BOSTON (CBS) — The Wells report has been released, and it concludes that “it is more than probable” that quarterback Tom Brady was “at least generally aware” of some manipulation of the footballs carried out by two team employees.
That report has been enough for some folks to bury Brady’s credibility, but unsurprisingly, the quarterback’s father is not among them.READ MORE: Eastern Massachusetts Projected To Have Wind Gusts Around 50 MPH On Monday Night
“I don’t have any doubt about my son’s integrity — not one bit,” Tom Brady Sr. told USA Today.
The report does not conclude definitively that Brady requested the footballs to be deflated below the range allowed by the NFL, but it does note that Brady is at the very least aware of the condition of the footballs and was unhappy with overinflated balls in a Week 7 game.
It’s not a report that would hold up in a court of law, but in the court of public opinion, the quarterback is going to be seen as guilty.READ MORE: Judge Upholds Fishing Restrictions Meant To Protect Endangered Right Whales In Maine
“In this country, you’re innocent until proven guilty. It just seems Tommy is now guilty until proven innocent,” Brady Sr. told USA Today. “This thing is so convoluted. … They say that possibly — possibly — he was aware of this. The reality is if you can’t prove he did it, then he’s innocent, and lay off him. That’s the bottom line.”
He later added: “To impugn somebody without conclusive evidence saying this is more probable than not? The reality is they have scientific evidence. Now they’re overriding the scientific evidence and badgering the Patriots. It’s disgusting.”
Brady Sr. also noted that the report concluded that three of the Colts’ balls were also inflated below the NFL-approved range. He also suggested that the league had to “cover themselves” for mishandling the footballs and the situation that followed.MORE NEWS: Omicron COVID Variant Detected In Massachusetts Woman
“This was Framegate right from the beginning,” Brady Sr. said.