Tom Brady Sr. has his own catchy term for what's gone on these last three months.
"This," he told USA Today, "was 'Framegate' right from the beginning."
The father of the Patriots quarterback defended his son after the release of the Wells Report on Wednesday that found it "more probable than not" that Brady was "at least generally aware" of team staffers who likely deflated game balls to his specifications.
"I don't have any doubt about my son's integrity, not one bit," Brady Sr. said. "In this country, you're innocent until proven guilty. It just seems Tommy is now guilty until proven innocent."
Brady Sr. pointed to a lack of hard evidence in the report, just as Patriots owner Robert Kraft did in a statement.
"This thing is so convoluted," Brady Sr. said. "They say that possibly -- possibly -- he was aware of this. The reality is if you can't prove he did it, then he's innocent, and lay off him. That's the bottom line."
Brady Sr. suggested the findings in the report were designed so the league could "cover itself" and protect its image.
"They had to protect their [expletive], and that's what they're doing," Brady Sr. said. "They're saying he's possibly aware . . . How do you put a cloud over somebody like this? To impugn somebody without conclusive evidence saying this is more probable than not? The reality is they have scientific evidence. Now they're overriding the scientific evidence and badgering the Patriots. It's disgusting."