The Deflategate report released Wednesday includes text messages between Patriots staffers who handled the balls Tom Brady threw during the AFC Championship game.
The league investigation found that the texts between Patriots equipment managers Jim McNally and John Jastremski suggested Brady knew they were deflating balls.
Here are the texts. Judge for yourself:
McNally: Tom sucks…im going make that next ball a fuckin balloon
Jastremski: Talked to him last night. He actually brought you up and said you must have a lot of stress trying to get them done…
Jastremski: I told him it was. He was right though…
Jastremski: I checked some of the balls this morn… The refs fucked us…a few of then were at almost 16
Here’s the investigators’ interpretation of the texts:
…we believe that the most plausible reading of this exchange, based on context and the evidence, is that Brady “brought up’’ McNally, told Jastremski that McNally “must have a lot of stress trying’’ to get the footballs “done’’ and that Jastremski told Brady that it was stressful for McNally. Jastremski‟s text message thus attributes to Brady knowledge of McNally‟s efforts to get the footballs “done’’ and the stress involved.
Timeline of Deflategate Controversy