Patriots bash NFL, tear apart Wells Report with 15 'myths' of Deflategate
The Patriots aren't done fighting Deflategate.
Over the past two weeks, New England has quietly been updating its Deflategate website in an effort to debunk everything in the Wells Report and make the NFL look bad for paying $2.5 million to have it done.
In late February, the Patriots added several stories to their website that made the argument that the team should get its draft picks back from the NFL. The Patriots were docked a 2016 first-round pick and a 2017 fourth-round pick as part of the Deflategate punishment.
This time around, the Patriots have amped up their attack on the Wells Report by publishing 15 "myths" of Deflategate. Not five myths, not 10 myths, fifteen!
We won't tackle every single one of the myths here -- you can read them all by going to WellsReportContext.com -- but we will look at a few key ones.
First, let's start with Brady's cell phone, which has become a key piece of evidence in the NFL's appeal case. At least one judge in the case said that it made "no sense" that Brady destroyed the phone.
The Patriots argue that it doesn't matter that Brady destroyed his cell phone because the NFL didn't need it.
From the Patriots' Deflategate website:
"Before the interview of Mr. Brady, his lawyers were specifically advised, in an email from the NFL's lawyers, that Mr. Brady did not need to turn over his personal phone."
The website also noted that during his appeal to Roger Goodell in June 2015, Brady provided "the league with far more information about his texts than had been provided during the Wells investigation."
Another myth covered by the website is the one surrounding Jim McNally, who allegedly "sneaked" into a bathroom with a bag of footballs during the AFC title game. The Patriots argue that McNally didn't "sneak" anywhere and that everyone knew of his whereabouts at all times.
"Mr. McNally's departure with the football bags from the officials' locker room and his trip to the field with those bags was anything but secretive or surreptitious. The facts recounted in the Wells Report actually show his movements were open and obvious, in plain sight of countless league officials."
The website also points out that McNally, who referred to himself as the Deflator in a text, never refers in any way to "a scheme to deflate footballs."
"The NFL's lawyers concluded that the text messages evidenced such a scheme. The NFL's lawyers had access to thousands of texts, starting well before the 2014 NFL season and continuing past the AFC Championship Game. Despite it being clear from the texts that neither Mr. Jastremski nor Mr. McNally thought their texts would ever be seen by others, not a single text directs or recounts a scheme to deflate footballs after the referee's pregame inspection."
The Patriots also point out that Brady giving autographed items to McNally and John Jastremski wasn't suspicious at all because Brady gave gifts to "over a dozen team staff members."
"[Brady's] routinely asked for, and provides, autographs, especially when the request is from someone in or around the team's locker room," the website states.
Again, you can read all 15 myths by clicking here.
The myths were a monster addition to the Patriots' Deflategate website and prove that the team isn't done arguing its case. It's been over 10 months since the Wells Report was released, and it doesn't look like the Patriots are going to rest until they've proved their innocence.
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