The Ted Wells Investigation finally reached its conclusion today and it’s so laughable that I can’t believe they actually released it. The Wells Report, which finally has been released after four months, basically guessed at everything. They believe the Pats probably deflated the footballs on purpose and that Tom Brady was probably aware of it. Basically, they would rather guess at this then to say they didn’t find any hard evidence against New England and end up with egg on their face.
The NFL reached new heights of incompetence during the 2014 season with their laughable punishment of Ray Rice until a video was released to the public showed Rice knocking his fiance out. They claim to have never seen it. Their refs were also incompetent for most of the season, but some of it can be contributed to the NFL rules, some of which are ridiculous. The Dez Bryant non-catch comes to mind. This report just solidifies the NFL as a joke.
Here’s the full statement by Ted Wells, the league-appointed attorney, who investigated if the Patriots deflated footballs during the AFC Championship Game against the Colts.
“For the reasons described in this Report, and after a comprehensive investigation, we have concluded that, in connection with the AFC Championship Game, it is more probable than not that New England Patriots personnel participated in violations of the Playing Rules and were involved in a deliberate effort to circumvent the rules,” the report said. “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.
“Based on the evidence, the investigation has further concluded that there was no deliberate attempt by the Patriots to introduce to the playing field a non-approved kicking ball during the AFC Championship Game. Although Patriots personnel provided a kicking ball to game officials that did not have the distinctive inspection mark of the referee, we find that the Patriots personnel involved believed the ball to be authentic and appropriate. We do not believe that there was any attempt by Patriots personnel, including Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski, to deliberately circumvent the rules by offering the kicking ball for play.”
A source told Adam Schefter that the league is considering discipline actions for Brady, McNally and Jastremski. They won’t make a decision on that until “days” later, according to Schefter.
The 243-page Wells report states they found no evidence that Belichick and his coaching staff were involved.
The findings, if you can call them that, will now be turned over to Troy Vincent, NFL executive vice president of football operations.
“As with other recent matters involving violations of competitive rules, Troy Vincent and his team will consider what steps to take in light of the report, both with respect to possible disciplinary action and to any changes in protocols that are necessary to avoid future incidents of this type,” commissioner Roger Goodell said. “At the same time, we will continue our efforts vigorously to protect the integrity of the game and promote fair play at all times.”
If you want to read the full report, just click HERE.
The Patriots defeated the Colts, 45-7, on January 18, 2015.
The Pats were leading the Colts at halftime, 17-7, before exploding for 28 second half points, with the regular and league approved footballs.
Tom Brady had a much better second half with the proper inflated footballs.
Robert Kraft, the Patriots owner, released a statement following the Wells Report, and he isn’t happy.
I’ll post it in my next post.