Reports surfaced late Sunday night after the New England Patriots won the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts that the Patriots may have used deflated footballs in the game. It is now known as deflategate. Late Tuesday night, ESPN reported that sources told them that 11 of the 12 game balls New England used were indeed underinflated by a large margin.
The report said that the footballs were underinflated by 2 pounds per square inch of air less than what’s required by NFL regulations. This is a much bigger deal now if the full investigation proves this to be correct. The Patriots are going to need to be punished for their actions and in a very big way for doing something like this to gain an advantage.
That should mean the loss of draft picks and a hefty fine of over $1 million. The NFL didn’t need any more black eyes this season with the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson situations but it appears the Patriots are up to their old tricks again. The official answer to what happened with the NFL’s investigation could come out as early as Wednesday. There should be some very nervous people involved with the team and whoever was the one who deflated the balls in the first place.