And now, ladies and gentlemen, is the fight we've all come here to see. In the blue corner, weighing in at 243 pages, the Ted Wells DeflateGate Report! In the red corner, our challenger, a 19,000 word response, WellsReportContext.com. Let's get ready for a really, really, really long rumble!
A week after New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft told reporters that continuing any debate over the Ted Wells Report into the team's use of under-inflated footballs during the AFC Championship game would be a futile effort, the New England Patriots launched WellsReportContext.com on Wednesday. The site offers a nearly 20,000 word response to the Wells Report, breaking down what the Patriots say are inaccuracies and flaws in the report the NFL used to suspend quarterback Tom Brady four games, fine the team $1 million and strip it of a 2016 first-round draft pick and a 2017 fourth-round selection.
Apparently, resistence is not futile any more.
The opening paragraph of the response reads:
The conclusions of the Wells Report are, at best, incomplete, incorrect and lack context. The Report dismisses the scientific explanation for the natural loss of psi of the Patriots footballs by inexplicably rejecting the Referee’s recollection of what gauge he used in his pregame inspection. Texts acknowledged to be attempts at humor and exaggeration are nevertheless interpreted as a plot to improperly deflate footballs, even though none of them refer to any such plot. There is no evidence that Tom Brady preferred footballs that were lower than 12.5 psi and no evidence anyone even thought that he did. All the extensive evidence which contradicts how the texts are interpreted by the investigators is simply dismissed as "not plausible." Inconsistencies in logic and evidence are ignored.
From there, the counter lays out that the Ideal Gas Law would explain the loss of air pressure in the footballs the Patriots used in the game - directly contradicting the Wells Report - as well as add things like ball attendent Jim McNally's use of the nickname "The Deflator" was because he was trying to lose weight and that the sudden calls between Brady and McNally when the story first leaked after the AFC Championship game was to help him with the amout of media attention suddenly surrounding him, a fact the Patriots called "not only understandable, but commendable." They also state that the text messages Wells used to link a conspiracy together in the deflating of the balls was simply humorous texts being mis-interpreted.
If you want to read the whole thing, be aware...there's a lot of bold and ALL CAPS text in it. Just to make sure you understand how impassioned they are in this response.