Cheating must be punished–America has lost all moral, ethical bearings. It does not matter if they would have won or not, it is a disgusting breach of America’s trust- Sports, Government, Business–where does it end? Are there no heroes left? We have become a degraded, self-serving, greedy and corrupt culture. The Patriots should not be allowed to play in the Super Bowl. But as with our criminal banks, they will be fined and slapped on the wrists.
The Patriots used underinflated footballs on Sunday night.
The next question is how did it happen?
According to a National Football League letter about the investigation into the controversy that was shared with the Globe, the Patriots were informed that the league’s initial findings indicated that the game balls did not meet specifications. The league inspected each of the Patriots’ 12 game balls twice at halftime, using different pressure gauges, and found footballs that were not properly inflated.
According to ESPN, 11 of the 12 game balls were found to be underinflated by about 2 pounds each. The NFL specifications say they must be inflated to 12½ to 13½ pounds.
The investigation is still ongoing. NFL says investigation will be completed in ‘two or three days. An NFL executive said the league hopes to have completed its investigation of footballs that may have been deflated “in the next two or three days.”
The ‘Deflategate’ controversy
A league spokesman declined to comment Tuesday, and earlier in the day, NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent told Pro Football Talk that the investigation would ideally be complete within two or three days.
If the Patriots are found to have deliberately doctored footballs, the organization can be fined a minimum of $25,000, and if the NFL finds the incident egregious, the Patriots could potentially lose a draft pick. In 2007, commissioner Roger Goodell took away a first-round draft pick and fined Patriots coach Bill Belichick after determining the team had spied on an opponent.