The aftermath of the Deflategate scandal is still rocking the NFL after it was announced today that the Patriots will appeal their punishments.
New England star quarterback Tom Brady was suspended for four games while the franchise were fined $1 million and also had two draft picks taken off of them.
The NFL is divided on exactly how severe the punishment should have been but what has been put in place is there... for now.
Who knows what will be the next bizarre development in this already strange story but the Patriots have certainly given us a large dose of strangeness today.
The Patriots released a 20,000 word website via wordpress in which they attempted to address the claims in the Ted Wells report.
There are some truly unbelievable claims on the site as the Patriots tried desperately to exonerate themselves from blame.
Whilst claiming that the word 'deflate' was a reference to weight loss is unbelievable, there was another more bizarre claim.
The Wells report found that Patriots locker room attendant Jim McNalley went to the bathroom with game balls and many believe this may be where he deflated them.
But in the Patriots opinion:
"The report does not address whether one minute and 40 is consistent with the time that it takes a gentleman to enter a bathroom, relieve himself, wash his hands, and leave." - Patriots website addressing the Wells report
Using the exact time that McNally was in the bathroom, the website claims that one minute 40 seconds is more likely to be the time a man would spend in the bathroom rather than the time he would spend deflating balls.
Whatever you may think of the Patriots attempt to deflect the claims now aimed squarely at them, this is what they have come up with and it will be for the people handling their appeal to decide just how believable their story is.
Season over already?
Before the findings of the Wells report were released, next season was already looking tough for the Patriots who are in one of the most improved divisions in the league.
The Buffalo Bills, New York Jets and Miami Dolphins have all made big name signings this season and will push the current Super Bowl champions to the limit.
If the Patriots are now set to lose Brady for the first four games of the season, who knows what effect that could have on the team come week 17.
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