… for an apology from Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots. Instead of apologizing for his team’s rampant cheating, Mr Kraft released this statement in response to the conclusion in the Wells Report that it is “more probable than not” that Tom Brady cheated in the AFC championship game last January 18th. Among other things, Mr Kraft says: “As compelling a case as the Wells Report may try to make, I am going to rely on the factual evidence of numerous scientists and engineers rather than inferences from circumstantial evidence.” There are two problems with this particular sentence in Mr Kraft’s statement. First and foremost, all evidence, at the end of the day, is probabilistic or circumstantial. As we wrote in our previous blog post on this subject, the absence of any direct or smoking-gun evidence is not evidence of absence. In addition, Mr Kraft makes the mistake of conflating “factual evidence” with interpretations of the evidence. Simply put, opinions by “scientists and engineers” (however numerous) are not factual evidence; they are just interpretations of the evidence. Finally, as we stated previously on 28 January 2015, it is you who owes your fans an apology. Why aren’t you man enough to apologize already?
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