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Patriots: ‘Deflator’ Nickname Was Actually About Weight Loss, Not Footballs

One of the key pieces of evidence in the “DeflateGate” report last week was how one Patriots locker room attendant referred to himself as “the deflator.” Jim McNally used that nickname in texts to equipment assistant John Jastremski, and some of these texts had a connection to exactly how much the now-suspended Tom Brady likes his balls.

Well, the Patriots are pushing back against that report with an entire website devoted to providing contest for all of its findings. It’s pretty weighty and even invokes the Ideal Gas Law, but it’s the part about that whole “deflator” business that’s getting the most attention, for a very good reason.

The entire argument is just so amazing, you can see it all here (emphasis added):

There was a second way that Mr. Jastremski and Mr. McNally used the term “deflation” or “deflator” which the report disregards. The Wells investigators had the May 9, 2014 “deflator”/espn text string in their possession several weeks before their full day, four lawyer-staffed interviews with each of Mr. McNally and Mr. Jastremski. They came to the interviews with laptops, documentation and had obviously prepared extensively for each interview. They never asked either of them about that May 9 “deflator”/espn text. Perhaps that is not surprising since the word “deflator” appears in only ONE text from among many hundreds of texts that were made available to the investigators. The Report then takes this one word, in this one text, and uses it throughout the Report as a moniker for Mr. McNally. Is this true objectivity? Further, when they sought their additional interview with Mr. McNally, they never candidly said they had overlooked this text and therefore wanted Mr. McNally back for another interview to ask him about it. 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.

Yes, he called himself the “deflator” because of weight loss.

Take a moment to let that sink in.

[h/t NPR]
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