The Patriots registered the Wellsreportcontext.com domain name 15 minutes before Tom Brady's suspension was made public
New England used the site to annotate the Wells Report and provide explanation for its findings on the team's Deflategate scandal.
The Guardian found that the Patriots signed up for the domain name at 5:14 ET Monday, roughly 15 minutes before news of Brady's suspension broke, suggesting their rebuttal was several days in the making.
The Wells Report, which found that the Patriots more probably than not illicitly deflated football before their win over the Colts in the AFC Championship Game, was released May 6.
As a result of the report, Brady was suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season, and the team was fined $1 million and stripped of two draft picks.
- Alex Putterman