Deflategate isn’t really over yet. The Wells Report is in, but punishments may still be coming from the NFL.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league “will consider what steps to take’’ in response to Ted Wells’s report on the Deflategate scandal. The Wells Report concluded that “it is more probable than not’’ that Patriots locker room personnel deflated footballs at the AFC Championship Game.
“I want to express my appreciation to Ted Wells and his colleagues for performing a thorough and independent investigation, the findings and conclusions of which are set forth in today’s comprehensive report,’’ Goodell stated.
“As with other recent matters involving violations of competitive rules, Troy Vincent and his team will consider what steps to take in light of the report, both with respect to possible disciplinary action and to any changes in protocols that are necessary to avoid future incidents of this type. At the same time, we will continue our efforts vigorously to protect the integrity of the game and promote fair play at all times.’’
NFL rules state that a minimum penalty for any team personnel found to be deflating footballs is $25,000.
Citing an unnamed source, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is among those potentially facing league discipline.
NFL considering discipline for Tom Brady, locker attendant Jim McNally, equipment asst John Jastremski, per source close to investigation.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 6, 2015
Timeline of Deflategate Scandal