Our long, national, Deflategate nightmare may soon be over.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said today he thinks the final report from independent lawyer Ted Wells to determine if the Patriots tampered with footballs during the AFC Championship game in Foxborough on January 18 will be completed "soon."
“[Wells] has not been given a time frame, I expect it will not be long,” Goodell said during an interview with host Charlie Rose on CBS This Morning Tuesday.
Wells was selected to head the investigation on January 23. Goodell was asked why the process has been so difficult.
"I think it's hard because you want to make sure you have all the information," Goodell said. “The question is, one of the things that [Wells] would be asked to look for – was it just one game?”
Goodell was asked if there was any suspicion that footballs were deflated in more than one game. "There's no suspicion of anything," Goodell replied. "What we're trying to do is just make sure we're thorough... The most important thing here is: Was there a violation of the rules? And if so, how did that occur?"
Goodell stressed that he wanted the investigation done fairly.
"We have a responsibility to the 32 teams, not just to one team, to 32 teams, and our fans, and the general public here to make sure that things were done fairly," Goodell said.
File under: The end is near