Deflategate Investigation: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

Mike ChiariFeatured Columnist

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More than three months since the New England Patriots' Deflategate scandal surfaced following their AFC Championship Game win over the Indianapolis Colts, the investigation is now complete.

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Investigation Complete, Report Released

Wednesday, May 6

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, "Wells report says it is 'more probably than not' that the locker room attendant, equipment assistant & Tom Brady was aware of releasing air." The full report can be found here (Warning: content contains NSFW language).

Previously, on May 4, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell spoke about the process, saying that the investigation was complete, but that Ted Wells had to write his report and it could be "well over 100 pages," via Ben Volin of The Boston Globe.

It was a lengthy process, but Colts owner Jim Irsay told reporters Friday that he wasn't particularly surprised by the delay (via Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk):

He's a very thorough investigator, and he's gonna do what he thinks, sort of in his vacuum, so to speak. He's not concerned about when he gets the results, how long it takes. He wants to be thorough. So I know he operates that way. So it's not a shock, but I think everyone has wondered exactly when he'll come through and let us know what he's learned.

The investigation surrounds the infamous AFC Championship Game from last season, when the NFL revealed that 11 of the 12 footballs the Patriots provided for the game were underinflated. Wells' investigation was intended to ascertain whether the footballs were intentionally deflated, and if so, who was responsible.

Wells' findings won't change the fact that the Colts lost handily, or that the Patriots went on to win the Super Bowl, but they shed some light on what really happened.


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