Deflated Football Scandal Takes a Turn

By Christine Jacob

The NFL investigation on whether the New England Patriots used a deflated ball in the Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts has taken a turn. A locker room attendant has become a suspect.

After a pregame inspection Monday at Gillete Stadium, it was reported that the attendant was on a surveillance video bringing twelve balls, provided by the Patriots, into a different room. It is NFL rules that every team must present its chosen football to the game officials two hours and fifteen minutes before the start of a game. It is mandatory that game balls be inflated to a minimum of 12.5 pounds per square inch and a maximum of 13.5 pounds per square inch.

The attendant had already been interviewed last week, where there was no sign of misconduct.

The game was completed with a score of 45-7. The Patriots defeated the Indianapolis Colts, allowing them to advance to their sixth Super Bowl since 2001.

Both Jeff Pash, NFL Executive Vice President, along with Ted Wells are leading the investigation.

Later on Monday, Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, hoped that the NFL would apologize if they found no wrongdoing done by the Patriots.

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