The New England Patriots have had to endure a difficult offseason so far with the AFC East team managing to create plenty of negative headlines in the past few months.
In fact, the negative headlines even started before the Patriots won their fourth Super Bowl title in January. Two weeks before their historic win over the Seattle Seahawks, the Patriots became embroiled in a saga that has now become to be known as deflategate.
New England were accused over deflating several footballs during their AFC Championship Game victory over the Indianapolis Colts, with quarterback Tom Brady accused of ordering teams officials to deflate the balls so the Patriots could gain a competitive advantage in the game.
Wells left frustrated
The NFL subsequently opened up an investigation on the deflategate scandal, with independent investigator Ted Wells brought on board to conduct the investigation. Wells published the papers of his investigation last week, and shortly after Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady was handed a four-game suspension by the NFL.
Following Wells' conclusion on deflategate and Brady's ban, the quarterback's agent Don Yee came out with a fiery response to the investigation and questioned Wells' integrity. In response to Yee's criticisms, Wells fired off a strong statement on Wednesday defending himself.
"When I was appointed to be the independent investigator, no one at the Patriots or in Mr. Brady's camp raised any issue about my independence or my integrity to judge the evidence impartially and fairly," Wells said in his opening remarks, NFL.com reported on Wednesday.
"In fact, (Patriots owner Robert) Kraft, to my recollection, publicly said he welcomed my appointment. I think it is wrong to criticize my independence just because you disagree with my findings."
Wells may have found Kraft more than accommodating during the investigation, but Brady and his agent were certainly not. The independent investigator explained that Brady was "cooperative" up until the point that he asked him for information from the quarterback's phone.
"I said that I don't want to see any private information," Wells added. "I said, 'You keep the phone, you the agent, Mr. Yee. You can look at the phone, you give me documents that are responsive to this investigation and I will take your word that you have given me what's responsive.' And they still refused."