Today, Ted Wells released his Deflategate report. The 243-page document is available here.
Part of the report reads:
For the reasons described in this Report, and after a comprehensive investigation, we have concluded that, in connection with the AFC Championship Game, it is more probable than not that New England Patriots personnel participated in violations of the Playing Rules and were involved in a deliberate effort to circumvent the rules…
Based on the evidence, it also is our view that it is more probable than not that Tom Brady (the quarterback for the Patriots) was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities of [Jim] McNally and [John] Jastremski involving the release of air from Patriots game balls
Considering the NFL fined the New England Patriots $250K and head coach Bill Belichick $500K for Spygate, the league may impose one of the biggest penalties for Deflategate in recent sports history.
Three-time Super Bowl champion and Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe, who played with the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens, tweeted:
The Pats punishment must be severe because spygate taught them absolutely nothing about adhering to the rules.
— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) May 6, 2015
The league’s punishment could include a loss of draft picks, suspensions, and/or fines.