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The Tom Brady Scandal: Revealing Texts From "The Deflator"

Deflategate report includes colorful text messages between New England Patriots locker room staff

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    The Tom Brady Scandal: Revealing Texts From "The Deflator"
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    Quarterback Tom Brady celebrates after the New England Patriots beat the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game on January 18, 2015. An NFL investigation found Wednesday that it was "more probable than not" that the Patriots intentionally deflated the game footballs below the required limits for the game that sent the Pats to the Super Bowl, as well as for other games throughout the season.

    New England Patriots' locker room staff accused of deliberately releasing air from the Patriots game balls after the footballs were examined by the referee complained about the work and the team's star quarterback, according to a NFL report released on Wednesday.

    In colorful text messages included in the report between Jim McNally, the attendant for the locker room used by officials at Gillette Stadium, and John Jastremski, an equipment assistant, McNally at one point refers to himself as "the deflator."

    The so-called “deflategate” report, prepared by staff at the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, found that it was “more probable than not” that McNally and Jastremski doctored the balls and that the quarterback Tom Brady was “at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities.”

    In the messages between McNally and Jastremski, the pair grouse about Brady’s unhappiness with the balls’ inflation levels and discuss Jastremski’s plan to provide McNally with a needle to inflate or deflate balls, the report says. The report says McNally requested cash and sneakers to be provided along with the needle.

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    A statement from the Patriots' chairman, Robert Kraft, defended the team and questioned the report's conclusions.

    "To say we are disappointed in its findings, which do not include any incontrovertible or hard evidence of deliberate deflation of footballs at the AFC Championship game, would be a gross understatement," he said.

    Attempts to reach McNally and Jastremski for comment have been unsuccessful.

    On Oct. 17, 2014, after Brady had complained angrily, the men exchanged these texts, the report says.

    McNally: Tom sucks...im going make that next ball a f----- 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 f----- us...a few of then (sic) were at almost 16
    Jastremski: They didnt recheck then after they put air in them
    McNally: F--- tom ...16 is nothing...wait till next sunday
    Jastremski: Omg! Spaz

    Then on Oct. 23, three days before a Sunday game against the Chicago Bears, Jastremski and McNally exchanged these messages:

    Jastremski:
    “Can’t wait to give you your needle this week :)
    McNally: F--- tom....make sure the pump is attached to the needle…..f----- watermelons coming
    Jastremski: So angry
    McNally: The only thing deflating sun..is his passing rating

    Here was their exchange on the next day, Oct. 24:

    Jastremski: I have a big needle for u this week
    McNally: Better be surrounded by cash and newkicks....or its a rugby sunday
    McNally: F--- tom
    Jastremski: Maybe u will have some nice size 11s in ur locker
    McNally: Tom must really be working your balls hard this week

    And again on Oct. 25:

    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

    Eleven days before the AFC Championship Game, McNally and Jastremski discussed McNally receiving items autographed by Brady the following weekend, before the playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens, according to the report.

    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

    Finally before the start of the 2014-2015 season, McNally referred to himself as “the deflator.”

    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 f----- with you ....im not going to espn........yet