So … Tom Brady and the New England Patriots most likely cheated after all.
This is according to a report that took an excruciatingly long time to complete, but it has yielded result are damning and totally contaminates the spirit of the Patriots championship run that ended up with another Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks in February.
The National Football League just released the results of Ted Wells’ investigation into Deflategate which says 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.”
The report also says, “We also have concluded that it is more probable than not that Tom Brady was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities of [the locker room attendants] involving the release of air from Patriots game balls.”
The report continues on with molten lava-level steam: when people began to get suspicious about the balls, the locker room guys began communicating with Brady by phone and text messages with “significantly increased frequency.”
And here’s another fact that stinks to high heaven: Investigators also say the men who deflated the footballs “received valuable items autographed by Tom Brady the week before the AFC Championship game.”
One saving grace in this NFL debacle? Patriots owner Robert Kraft and mad-genius head coach Bill Belichick were not aware of Deflategate.
Kraft issued a statement saying, “To say we are disappointed in its findings, which do not include any incontrovertible or hard evidence of deliberate deflation of footballs at the AFC Championship game, would be a gross understatement.”
Kraft added, “We will accept the findings of the report and take the appropriate actions based on those findings as well as any discipline levied by the league.”
Back in January, Brady adamantly denied having any involvement in Deflategate.
Take a look at that press conference back in January of Brady denying any knowledge of deflated footballs, then check out the funniest memes of Brady and DeflateGate: