After Ted Wells's report concluded New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady "was at least generally aware of... the release of air from Patriots game balls," Brady's father defended his son in an interview with USA Today.
"The league had to cover themselves," Brady Sr continued. "The reality is they had no conclusive evidence.
"This was Framegate right from the beginning."
At a press conference in January, Brady said he "didn't alter the balls in any way" and "would never have someone do something that was outside the rules."
Wells's investigation found that officials' locker room attendant Jim McNally and equipment assistant John Jastremski were responsible for deflating the footballs. In a text message sent before the start of the 2014-15 season, McNally called himself "the deflator."
Wells concluded that Brady was probably aware of McNally and Jastremski's activities regarding the pressure levels of the footballs.
- Dan Gartland