The NFL announced late Tuesday evening that 11 of the 12 Patriots footballs were inflated substantially less than league rules allow during the AFC Championship, a game in which New England blasted the Indianapolis Colts 45-7.
The investigation found that the Patriots footballs were underinflated by two pounds per square inch of air less than NFL regulations.
What does this mean for New England? This is not the first time head coach Bill Belichick and the franchise have been under NFL investigation for bending or flat-out breaking the rules. Belichick was fined $500,000 in 2007 for having an assistant spy on the defensive signals the New York Jets were using.
Reportedly, it was a Colts interception by D’Qwell Jackson that may have caused the initial suspicion that something wasn’t right with the footballs.
NFL’s senior vice president of communications, Greg Aiello had this (which is nothing) to say to reporters, “We are not commenting at this time.”
Was this a case of Belichick and the Patriots attempting to gain any conceivable advantage or a rogue ball-boy acting on his own accord?
Who says nothing happens in the week before the week before the Super Bowl?