Tom Brady lied. That’s the “more probable than not” conclusion reached by super sleuth Ted Wells, whose comprehensive, legitimate and weighty report was released Wednesday. This is the key segment. This is the part that will lead to a re-examination of a great player’s legacy:
“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. 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.”
Flash back to when the accusations first surfaced and Brady swore he did nothing wrong. “I didn’t alter the ball in any way,” Brady said at a press conference. “I have no knowledge of wrongdoing.” Brady looked uncomfortable. It was the most uncomfortable I’ve ever seen him in front of a camera. Now we know why. Because he was lying.
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