Patriots employees won’t face additional discipline from NFL
The Patriots’ suspension of employees John Jastremski and Jim McNally was enough for the NFL.
A league source confirmed Monday morning that the NFL won’t give any further discipline to Jastremski and McNally, the two Patriots employees accused by the league of intentionally deflating footballs before the AFC Championship game in January, which ultimately led to a lengthy investigation and the loss of a first-round draft pick for the Patriots.
The two employees are to meet with NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent in the coming days to discuss their role with the Patriots going forward, with a Patriots representative in attendance.
Neither will be allowed to have a role in the preparation, handling, or supervision of game balls, and McNally will be barred from serving as the officials’ locker room attendant, a role he has held for many years.
The Patriots suspended the two employees in May — Jastremski as an assistant equipment manager, McNally as a game-day-only employee — but they cannot be reinstated without Vincent’s approval.