As 'Deflate-gate' rolls on into its fourth day New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has told reporters that he had no knowledge of ball preparation, insisting the first he heard about the allegations was on Monday morning.
Speaking at his Thursday press conference, Belichick addressed the scandal that is threatening to derail the franchise's preparations for the Super Bowl - beginning with a three minute comment that laid out the current situation as he sees it.
With reports revealing the NFL found 11 of 12 game balls to have been below the required pressure Belichick moved to distance himself from any wrongdoing - claiming that he has never spoken to anyone (player or coaching staff) about ball pressure before, or in fact touched a game ball bar an incomplete pass.
Having originally been regarded as sour grapes from those of a Colts persuasion, the idea the Patriots deliberately deflated game balls so as to give Tom Brady and co an advantage in the AFC Championship game has since grown into a legitimate concern.
The NFL continue to investigate the issue, and Belichick confirmed to the media that he and the team are cooperating fulling with said investigation.
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"In my entire coaching career, I have never talked to any player or staff member about football air pressure," explained Belichick.
What went on?
If the under-fire head coach is to be believed then it begs the question just how did 11 out of the 12 game balls provided by the Patriots fail to meet NFL regulations? Either there was a serious lack of professionalism from whomever was charged with preparing said balls, or something underhand has gone on and, for now at least, it remains a mystery.
Belichick himself admitted that he had "no explanation" for the situation.
Instead the head coach urged reporters to go to Tom Brady if they wanted a more detailed explanation on the intricacies behind ball pressure.
"I think we all know the quarterbacks, kickers and specialists have certain preferences on football," he said.
"Tom’s personal preferences with his footballs are something he can talk about in much better detail and information than I could possibly provide.”
The move has been seen by some as Belichick throwing his quarterback under the bus.
What with the ongoing controversy concerning the game you could be forgiven for forgetting the fact that the New England Patriots should be preparing for the Super Bowl.
Heading into what will undoubtedly be a tough game against the Seattle Seahawks the franchise would have been hoping to focus all their attention on the match up rather than field questions concerning their progression to the season finale.
There is still no word on when the NFL will announce its findings, and any subsequent punishment, but one thing is for certain; deflate-gate doesn't look like going away any time soon.
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