FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (WWLP) – As the NFL continues to investigate allegations of deflated footballs at AFC Championship Game, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick says that he knew nothing about this until he came to work on Monday.
The NFL is currently investigating reports that balls provided by the Patriots were deflated by two pounds per square inch under the league’s requirement for play. In a 9:30 A.M. news conference regarding the scandal that has become known as “Deflategate,” Belichick said that he and the Patriots organization have completely cooperated with the NFL in their investigation, and will continue to do so.
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Belchick said that he has never spoken with any player or team employee regarding the inflation of footballs, and stressed that during practices, he takes special care to ensure that the balls his players use are in as difficult condition as possible. “Wet, sticky, cold, slippery; however bad they can be,” the coach said.
He says that in the last couple of days, he has learned more about the inflation of footballs than he had ever learned in his entire coaching career. He says that he doesn’t know how this could have happened.
The coach added that he knows different players have different preferences in terms of inflation, but that is not something he indulges his players with. He said that members of the media would have to ask Quarterback Tom Brady about his preferences. Brady is scheduled to hold a news conference at 4:30 Thursday afternoon, which you can watch streaming live here on WWLP.com.
After delivering his statement, Belichick briefly opened the news conference up to questions, in which he continually reiterated that he had shared all he knew about the situation.
“I told you everything I know- I don’t have an explanation,” Belichick said.