DETROIT (97.1 THE TICKET) – The NFL took swift and decisive action this week, not in connection with any of the numerous domestic violence issues that have plagued the league, but to address the deflat-gate issue that has been a NFL fan obsession after the New England Patriots’ integrity was called into question.

The Patriots are accused of knowingly under-inflating the footballs used during the AFC Championship Game played on January 18, 2015 in Foxboro against the Baltimore Colts in which the Pats dismantled the Colts 45-7.

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With the NFL ruling — New England was fined $1 million and docked two draft picks by the league, and Brady was issued a four-game suspension. The most egregious to New England fans appears to be the suspension of Brady – claiming there is no direct connection to Brady and the action of deflating the footballs.

Now Brady is getting fan support from all over the country – including fans in cities outside of Boston – connecting on social media with #FreeBrady.

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Ted Wells, the investigator hired by the NFL, determined that two Patriots employees, locker room attendant Jim McNally and equipment assistant John Jastremski, were “more than likely” involved in a scheme to deflate footballs, and that quarterback Tom Brady was “generally” aware of their activity.

On Thursday morning the Patriots fired back by launching a website called WellsReportContext.com, which serves as a rebuttal that denied many of Wells’ conclusions.

 

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