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Kavitha A. Davidson

Brady May Pay for Deflategate But Patriots Won't

NFL's glory franchise plays above the rules.
Who, me?

Who, me?

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The "-gate" suffix denoting public scandals is wildly overused, but in the case of the New England Patriots, it might actually be rather apt. As with the original Watergate, the attempted cover-up of Deflategate is much worse than the crime itself.

Independent investigator Ted Wells released his report today on accusations that the Patriots deflated footballs beyond regulation air pressure in games including the AFC Championship against the Indianapolis Colts. The 243-page report concluded that "it is more probable than not" that Patriots staff members did so to quarterback Tom Brady's liking and that Brady knew about it. The report found no evidence that head coach Bill Belichick or owner Robert Kraft were involved.