Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spoke at Salem State University on Thursday, May 7, 2015:
Tom Brady led the New England Patriots to four Super Bowl wins and was named Super Bowl MVP three times. Brady is the epitome of a charismatic champion athlete. However, Brady did not display body language confidence at Salem State University with Jim Gray:
Jim Gray, Moderator, “So, Tom…, you’re in the news here….ah…, And the Ted Wells report was just released.”
Notice Gray appears calm with all 10 fingers touching in power steeple pose, but he did not looking directly at Brady when delivering the Wells Report statement which refers to the:
INVESTIGATIVE REPORT CONCERNING FOOTBALLS USED DURING THE AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME ON JANUARY 18, 2015
A Picture Says 1000 words:
Tom Brady’s “Fig-Leaf” Body Language shows:
When the Limbic areas of the brain, particularly the amygdala detects THREAT & DANGER, the BODY immediately and unconsciously reacts. Tom Brady’s autonomic and sympathetic nervous systems kicked in, leaked, and revealed:
[ ] Vulnerability
[ ] Discomfort / Distress
[ ] Lack of Personal Power
[ ] Sweat on forehead
[ ] Both hands in a “Fig-Leaf” gesture, covering and protecting his genitals
[ ] Crossed Legs at ankles
[ ] Tongue Thrust and direct glare are body language indicators of ANGER at the mention of Jim Gray’s statement, “So, Tom…, you’re in the news here….ah…, And the Ted Wells report was just released.”
So while sitting in the “Hot-Seat,” Tom Brady’s body language LEAKED “Hot-Spots” of his TRUE feelings and LACK of confidence on the Deflategate topic of the Wells Report.
“From Head-to-Toes, the BODY Always Shows…the TRUTH!!”
Below are the conclusions of the Wells Report. For full details of the Wells report, click: https://nfllabor.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/investigative-and-expert-reports-re-footballs-used-during-afc-championsh.pdf
INVESTIGATIVE REPORT CONCERNING FOOTBALLS USED DURING THE AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
ON JANUARY 18, 2015
Our conclusion that it is more probable than not that McNally and Jastremski participated in a deliberate effort to release air from Patriots game balls after the balls were tested by the game officials is significantly influenced by the substantial number of communications and events consistent with such a finding, including that the same person (McNally) referred to himself as the “deflator” and stated that he was “not going to espn……..yet,” was involved in a series of communications about his impact on the inflation-level of Patriots game balls and using a “needle” surrounded by cash and sneakers (when his legitimate responsibilities as a locker room attendant did not involve the preparation, inflation or deflation of footballs), violated standard pre-game procedure by removing the game balls from the Officials Locker Room without permission of the game officials, brought the game balls into a bathroom before the game (for a period long enough to deflate them), and received valuable items autographed by
Tom Brady the week before the AFC Championship Game. Similarly, the evidence establishes that John Jastremski knew that McNally had referred to himself as the “deflator” and stated that he was “not going to espn……..yet,” was involved personally in a series of communications with McNally about the inflation and deflation of footballs using a “needle” and providing McNally with a “needle,” was involved in providing McNally with items of value, and had himself received a particularly valuable autograph from Brady earlier in the season. In addition, Jastremski spoke with McNally almost immediately when suspicions first arose (speaking by telephone three times in the hours after the game for a total of 37 minutes and 11 seconds) and communicated with Brady by telephone or text message with significantly increased frequency in the following days, as described below.
Indeed, in our view, a contrary conclusion requires the acceptance of an implausible number of communications and events as benign coincidences. Although we believe that a number of the communications between Jastremski and McNally were attempts at humor, based on the evidence and the communications in their entirety, we believe that McNally and Jastremski were joking about events in which they were actually participating that involved the deflation of footballs in violation of the Playing Rules.
When interviewed, McNally claimed, among other things, that he brings game balls to the field when he deems fit, that he generally does not receive permission from or inform the game officials before leaving the Officials Locker Room and taking game balls to the field and that he often has taken game balls into the tunnel bathroom near the entrance to the playing field. We do not find these claims plausible and they were contradicted by other evidence developed during the investigation. Counsel for the Patriots also contended that the text messages between McNally and Jastremski referring to the inflation levels of footballs and
related topics were not serious and should be seen as nothing more than attempts at humor and hyperbole. We also find these claims not plausible. As noted above, we believe that although a number of the communications between McNally and Jastremski were attempts at humor, McNally and Jastremski were making jokes based on actual events.
Our conclusions with respect to Tom Brady also are based on an analysis of the substantial and credible evidence. The evidence does not allow us to reach conclusions as to when McNally and Jastremski began their efforts to release air from Patriots game balls on game day (although McNally referred to himself as “the deflator” prior to the start of the 2014-15 season), exactly how long those efforts have been ongoing, how frequently they occurred, how the idea originated or the full scope of communications related to those efforts. We also note that there is less direct evidence linking Brady to tampering activities than either McNally or Jastremski. We nevertheless believe, based on the totality of the evidence, that it is more probable than not that Brady was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities of McNally and Jastremski involving the release of air from Patriots game balls. Evidence of Brady‟s awareness appears in text communications between McNally and Jastremski. For example, in text messages exchanged with McNally in October 2014 discussing Brady‟s unhappiness with the inflation level of Patriots game balls, Jastremski told McNally that “[h]e actually brought you up” and “said you must have a lot of stress trying to get them done.” In relevant part, the text message exchange stated:
Tom sucks…im going make that next ball a fuckin balloon
Talked to him last night. He actually brought you up and said you must have a lot of stress trying to get them done…
I told him it was. He was right though…
I checked some of the balls this morn… The refs fucked us…a few of then were at almost 16
As discussed above, we believe that the most plausible reading of this exchange, based on context and the evidence, is that Brady “brought up” McNally, told Jastremski that McNally “must have a lot of stress trying” to get the footballs “done” and that Jastremski told Brady that it was stressful for McNally. Jastremski‟s text message thus attributes to Brady knowledge of McNally‟s efforts to get the footballs “done” and the stress involved.74 We reject as implausible the reading offered by Jastremski, McNally and counsel for the Patriots that portions of this exchange refer to Jastremski‟s Friend rather than to Brady.
Moreover, taking the text messages as a whole, Brady is a constant reference point in the discussions between McNally and Jastremski about inflation, deflation, needles and items to be received by McNally. In response to Jastremski‟s offers of sneakers and clothing, for example, McNally identifies Brady as the catalyst for those offers (“Tom must really be working your balls hard this week”; “Tom must really be on you”). And unhappiness with Brady is referenced by McNally as a reason for using the “needle” to inflate rather than deflate footballs (“Fuck tom….make sure the pump is attached to the needle…..fuckin watermelons coming”). Brady is thus central to the discussions of inflation and deflation in the text messages.
Additional evidence of Brady‟s awareness includes a material increase in the
frequency of telephone and text communications between Brady and Jastremski shortly after
suspicions of ball tampering became public on January 19 suggests that Brady was closely
monitoring Jastremski. After not communicating by telephone or text for more than six months
(according to data retrieved from Jastremski‟s cell phone), Brady and Jastremski spoke twice by
telephone on January 19 (calls lasting a total of 25 minutes and 2 seconds), twice on January 20
(calls lasting a total of 9 minutes and 55 seconds) and twice on January 21 (calls lasting a total of
We note that Jastremski‟s statements to McNally concerning Brady are in the nature of statements made by a co-conspirator during and in furtherance of a conspiracy, which would be admissible under Rule 801(d)(2)(E) of the Federal Rules of Evidence.
20 minutes and 52 seconds) before Jastremski surrendered his cell phone to the Patriots later that day for forensic imaging. These calls included conversations relatively early during the mornings of January 19 (7:26 a.m. for 13 minutes and 4 seconds), January 20 (8:22 a.m. for 6 minutes and 21 seconds) and January 21 (7:38 a.m. for 13 minutes and 47 seconds). Brady also took the unprecedented step of inviting Jastremski to the QB room in Gillette Stadium on January 19 for the first and only time that Jastremski can recall during his twenty-year career with the Patriots, and Brady sent Jastremski text messages seemingly designed to calm Jastremski (“You good Jonny boy?”; “You doing good?”). For his part, Jastremski sent Brady text messages confirming that he was okay (“Still nervous; so far so good though”) and cautioning Brady about questioning (“FYI…Dave will be picking your brain later about it. He‟s not accusing me, or anyone…trying to get to bottom of it. He knows it‟s unrealistic you did it yourself…”).
In addition, we believe it is unlikely that an equipment assistant and a locker room attendant would deflate game balls without Brady‟s knowledge and approval. Based on our interviews and assessment of McNally and Jastremski, we also do not believe that they would personally and unilaterally engage in such conduct in the absence of Brady‟s awareness and consent. Brady himself appeared to recognize during a nationally-televised interview that it was unlikely that equipment personnel or others would deflate footballs unless they believed it was what Brady wanted. A transcript of an interview of Brady by Bob Costas telecast on February 1, 2015 contains the following exchange:
Costas: Another question frequently asked, whether it be an equipment guy, a ball boy — whatever — hard to believe that that person wouldn‟t deflate the ball beneath 12.5, the minimum allowable, without at least having the notion that that‟s how Tom Brady wants it, whether you told him that or not. Is that a fair assumption?
“Absolutely, I think that‟s — absolutely — you know, I could understand why people feel that way. You know, there‟s an investigation going on. I‟m sure all the things will come out. It‟s been a lot of speculation. And I think that‟s what led to my hurt feelings. You know, hopefully the facts come out. And — you know, we understand that — you know, whatever happened, happened. And you know, it‟s not going to have an effect on this game. And you know, we can move forward.”
Further, Brady has acknowledged publicly that he likes game balls inflated at the low end of the permissible range. The inflation level of game balls clearly is important to Brady as demonstrated by his reactions when he believed that game balls were inflated at an undesirable level. Brady personally was involved in the 2006 rule change that allowed each visiting team to supply its own game balls in accordance with the preferences of its quarterback, and it is reasonable to infer that during the process of advocating that rule change, Brady was likely to be (or become) familiar with the NFL rules regarding game balls, including the 12.5 psi minimum inflation level, although Brady denies having been aware of Rule 2 or the minimum inflation level until 2014 (despite approximately fourteen years as an NFL quarterback).
During his interview, Brady denied any knowledge of or involvement in any efforts to deflate game balls after the pre-game inspection by the game officials. He claimed that prior to the events surrounding the AFC Championship Game, he did not know McNally‟s name or anything about McNally‟s game-day responsibilities, including whether McNally had any role relating to game balls or the game officials. We found these claims not plausible and contradicted by other evidence. In fact, during his interview, Jastremski acknowledged that Brady knew McNally and McNally‟s role as Officials Locker Room attendant. Similarly, McNally told NFL Security that he had been personally told by Brady of Brady‟s inflation level preference.
As discussed above, Brady‟s refusal to provide us with his own emails, text messages and phone records on relevant topics, in response to our narrowly tailored requests, limited the evidence available for our review and analysis. We believe that our findings are nevertheless supported by the evidence and information available to us during the course of our work.
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