Has Deflategate been debunked? A 7th grader in Massachusetts was determined to prove Tom Brady’s innocence in the scandal with his science fair project, and he may have been successful in doing so. Get the crazy details here!
Tom Brady, 38, may be proven innocent in Deflategate — thanks to a middle schooler! Ben Goodell, a 7th grader at St. Pius V Elementary School in Lynn, Mass., dedicated his science project to the NFL controversy by studying how weather conditions affect the PSI of a football. His findings didn’t just earn Ben an Outstanding Project Award, but he may have provided evidence that Tom isn’t guilty after all!
The lowest PSI that was recorded during Deflategate was 2 PSI under proper inflation, so Ben used his experiment to try reaching that level. Using a regulation-sized NFL football, Ben exposed it to various weather conditions for two hours. “I put it in humidity, cold, snow, wind chill and the same temperature that occurred during DeflateGate,” he explained to Boston’s WBZ-TV. “Every single time I did this test the PSI dropped at least 2 PSI. That means it was scientifically proven that Tom Brady didn’t deflate the footballs, and it was just the weather conditions.”
In case you haven’t been following the case, Tom and the New England Patriots have been under fire since the 2015 AFC Championship against the Indianapolis Colts. It was discovered that the Patriots’ footballs were severely under-inflated, which made them easier to throw and catch. A 200-page report NFL report followed outlining a cheating operation between team employees Jim McNally and John Jastremski, who exchanged conspiring text messages. Although Tom wasn’t caught texting Jim and John, he admitted that he was “generally aware” of the planning that was going on behind the scenes.
Ironically, Ben shares a last name (but bears no relation) with the man who issued the punishment to the Patriots for Deflategate: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. As a result of the scandal, Roger suspended Tom four games, fined the Patriots $1 million, and took away two of the team’s draft picks. As a Pats fan, Ben didn’t think it was fair for Roger to accuse the team of cheating without proper investigation — so he took it upon himself.
“I wanted to prove that Tom Brady wasn’t guilty,” he told the Lynn Item.
Ben’s evidence comes at a crucial time, as Tom’s appealed suspension was re-evaluated by a judge on March 3. It was declared that the evidence is “compelling if not overwhelming” that Tom and his team had tampered with their footballs. But now that Ben has presented proof that weather conditions play into a football’s PSI, all of this speculation may finally be put to rest…and Ben might go from science fair winner to New England hero!
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