A few months ago, we reported on the New England Patriots’ deflating ball scandal that rocked the NFL.
At the time, the Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady denied any knowledge of his team deflating balls. The NFL then launched an investigation, however, and their findings may land Brady in big trouble.
The NFL published a bombshell 243 page report on Wednesday that included text messages between a Patriots locker room assistant and an equipment assistant who discussed using needles to depressurize the balls. The two men, identified as Jim McNally and John Jastremski, talked about the effect of their on “Tom.”
According to Daily Mail, McNally, a Patriots employee for 32 years, called himself “the deflator.”
The NFL report concluded:
“Based on the evidence developed in connection with the investigation and summarized in this Report, we have concluded that it is more probable than not that New England Patriots personnel participated in violations of the NFL Playing Rules and were involved in a deliberate attempt to circumvent those rules.”
“In particular, we have concluded that it is more probable than not that Jim McNally (the Officials Locker Room attendant for the Patriots) and John Jastremski (an equipment assistant for the Patriots) participated in a deliberate effort to release air from Patriots game balls after the balls were examined by the referee.”
“Based on the evidence, it also is our view that it is more probable than not that Tom Brady (the quarterback for the Patriots) was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities of McNally and Jastremski involving the release of air from Patriots game balls.”
NFL officials found that Brady was “at least generally aware” of what was happening with the balls. Some of the texts, however, indicate that Brady knew exactly what was happening.
Tom Brady is a legendary football player who makes millions of dollars everywhere. It is unclear what impact this report will have on his career.
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