To anyone with half a brain and an ability to think critically, the NFL’s entire handling of the so-called deflategate scandal has been a complete farce and bag-job.
Fortunately that has become clear to more and more people around the country, many of whom are in no way Patriots fans or supporters.
Here are some of the best articles from the last few days which expose Ted Wells, Roger Goodell and the NFL for their role in this disgraceful episode:
UPDATE – we can now add this to the list:
The Wells Report in Context – The Patriots official rebuttal. It’s long.
This is how the NFL let deflate-gate get out of control and ridiculous – Dan Wetzel brings the hammer on Roger Goodell. And Chris Mortensen. This is what Wetzel says about Mortensen false report that 11 of the 12 balls were “more than 2 pounds per square inch below the league minimum of 12.5.”
At that very moment, the NFL had to know the story wasn’t true. Yet it did nothing.
So the league either created a fake story that was extremely prejudicial to the Patriots by leaking inaccurate information or someone else did it and the league office let it run wild rather than correct it with the actual air pressure measurements. It’s tough to figure out which scenario is worse for Goodell.
Once it appeared the Patriots were up to something big then the public and media rightfully demanded a serious investigation into what wasn’t that serious of a story. Goodell didn’t steer this to the truth and away from the heated condemnation of a signature player and the validity of a Super Bowl participant (and soon champion).
He instead commissioned Wells’ report, lending credence to a false narrative. Abdicating his authority to Wells led to the build-up for the report, which allowed a pack of Manhattan lawyers to serve as the cops, judge and jury.
There is probably no report without that demonstrably false ESPN story. What would be the point?
He goes into why the NFL let this happen.
DeflateGate punishments are NFL’s weak attempts to right its own wrongs – Sally Jenkins has been critical of the Patriots plenty of times in the past. About this, she says:
DeflateGate would be more of a ‘Gate’ if the league had proven that the balls were in fact deflated. But it hasn’t. That’s what is so peculiar about this entire deal. The Ted Wells report commissioned by the league is perfectly clear on this point: No one is sure which of two gauges were used to check the pressurization of the balls. The gauges gave significantly different readings; one read much higher than the other and showed the balls were legally inflated. The referee in charge of checking the footballs, Walt Anderson, is pretty sure he used this gauge. Yet the NFL disregarded this critical point — and the testimony of their own official. Nevertheless the NFL decided the “preponderance of the evidence” showed Brady and the Patriots manipulated the game balls. That’s how eager they are to find wrongdoing.
She goes on to say that the punishment is an attempt to make up for the inept handling of the Ray Rice case.
The only thing worse than our system of public justice is … – David Post examines Ted Wells’ emphasis on “preponderance of the evidence” which is then completely ignored in the conclusions reached in the report. Post concludes:
[And Memo to NFL: you might want to think about not having your “investigators” decide your cases for you, eh? It smacks a little of Soviet-style justice. Especially when your investigators’ ability to get more multi-million dollar engagements in the future depends on pleasing the client (i.e., you). Not exactly a good design for reaching the right result, I would say.]
Soviet-style justice = Integrity, I guess.
The Physics of Deflategate – Chicago-based Data Scientist Drew Fustin completely destroys the science used by Exponent, whom he reminds you, produced a report that claimed that secondhand smoke does not cause cancer. In the Wells report, Walt Anderson claimed that to the best of his knowledge, he used the “logo” gauge in pregame measurements. The Wells Report dismisses that, and uses the data as if it were coming from the “non-logo” guage.
So, a scenario where the Logo Gauge was used by Walt Anderson pre-game, the Patriots halftime measurements were recorded at the beginning of halftime, and the Colts were measured at the end of halftime yields an average initial pressure of 12.56 psig for the Patriots balls and 13.01 psig for the Colts ball. Both are what Anderson measured pregame without tampering having to be invoked.
He has all the formulas and charts and results you could need.
The NFL Thinks You’re Stupid – Matt Chatham attacks the independent claim of the Wells Investigation.
This isn’t an investigation team searching for truth. These are trial lawyers hired to build a case just like they did against the players in the concussion case. In my view, not being forthright about exactly who the parties involved are to the fans and other players that will read both this statement and the Wells document itself is shameful – especially for a former player like Troy Vincent. This is the kind of shame a lifetime doesn’t wash off.
10 REASONS WHY AN APPEAL OVERTURNS TOM BRADY’S SUSPENSION – A look by Daniel J Flynn at the fatal flaws of the Wells Reports, which are sure to be exposed in a hearing with a truly independent judge.
After further review, a theory on how #DeflateGate initially unfolded – Mike Florio, of all people(!) with a surprisingly reasonable explanation of how things went down.