Patriots Personnel Likely Deflated Footballs and Tom Brady Knew About It

An extensive investigation into whether the New England Patriots intentionally let air out of the footballs during the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts has revealed that not only did personnel likely break the rules, but their Super Bowl-winning quarterback knew about it. The 243-page report, authored by lead investigator Ted Wells, cites text messages between equipment staffers Jim McNally and John Jastremski and increased communication between Brady and Jastermeski after reports began swirling that the Patriots broke the rules as damning evidence. Tom Brady has stated publicly that he knew nothing about the inflated balls. In the report, Wells writes that Brady refused to turn over emails and text messages that were "pertinent to the subject of our investigation." Patriots owner Robert Kraft released a lengthy statement regarding the findings, calling the report "incomprehensible."



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