Lawyer Ted Wells told reporters on Thursday that suggestions he had set out to condemn Brady from the outset were “ridiculous,” insisting his conclusions had been based on evidence alone.
“The idea that the NFL wanted me to put some kind of ‘hit’ on the most popular, iconic face in the league – it’s really a ridiculous allegation,” he said. “What drove this is the evidence.”
Brady has been banned for four games without pay and the Patriots fined and stripped of two draft picks after Wells’ report found the star quarterback was most likely aware of the plot to deflate balls in the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts this year.
Brady’s agent Don Yee lambasted the NFL sanction against his client on Monday, saying it had “no legitimate basis.”
“This outcome was pre-determined,” Yee said. “There was no fairness in the Wells investigation whatsoever.”
However Wells, who also revealed his law firm had billed by the hour for a total cost of “millions of dollars”, dismissed the criticism.
“I totally reject any suggestion that I was not independent or that the report was slanted in a way to achieve a particular result.
“I think it is wrong to criticise my independence just because you disagree with my findings… that is what moved me to speak today. But for those personal attacks, I would not have responded. But I think they’re unfair, out of bounds and just plain wrong.”
He reiterated that Brady had refused to hand over information from his mobile phone regarding text messages sent to Patriots staff included in the scandal, and noted that Patriots kitman Jim McNally had referred to himself in one text as the “deflator.”
“No one can ignore the implication of that text message. It is direct evidence and it is inculpatory,” Wells said, adding that if he had been a juror weighing the case: “I would have checked the box that said ‘proven’.”