After all this time, the Wells Report on the underinflated footballs in the AFC Championship game was finally released.
The league allowed Robert Kraft and the Patriots the courtesy of a preemptive statement on the report, the contents of which did not please Mr Kraft, or anyone who is a fan of the Patriots.
The basic conclusion of the report is that Jim McNally (the Officials Locker Room attendant for the Patriots) and John Jastremski (an equipment assistant for the Patriots) were responsible for the PSI levels of the footballs, and that it is “more probable than not” (51-49?) that Brady was aware of what they were doing. But they have no evidence of anything. Lots of text messages, which will provide endless fodder, but no evidence.
Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft, the rest of the coaches, and the Head Equipment manager were cleared of any wrongdoing.
Punishment for Brady (and others) could be forthcoming from the league offices.
I’m sure there will be more dissection and discussion about this report than we can possibly handle forthcoming in the next few days and weeks. Buckle in.