They Said What? Read 6 Text Message Conversations in the Deflategate Report

during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.
Christian Petersen—Getty Images Tom Brady of the New England Patriots reacts against the Seattle Seahawks during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on Feb. 1, 2015

NFL investigation finds the Patriots likely deflated footballs

A report released by the NFL on Wednesday found that the New England Patriots had likely deflated game balls for the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts on Jan. 18. Investigators not only zeroed in on two employees suspected of purposefully deflating footballs below regulation levels—John Jastremski, a team equipment assistant, and locker room attendant Jim McNally—but that star quarterback Tom Brady was probably “at least generally aware.”

The 243-page report draws from an array of sources, including interviews and surveillance camera footage, but the text messages exchanged between Jastremski and McNally provide a colorful (and at times expletive-filled) lens into what has become known as Deflategate.

The investigators say it’s still not clear when the duo may have begun collaborating, but the report provides one message that dates from May 9, 2014, in the offseason before the team’s run to a Super Bowl victory last season, in which McNally appears to refer to himself as the “deflator”:

McNally: You working

Jastremski: Yup

McNally: Nice dude….jimmy needs some kicks….lets make a deal…..come on help the deflator

[No response]

McNally: Chill buddy im just fu-kin with you ….im not going to espn……..yet

McNally never commented on why he appeared to label himself the “deflator,” because investigators obtained the texts after they had interviewed him, and counsel for the Patriots refused an unconditional follow-up interview.

On Oct. 17, the day after a Thursday night game against the New York Jets, during which Brady had complained about the level the balls were inflated, McNally texted Jastremski. During the exchange, he appears to threaten to inflate the ball. (NFL rules dictate that balls are inflated to between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch):

McNally: Tom sucks…im going make that next ball a fu-kin balloon

Jastremski: Talked to him last night. He actually brought you up and said you must have a lot of stress trying to get them done…

Jastremski: I told him it was. He was right though…

Jastremski: I checked some of the balls this morn… The refs fu-ked us…a few of then were at almost 16

Jastremski: They didnt recheck then after they put air in them

McNally: Fu-k tom …16 is nothing…wait till next sunday

Jastremski: Omg! Spaz

The text conversation continued over the next few days. On Oct. 23, McNally joked about “deflating”:

Jastremski: Can’t wait to give you your needle this week :)

McNally: Fu-k tom….make sure the pump is attached to the needle…..fu-kin watermelons coming

Jastremski: So angry

McNally: The only thing deflating sun..is his passing rating

Both McNally and Jastremski told investigators that the “deflating” joke was not a threat that the game balls for the upcoming match against the Bears would not be deflated. According to the report, “They offered no reasonable alternate explanation for the statement that the ‘only thing deflating’ on Sunday would be Brady’s passing rating.”

In one exchange on Oct. 24, McNally appears to ask for shoes as payment for his services, apparently threatening to otherwise inflate the ball like a larger Rugby ball. McNally told investigators that “rugby sunday” was in fact a reference to over-inflated balls:

Jastremski: I have a big needle for u this week

McNally: Better be surrounded by cash and newkicks….or its a rugby sunday

McNally: Fu-k tom

Jastremski: Maybe u will have some nice size 11s in ur locker

McNally: Tom must really be working your balls hard this week

The next day, Jastremski asked McNally what shoe size he wanted.

Jastremski: Size 11?

Jastremski: 2 or 3X?

McNally: Tom must really be on you

McNally: 11 0r 11 half……2x unless its tight fitting

Jastremski: Nah. Hasn’t even mentioned it, figured u should get something since he gives u nothing

Fast forward to January 2015, and the Patriots are about to play the Baltimore Ravens in the playoffs. On Jan. 7, the pair appear to have discussed getting autographed items to McNally:

McNally: Remember to put a couple sweet pig skins ready for tom to sign

Jastremski: U got it kid…big autograph day for you

McNally: Nice throw some kicks in and make it real special

Jastremski: It ur lucky. 11?

McNally: 11 or 11 and half kid

After the game on Jan. 10, according to the report, McNally apparently received two footballs signed by Brady and also got his signature on a previously obtained game-worn jersey.

On Jan. 19, early in the morning after the fateful game, McNally spoke with Brady and then called McNally at 7:45 a.m. The call lasted 9 minutes and 12 seconds, according to the report. McNally told investigators that the conversation was related to his “curiosity” about “what the heck is going on.”

Read the full report here.

TIME Kenya

Kenya Rolls Back Threat to Close Massive Refugee Camp

An overview of the part of the eastern sector of the IFO-2 camp in the sprawling Dadaab refugee camp, north of the Kenyan capital Nairobi seen on April 28, 2015.
Tony Karumba—AFP/Getty Images An overview of the part of the eastern sector of the IFO-2 camp in the sprawling Dadaab refugee camp, north of the Kenyan capital Nairobi seen on April 28, 2015.

The shift came after a visit from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said Wednesday that hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees in the Dadaab camp would not be forcefully repatriated, walking back a threat made last month after a deadly attack at a university by the militant group al-Shabaab.

In a statement issued by his office, according to the New York Times, citing news agencies, Kenyatta said his country “has been, and will continue, fulfilling its international obligations.” The new comments come after Kenyatta met with the United Nations’ top refugee official and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

The government drew international condemnation after calling for the closure of the Dadaab refugee camp, one of the world’s largest and which houses some 350,000 Somalis, in the wake of the attack in Garissa that killed nearly 150 people, mostly students.

[New York Times]

TIME Soccer

Watch Lionel Messi Take Cristiano Ronaldo’s Champions League Goals Record

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates his first goal against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League Semi Final First Leg at The Nou Camp in Barcelona on May 5, 2015.
Gustau Nacarino—Reuters Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates his first goal against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League Semi Final First Leg at The Nou Camp in Barcelona on May 5, 2015.

With these two stunners in Wednesday's match

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi scored a pair of goals in Wednesday’s Champions League semifinal match against Bayern Munich that didn’t just secure the win, but and put him ahead of another soccer legend for the most goals scored in the competition.

It was on Tuesday that Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid took the record, Sports Illustrated reports, with his 76th goal coming in a game against Juventus. But Messi came roaring back Wednesday with two beauties, pushing his total to 77.

Both players will have at least one more chance to this competition to boost their numbers. Bayern and Barcelona will go head to head next Tuesday, while Real Madrid and Juventus will play the following day. The Champions League final takes place in Berlin on June 6.

TIME Archaeology

Oldest Known Ancestor of Modern Birds Is Discovered

Holotype of Archaeornithura meemannae, the oldest ancestor of modern birds has been dug up in China which evolved almost six million years earlier than previously thought.
National News—Zuma Press Holotype of Archaeornithura meemannae, the oldest ancestor of modern birds has been dug up in China which evolved almost six million years earlier than previously thought.

The discovery indicates that modern birds originated roughly six million years before previously thought

Scientists said in a paper published Tuesday that a newly discovered species is the oldest known relative of living birds.

The Archaeornithura meemannae lived roughly 130.7 million years ago in northeastern China, about 6 million years before the previously thought origin of modern birds, according to the researchers who published their findings in Nature Communications.

The bird—which looks largely similar to modern birds—was reconstructed mostly from imagination but also from intact plumage and skeletal features, a researcher told the Washington Post. In part because of its long legs, the scientists believe it patrolled water sources looking for food.

While a separate bird species that lived some 145 million years ago remains the oldest known bird, but it had no living descendants.

TIME Companies

A Photo of Your Feet Can Give a Pair of Shoes to a Child in Need

Feet on rocky beach, high angle view
Getty Images

Toms is giving away up to 1 million pairs of shoes

Toms wants you to Instagram your feet—just make sure you’re not wearing shoes.

The footwear company will offer a pair of shoes to a child in need in exchange for each photo (one per person) of bare feet that is posted to Instagram between May 5 and May 21 with the hashtag #WITHOUTSHOES. Up to 1 million pairs will be donated; by Tuesday evening, the hashtag had more than 31,000 posts.

The initiative is part of its eighth annual One Day Without Shoes campaign. The total number of shoes it will gave away will be announced on May 21.


Police Officer Sues Starbucks After Spilling Hot Coffee on Himself

The Raleigh officer is suing the coffee giant for $50,000

A police officer in North Carolina is suing Starbucks for $50,000 after he apparently spilled a free cup of coffee on himself.

In the latest legal battle over hot coffee, Raleigh police officer Matthew Korh says the lid popped off his coffee cup and then the cup caved in, spewing the liquid onto his lap and resulting in burns, blisters and emotional damage. Korh’s defense team began making his case on Monday for compensation of medical costs, attorney fees and damages, according to WRAL, and Kohr claims the stress of the incident aggravated his Crohn’s disease, leading to a surgery to remove part of his intestine.

Starbucks, for its part, refutes the claim since the coffee was free and says that out of about 4 billion cups from the same manufacturer that are served each year, there have been 59 similar incidents. Testimony is expected to start by the week’s end.


TIME People

Read Sheryl Sandberg’s Emotional Tribute to Her Late Husband David Goldberg

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and husband Dave Goldberg attending the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference on July 9, 2014 in Sun Valley, Idaho.
Scott Olson—Getty Images Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and husband Dave Goldberg attending the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference on July 9, 2014 in Sun Valley, Idaho.

"Dave was my rock"

Sheryl Sandberg, the Facebook executive whose husband died suddenly on May 2, posted a moving tribute Tuesday to her late husband.

David Goldberg, the 47-year-old CEO of SurveyMonkey, died after suffering severe head trauma while exercising at a resort in Punta Mita, a state official in Mexico said this week, the Associated Press reports. He was found next to a treadmill in a pool of blood and later died at a hospital.

“We had 11 truly joyful years of the deepest love, happiest marriage, and truest partnership that I could imagine,” Sandberg wrote of Goldberg.

Sanberg also spoke movingly about her husband at a memorial service at Stanford University on Tuesday morning, growing tearful as she described their 11-year marriage. The service was led by the family’s rabbi and included a performance by Bono, who sang “One.”

See Sandberg’s full Facebook memorial post here:

Read next: Dave Goldberg and Sheryl Sandberg’s Unlikely Love Story


Uber Is Not in Kansas Anymore

After lawmakers overrode the Governor's veto of a restrictive new bill

Uber shut down its operations in Kansas on Tuesday after state lawmakers overrode Republican Governor Sam Brownback’s veto of a bill that would impose new rules on ride-sharing services.

The Republican-held Senate and House both had more than a two-thirds majority to override the veto of the bill, which would require drivers undergo Kansas Bureau of Investigation background checks and enhance its auto insurance, the Associated Press reports.

“We’re saddened by the loss of hundreds of jobs, safe rides and transportation choice for consumers in Kansas,” Uber spokeswoman Lauren Altmin said in a statement, the Kansas City Star reports. On Tuesday afternoon, users in Kansas were prompted with this message:

Only last month, Uber was celebrating an agreement with the city council in Kansas City and the continuation of its operations there. A main competitor, Lyft, has not operated in the city since the fall.


Did ISIS Really Mastermind Texas Shooting? Experts Doubtful

“What proof has ISIS offered?” said one longtime member of the CIA

The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria claimed that the gunmen at a Texas cartoon exhibition were “soldiers of the caliphate,” but experts say that it’s still unclear if and what ties really existed.

On May 3, authorities say that roommates Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi injured a security officer when they fired assault rifles at the exhibition in a Dallas suburb that featured images of the Prophet Mohammed. Police killed both men.

A Twitter account reportedly run by Simpson posted a tweet moments before the attack that said, “”May Allah accept us as mujahideen,” according to CNN.

On Tuesday, a statement from ISIS’s Al Bayan radio claimed responsibility for the attack, marking the first such ISIS claim for an attack on U.S. soil. “We tell America that what is coming will be even bigger and more bitter, and that you will see the soldiers of ISIS do terrible things,” the group said.

But experts are skeptical. “What proof has ISIS offered?” Bruce Riedel, a former member of the CIA and head of the Intelligence Project at the Brookings Institute, said in an email to TIME. He said police would have been able to confirm “fairly easily” whether the gunmen had received orders from ISIS by checking their phones and computers.

Others say that the links to ISIS may have been tenuous at best. One unnamed U.S. official told Reuters that it was possible ISIS played an “inspirational” role in the attack rather than an “operational” role. “They may not have had formal contact (with ISIS). They may have had email communication or read communications from ISIS, but I don’t think they were directed by ISIS,” former FBI agent Tim Clemente told CNN.

Though it’s still unclear what contact — if any — the gunmen had with ISIS, the FBI had been investigating Simpson since 2006 after recorded him talking about fighting nonbelievers for Allah. He was arrested in 2010, a day before he allegedly planned to leave for South Africa, according to the Associated Press. But he was charged only with lying to a federal agent and given three years of probation and $600 in fines and court fees.

The attack in Texas reawakened fears that extremists abroad could inspire terror attacks in the West, months after gunmen opened fire at the Paris office of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in January. While Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the terror group’s Yemen-based affiliate, claimed responsibility for that attack, the suspect in related attacks, including the assault on a kosher supermarket two days later, had likewise pledged allegiance to ISIS.

TIME Crime

This ‘Toy Rifle’ Put a New Mexico Elementary School on Lockdown

A very real-looking toy sparked an emergency response.

An Albuquerque elementary school principal called police and ordered a lockdown after a woman was spotted outside with what appeared to be a high-powered rifle.

But when police arrived on the scene, they learned that it was a toy airsoft gun that shoots plastic pellets, local news station KRQE reports. The woman, Joanna Davidson, told police that she was trying to sell the toy and was at the time waiting on the street for her boyfriend.

The principal’s confusion can be better understood with a picture of the toy, shared by Albuquerque Police on Friday:

Davidson was charged with disorderly conduct, interference with the educational process and possession of drug paraphernalia (police say they found a glass pipe on her).

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