INDIANAPOLIS (January 19, 2014) — The NFL is investigating whether the New England Patriots had an unfair advantage during the AFC Championship game against the Colts. At issue — whether the Patriots used deflated footballs.
Coaches who train football players at “Sparta Indy” in Fishers helped explain the benefit.
“It makes it a little easier to catch, a little easier to throw especially in those weather conditions,” explained Sparta Indy co-owner Joe Hammond.
CBS4 News contacted the NFL, asking about the accusations. League spokesperson Brian McCarthy would only say “we are looking into it.”
The Patriots are no strangers to controversy. In 2007, New England lost a first-round draft pick and was hit with a fine after the NFL found the team illegally taped their opponents' hand signals.
“They have a little bit of a history with some of these things, so ultimately the NFL may decide to come down pretty hard on them,” Hammond said.
But could it have made a difference for the Colts? Like many people, Hammond says the final score shows the Patriots would’ve won regardless.
New England’s head coach, Bill Belichick, says the team is cooperating fully with the investigation. When quarterback Tom Brady was asked about the accusations, he dismissed them, calling them “ridiculous.”