According to Newsweek, on Wednesday, the NFL released its long-anticipated findings about Deflate Gate, the investigation into whether the New England Patriots deliberately deflated footballs to their advantage during last season’s AFC Championship Game.
Some players claim that it is easier to catch / throw / hold the football when it is deflated properly. However, it is against the rules to do this.
The footballs must be inflated to 12.5 to 13.5 pounds per square inch. During the AFC Championship game, many Patriots footballs were at around 11 pounds per square inch.
“Based on the evidence, the investigation has concluded that there was no deliberate attempt by the Patriots to introduce to the playing field a non-approved kicking ball during the AFC Championship Game,” the NFL report states. “We do not believe that there was any attempt by Patriots personnel, including Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski, to deliberately circumvent the rules by offering the kicking ball for play.”
So the Patriots as a whole were cleared of wrongdoing, including coach Bill Belichick.
However, player Tom Brady was not.