Hours after the Patriots rolled over the Colts in the AFC championship, columnist Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star tweeted that a league source told him that “the NFL is investigating the possibility the Patriots deflated footballs” during Sunday’s game, Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal reports.
Deflated balls could be easier to grip, throw, catch and hold.
According to Kravitz, the officials took a ball out of play during the game to weigh it. He wrote that if the league determines that the Patriots were involved in intentionally deflating balls, they could lose a draft pick.
Early Monday morning, NFL spokesman Michael Signora confirmed to Newsday’s Bob Glauber that the league is investigating the issue.
No one with the Colts has commented on the issue, and Kravitz pointed out that ”nobody is suggesting this is why the Colts lost [on Sunday]. … They were manhandled.”
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was asked about the allegations Monday morning during his regularly scheduled appearance on WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan show. He didn’t seem to be taking them too seriously.
Laughing, Brady responded that “I think I’ve heard it all at this point. That’s ridiculous.”