A forensic analysis of more than 5,300 emails exchanged by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the months before and after the January 18 AFC Championship Game revealed that Brady never once discussed the air pressure in game footballs — but the future Hall of Famer does carry on email conversations about a variety of other topics ranging from the possibility of economic “deflation” to the price of covers for the outdoor pool at his home.
The forensic analysis was conducted as part of the investigation by attorney Ted Wells of the “Deflategate” allegations that Brady improperly instructed Patriots personnel to let out air of game footballs before the AFC title game against the Indianapolis Colts.
In a court filing, the complete transcript of Brady’s sworn testimony in his June 23 appeal hearing before NFL Comissioner Roger Goodell was made public this week.
In that testimony, Brady categorically and repeatedly denied under oath ever instructing anyone to deflate game footballs — or even that he ever thought about the air pressure in footballs except for one regular season 2015 game in which the footballs were extremely over-inflated by the game officials.
The emails were made public in the same court filing by the NFL Player’s Association on Tuesday, along with the complete forensic analysis by Brad Maryman of Maryman & Associates — a former FBI Special Agent and FBI-certified forensic computer-evidence examiner — who was hired by Wells to examine the 5,317 emails sent and received by Brady in the five-month period between September 1, 2014 and March 1, 2015.
Maryman’s findings can be read in the court filing below.
Wells instructed Maryman to search Brady’s email cache for dozens of specific keywords that could relate to the air pressure of footballs. Among those keywords were “air-pump, needle, pin, PSI, pounds per square inch, 12.5, bladder, McNally, Bird, 1 pound,” and many others.
“McNally” refers to James McNally, the one-day-per-week Patriots employee who the NFL believes actually deflated the footballs at Brady’s instruction. “Bird” was a nickname used to refer to McNally.
Maryman found no references to “McNally” in any of the 5,317 emails. He found 11 files that contained the word “Bird,” but rather than referring to McNally, the word was use din common phrases such as “Early Bird,” and “Blue Bird” as well as in reference to NBA basketball great Larry Bird.
The single reference to “one pound” in the massive stack of emails referred to the dietary practice of consuming one pound of protein per day.
The term “deflate” or “deflation” came up in the emails only in relation to media reports of the Deflategate scandal — or in discussions with his personal financial advisor in which Brady expresses concern about economic deflation and inflation.
The word “pump” occurred 94 times — in reference to “prices at the gasoline pump,” as well as “installing a pump to pump water” and “pumped as a way to express excitement.”
In one particularly irrelevant email exchange that has now become public record, Brady is informed by his personal manager that he must purchase a second swimming pool cover for $8,500, a price which appears to leave Tom Brady appalled and referring to the pool specialists who sold him his first pool cover as “f*****g idiots.”
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