The Baltimore Ravens' role in exposing the saga that has come to be known as deflategate has long been rumored, but now, courtesy of a document released as part of Tom Brady's federal case, it has been all but confirmed.
With the New England Patriots quarterback looking to clear his name in light of the upheld four-game suspension for his role in the deflating of footballs during the AFC Championship game a ream of communications has become available to the public.
In one such document, posted by the Boston Globe's Ben Volin, Indianapolis employee Sean Sullivan makes reference to a phone call between a Ravens coordinator and Colts head coach Chuck Pagano which was meant as a warning to the AFC South franchise.
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Below is the email from Sullivan (Colts equipment manager) to the team's General Manager, Ryan Grigson:
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There are two points that stand out in the document.
Firstly, the fact that Pagano (and Grigson), courtesy of the Ravens, entered the Patriots game with a red flag concerning their opponents handling of footballs and had attempted to make plans to ensure they would not be at a disadvantage.
This contradicts the words of Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh back in February. Back then Harbaugh insisted the Ravens "were never involved with it (deflategate) to begin with."
Well known problem
Secondly, the fact that Sullivan alludes to Tom Brady's penchant for deflated footballs being "well known around the league."
"The ballboys for the Patriots will let out some air with a ball needle because their quarterback likes a smaller football so he can grip it better."
Of course, the fact that the rest of the NFL had suspicions that the Patriots, and Brady, were involved in underhand tactics doesn't mean the Super Bowl MVP was involved. The email though doesn't exactly help the QB's cause as he looks to clear his name.
If Brady is innocent of any wrong doing then this email will only add to his frustrations as it proves teams made up their mind on the veteran QB a long time ago.
As the NFLPA continued to fight Tom Brady's case in federal court, and fans continue to debate his innocence outside of it, it is almost certain there will be more revealing documents exposed in the coming days.
NFL fans: Does Tom Brady deserve to miss four games, is there enough proof against him? Have your say in the comments below...