The infamous Wells report is starting to make it's rounds in the NFL circles.
You might remember the Wells report being a part of the New England Patriots cheating scandal better known as "deflategate". It was alleged that the Patriots knowingly had footballs deflated so that quarterback Tom Brady could get a better grip on the ball and make more accurate passes.
Originally mentioned by the Indianapolis Colts after their loss to New England in the AFC Championship game, there were some rumblings that the Baltimore Ravens tipped the Colts off to the issue after their game. It was found that 11 of the Patriots' balls were measured at halftime and came in under 12.5 PSI.
Some of the highlights of the report can be found around on Twitter right now, but we'll link some of the more important ones below.
Wells Report said it is more likely than not that Tom Brady was "at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities."— Kevin Clark (@KevinClarkWSJ) May 6, 2015
From the Wells report: "It is more probable than not that the Patriots personnel participated in violations of the Playing Rules…"— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 6, 2015
Page 45 of Wells report references the Ravens and kicking balls in AFC divisional playoff game: https://t.co/HTBdI0JniA— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) May 6, 2015
Four pages of people listed as being interviewed for this report including top execs at Wilson (who make footballs) and Ravens coaches— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) May 6, 2015
Ted Wells: 'We do not believe there was any wrongdoing or knowledge of wrongdoing by Patriots ownership, Belichick or other Pats coach'— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) May 6, 2015
Ravens cooperated in investigation, Ted Wells report says. Dean Pees, Jerry Rosburg interviewed— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) May 6, 2015
Patriots owner Robert Kraft continues to back his football people, but says the team won't fight the ruling: http://t.co/OM7IbEwAHZ— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) May 6, 2015
Weeeeeeeelp, Ted Wells thinks Brady lied to the investigators pic.twitter.com/cNnwiDYgVi— Brian Floyd (@BrianMFloyd) May 6, 2015
If you want to read it yourself, here it is. But beware that it is quite lengthy at 243 pages.
Now the bigger question comes, what will happen to the Patriots after a second cheating scandal in the Bill Belichick and Tom Brady era. The first time, the Patriots were forced to surrender draft picks and a large sum of money. The second time absolutely has to be worse than the first if the NFL wants to have any credibility in regards to how they perceive rule violations.