11 of 12 Patriots’ game balls were underinflated: Reports
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The NFL is continuing to investigate accusations that the New England Patriots under-inflated footballs used in Sunday night’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.
According to ESPN, sources close to the investigation report that 11 of 12 of the Patriots’ game balls were under-inflated by 2 pounds per square inch.
As per NFL requirements, the balls must be inflated between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch and weigh between 14 and 15 ounces. A referee is required to inspect and approve the game balls two and a half hours before kickoff. The balls are then returned to a ball attendant.
No word yet on what, if any, penalties the Patriots might face.
In response to the allegations, Colts punter Pat McAfee tweeted on Tuesday, “If New England was to be DQ’d.. We’d be their replacements right??…I should probably lay off these strawberry margs.”
Hall of Famer Jerry Rice tweeted “11 of 12 balls under-inflated can anyone spell cheating!!! #Just Saying.”
Colts Coach Chuck Pagano said he did not notice any problems with the footballs. He would not say if the Colts had tipped off officials to the problem. Patriots Coach Bill Belichick said he was unaware of an issue until Monday morning, and said he will cooperate fully with the league.
In 2007, Belichick was fined $500,000 for having an assistant spy on the New York Jets’ defensive signals, a controversy later dubbed “Spygate.”
The NFL has not commented further on the current investigation.