Yesterday I wrote that if you didn’t think Tom Brady and the Patriots were the victims of a witch hunt you’re kidding yourself. Now less than 24 hours later we learn that the probable source that eleven of the twelve footballs were underweight by two pounds to Chris Mortensen was Mike Kencil an NFL VP and former employee of the Jets. Kencil by the way started with the Jets in 2006, the same year Spygate broke. Coincidence? I think not.
Mortensen, who was supposed to be a guest on the Dennis and Callahan show this morning chose to opt out after learning via twitter that he was going to be asked about this false report. Instead of manning up, the Worldwide Leader in Spin’s NFL analyst bowed out and emailed a statement saying:
“You guys made a mistake by drumming up business for the show and how I would address my reporting for the first time (which is not true).
I won’t allow WEEI, Kraft or anybody to make me the centerpiece of a story that has been misreported far beyond anything I did in first 48 hours.
Maybe when the lawsuit is settled – in Brady’s favor, I hope — we can revisit.
— Email from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen to Dennis & Callahan
Does he hope Brady’s suspension is overturned to remove the egg from his face?
Here is the public response from WEEI’s Jerry Thornton:
This latest little plot twist in this whole sordid saga proves what I said immediately after Mortensen’s tweet back on Jan. 21: That from the very beginning this was a plot cooked up by persons in the NFL office to get the Patriots, and they were not about to let a thing like the truth get in the way.
On the same Friday show that Mortensen bailed out on, John Dennis reported that the weasel who fed the false intel to Mortensen is in fact Mike Kensil, who’s been basically Suspect No. 1 from the beginning. He had the means, the motive (he’s openly hated Bill Belichick going back to their days together with the Jets) and he had the opportunity to be the Patient Zero of the pandemic that is Deflategate, and it makes perfect sense that he’d use a stooge like Mortensen to spread the infection and make it go viral.
And if you’re still one of the sheeple who’ve bought the narrative that Tom Brady is guilty, how do you explain this? How do you justify a reporter refusing to back up his own report? It’s been 6 1/2 months, and Mort has never once addressed the fact that he put out a story that is contradicted by the investigation launched by the very people who fed him the fake information. Nor has he bothered to correct it. Neither obviously did anyone in the NFL, despite the fact they knew it to be wrong as soon as it was tweeted out.
There is only one explanation that fits. And it’s that “league sources” wanted to smear the Patriots, discredit their accomplishments and make them suffer a punishment. And somehow have gotten to the pasty they duped into starting the whole phony scandal to keep him from coming clean.
Now that we have the unprecedented development of a news reporter recusing himself from talking about his own news story, there is one logical next step. Chris Mortensen should be the plaintiff’s first witness in Brady v. The NFL. He began Deflategate. Let him begin the lawsuit he hopes Brady wins.
Now this morning on Dan Patrick they tried to get Mortensen and Kencil on air, neither would appear, nor did I expect them to. Also, it was learned that Kencil approached Patriot ball boy Dave Schonfeld at halftime of the Indy playoff game and told him “You guys are in big fuckin’ trouble”. Why would the NFL VP of game operations go to a ball boy instead of someone higher up in the organization? Kencil obviously has motives here that are more personal than professional, he just chooses to use his position of authority to hit them whenever he can. Like I said above, this guy joined the Jets along with Eric Mangini, who at the time was a first year head coach for the Jets after leaving Patriots just makes this whole saga stink to high heaven!
As fluid as this story is don’t be surprised if there’s not another leak from the NFL to counter this…it’s what they do!