In colorful text messages included in the report between Jim McNally, the attendant for the locker room used by officials at Gillette Stadium, and John Jastremski, an equipment assistant, McNally at one point refers to himself as “the deflator.”
The so-called “deflategate” report, prepared by staff at the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, found that it was “more probable than not” that McNally and Jastremski doctored the balls and that the quarterback Tom Brady was “at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities.”
In the messages between McNally and Jastremski, the pair grouse about Brady’s unhappiness with the balls’ inflation levels and discuss Jastremski’s plan to provide McNally with a needle to inflate or deflate balls, the report says. The report says McNally requested cash and sneakers to be provided along with the needle.
A statement from the Patriots’ chairman, Robert Kraft, defended the team and questioned the report’s conclusions.
“To say we are disappointed in its findings, which do not include any incontrovertible or hard evidence of deliberate deflation of footballs at the AFC Championship game, would be a gross understatement,” he said.
Attempts to reach McNally and Jastremski for comment have been unsuccessful.
On Oct. 17, 2014, after Brady had complained angrily, the men exchanged these texts, the report says.
Two older brothers of Christian Taylor, a Texas college football player who was killed by a rookie police officer during a burglary call at a car dealership, said they do not understand the shooting that took his life.
“He’s a kid, he’s a kid,” said Adrian Taylor. “Kids do dumb things sometimes. Nobody’s life should be taken. Not in that manner.”
Gay’s teammate, DeAngelo Williams — who made news when he announced that his organization, the DeAngelo Williams Foundation, would paid for mammograms for 53 women — also received a fine. The league dinged him $5,787 for wearing eye black that said: “We will find a cure” and a breast cancer ribbon.
Williams had asked the league if he could wear pink for the entire season to honor his mother, Sandra Hill, who died of breast cancer last year. The NFL declined his request and issued this statement: