Even when being deceptive, people struggle with their words. This is due to the speed of transmission. They know they must say something but being deceptive is stressful, while telling the truth flows so quickly and easily because it is stored in memory.
Words reveal us. This is universal.
Words reveal us. This is universal.
In this case, let's look at the statement of the Patriot's owner, in particular, given the context of this article, and in light that Tom Brady was indicated for deception when this story first broke.
The owner said, "“The Patriots share in their [fans’] disappointment in how this one-sided investigation was handled.”
In his statement, he chose, "one-sided investigation" for his wording. What caused him to choose these words?
Keep this in mind as you read the article:
The NFL’s lead investigator into the Deflategate scandal came out swinging Tuesday, firing back at Tom Brady’s agent and the Patriots for questioning his independence and findings.
Manhattan attorney Ted Wells, whose report led to harsh punishmentMonday against Brady and the team, told reporters in a 30-minute conference call he was incensed his integrity had been called into question.
The report by Wells and his firm that determined it was “more probable than not” Brady knew footballs were being doctored for his benefit was about the facts and not the product of any anti-Patriots conspiracy, Wells insisted.
“All of this discussion that people at the league office wanted to put some type of hit on the most popular, iconic player in the league — the real face of the league — it just doesn’t make any sense,” Wells said of the probe, which resulted in Brady being suspended four regular-season games.
“It’s really a ridiculous allegation,” Wells added. “What drove the decision in this report was one thing — the evidence. I could not ethically ignore the import and relevancy of those text messages and the other evidence.”
The Patriots were fined $1 million and docked a first-round pick in 2016 and a fourth-rounder in 2017 in part because they didn’t cooperate fully with Wells.
Wells explained that lack of cooperation in a key moment in his conference call, saying the Patriots prevented him from speaking to locker-room attendant James McNally a second time after Wells had discovered a text message in which McNally — who handled the Patriots’ footballs before each game — referred to himself as “The Deflator.”
Not only did the Patriots balk at letting Wells speak to McNally a second time, but Wells said “they wouldn’t even tell [McNally] that I had asked to speak to him a second time.”
Wells also confirmed Brady and agent Don Yee refused to allow him to see Brady’s text messages and emails related to the allegations, even after Wells said he wasn’t interested in anything else in Brady’s phone.
That lack of full cooperation from both Brady and the Patriots was cited by NFL vice president Troy Vincent in his letters to both for adding to the harshness of the penalties.
Wells said he decided to speak in the conference call, which was coordinated by the NFL, after being barraged with criticism from Yee and the Patriots.
New England owner Robert Kraft blasted the probe in a statement Monday night, saying the Patriots “share in their [fans’] disappointment in how this one-sided investigation was handled.”
Brady has announced plans to appeal and will likely seek an independent arbitrator, while the Patriots reportedly are so angry that Kraft is considering the nuclear option of suing the league.
Wells said the findings of his report, which took more than two months to complete and cost what he estimated as “millions of dollars,” stood on their own.
“It is wrong to criticize my independence just because you disagree with my findings,” Wells said. “In my mind, the NFL certainly wasn’t hoping that I would come back with a report that would find that something happened wrong with the Patriots or Tom Brady. They wanted me to get to the bottom of the facts.”
Wells added: ”The conclusions were not influenced in any way, shape or form by anyone in the [NFL] office.”
Wells also disputed the Patriots’ allegation the NFL was effectively running a sting on New England because the Colts had advised the league office of the deflation suspicions before the AFC Championship Game — but didn’t warn the Patriots.
Wells claimed NFL higher-ups “didn’t pay attention” to the warning email from Indianapolis GM Ryan Grigson just days before the Patriots’ 45-7 rout in Foxborough, Mass.
“The Patriots were all over me from Day One on why the NFL didn’t warn them [before the title game],” Wells said. “I didn’t find there was [a sting].”
Wells said he used equivocating language about Brady’s guilt because that is the language of non-criminal cases, civil suits and internal investigations, which don’t have as high of a burden of proof.
But just because his wording might look wishy-washy on paper doesn’t mean Wells thinks Brady might be innocent.
“If I were sitting on a jury … I would have checked the box that said, ‘Proven,’’’ Wells said, referring to the allegations against Brady.