The Wells report brought up a very important and damning piece of evidence. Jim McNally, the official's locker room attendant, apparently called himself "Deflator" in a single text message. Ted Wells further goes on to call this reference "a nickname". We know how air-tight and bullet-proof this report is, so we must assume more likely than not that McNally intended that Deflator become his new nickname. This is an incredibly serious charge!
In fact, the use of nicknames is centuries old and includes such notables as Alexander the Great, Richard the Lionhearted, Jack the Ripper, and The Rock. The rules governing nicknames far predate any NFL rules, and infractions of nickname rules affect all of humanity, not just those who watch football. McNally doesn't just break one nickname rule. No that might be forgiven over time if he showed an act of contrition. McNally, In fact broke FOUR separate nickname rules! Thankfully, the Wells report brings this dark stain to light.
- Thou shalt not have a nickname through a single use of said name.
While the Wells report repeats the single text roughly 1.21 billion times. There is only one text, months old, that includes this moniker and it is from McNally himself. While it is obvious that the name didn't catch on, if McNally was intent on this being his nickname, he should have kept trying, "Deflator deflates because that's what deflators do". No one earns a nickname through a single use. It is simply NOT DONE, and because of his arrogance, McNally must pay.
- Thou shalt not give thyself a nickname.
- Thou shalt not steal another's nickname.
- Thou shalt not have more than one nickname within the same social group.