Since last Sunday’s AFC Championship game between the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots, the NFL has been caught up in investigating allegations that game balls being used by the Patriots were under inflated to the point of not falling in line with NFL allegations.
Since the allegations were originally investigated when the inflation of the balls was retested at halftime, 11 of the 12 balls that were being used by the Patriots were under inflated and not by an insignificant margin.
The league has been continuing the investigation all week and has conducted over 40 interviews with various personnel who may have light to shed on the situation.
“While the evidence thus far supports the conclusion that footballs that were under inflated were used by the Patriots in the first half, the footballs were properly inflated for the second half and confirmed at the conclusion of the game to have remained properly inflated,” the NFL’s statement read.
“The goals of the investigation will be to determine the explanation for why footballs used in the game were not in compliance with the playing rules and specifically whether any noncompliance was the result of deliberate action. We have not made any judgments on these points and will not do so until we have concluded our investigation and considered all of the relevant evidence.”
So far the NFL has not conducted any interviews with any individual players, nor have they announced any kind of ramifications, nor who is wholly responsible for the incident.
The reason the deflation of the footballs could be so important is that under inflated footballs could provide a competitive advantage as the balls are more easy to grip for wide receivers, and they are easier to throw for the quarterbacks.
This new scandal known as “deflategate” doesn’t appear to be drawing to a close, as there are still a number of questions that need to be answered.