The Wells Report was published Wednesday, outlining a document on the findings from the New England Patriots’ deflated footballs scandal stemming from the AFC Championship game.
The report notes locker room attendant Jim McNally and equipment assistant John Jastremski were more probable than not to have “participated in a deliberate plan to circumvent the rules by releasing air from Patriots game balls after the examination of the footballs by NFL game officials at the AFC Championship Game.”
More from the Wells Report:
“We believe that McNally and Jastremski were aware that the inflation level of the Patriots game balls following pre-game inspection by the game officials would be approximately 12.5 psi and planned for McNally to deflate the balls below that level following the pre-game inspection using a needle provided by Jastremski. Based on the evidence, we also have concluded that it is more probable than not that Tom Brady was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities of McNally and Jastremski involving the release of air from Patriots game balls.”
The report also notes there is no known wrongdoing by Patriots ownership or head coach Bill Belichick.
While the report notes Brady and two employees were believed to be aware of the inflation level, it also states there is no believed deliberate attempt to introduce a non-approved kicking ball.
“Based on the evidence, the investigation has concluded that 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,” the NFL report states. “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.”
The last time New England was caught cheating — in what was dubbed “SpyGate” — Belichick paid a $500,000 fine, the team paid a $250,000 fine and was docked a draft selection.
We’ll continue to update this story as more information becomes available.