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Tom Brady’s agent blasts Deflategate report, says it has ‘tragic flaws’

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BOSTON — Flawed. Biased. Terribly disappointing.

That was the assessment Thursday of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s agent about a report released by the NFL on the “Deflategate” scandal — one that many say significantly taints the superstar’s image.

Specifically, the report — prepared by attorney Ted Wells — found that “it is more probable than not” that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was “at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities” of locker room attendant Jim McNally and equipment assistant John Jastremski, who has been with the team since 2001.

In a statement Thursday, Brady’s agent Don Yee characterizes the report as “a significant and terrible disappointment.”

He questions the Indianapolis Colts — who played the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game in which the underinflated footballs were tested — role in the scandal. The Patriots won that game 45-7 before going on to win the Super Bowl.

“What does it say about the league office’s protocols and ethics when it allows one team to tip it off to an issue prior to a championship game, and no league officials or game officials notified the Patriots of the same issue prior to the game?” Yee said. “This suggests it may be more probable than not that the league cooperated with the Colts in perpetrating a sting operation.”

Yee concludes, “This report contains significant and tragic flaws, and it is common knowledge in the legal industry that reports like this generally are written for the benefit of the purchaser.”

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2 comments

  • DB

    So they are caught in their shenanigans (again), and their defense is that someone watched to see if they were going to do it before hand?

    So if someone tells me my neighbor might be planning to key my car, and I watch out the window to see it happen, I’m the bad guy because I set up a ‘sting’ operation?

    Near as I can tell, the NFL didn’t put a secret operative in the locker room to record it, they didn’t have a league official pretend to be another new ballboy to take part in it, and they didn’t create the idea or the opportunity for the Patriots organization to skirt the rules. Seems like that was all on the Patriots. Therefore, no ‘sting,’ which would make Brady’s agent a liar.

    All of this is pointless discussion, however, since the Patriots, nor Brady, will be disciplined in any way that has any valuable impact on their future actions.

  • dg54321

    This is all a dog and pony show. Brady and the Patriots ownership knows there will be no meaningful action taken as the owner of the Patriots and Goodell are best buds. The Good Ol’ Boys club of the NFL is well and thoroughly intact, and they take care of each other.