BOSTON (CBS) — The NFL has reportedly been investigating why and how 11 of 12 Patriots footballs were underinflated on Sunday night in the AFC Championship Game, but the league apparently has not spoken to a key witness.
During his press conference on Thursday afternoon, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said the league has not interviewed him about the footballs and how they became underinflated.
“I think they’ll do it however they see fit. I think that’s up to their responsibility to do whatever they want to do. That’s kind of usually what happens anyway,” Brady said of the league’s investigation. “I know they’re doing their investigation, and I don’t know what will happen after that.”
Brady said the league has not even contacted him yet.
“Not yet,” he said. “They may. I think that’s obviously their choice. They might. I don’t know.”
Brady said that he prefers his footballs to be inflated at 12.5 PSI, which is the bottom of the threshold allowed by NFL rules. Earlier on Friday, head coach Bill Belichick said the team will inflate balls at a higher level in future games so as to avoid having the footballs drop below the threshold during the course of play.