The following is the third in a serialization of my article 56 lies the NFL told during Deflategate. (Published on Medium.)
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For Lies 11–25 we refer you to The Background and Myths of “Deflategate” — Separating Fact from Fiction which lays out 15 mistruths contained within the Wells Report. They are:
(11) The NFL’s lawyers told Exponent to assume it took up to 9 minutes of halftime to complete the initial gauging of 11 Patriots’ footballs.
(12) The Colts’ footballs were gauged immediately after the Patriots’ footballs were gauged, and before the Patriots’ footballs were re-inflated and re-gauged.
(13) The Patriots’ footballs were not sufficiently wet to affect their PSI.
(14) The two gauges used at halftime were the Logo and Non-Logo gauges brought to the Game by Referee Walt Anderson.
(15) Referee Anderson used the Non-Logo gauge pre-game.
(16) The PSI measurements pre-game and at halftime were scientifically reliable enough to base definitive conclusions on them.
(17) The Jastremski/McNally texts are evidence of an ongoing, longstanding scheme to deflate footballs below regulation after the Referee’s pre-game inspection.
(18) The Jastremski/McNally texts did not contradict the existence of any deflation scheme.
(19) McNally secretly left the Official’s Locker Room and sneaked into a nearby bathroom.
(20) Tom Brady, despite never having so-stated, and despite all the contrary evidence, wanted to use footballs that were below regulation.
(21) Tom Brady’s statement that he did not think that anyone would tamper with the PSI of the footballs without his knowledge somehow proves that there was tampering and that he knew of it.
(22) Increased communications between Mr. Brady and Mr. Jastremski after the AFC Championship Game is proof that there was tampering and that Brady knew about it.
(23) Autographing a handful of items upon request, or including Mr. Jastremski on a list of over a dozen team staff members for holiday gifts, is evidence of Tom Brady’s guilt.
(24) Tom Brady’s decision not to retain his phone reflects his guilt.
(25) There was no action by any League officials that reflected any predisposition against the Patriots or warranted any criticism.
Please see the linked document above for the full stories on each of these lies.