espn

Patriots apply to reinstate John Jastremski, 'Deflator' Jim McNally

NEW YORK -- The New England Patriots have asked the NFL to reinstate the suspended employees at the heart of the Deflategate scandal.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Wednesday that the request is under review.

The team suspended equipment assistant John Jastremski and officials locker room attendant Jim McNally as part of the investigation into whether the footballs the team provided for the AFC title game were improperly inflated. In one of the more damning texts uncovered in the probe, McNally referred to himself as "the deflator."

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported in May that the Patriots suspended Jastremski and McNally at the request of the NFL. In an interview with ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike on Tuesday, however, commissioner Roger Goodell said the league had nothing to do with suspending the pair.

"Absolutely not," Goodell said.

The Patriots were fined $1 million and docked two draft picks as punishment. Quarterback Tom Brady had his four-game suspension vacated by a federal judge. The team has denied any wrongdoing, but it suspended McNally and Jastremski.

The NFL said the two could not be reinstated without permission from the league.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Related Video
Patriots ask NFL to reinstate McNally, Jastremski
Patriots ask NFL to reinstate McNally, Jastremski
The NFL Insiders crew discusses the New England Patriots request that the NFL reinstate two suspended employees at the heart of the Deflategate investigation.

Carter: McNally, Jastremski were put in unfortunate situation
Carter: McNally, Jastremski were put in unfortunate situation
ESPN NFL analyst Cris Carter joins Mike & Mike and reacts to comments by QB Tom Brady, who said he feels bad for Jim McNally and John Jastremski.

OTL: From Spygate to Deflategate
OTL: From Spygate to Deflategate
Outside the Lines and ESPN The Magazine examine the secret history of what tore the NFL and the Patriots apart.

Related Topics:
sportsespnnew england patriotsdeflatorreinstatementnfltom bradypatsjim mcnallyjohn jastremskideflategatesuspended
(Copyright ©2017 ESPN Internet Ventures. All rights reserved.)

Load Comments