On Wednesday, Ted Wells finally released his report on the investigation that was conducted into the events surrounding accusations against the New England Patriots suggesting they had knowledge of footballs being deflated before or during their AFC Championship win over the Indianapolis Colts. That report also suggests that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was, at the very least, aware of the intentional act of deflating the footballs.
Here is the crux of the Wells Report per Adam Schefter of ESPN.
“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.”
This is not looking good for Brady right now and Schefter is also reporting that the NFL is considering discipline for the patriots quarterback, per a source close to investigation.
NFL considering discipline for Tom Brady, locker attendant Jim McNally, equipment asst John Jastremski, per source close to investigation.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 6, 2015
The Patriots are scheduled to host the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Thursday night regular-season opener and it will be real interesting to see whether or not they’ll have Brady for that game.
If you want to read the full report, you can find it here.