Who has forgotten the infamous deflate gate scandal that arose back in January, so named when it was discovered that the game balls used by the New England Patriots during the first half of the AFC Championship game with the Indianapolis Colts were under-inflated, raising the possibility that they were purposely deflated in order to please quarterback Tom Brady’s known preference for a softer football. (See previous blog, Deflate Gate Part I.) Patriots coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady gave press conferences denying any knowledge of tampering, and flatly denied any wrongdoing. At that time, the NFL promised a full investigation into the matter, because as Brady stated, it was not merely the air inside a football at issue, but “the integrity of the game.”
Four months later, a 243-page report has been released by attorney Ted Wells. The Wells report contains an exhaustive investigation, comprehensive legal analysis, and a scientific study concluding that: (1) the balls were deliberately deflated (as opposed to simply losing pressure on their own, the theory put forward by Coach Belichick): (2) it is more probable than not two members of the Patriots organization participated in a deliberate plan to circumvent the rules by releasing air from the Patriots’ game balls; and (3) Brady was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities.