This private investigation was lead by Theodore V. Well, Jr.
If you read nothing of this article, just read the text messages I put in bold for you guys between the equipment managers.
“Before halftime ended, all eleven Patriots balls were inflated and set to a permissible pressure level. The four Colts balls tested were not
inflated because they measured within the permissible range on at least one of the gauges used at halftime.
The fifteen footballs tested, and the balance of the Colts balls collected at halftime, were returned to the field for use in the second half.”

(Link) To The Report.

PSI of each Patriot football recorded by referees (Blakeman,Prioleau)

  1. (11.5,11.8)
  2. (10.85, 11.20)
  3. (11.15, 11.5)
  4. (10.70, 11.00)
  5. (11.10, 11.45)
  6. (11.60, 11.95)
  7. (11.85, 12.30)
  8. (11.10,11.55)
  9. (10.95,11.35)
  10. (10.50,10.90)
  11. (10.90, 11.35)

As opposed to four Colts Footballs, (Blakeman, Prioleau)

  1. (12.70, 12.35)
  2. 12.75, 12.30)
  3. (12.5, 12.95)
  4. (12.55, 12.15)

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
“On January 18, 2015, the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts played in
the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts to determine
which team would advance to Super Bowl XLIX.  During the first half of the game, a question
was raised by the Colts concerning the inflation level of the footballs being used by the Patriots.
As a result, at halftime, members of the officiating crew assigned to the game, overseen by a
senior officiating supervisor from the National Football League (the “NFL” or the “League”),
tested the air pressure of footballs being used by each of the Patriots and the Colts.  All eleven of
the Patriots game balls tested measured below the minimum pressure level of 12.5 pounds per
square inch (“psi”) allowed by Rule 2 of the Official Playing Rules of the National Football
League (the “Playing Rules”) on both of two air pressure gauges used to test the balls.  The four
Colts balls tested each measured within the 12.5 to 13.5 psi range permitted under the Playing
Rules on at least one of the gauges used for the tests.
On January 23, 2015, the NFL publicly announced that it had retained Theodore
V. Wells, Jr. and the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison  (“Paul, Weiss”) to
conduct an investigation, together with NFL Executive Vice President Jeff Pash, into the
footballs used by the Patriots during the AFC Championship Game.  The investigation was
conducted pursuant to the Policy on Integrity of the Game & Enforcement of Competitive Rules.
That Policy provides that “[a]ctual or suspected competitive violations will be thoroughly and
promptly investigated.”
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This Report is the product of that investigation.  It was prepared
entirely by the Paul, Weiss investigative team and presents the independent opinions of Mr.
Wells and his colleagues.

In reaching these conclusions, we have considered, among other things, the
following facts that we believe are established by the evidence for the reasons detailed in this
Report:
1. Rule 2 of the Official Playing Rules of the NFL requires that footballs used during
NFL games must be inflated to between 12.5 and 13.5 psi.  In particular, the rule
states that “[t]he ball shall be made up of an inflated (12½ to 13½ pounds)
urethane bladder enclosed in a pebble grained, leather case (natural tan color)
without corrugations of any kind.”
2. Several hours before the AFC Championship Game, Jim McNally, the Patriots
employee responsible for delivering the Patriots game balls to the game officials
for pre-game inspection, brought the balls into the Officials Locker Room at
Gillette Stadium.  At or around that time, McNally told the referee, Walt
Anderson, that Tom Brady, the Patriots quarterback, wanted the game balls
inflated at 12.5 psi.  McNally has been employed by the Patriots as a seasonal or
part-time employee for the past 32 years.  His work for the Patriots during the
2014-15 NFL season took place only on a part-time/hourly basis on days on
which the Patriots had home games.  His legitimate job responsibilities as
Officials Locker Room attendant did not involve the preparation, inflation or
deflation of Patriots game balls.
3. During the pre-game inspection, Anderson determined that all but two of the
Patriots game balls delivered by McNally were properly inflated.  Most of them
measured 12.5 psi.  Two tested below 12.5 psi and Anderson directed another
game official to further inflate those two game balls, which Anderson then
adjusted to 12.5 psi using a pressure gauge.  Most of the Colts game balls tested
by Anderson prior to the game measured 13.0 or 13.1 psi.  Although one or two
footballs may have registered 12.8 or 12.9 psi, it was evident to Anderson that the
Colts‟ inflation target for the game balls was 13.0 psi.  No air was added to or
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released from the Colts game balls pre-game because they were all within the
permissible range.
4. When Anderson and other members of the officiating crew were preparing to
leave the Officials Locker Room to head to the field for the start of the game, the
game balls could not be located.  It was the first time in Anderson‟s nineteen
years as an NFL official that he could not locate the game balls at the start of a
game.  Unknown to Anderson, and without Anderson‟s permission or the
permission of any other member of the officiating crew, McNally had taken the
balls from the Officials Locker Room towards the playing field.  According to
Anderson and other members of the officiating crew for the AFC Championship
Game, the removal of the game balls from the Officials Locker Room by McNally
without the permission of the referee or another game official was a breach of
standard operating pre-game procedure.  According to Anderson, other members
of the officiating crew for the AFC Championship Game and other game officials
with recent experience at Gillette Stadium, McNally had not previously removed
game balls from the Officials Locker Room and taken them to the field without
either receiving permission from the game officials or being accompanied by one
or more officials.
5. Based on videotape evidence and witness interviews, it has been determined that
McNally removed the game balls from the Officials Locker Room at
approximately 6:30 p.m.  After leaving the Officials Locker Room carrying two
large bags of game balls (Patriots balls and Colts balls), McNally turned left and
then turned left again to walk down a corridor referred to by Patriots personnel as
the “center tunnel” heading to the playing field.  At the end of the center tunnel on
the left-hand side, approximately three feet from the doors that lead to the playing
field, is a bathroom.  McNally entered that bathroom with the game balls, locked
the door, and remained in the bathroom with the game balls for approximately one
minute and forty seconds.  He then left the bathroom and took the bags of game
balls to the field.
6. In the weeks and months before the AFC Championship Game, McNally
periodically exchanged text messages with the Patriots equipment assistant
primarily responsible for the preparation of the Patriots game balls, John
Jastremski.  In a number of those text messages, McNally and Jastremski
discussed the air pressure of Patriots game balls, Tom Brady‟s unhappiness with
the inflation level of Patriots game balls, Jastremski‟s plan to provide McNally
with a “needle” for use by McNally, and McNally‟s requests for “cash” and
sneakers together with the “needle” to be provided by Jastremski.  A sports ball
inflation needle is a device that can be used to inflate a football (if attached to an
air pump) or release air from a football (if inserted alone into a ball).
For example, on October 17, 2014, following a Thursday night game between the
Patriots and the New York Jets during which Tom Brady complained angrily
about the inflation level of the game balls, McNally and Jastremski exchanged the
following text messages:

McNally:  Tom sucks…im going make that next ball a fuckin balloon
Jastremski:   Talked to him last night. He actually brought you up and
said you must have a lot of stress trying to get them done…
Jastremski:   I told him it was. He was right though…
Jastremski:  I checked some of the balls this morn… The refs fucked
us…a few of then were at almost 16
Jastremski:   They didnt recheck then after they put air in them
McNally:  Fuck tom …16 is nothing…wait till next sunday
Jastremski:  Omg! Spaz
On October 21, 2014, McNally and Jastremski exchanged the following text
messages:
McNally:   Make sure you blow up the ball to look like a rugby ball so
tom can get used to it before sunday
Jastremski:   Omg
On October 23, 2014, three days before a Sunday game against the Chicago
Bears, Jastremski and McNally exchanged the following messages:
Jastremski:   Can‟t wait to give you your needle this week 🙂
McNally:  Fuck tom….make sure the pump is attached to the
needle…..fuckin watermelons coming
Jastremski:   So angry
McNally:  The only thing deflating sun..is his passing rating
The next day, October 24, 2014, Jastremski and McNally exchanged the
following messages:
Jastremski:   I have a big needle for u this week
McNally:  Better be surrounded by cash and newkicks….or its a rugby
sunday
McNally:   Fuck tom
Jastremski:   Maybe u will have some nice size 11s in ur locker
McNally:  Tom must really be working your balls hard this week

On October 25, 2014, McNally and Jastremski exchanged the following
messages:
Jastremski:   Size 11?
Jastremski:   2 or 3X?
McNally:  Tom must really be on you
McNally:   11 0r 11 half……2x unless its tight fitting
Jastremski:   Nah. Hasn‟t even mentioned it, figured u should get
something since he gives u nothing
On January 7, 2015, eleven days before the AFC Championship Game, McNally
and Jastremski discussed how McNally would have a “big autograph day” and
receive items autographed by Brady the following weekend, before the playoff
game against the Baltimore Ravens.  McNally and Jastremski exchanged the
following text messages:
McNally:   Remember to put a couple sweet pig skins ready for tom to
sign
Jastremski:   U got it kid…big autograph day for you
McNally:  Nice throw some kicks in and make it real special
Jastremski:   It ur lucky. 11?
McNally:  11 or 11 and half kid
On January 10, 2015, immediately prior to the game between the Patriots and the
Ravens, in the Patriots equipment room with both Brady and Jastremski present,
McNally received two footballs autographed by Brady and also had Brady
autograph a game-worn Patriots jersey that McNally previously had obtained.
7. In addition to the messages described above, before the start of the 2014-15
season, McNally referred to himself as “the deflator” and stated that he was “not
going to espn……..yet.”  On May 9, 2014, McNally and Jastremski exchanged
the following text messages:
McNally:   You working
Jastremski:   Yup
McNally:  Nice dude….jimmy needs some kicks….lets make a
deal…..come on help the deflator

McNally:   Chill buddy im just fuckin with you ….im not going to
espn……..yet

8. During the second quarter of the AFC Championship Game, a ball thrown by
Tom Brady was intercepted by a player for the Colts and the ball was taken to the
Colts sideline.  On the sideline, Colts equipment personnel used a pressure gauge
to measure the inflation level of the ball, determined that it was below the
minimum 12.5 psi level and informed a game official and other NFL personnel.
Prior to the game, Colts personnel had notified the NFL that they suspected that
the Patriots might be deflating game balls below the minimum level permissible
under the Playing Rules, although they did not support their suspicions with any
specific factual information.  In response to the pre-game concerns raised by the
Colts, NFL Football Operations staff had notified the head of the NFL Officiating
Department, Dean Blandino, and a senior officiating supervisor who would be
attending the game, Alberto Riveron.  During a pre-game conversation concerning
various game-day topics, Riveron told referee Walt Anderson that a concern had
been raised about the air pressure of the game balls.  Anderson told Riveron that
he would be sure to follow his usual ball inspection procedure to ensure that the
balls were properly inflated.
9. After being informed during the second quarter of the AFC Championship Game
that the Colts had measured a Patriots game ball and found it to be under-inflated,
and having previously been advised of the Colts‟ suspicions, Riveron decided that
the game balls for both teams should be inspected at halftime by the game
officials.  Two other senior NFL personnel present at the game, Troy Vincent and
Mike Kensil, independently reached the same conclusion.
10. At halftime, under Riveron‟s supervision, two alternate game officials (Clete
Blakeman and Dyrol Prioleau) tested eleven Patriots game balls and four Colts
game balls.  The Patriots ball intercepted by the Colts was not among the eleven
Patriots balls tested.  Each official used a separate air pressure gauge provided by
referee Anderson that Anderson had brought with him to the game, one of which
also had been used by Anderson for his pre-game inspection.  Each of the eleven
Patriots balls tested at halftime measured below the minimum 12.5 psi level
established by the Playing Rules on both gauges.  Each of the four Colts balls
tested measured within the permissible 12.5 to 13.5 psi range on at least one of
the gauges.  The measurements were recorded in writing by Richard Farley, an
NFL security official who has been assigned to the Patriots and Gillette Stadium
for approximately twelve years.  Only four Colts balls were tested because the
officials were running out of time before the start of the second half.  “

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Woah

 

 

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