Tom Brady expected to speak after deflated football report

The report cites evidence that a locker room attendant took the game balls

In this Jan. 18, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady looks to pass during the first half of the NFL football AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts in Foxborough, Mass. An NFL investigation has found that New England Patriots employees likely deflated footballs and that quarterback Tom Brady was "at least generally aware" of the rules violations. The 243-page report released Wednesday, May 6, 2015, said league investigators found no evidence that coach Bill Belichick and team management knew of the practice. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

SALEM, Mass. (WWLP) – Tom Brady’s agent says the NFL was determined to blame Brady for deflated footballs in the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.

His agent Don Yee said the investigation omitted key facts and buried others. He also doesn’t think it was entirely independent.

Yee said NFL-appointed investigator Ted Wells has a firm that makes a lot of money from the NFL and put out a report that benefits the league. He said the investigators don’t understand the game and left out key parts of Brady’s testimony.

The report cites evidence that a locker room attendant took the game balls into a bathroom next to the field, and stayed there for about 100 seconds– “an amount of time sufficient to deflate thirteen footballs using a needle.” Wells said it’s unlikely that’d happen without Brady’s knowledge and approval, and his refusal to provide his own emails, texts or phone records complicated the investigation.

The Patriots actually had previously scheduled availability but canceled it. Tom Brady was already supposed to be at Salem State Thursday night. He’s being interviewed by sportscaster Jim Gray.

We’re not sure if he’ll talk about the report.

 

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