The NFL investigation into the accusation against the New England Patriots has brought back a whole 243 page report, but quarterback Tom Brady may not face being penalized in the case that has been deemed “deflategate.” After the Patriots won the Super Bowl, the Indianapolis Colts, who the Patriots played previously, said that some of the balls felt like they were not inflated to NFL standards. The accusation was that the New England Patriots were purposely not inflating the balls to standard, giving them the advantage. However, the report states that it was not necessarily found that Brady, Coach Bill Belichick, or any of the rest of the team were involved.
Many have been suspecting that Brady would face penalization for his assumed involvement in the “deflategate” case, but after the report was released findings show that that may not be so. The reported stated that Brady was probably “generally aware” of the use of deflated footballs, during play, but no evidence showed such. The four-month investigation saw full cooperation from the Patriots team, though owner Robert Kraft stated that he was disappointed in the findings of the NFL investigation. As under-inflated footballs are supposedly easier to throw and catch, the teams involvement in the matter would prove that they bought themselves an advantage, which helped them go on to win the Super Bowl.
The NFL interviewed witnesses, reviewed materials used, and went over every piece of the Patriots game with a fine-tooth comb. In the end, however, it seems that Tom Brady and the Patriots may not face a penalty in the “deflategate” case.
By Crystal Boulware
Secondary photo by frankieleon – Creativecommons Flickr License