Deflategate: Tom Brady Set Up By NFL Sting? Plus, Report’s Scientific Validity Now In Doubt

A day after the NFL released its “Deflategate” report — a report branding superstar quarterback Tom Brady as a “probable” cheater — Brady’s agent has said he has evidence that the investigation was a “sting” operation specifically designed to set up the New England Patriots legend.

The evidence, says Don Yee, is right there in the report itself — but deliberately buried in a footnote.

In another development that appears to strike directly at the credibility of the Deflategate report prepared by NFL-contracted attorney Ted Wells, the engineering company that created scientific data used in the report was revealed Wednesday as the same company that was once paid by the tobacco industry to create data “proving” that secondhand smoke has no link to cancer.

That company was also hired by Toyota to disprove claims that the sudden acceleration of its cars — a defect that killed at least 89 people and that ultimately forced Toyota to pay out $1.2 billion to avoid a criminal prosecution — was not caused by any problem with the cars.

The company, Exponent Inc., of Menlo Park, California, as far back as a 2010 Los Angeles Times article, was labeled a “hired gun” in the business of producing data to support whatever its numerous big business clients want the data to say.

The Deflategate report claims that a scientific study proves that the apparent deflation of footballs during January’s AFC Championship game between the Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts could have been caused only by human intervention, not naturally occurring weather conditions as the Patriots’ own study showed.

But in light of previous studies produced by Exponent, the validity of its Deflategate findings are now being called into question. The company denied to the Times that it produces data solely to meet the agenda of clients.

The Colts themselves played a significant role in generating the Deflategate scandal, and setting up a “sting” against Tom Brady and the Patriots, said Brady’s agent on Thursday — and the report itself admits this fact.

“What does it say about the league office’s protocols and ethics when it allows one team to tip it off to an issue prior to a championship game, and no league officials or game officials notified the Patriots of the same issue prior to the game?” said Yee in a lengthy statement.

“This suggests it may be more probable than not that the league cooperated with the Colts in perpetrating a sting operation. The Wells report buries this issue in a footnote on page 46 without any further elaboration,” Brady’s agent said.

“Much of the report’s vulnerabilities are buried in the footnotes, which is a common legal writing tactic,” Yee said. “This was not an independent investigation and the contents of the report bear that out – all one has to do is read closely and critically, as opposed to simply reading headlines.”

The facts in the footnote cited by Yee indicate the NFL was prepared to allow the integrity of the AFC Championship game to be violated, simply for the sake of a set-up against Tom Brady and the Patriots.

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