It’s been months since the New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl. During the time period before and after the championship game, the Patriots were at the center of a controversy involving the deflation of footballs used during games. In the AFC championship game, sources close to the Indianapolis Colts believed that the Patriots purposely deflated the balls during the game. The score of the game was 45-7, in the Patriots’ favor, and spectators were surprised at how weak Andrew Luck’s, the Colt’s quarterback, passing was during the game, so when this controversy came about it was clear that Colts were going to ride with it.
When hearing about the controversy, the Patriots as a team denied any allegations of wrongdoing and said they won the game fair and square. They did not speak about the issue much because they had to prepare for their championship game against Seahawks in the Super Bowl, the issue eventually dissipated until yesterday.
In a report released on May 6th, the report showed that the Patriots Quarterback, Tom Brady, admitted that he was “at least generally aware" of the scheme while speaking to the NFL. The NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement about the ball deflating issue, stating that the league is considering disciplinary action if necessary. He further added, “At the same time, we will continue our efforts vigorously to protect the integrity of the game.”
When the controversy first came about, the NFL hired attorney, Ted Wells, to investigate the allegations behind the scandal. The scandal is now dubbed Deflategate.
In the report released yesterday, Ted Wells shared his findings and answered the key question of the investigation; did the Patriots purposely deflate the balls for an unfair advantage? The report stated, “We have concluded that, in connection with the AFC Championship Game, it is more probable than not that New England Patriots personnel participated in violations of the playing rules and were involved in a deliberate effort to circumvent the rules.”
In response to the report, Patriots CEO Robert Kraft stated that he isn’t in agreement with the findings of the report but has no intentions of challenging the NFL.
Mr. Kraft adds further, “While I respect the independent process of the investigation, the time, effort and resources expended to reach this conclusion are incomprehensible to me. Knowing that there is no real recourse available, fighting the league and extending this debate would prove to be futile.”