The investigation into the under-inflated footballs used by the New England Patriots in Sunday's AFC Championship Game is ongoing. The league has issued a statement saying its probe is being led by NFL executive vice president Jeff Pash and Ted Wells of the law firm of Paul Weiss.
Over the last several days, the NFL says it has conducted nearly 40 interviews, including Patriots personnel, game officials and third parties with relevant information and expertise. The league says the integrity of the game is a priority and it takes allegations that the Patriots intentionally under-inflated footballs against league rules very seriously. The NFL has obtained and continues to obtain additional information, including video and other electronic information and physical evidence.
ESPN reported earlier this week that 11 of the 12 footballs allotted to the Patriots for Sunday's game against the Colts were under-inflated about two pounds each. The NFL says all balls were inspected before kickoff by game officials, who confirmed they were up to standard.
The Colts first noticed the under-inflated balls after intercepting a Tom Brady pass. If the Patriots are found guilty, they could be subject to a fine, loss of draft picks or possibly even a suspension.
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