Tom Brady ‘hasn’t read’ the Wells Report: ‘I don’t really have any reaction’

Is it wrong to find all of the Tom Brady hand-wringing to be actually pretty funny? People are losing their damn minds. About BALLS. As we discussed yesterday, Tom Brady likely knew all about the underinflated balls, so says the NFL’s independent investigator. A big part of the proof of Brady’s knowledge comes from the detailed records of Brady texting and calling the equipment people right as Deflategate became a thing, although Brady apparently “refused” to turn over his own emails and phone records to the independent investigator. It looks and smells like an attempted cover-up, like Brady and the equipment dudes were getting their stories straight and Tom specifically was working out what lies to tell during his crazy press conference in January. In any case, Tom has responded to the investigation’s report. By that I mean his agent gave a long-winded and full-throated defense of the Golden Boy. Here is the statement:

“The Wells report, with all due respect, is a significant and terrible disappointment. It’s omission of key facts and lines of inquiry suggest the investigators reached a conclusion first, and then determined so-called facts later. One fact alone taints this entire report. What does it say about the league office’s protocols and ethics when it allows one team to tip it off to an issue prior to a championship game, and no league officials or game officials notified the Patriots of the same issue prior to the game? This suggests it may be more probable than not that the league cooperated with the Colts in perpetrating a sting operation. The Wells report buries this issue in a footnote on page 46 without any further elaboration.

The league is a significant client of the investigators’ law firm; it appears to be a rich source of billings and media exposure based on content in the law firm’s website. This was not an independent investigation and the contents of the report bear that out – all one has to do is read closely and critically, as opposed to simply reading headlines. The investigators’ assumptions and inferences are easily debunked or subject to multiple interpretations. Much of the report’s vulnerabilities are buried in the footnotes, which is a common legal writing tactic.

It is a sad day for the league as it has abdicated the resolution of football-specific issues to people who don’t understand the context or culture of the sport. I was physically present for my client’s interview. I have verbatim notes of the interview. Tom made himself available for nearly an entire day and patiently answered every question. It was clear to me the investigators had limited understanding of professional football. For reasons unknown, the Wells report omitted nearly all of Tom’s testimony, most of which was critical because it would have provided this report with the context that it lacks. Mr. Wells promised back in January to share the results of this investigation publicly, so why not follow through and make public all of the information gathered and let the public draw its own conclusions? This report contains significant and tragic flaws, and it is common knowledge in the legal industry that reports like this generally are written for the benefit of the purchaser.

[From E! News]

Basically, everyone is out to get poor Tommy Brady and no one should trust anyone. And the independent investigator is not “independent” nor does he know anything about professional football. WAAAHHHH! Even E! News pointed out that this official reaction is little more than a non-denial denial, and even Brady’s agent can’t summon the strength to officially deny Tom Brady’s knowledge of said underinflated BALLS. It also looks like Deflate-gate really earned its –gate suffix because this whole thing does have a whiff of Watergate to it – the bungled attempt to get a slight advantage, leading to epic lies and cover-ups.

Oh, and after I wrote all of this up, Tom Brady appeared at Salem State University for a previously scheduled Q&A session last night. He was asked about the Wells Report at the very beginning and he didn’t say much. I watched the moment live and I was very unimpressed. He’s such a terrible liar and instead of just saying, “My lawyer said I shouldn’t say anything” or a flat “no comment,” Brady tried to say that he hadn’t “read” the Wells Report yet so he wouldn’t comment until he did. He said: “I don’t really have any reaction, Jim. Our owner commented on it yesterday, and it’s only been 30 hours so I haven’t had much time to digest it fully. But when I do, I’ll be sure to let you know how I feel about it. And everybody else.” Brady said that the report had “absolutely not” tainted the SuperBowl win “because we earned and achieved everything that we got this year as a team, and I’m very proud of that. And our fans should be, too.”

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  1. Snazzy says:


    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:


    • Hudson Girl says:

      Reminder that the Report uses qualifying language like, “Likely…” rather than, “definitely.”
      It’s funny to me that other Wells accusations like Atlanta piping in stadium noise are just a footnote in the report. The press only cares about the dramatic arc of burning Golden Boy Brady.
      I believe the penalty for deflated balls is $25,000 per. Relatively, this is absolute peanuts in a billion dollar industry. (ie. In Baseball this is about the fine for cussing out an Ump. Chump change.)
      If I was Brady I would blow off this much ado about nothing, too.

      As a fan of sports, I no longer get too upset about anything. Years ago, I was still depressed after a season ending loss, I look online and see pics of my favorite laughing on a beach with his gorgeous girlfriend/wife enjoying the millions he gets either way- win or lose, while I was sitting there bummed. I felt like a jack@ss and I’ve never taken it too seriously since that day.

      • Snazzy says:

        I actually don’t care. I just wanted to use the word BALLS.

        But you’re right about the sports … enjoy it but don’t take it so seriously

      • Sarah says:

        “More likely than not” is the standard of proof for this kind of allegation for the NFL. The standard of proof is like that of a civil trial – a “preponderance of the evidence.” Nothing wrong with that standard. Tommy Boy had a horrendous press conference where everybody and their mother knew he was lying – and badly. Then, he refused to cooperate with the investigation. Then, the Pats refused to let one of the patsies…I mean equipment guys….be interviewed a second time. Its not as if this was a criminal offense. There is no 5th amendment right to self-incrimination here. It is just a desperate attempt to cover up a really stupid thing. As with Watergate where Nixon didn’t need at all the advantage he sought to gain, Tom didn’t need an advantage over the Colts. But like Nixon, hubris set in and he had to go for it.

        But forget Tom – I’ve been waiting for Giselle to unload on Twitter. That’s going to be the real show!

      • Misssy says:

        “But forget Tom – I’ve been waiting for Giselle to unload on Twitter. That’s going to be the real show!” What? Why do you want to see it? It will not happen.

      • Veronica says:

        Hah, I once got into an argument with my brother about whether it was ridiculous for our quarterback’s reaction to a major loss being tears. He thought it was completely fine for somebody to be upset over something that was a “passion.” I thought it was ridiculous for a grown adult to cry over a GAME of all things, especially one with fat loads of cash to wipe away those tears.

  2. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I hate football, but I do think men look sexy with those dark stripes on their faces.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      Some of them should be required to wear them at all times. Like make-up. It accentuates good cheekbones and nice eyes.

    • Mispronounced Name Dropper says:

      Those dark stripes are supposed to reduce the glare of the floodlights during night games. The football players here in Australia stopped putting the stripes on about thirty years ago because they didn’t think they made any difference. Maybe Myth Busters should look into it.

    • Hudson Girl says:

      You are SO right about them looking sexy with those anti-glare stripes.
      I will now forever think of them as cheekbone hilights. 😂

    • Kitten says:

      They do. I feel the same way about a fireman’s uniform.

      Le Sigh.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Why am I suddenly hoping that Magic Mike features somebody dressed in a firefighter’s uniform with anti-glare stripes on his face?

      • Kitten says:

        YES! Taterho wants her tater in that get-up.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Don’t we all?

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Oh, firefighters…yes…

      • FLORC says:

        Have you guys seen that lifeline commercial where the old lady (wait for it) falls down. She speaks she needs help into her alert necklace.
        Anyways scene by scene it’s these hot young firefighters and paramedics to her aid. They’re all young an buff and hot. I didn’t believe it was a lifeline commercial.

  3. H says:

    What makes me mad about his denials, besides making him look stupid, is that Brady doesn’t need to cheat to win football games. He’s a great quarterback – it hurt saying that as a Ravens fan, but facts are facts – so why cheat? He’s making the NFL look bad, which isn’t saying much these days, but I guess like ARod or Lance Armstrong, Brady will deny, deny, deny until he can’t anymore.

    • goofpuff says:

      what makes me mad is that he is letting the equipment managers take the fall. what an asshole. there is no way someone with that much experience couldn’t tell a under inflated ball when handling it.

      • H says:

        ARod did the same with his scandal, blamed everyone but himself. Only argument I ever had with a friend, who is a Yankee fan, was about ARod. We wound up hanging up on each other as she refused to believe ARod was drugging. We’ve agreed never to talk baseball again. But I still know that rat bastard used performance enhancing drugs, so HA! 🙂

        It makes me feel bad to argue with Pats fans as I LOVE the Red Sox. My hatred of the Yankees is deep and long-standing. Usually I bond with Sox fans when they play in Baltimore about our mutual dislike of the Yankees, so this whole Brady thing feels weird because Boston fans are so cool. But facts are facts, Brady cheated. Can’t change it.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @H, this Boston fan loves going to Sox games in Baltimore. We always get a fantastic welcome and have a wonderful time. Thanks to you and all the nice baseball fans in Baltimore.

      • H says:

        @Lilacflowers, and us Orioles fans love the Red Sox Nation! Best time I ever had at a game in Camden Yards was when Birds played the Sox and in the FIRST inning, the Sox scored like 6 home runs in 15 minutes. I was waiting in line for beer, and game was already over! 🙂

        As the game drug on with the home team losing, the whole stadium started cheering, “Yankees suck, Yankees suck!” It was a beautiful bonding experience. We don’t treat the Yankees fans like that. They are rude and entitled and start fights; but Sox fans are always polite and awesome when they come to Baltimore, so we love you guys!

        If the Orioles aren’t in the play-offs, my second choice is always the Red Sox.

    • Kiddo says:

      Yeah, the deflection is what makes you look like a dick. If he didn’t know, you’d think he’d want to read the report if only to find that people in his organization aren’t on the up and up.

    • AntiSocialButterfly says:

      Because the Brady leaf does not fall far from the Belichik tree.

    • BlueNailsBetty says:

      Cowboys fan chiming in……I, too, can’t imagine why they would risk this kind of scandal since Tom is extraordinary on the field. I hate to put any athlete on a pedestal but if I did it would be Tom because he is that good. Maybe the deflation of the balls was suppose to help his receivers?

  4. Brin says:


  5. grabbyhands says:

    Translation: I didn’t read the report because I don’t have to- even if I was caught red handed telling people to deflate balls, no one is going to punish me and pretty soon this will be forgotten. Until then, I will spend a little time whining about witch hunts and being persecuted,

  6. Hautie says:

    They all cheat. Let’s be real about this little thing called the NFL. They all cheat. Too much money involve, for them not to cheat.

    Patriots just got caught. And be prepare for it to become an epidemic, if this fuss does not quite down.

    If the Patriots continue to get dragged all over the media about this… they will make sure that other NFL teams get caught too. They all know, they do it. It is just a matter of not ratting on each other.

    Being able to find a way to get an edge on their opponents. Being able to take a cheap shot. And if they win taking that cheap shot… well then EXCELLENT!

    And this issue with the slightly deflated balls. It is common cheat. It makes the ball easier to grasp in brutal cold weather.

    (so Tom does not need to read about it in some dumb report… thankyouverymuch….. LOL!)

    Actually, I am looking forward to next team that gets tossed under the bus. Because it is coming. And it will be spectacular glitter covered sh*t bomb.

    • H says:

      Prays it is the Steelers. I’d like to see that glittery bomb go off in black, white and gold.

    • Boston Green Eyes says:

      @Hautie – THIS!

      Look, I’m a Boston fan but the Pats are, believe it or not, #4 on my love list (#1-3 are the other teams and their rating changes depending on the season or just how invested I feel in them. Currently, the Celtics are #1). So, honestly, I really don’t care how this whole thing turns out seeing that I’m not that invested in the Pats. Anyway, what does get my dander up is everyone acting so indignant that the Pats – gasp! – cheated! Well, hons, if you really believe that other teams – or even YOUR favorite team – doesn’t cheat, well, I have some prime real estate in a marsh in FL I’d just love to sell you. There is a lot at stake for these multi-multi-million dollar franchise investments as well as the NFL as a whole, that competitive people will do anything for an advantage.

      And as for Tom Brady, well I like him. He is very, very loyal to his team, Robert Kraft and to the New England/Boston area in general. He took a pay cut and could have been paid millions more by the Pats (and millions and millions more by another NFL team) but he chose to stay in New England AND to take less money in order for the Pats to have salary cap room to get other players or to pay some current players more. He is a franchise player extraordinaire. Please tell me all the names of other players who have done the same.

      And he has chosen to live in Boston, even when he and Giselle had that dream castle built in Cali. Even I, the quintessential New Englander, would bolt to Cali in a New York minute after the traumatic winter we just had here. We in Boston/New England are a VERY loyal bunch and we will shower with love a player that shows not only athletic skills but also demonstrates a fierce loyalty to the team and fans as well.

      • Kitten says:

        Same. I will love Brady unconditionally and forever and I don’t GAF what others say about him.

      • FLORC says:

        I was a massive NE fan. Bruins, Pats, Celtics, Soxs and some minor leagues. Loved them all. Thenn the cheating came out or rather I came to an age where I understood it. I wouldn’t praise or support cheaters because of my upbringing in sports or my regional pride.
        They’re underserving and tarnish the game more than other cheaters because they cheated to the top. The had all the extra advantages and still decided to cheat. That’s no sport. It’s a monopoly and shouldn’t be rewarded.


      • jc126 says:

        Go Pats! I love TB.

      • doofus says:

        “everyone acting so indignant that the Pats – gasp! – cheated! Well, hons, if you really believe that other teams – or even YOUR favorite team – doesn’t cheat, well, I have some prime real estate in a marsh in FL I’d just love to sell you.”

        yeah, I keep reading this and I don’t see the relevance. while I will agree that there are likely other teams that stretch/bend/break the rules, this point is irrelevant to this issue. to add, it is pure speculation. it’s like saying “all men cheat”…no, not all. yes, a lot, but not even the majority. but again, IRRELEVANT to whether or not the Pats/Brady cheated, and irrelevant to them being punished. if a kid gets caught cheating on a test, the defense of “well whatever, everyone cheats” will NOT hold up. if your S.O. cheated on you and explained it away with “well, everyone cheats…”, would that stop you from being angry? or “indignant”? no, you’d likely still be pretty p*ssed off and the claim that “everyone does it” wouldn’t diffuse your desire to “punish” him/her in some way.

        if my QB and/or team gets caught cheating somehow, you better believe I’m not going to dismiss it by saying “well, they ALL do it!”…I’d be indignant if ANY team cheats. I want child/wife-abusers, murderers, dog fighters and cheaters OFF MY TEAM. I don’t even like it when one of the players on my team makes a questionable hit on an opposing player. keep it clean…

        so, yeah, TB is a great player, a good husband and father, and loyal…and that’s great. but loyal to a fault, apparently, that makes him a cheater.

    • RTMS says:

      Yep, I think that’s why he’s whinning instead of shutting up. He got caught doing something every QB does yet no one bothers them. Teams have gotten away with unwritten rules for years, starting with off field antics and now the on field antics are getting a close up. Atheletes will do anything to make them stronger, faster, better than the others.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      They play Green Bay in a preseason game on August 13. Aaron Rogers has admitted to over-inflating balls. Any interceptions should be handed over to the referees for immediate testing.

  7. NewWester says:

    Some of the jokes I have read on Facebook regarding the NFL and their “Balls” are too much! This will give stand up comedians material for months

    • FLORC says:

      Nothing compares to Brady’s original press conference talking about his balls and how his team mates know what he likes regarding his balls. Priceless!

  8. aquarius64 says:

    That press conference was really a pep rally. This mess is why the Pats earned the nickname the “Cheat-riots” in some quarters.

  9. anniefannie says:

    Brady is coming across as completely tone deaf. When at the rally claiming to have not read the report “it’s only been 30 hours” ( no ones buying that!) I give the commentator points because he revisited by saying “There’s an elephant in the room!” And Tom responds with “What elephant!” I understand deflection but this comes across as total arrogance. He was in front of his hometown fans so there’s responses were warmly received. I predict a different response nationally…

    • briargal says:

      Yeah, look at the response A-Rod gets in NY and then listen to the boos he gets in any other stadium. And he is a liar and a cheat. Wonder if Tommy will ever live this down? And poor Giselle?? My oh my!

    • FLORC says:

      He’ll claim whatever he wants infront of his fans because they won’t challenge him and he can get away with it. It’s blind loyalty and he’s banking on it.

  10. Audrey says:

    He’s not going to discuss it. Lawyers are undoubtedly involved

    his agent has gone on CNN and outright denied any involvement.

    This investigation was also FULL of leaks from day one which were never investigated or stopped. Not saying Brady is innocent but there’s no chance he was handing over his personal phone.

    We’ll see what happens. The investigation is being slowly discredited. They initially contacted columbia university physicists but then opted to use research from a company known for slanting their findings to favor their client (they have said asbestos is safe and secondhand smoke is safe too).

    There’s definitely more going on here.

    I’m waiting for Brady’s response but standing behind him and the patriots no matter what

  11. holly hobby says:

    He should hire the real Olivia Pope or a pr handler. Obviously he does not know to words “no comment.” Saying more will just drop you into a hole, Tommy Boy.

  12. DIANE says:

    Tom, you smirking, cheating crybaby sore loser. As a longtime Giants fan, all I have to say to you is 18-1, baby. Suck on that. A-hole.

    • Jizzelle says:

      My sentiments exactly Diane. He is such a liar. And his wife, when she blamed the receivers for a loss…you don’t do that Jizzelle.

      • Sore Losers says:

        She didn’t blame “the receivers for a loss”. Ignorant. BTW: She was right.