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Bill Belichick | DT

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (63) / 4/16/1952

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The Patriots were treated as repeat offenders when the NFL assessed punishment in Deflategate.
The Patriots lost a first-round pick in 2016, a fourth-rounder in 2017 and were fined $1M. "Here, there are several factors that merit strong consideration in assessing discipline," the NFL's statement said. "The first is the club’s prior record. In 2007 the club and several individuals were sanctioned for videotaping signals of opposing defensive coaches in violation of the Constitution and Bylaws." For what it's worth, Bill Belichick was exonerated of wrongdoing in under-inflating balls and was also eventually exonerated in the Spygate scandal. May 12 - 8:16 AM

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Colts GM Ryan Grigson has been revealed as the league's source in the "Deflategate" scandal.

According to NFL executive Troy Vincent, Grigson brought the issue to the league's attention "some time during the second quarter" of the AFC Championship Game. The balls, as you've probably heard by now, were then inspected at halftime. The NFL's investigation into the apparent scandal of the century remains ongoing.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 3 - 3:51 PM

A source tells PFT that the "Deflategate" video shows a locker room attendant taking two bags of footballs into a bathroom.

The bags contained 12 balls to be used by the Patriots and 12 balls to be used by the Colts. The video does not show what went on in the stall, but attendant is in the bathroom for approximately 90 seconds. The Patriots turned this tape over to the Warren Commission, who will now scour the grassy knoll for more evidence. Expect the attendant to fall on his sword a la Lee Harvey Oswald, declining to incriminate Bill Belichick or Tom Brady.
Jan 27 - 8:05 AM

FOX's Jay Glazer reports the NFL has identified a Patriots locker room attendant as a "strong person of interest" in the ball-deflation scandal.

The league finally has its Ollie North. Per Glazer, the attendant "allegedly took balls from the officials' locker room to another area on way to the field." There is reportedly video of the incident. Glazer says the league is "still gauging if any wrong doing occurred." It's been obvious from Day 1 the Pats were going to set up some sort of underling as the fall guy, the only question is if he'll sing. The entire "scandal" is long past played out. It would be a shame were it to dominate all pre-SB chatter.
Jan 26 - 3:27 PM

Coach Bill Belichick said the Patriots "followed every rule" in their process of preparing game balls for the AFC Championship.

The Patriots called a press conference on Saturday to announce the results of an internal investigation into 'DeflateGate.' Belichick believes the Patriots' game-day process for preparing footballs artificially created a 1.5 pound difference in PSI, which led to the balls being inflated less in the second half. The NFL's investigation into the situation remains ongoing, but there's unlikely to be any resolution before the Super Bowl. New England would be subject to lost draft picks if the league determines they illegally deflated footballs.
Jan 24 - 3:53 PM

Colts ILB D'Qwell Jackson says he didn't notice anything unusual about the ball he intercepted in Sunday's AFC Championship Game.

Jackson was rumored to be the reason the investigation started, but says that's not the case. "I definitely wouldn't be able to tell if one ball had less pressure than another," Jackson said. "It wouldn't have changed the outcome of the game. They outplayed us. ... I don't feel slighted at all personally." If only the rest of America shared Jackson's desire to move on.
Jan 22 - 7:36 PM

Coach Bill Belichick said he has "no explanation" for why 11-of-12 Patriots game balls were inflated significantly less than the league requires during the AFC Championship Game.

In a surreal press conference that lasted 11 minutes, Belichick faced the media like an accused villain. He repeatedly said he had no knowledge whatsoever about deflated footballs and didn't hear about the investigation until Monday morning. "In my entire coaching career, never talked to any player or staff member about football air pressure," Belichick said. Of course, Roger Goodell has repeatedly made clear that ignorance isn't an excuse. Now the buck gets passed to Tom Brady, who Belichick said would be able to answer questions about how he likes his footballs. Brady is scheduled to address the media at 4pm ET Thursday. Expect him to claim no knowledge as well, leaving the guillotine to drop on a ball boy aka The Lone Gunman.
Jan 22 - 9:51 AM

Sources tell ESPN that 11-of-12 Patriots game balls were inflated significantly less than the league requires during Sunday's AFC Championship Game win over the Colts.

Each team must provide its game balls to referees two hours and 15 minutes before every game. After that inspection, no alterations are allowed. The NFL's investigation reportedly found that the Patriots' footballs were underinflated by 2 pounds per square inch of air less than what's required by the NFL. The speculation is that they did this on purpose so Tom Brady and his receivers would have an easier time throwing and gripping in rainy conditions. It didn't matter as the Pats physically dominated the Colts 45-7, but results don't alter intent. In 2007, Bill Belichick was fined $500K for having an assistant spy on the Jets' defensive signals. This time, the team could lose draft picks.
Jan 21 - 1:47 AM

The league hopes to conclude its investigation into whether the Patriots illegally deflated balls in Sunday's AFC Championship Game within the next 2-3 days.

"The team is in place in New England now interviewing staff members," were the words of league official Troy Vincent. "We obviously want to get that on the table, get that behind us so that we can really get back to the game itself." The Pats are at risk of losing draft picks if the league determines there was malfeasance. Master that he is, coach Bill Belichick's history of skirting the rules won't earn him the benefit of the doubt.
Jan 20 - 3:11 PM

Patriots coach Bill Belichick has pledged to cooperate with the league's investigation into whether the team was using deflated footballs in Sunday's AFC Championship Game victory.

Belichick said he hadn't caught wind of the latest Pats controversy until Monday morning. "We'll cooperate fully with whatever the league wants to ask us ... what they want us to do," Belichick said. It would be an extremely hard cheat to pull off, as all balls are examined before the game by officials. The Pats would be subject to lost draft picks if the league determines they were up to no good. Lighter balls are easier to throw and catch, especially in rainy conditions.
Jan 19 - 3:12 PM

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