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NFL Investigation Finds 11 Of The Patriots’ 12 Balls Were Under-Inflated
The NFL Investigation into “DeflateGate” is not yet complete, but the league has come to the conclusion that 11 of the 12 footballs used by the New England Patriots’ offense during their AFC Championship victory were significantly under-inflated.
As per league rules, all footballs are to be inflated between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch. According to ESPN‘s Chris Mortensen, 11 of the Pats’ balls were each two pounds per square inch under the required level of inflation. But while the league knows that the Patriots were playing with deflated balls, they still don’t know how they became deflated. Protocol requires that the balls be checked by the referee (in this case Walt Anderson) two hours and 15 minuted before kickoff. After receiving the referee’s approval, they are then returned to a ball attendant. So at some point between Anderson’s inspection and opening kickoff, the Patriots must have found a way to take 2 psi from 11 of those balls. But how?
That’s what the league will look into as they continue their investigation into “DeflateGate,” which NFL senior executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent has indicated should wrap up in the next 2-3 days. We likely won’t know what sort of punishment will be handed down to the Patriots for their role in deflating balls until then. So stay tuned.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]