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Does the NFL’s ‘Deflategate’ Ruling Make Legal Sense?

On May 6th, the NFL released the Wells Report (named for its chief author, Ted Wells of the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP), a summary of the NFL’s investigation into the events popularly known as “Deflategate.” (If you don’t know what “Deflategate” is, stop, take a minute to read this, and then come back.) The findings detailed in the Wells Report were unflattering for the Patriots organization and, somewhat surprisingly, condemnatory of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Despite Brady’s insistence that he had “no knowledge of any wrongdoing,”[1] the NFL found not only that it was probable that Patriots personnel acted deliberately, but also that it was “more probable than not that Brady was at least generally aware” of the wrongdoing.