Patriots fans rejoice!
On Wednesday afternoon the NFL reinstated Patriots equipment assistant John Jastremski and officials locker room attendant Jim McNally. The dynamic duo had been suspended without pay by the Patriots since early May for their roles in Deflategate, a controversy that stemmed from improperly inflated balls during the 2015 AFC Championship Game.
One of ten balls found to be improperly inflated during the 2015 AFC Championship Game.
Jastremski and McNally were seen walking into Gillette Stadium shortly after the news broke, where they were greeted with high fives and fist bumps from multiple New England Patriots players, including star quarterback Tom Brady.
McNally, pictured here, goes to receive a high five from QB Tom Brady.
At 5 p.m. EST, the pair joined Patriots owner Robert Kraft for a press conference where an exuberant Kraft welcomed back his two favorite employees.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am, and the Patriots organization as a whole, to have these two back working at Gillette Stadium.”
“John and Jim have helped us win a lottttttttt of games these past few years, and so I was very disappointed to have to suspend them during the witch hunt that was the Deflategate investigation.”
“So,” said Kraft, as he directed his gaze towards the two grown men seated to his right, “in order to make up for the lost time, I’m happy to announce that Jim McNally and John Jastremski will both be receiving substantial pay raises for their excellent work in the past, and hopefully in the future.”
Kraft ended the press conference by hugging each man separately, appearing to whisper the line “Thanks for taking one for the team” into McNally’s ear.
**For inquisitive Patriots fans, McNally and Jastremski will be back on the field Sunday September 27th, when the Patriots host the Jacksonville Jaguars**