NFL. Ignorant people then began calling the Carson Palmer rule the Tom Brady rule.

    You have a right to your own opinions, but you do not have a right to conjure your own facts.

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