Bill Belichick surprised many on Saturday by calling an unscheduled press conference in a bid to shed light on the ongoing deflate gate scandal but his claims are coming under scrutiny today.
Belichick, days after claiming to know next to nothing about the intricacies of NFL game footballs, offered up an explanation to reporters based around an experiment the Patriots had conducted seeming to show temperature severely affected ball pressure.
Now though the claims made by the New England head coach have been rubbished by two representatives of Wilson, the company who provide official NFL footballs.
"That's BS," one Wilson representative, Jim Jenkins, said on Belichick's claims that pressure levels could change due to being rubbed/prepared for play.
Jenkins, who works as a manufacturer of Wilson balls, claimed only after "maybe a year or two" would there be significant changes to a football PSI (pounds per square inch). This is in direct contract to Belichick who suggested the Pats' experiments had led to PSI alterations after just a few hours.
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Molly Wallace, Wilson's director of experiential marketing, added her own voice of concern when discussing the Patriots' theory:
Well it couldn't (change pressure so quickly) unless something happened to a bladder, but that really doesn't happen and there's no other real way," she told Boston.com.
“All we know is what we can control is when it leaves the factory it's within an NFL spec, within the PSI of 12 1/2 to 13 1/2 pounds of pressure for every single NFL team.”
Now perhaps the New England Patriots handle their footballs differently to every other NFL franchise in the run up to games - meaning deflate gate simply is one of those freak anomalies - but the fact that the people who make the balls for the league have condemned the theory certainly poses more questions that it answers.
With other reports suggesting that the NFL had in fact always intended to check the pressure of Patriots footballs during the Colts game due to previous tip-offs during the regular-season it looks like either the Pats need to address the way they prepare game balls or they have some serious explaining to do to league officials.
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