Ever since ESPN reporter Chris Mortensen broke the story that the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots had played with 11 under inflated balls in the AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts, a lot of allegations have been circling. Each team is required to have 12 of their own footballs, which are then inspected by referee Walt Anderson 2 hours and 15 minutes before the first kicked off of the game. The balls are then placed in a ball bag and put on the sideline, un-monitored.
According to NFL rules no alteration of footballs is allowed once the referee has approved the balls game worthy. Anyone breaking that rule could face a fine of up to $25,000 dollars and could face the punishment of suspension.
CNN reports that the final decision of the league was to suspend the Patriots star quarterback, Tom Brady. He was to be suspended from all of the Patriots pre-season games, as well as the Patriots first four regular season games.
The league also handed down one million dollars as a fine to the New England Patriots organization and the loss of the Patriots first round draft pick in 2016. They also gave up their fourth round draft pick of 2017.
The Patriots owner Robert Kraft has decided not to appeal the million dollar fine or the loss of the first round draft pick in 2016 and the loss of the fourth round draft pick in 2017. The Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has decided to appeal the four game suspension that the league has handed down.
Each football must be inflated between 12.5 and 13.5 psi(pounds per square inch). A report from ESPN Sports Radio 810 in Kansas City reported that the balls were retested during halftime of the game and 11 of the 12 Patriots balls were at least 2 psi under the 12.5 limit. They were then re-inflated to the proper psi and checked again after the game.
According to the report, the Colts balls meet all of the regulations. Earlier this month, the league had released a two hundred and forty-three page report by Ted Wells. It stated all of the details about how the balls were deflated during the late January championship game against the Colts.
During the regular season the Colts visited the Patriots on November 16. During the game, Colts safety Mike Adams intercepted Tom Brady twice and when he tossed the ball to the the ball boy, Adams said the balls did not feel right. The Colts then notified the league and the league was on alert about the balls going into the championship game.