From the NFL, released on Friday afternoon:

Our office has been conducting an investigation as to whether the footballs used in last Sunday’s AFC Championship Game complied with the specifications that are set forth in the playing rules. The investigation began based on information that suggested that the game balls used by the New England Patriots were not properly inflated to levels required by the playing rules, specifically Playing Rule 2, Section 1, which requires that the ball be inflated to between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch. Prior to the game, the game officials inspect the footballs to be used by each team and confirm that this standard is satisfied, which was done before last Sunday’s game.

The investigation is being led jointly by NFL Executive Vice President Jeff Pash and Ted Wells of the law firm of Paul Weiss. Mr. Wells and his firm bring additional expertise and a valuable independent perspective. The investigation began promptly on Sunday night. Over the past several days, nearly 40 interviews have been conducted, including of Patriots personnel, game officials, and third parties with relevant information and expertise. We have obtained and are continuing to obtain additional information, including video and other electronic information and physical evidence. We have retained Renaissance Associates, an investigatory firm with sophisticated forensic expertise to assist in reviewing electronic and video information.

The playing rules are intended to protect the fairness and integrity of our games. We take seriously claims that those rules have been violated and will fully investigate this matter without compromise or delay. The investigation is ongoing, will be thorough and objective, and is being pursued expeditiously. In the coming days, we expect to conduct numerous additional interviews, examine video and other forensic evidence, as well as relevant physical evidence. 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 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.

Upon being advised of the investigation, the Patriots promptly pledged their full cooperation and have made their personnel and other information available to us upon request.  Our investigation will seek information from any and all relevant sources and we expect full cooperation from other clubs as well. As we develop more information and are in a position to reach conclusions, we will share them publicly.

 

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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com
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JayBuc52
JayBuc52
6 years ago

This will be the same whitewash job like the one where the NFL investigated itself regarding the video in the Ray Lewis case and found itself “not Guilty”. Do we really think Goodell is going to do anything to alienate Rebert Kraft?

LordJim
LordJim
6 years ago

This is why I don’t pay money for anything associated with the NFL and pirate all the games. They have no credibility left and I don’t want to support them any more than I have to except through third-party contracts like my Internet provider. Could they shock me and do the right thing before the Super Bowl? Yes. And the Earth could crash into the sun. Lovie, take note – this is how you win games.

scubog
scubog
6 years ago

So the Colts got a butt whippin because there wasn’t enough air in the balls? Now that’s a first for that excuse. But it’s always the Patriots with these Spy Gate clandestine operations, the obscure “tuck rule”, snow plow and who knows what else has been schemed under the hoodie. But to me no advantage was gained or lost by this. However, the attempt to do so is what must be addressed. I’d be more concerned about the excessive air in certain people’s head than not enough air in their balls.

Morgan
Morgan
6 years ago

NFL was at fault in the first place in allowing teams to provide the balls. What was it thinking?

Iabucfan
Iabucfan
6 years ago

New England Patriots Cialis Commercial Parody (For Deflated-Balls)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-ts=1421782837&x-yt-cl=84359240&v=vd3D2gsPUR0