Lawyers for the New England Patriots have issued a long rebuttal letter defending the team against the Wells report.
In the letter, the lawyers defend locker room attendant Jim McNally and equipment assistant John Jastremski, who sent series of damning texts seemingly discussing their plan to deflate the footballs.
In one text from May 2014, McNally calls himself “the deflator.”
According to Patriots lawyers, McNally and Jastremski weren’t talking about footballs. In the letter, the lawyers claim that “deflator” referred to McNally losing weight.
The letter calls Jastremski a “slender guy” whose goal was to lift and gain weight. Meanwhile, McNally is called a “big fellow” whose goal was to lose weight. The explanation from the letter:
“They never asked Mr. Jastremski about it in his interview. Had they done so, they would have learned from either gentleman one of the ways they used the deflation/deflator term. Mr. Jastremski would sometimes work out and bulk up — he is a slender guy and his goal was to get to 200 pounds. Mr. McNally is a big fellow and had the opposite goal: to lose weight. “Deflate” was a term they used to refer to losing weight. One can specifically see this use of the term in a Nov. 30, 2014 text from Mr. McNally to Mr. Jastremski: “deflate and give somebody that jacket.” (p. 87). This banter, and Mr. McNally’s goal of losing weight, meant Mr. McNally was the “deflator.” There was nothing complicated or sinister about it.”
The letter also provided texts from McNally and Jastremski discussing losing weight:
12:21:46: JM “Whats up dorito dink”
12:22:53: JJ “Nada”
12:22:53: JM “Whens the pong party….im on fire”
12:23:10: JJ “Omg”
12:23:34: JM “Bring it”
16:29:48: JM “You still with your women”
16:29:59: JJ “Yup”
16:33:21: JM “You must have her [omitted out of respect to Mrs. Jastremski]”
16:34:39: JM “You must have a picture of her [omitted out of respect to Mrs. Jastremski]”
16:36:31: JJ “Omg”
16:37:16: JM “You working”
16:37:53 JJ “Yup”
16:39:40 JM “Nice dude…jimmy needs some kicks….lets
make a deal…come on help the deflator”
The letter also claims that one text from McNally, “Chill buddy im just f****n with you…. im not going
to espn …. yet,” actually referred to McNally joking that he wouldn’t get Jastremski in trouble for giving him new sneakers, not the deflated football scandal.
The lawyers claim that the NFL investigators had these texts, but never asked Jastremski or McNally about the meaning of them. Had they done so, the lawyers claim, context for “deflator” would have been provided.
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