#DeflateGate: NFL Looking Into Whether New England Patriots for Using Deflated Balls

Posted by: KLKN Newsroom

(ABC) The NFL is looking into whether the New England Patriots deflated air from footballs for the game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night.

Quarterback Tom Brady led the team 45-7 against the Colts at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, leading to the Pats’ eighth Super Bowl appearance in the franchise’s history.

The NFL is looking into the matter, league spokesman Michael Signora confirmed to ABC News.

Deflated balls may be more difficult or easier to catch, depending on how much air is missing.

This morning, Brady called the suggestion “ridiculous” during an interview on WEEI radio in Boston.

The NFL’s guidelines dictate that a ball must be inflated to about 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch and weigh between 14 and 15 ounces.

The news broke when a columnist with WTHR in Indianapolis said a league source had told him the NFL was investigating the matter.

Former University of Southern California head coach Lane Kiffin was accused of deflating footballs for a game against the University of Oregon Ducks in 2012 before losing his job during that season.