BOSTON (CBS) — While most of the world tries to digest Ted Wells’ report on DeflateGate, the NFL is already on to the next step of considering whom to discipline and how.
And according to the NFL’s most plugged-in reporter, Adam Schefter, Tom Brady is on that potential list.
“NFL considering discipline for Tom Brady, locker attendant Jim McNally, equipment asst John Jastremski,” Schefter reported via Twitter, citing a source “close to the investigation.”
Wells’ report concluded, among other things, that “it is more probable than not” that McNally and Jastremski “participated in a deliberate effort to release air from Patriots game balls after the balls were examined by the referee.” Also, “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.”
Furthermore, the report states that while Brady was cooperative in the interview process, he would not release any documents or electronic information (including text messages and emails) for the investigation. He also denied knowing McNally and his game-day responsibilities, which contradicts what Jastremski told investigators.
The investigation looked into whether the Patriots intentionally deflated footballs for the AFC Championship Game against the Colts, a game which the Patriots won 45-7. Brady and the Patriots went on to win the Super Bowl two weeks later, with Brady being named MVP.