Entries in Underinflated Footballs (2)


Patriots Answer to Wells Report, Says Conclusions are 'Incomplete'

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- After attorney Ted Wells defended his report that led to the NFL's punishment of the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady, the team fired back, creating a website to challenge some of the findings discovered by Wells.

The Patriots' rebuttal is nearly 20,000 words written by attorney Daniel L. Goldberg, who represents the team and was present at all interviews of team personnel conducted at Gillette Stadium.

In creating the website, Goldberg wrote, "Our intention is to provide additional context for balance and consideration."

The website said conclusions in the Wells report were "incomplete, incorrect and lack context."

"There is no evidence that Tom Brady preferred footballs that were lower than 12.5 [pounds per square inch] and no evidence anyone even thought that he did," it said.

It also stated that the Wells report dismissed "scientific explanations for the natural loss of psi" in the footballs by rejecting referee Walt Anderson's memory of which air gauge he used to measure them. The Patriots included a "scientific conclusion" by Nobel Prize winner Roderick MacKinnon that contested the report's findings.

The NFL Players Association officially appealed Brady's suspension Thursday afternoon. The appeal will be heard by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

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During Speaking Engagement, Brady Asked About Wells Report

Rob Carr/Getty Images(SALEM, Mass.) -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was asked about his thoughts on the newly released Wells Report during a speaking engagement at Salem State University Thursday night.

"I don't really have any reaction," Brady said to moderator Jim Gray. "Our owner commented on it yesterday. It's only been 30 hours, so I haven't had much time to digest it fully, but when I do, I'll let you know. I'll be sure to let you know how I feel about it, and everybody else."

Brady was also asked about whether the report taints the Patriots Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks to which he replied, to applause, "absolutely not." As for if he's bothered by the investigation of underinflated footballs, Brady answered, "I've dealt with a lot of things in the past, and I dealt with this three months ago before the Super Bowl. I've dealt with a lot of adversity over the course of my career, my life. I'm very fortunate to have so many people that love me and support me."

He continued, "Life is so much about the ups and downs and certainly I accept my role and responsibility as a public figure, and I think a lot it -- you take the good with the bad. Dealing with the different adversities in life, you just try to do the best you can do. I was raised by a great mom and dad, and I have a lot of great teammates that support me, so we'll get through it."

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