The Baltimore Ravens have repeatedly denied warning the Indianapolis Colts ahead of the AFC Championship about suspicious game balls at Gillette Stadium.
Evidence to the contrary emerged Tuesday when the NFL Players Association filed an amended complaint in Tom Brady's legal battle against his Deflategate suspension. As a result, some 4,000 pages of documentary evidence were released to the public.
Among those documents was an email that indicates Baltimore indeed alerted Indianapolis, who notified the NFL, to the condition of footballs used by the Patriots.
Sent by Colts equipment manager Sean Sullivan to general manager Ryan Grigson, the email relayed that Ravens special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg phoned Colts head coach Chuck Pagano -- formerly a Ravens assistant -- to warn him about issues with designated kicking balls used in the Ravens-Patriots playoff game on January 10.
Grigson then forwarded Sullivan's email to Dave Gardi of the NFL on January 17, one day prior to the AFC Championship game.
Baltimore has vehemently disputed reports of any involvement in exposing the Deflategate scandal.
“It’s ridiculous. It never happened. I never made any call. Nobody in our organization made any call,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh told NBC before the Super Bowl. "I called Chuck Pagano this week and asked him, ‘Did anybody else in our organization tip you off about any deflated footballs?’ And he said, ‘No way.'"
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti also denied an ESPN report claiming that he and Colts owner Jim Irsay urged NFL commissioner Roger Goodell not to reduce Brady's suspension.
“I have not and will not put any pressure on the Commissioner or anyone representing the NFL office to take action in what everyone is calling ‘Deflategate.’ The story circulating that I have put pressure on Roger [Goodell] is 100 percent wrong."
The Ravens will return to the field at training camp Wednesday after taking Tuesday off. Stay tuned to CSNbaltimore.com for updates.