With the Super Bowl over, the NFL’s investigation into the Patriots’ role in deflating footballs in the AFC Championship Game continues…
Apparently it was Indianapolis Colts GM Ryan Grigson that reported to NFL officials that the New England Patriots Patriots used improperly inflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game.
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According to NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent in an interview on Showtime, Grigson told the NFL in the second quarter of the AFC Championship Game that the Patriots might be tampering with the footballs.
This in turn led to an intial investigation of the game balls the Patriots used which found that as many as 11 of the 12 used were under-inflated by as much as 2 lbs – or over 15% of their minimum required air pressure.
Two weeks ago, Grigson declined to comment on what quickly became known as DeflateGate at a press conference.
“I can’t speak on it. Sorry, guys,” Grigson said at the time.
“Everything’s going to I’m sure come out in the investigation, guys, and like I said, it’s not appropriate for me to talk about it. I can’t do that. It’s in the league’s hands.”
The NFL has not interviewed multiple key figures of the investigation such as Patriots QB Tom Brady or head coach Bill Belichick, but the focus has fallen on unknown members of the Patriots locker room staff.
Many may have had access to the footballs and one of whom was reportedly seen on camera taking the balls to the bathroom for 90 seconds before re-emerging with them before the start of the AFC Championship Game.