Patriots Respond To Wells Accusations
For the first time since the NFL handed down discipline to the New England Patriots and Tom Brady, they have responded to specific claims in the Wells Report.The Pats have launched a new website to refute some of the findings in the report that they claim are inaccurate. In the opening paragraph they contend the investigation is flawed in several areas and respond to those items one by one on the site.
Below are the opening remarks and a link to the full release issued by the team.
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.