SI's complete coverage of Deflategate

Wednesday January 21st, 2015

After handing down a debilitating set of penalties to the Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady for their roles in the Deflategate infractions, it's the NFL's turn to go on the defensive. Tom Brady and the NFLPA filed an appeal of Brady's decision, citing the NFL's "history of inconsistency and arbitrary decisions in disciplinary matters," and team owner Robert Kraft was vocal in proclaiming Brady and his staff's innocence before accepting the Patriots' penalties at the league's owners meetings on Tuesday. (Brady's appeal of his suspension will go forward, as the NFLPA seeks to set a precedent for future discipline rulings.) As all sides lay out their cases and the debate over how much of an advantage underinflated footballs can possibly provide grinds on, keep track of every angle from SI.com's coverage of the Deflategate saga below.

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By Andrew Brandt

Tired of the lawyerspeak this NFL offseason? Well, hang on a little longer. The union’s appeal of Tom Brady’s four-game suspension is next on the docket, with Judge Roger Goodell presiding.

 
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By Austin Murphy

Robert Kraft’s journey from anger to acceptance in the wake of the NFL's punishment of the Patriots was the most surprising development of owners meetings.

 
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By Peter King

The Patriots owner is ‘really worked up’ at the unprecedented penalty the NFL levied on his team based on what he tells The MMQB is ‘ambiguous evidence.’

 
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By Michael McCann

Roger Goodell presiding over Tom Brady's appeal may turn out to give the Patriots' star quarterback better odds of winning.

 
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By Robert Klemko

With Tom Brady suspended (for now) for the first four games, a 2014 second-round pick out of Eastern Illinois will lead the Super Bowl champions into 2015.

 
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By Don Banks

Deflategate is the ultimate judgment call, and no one is embracing the nuances of a complicated, murky case.

 
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By Andrew Brandt

Why the NFL came down hard on the Pats and what it means for Roger Goodell to potentially lose a powerful ally in Robert Kraft.

 
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By Peter King

How do football fans outside of New England feel about the Deflategate penalties?

 
By Jenny Vrentas

In the ugly battle between the NFL and its reigning champ, Ted Wells has chosen his side.

 
By Michael McCann

There's no doubt Tom Brady and the Patriots will fight back against their Deflategate punishment. Here are their options.

 
By Emily Kaplan

Boston sports fans react the day after the NFL hands down harsh punishments to the reigning Super Bowl champions.

 
By Don Banks

Deflategate called for the Patriots to be punished, but this punishment didn't remotely fit the crime.

 
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By Peter King

The punishment for Tom Brady and the Patriots in the wake of the Deflategate controversy proves the NFL doesn't play favorites.

 
By Greg A. Bedard

How will Deflategate impact the relationship between Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Roger Goodell?

 
By Don Banks

For Tom Brady, the risk of breaking the rules isn't worth tainting his image, and now the cover-up looks worse than the actual crime.

 
By Michael McCann

Tom Brady, accused of being generally aware of ball deflation, has a few options to help repair his tarnished image in the wake of the Wells report.

 
By Peter King

With no smoking gun, it's up to Roger Goodell to determine how to properly punish one of the NFL's all-time greats.

 
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By Doug Farrar

The conclusions drawn in the Wells report do not look good for Tom Brady.

 
By Andrew Brandt

While many of the details in the Wells report seem trivial, the overall implications for Tom Brady and the Patriots are serious.

<div class="title-wrap"> <div class="title"><strong><a href="http://www.si.com/nfl/2015/01/27/super-bowl-xlix-media-day-bill-belichick-deflategate" target="_blank">Deflategate's legacy destined to live on in NFL's theater of the absurd</a></strong></div> </div> <div class="subtitle">By Michael Rosenberg</div> <div class="thumb med">[image:7981381]</div> <div class="blurb">The legacy of Deflategate will not be remembered fondly by history.</div>
<div class="title-wrap"> <div class="title"><strong><a href="http://www.si.com/nfl/2015/01/26/robert-kraft-deflategate-press-conference" target="_blank">Robert Kraft doubles down in combative Deflategate press conference</a></strong></div> </div> <div class="subtitle">By Chris Burke</div> <div class="thumb med">[image:7968181]</div> <div class="blurb">Robert Kraft took on the media and the NFL in a surprisingly combative press conference on Monday night, claiming that the NFL owe Bill Belichick and Tom Brady an apology if the Patriots aren't found of any wrongdoing.</div>
<div class="title-wrap"> <div class="title"><strong><a href="http://www.si.com/nfl/2015/01/26/deflategate-equipment-manager-new-england-patriots" target="_blank">How a potentially 'rogue' staffer affects the Deflategate proceedings</a></strong></div> </div> <div class="subtitle">By Michael McCann</div> <div class="thumb med">[image:7968191]</div> <div class="blurb">What if just one staffer deflated the balls? The Patriots could face a wide range of penalties -- from lenient to harsh -- if just one perpetrator is discovered in the Deflategate scandal.</div>
<div class="title-wrap"> <div class="title"><strong><a href="http://www.si.com/nfl/2015/01/24/bill-belichick-deflategate-press-conference-new-england-patriots" target="_blank">The legal ramifications of Bill Belichick's impromptu press conference</a></strong></div> </div> <div class="subtitle">By Michael McCann</div> <div class="thumb med">[image:7943881]</div> <div class="blurb">The Deflategate controversy took on a more spirited and scientific tone as New England <a href="http://www.si.com/nfl/team/new-england-patriots"><strong>Patriots</strong></a> head coach Bill Belichick forcefully defended his team in a hastily scheduled press conference. While twice professing that he is “not a scientist,” Belichick shared details of pressure and atmospheric tests conducted by the team over the past week. So how might that affect the NFL's decision-making?</div>
<div class="title-wrap"> <div class="title"> </div> <div class="title"><strong><a href="http://www.si.com/nfl/2015/01/23/deflategate-new-england-patriots-tom-brady-bill-belichick-tabloid-covers" target="_blank">Deflategate bringing out the best in New York tabloid headline writers</a></strong></div> </div> <div class="subtitle">By Richard Deitsch</div> <div class="thumb med">[image:7932566]</div> <div class="blurb">You think the New York City tabloids are having fun with the Deflategate controversy? Oh, you bet they are. Mix controversy, rivalry, absurdity and editorial creativity, and you have a formula for newspaper magic.</div>
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By Peter King

The Patriots aired their side of the story Thursday, and now the football world awaits the NFL's ruling. (Don't hold your breath.) Here's where things stand, along with a quick peek ahead to what we'll be watching for next week in Phoenix.

 
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By Don Banks

In a season like no other in NFL history, I've come down with a serious case of controversy fatigue. Let's all take a deep breath and exhale. This doesn't rise to the level of threatening the integrity of the game in any lasting way.

 
By Michael Rosenberg

This looks a lot like a designed misdirection play by the most successful organization in the NFL. It looks like Belichick passing the buck to Brady, who exchanges it for a quarter, then hands it to the NFL.

 
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By Doug Farrar

New England Patriots' coach Bill Belichick spoke Thursday for the first time about the deflation situation, and he adamantly denied any involvement with deflating the Patriots' game balls in the AFC championship.

 
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By Michael McCann

If the NFL finds that the New England Patriots did in fact use 11 under-inflated footballs during Sunday's AFC Championship Game victory over the Indianapolis Colts, the Patriots and coach Bill Belichick are subject to penalties from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

 
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By Greg A. Bedard

Most NFL coaches and GMs are in Alabama for the Senior Bowl -- seemingly a million miles from the epicenter of Deflategate -- and sentiment over the severity of a possible Patriots offense is decidedly mixed.

 
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By Peter King

Don't expect discipline before Super Bowl Sunday—the NFL desperately needs to get this one right. But if anyone in the Patriots organization is found to have tampered with a game ball, the punishment will be severe.

 
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By Doug Farrar

According to reports, 11 of the Patriots' 12 footballs were found to be under-inflated by two pounds of air (psi), based on league regulations.

 
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By Michael Rosenberg

Did the Patriots really illegally deflate footballs in the AFC championship game, as the NFL is investigating? If any coach would try it, it’s Bill Belichick.

 
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By Greg Bishop

Following their victory in the AFC championship, Patriots facing questions about not the upcoming Super Bowl, but about controversy over deflated balls.

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