Tom Brady's Agent Releases Statement on Ted Wells' Deflategate Report

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMay 7, 2015

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One day after New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was named in Ted Wells' Deflategate report (Warning: Link contains NSFW language) as someone who was "generally aware" of potential wrongdoing, the future Hall of Fame signal-caller's agent spoke out.    

According to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports 1, agent Don Yee released a lengthy statement Thursday that admonished both Wells and the NFL for their handling of the investigation: "The Wells report, with all due respect, is a significant and terrible disappointment. Its omission of key facts and lines of inquiry suggest the investigators reached a conclusion first, and then determined so-called facts later."

Yee also accused the league of baiting the Patriots into possible rules violations during the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts rather than notifying them ahead of time:

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? This suggests it may be more probable than not that the league cooperated with the Colts in perpetrating a sting operation. The Wells report buries this issue in a footnote on page 46 without any further elaboration.

In addition to that, Brady's agent claims that those in charge of the investigation understood little about football, which is why he believes his client's testimony should be made public:

I was physically present for my client's interview. I have verbatim notes of the interview. Tom made himself available for nearly an entire day and patiently answered every question. It was clear to me the investigators had limited understanding of professional football. For reasons unknown, the Wells report omitted nearly all of Tom's testimony, most of which was critical because it would have provided this report with the context that it lacks.

Although Yee didn't proclaim Brady's innocence or guilt, it is clear he feels as though his client and the Patriots were given a raw deal in relation to Wells' report. 

Later in the evening, Yee went on CNN and was asked by Anderson Cooper a direct question about the deflated footballs, per Doug Kyed of NESN.com:

Doug Kyed @DougKyed

Tom Brady's agent was asked by Anderson Cooper if Brady had any knowledge the footballs were deflated. Don Yee: "No." http://t.co/GsQKhCWNiJ

Brady was interviewed by sportscaster Jim Gray during a previously scheduled event at Salem State University on Thursday night. When asked about the Wells report, he didn't have much to say, via ProFootballTalk.com:

ProFootballTalk @ProFootballTalk

Tom Brady: "I don't really have any reaction. . . . It's only been 30 hours and I haven't had time to fully digest it."

ProFootballTalk @ProFootballTalk

Tom Brady says he'll provide his reaction to the Wells report "hopefully soon."

The NFL has yet to make a decision or an official announcement regarding a potential punishment for Brady or the Pats organization, but there is no doubt that the four-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback is firmly in the crosshairs.

A fine or a suspension could be in the cards, but Yee is far from convinced that there is enough evidence to warrant either one.

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