Report: NFL Focusing on Patriots Locker-Room Attendant
The National Football League in zeroing in on a New England Patriots locker-room attendant in connection with the Deflate-Gate scandal.
Fox Sports reported that there is surveillance video allegedly showing the Patriots staffer taking the AFC Championship Game balls from the officials' locker room to another area before taking them onto the field.
The NFL found that 11 of the Patriots' 12 game balls from their 45-7 throttling of the Indianapolis Colts were inflated below the required air pressure of 12.5 PSI.
The NFL has since launched an investigation, while New England head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady have both claimed innocence.
The Patriots play the Seattle Seahawks at Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday.
"At no time was there any intent whatsoever to try to compromise the integrity of the game or to gain an advantage," Belichick said in an unscheduled availability on Saturday afternoon.
"Quite the opposite: we feel like we followed the rules of the game to the letter," he said. "We try to do everything right. We err on the side of caution. It's been that way now for many years. Anything that's close, we stay as far away from the line as we can."
Brady answered questions about the incident on Thursday.
"I didn't alter the ball in any way," Brady said. "I have a process before every game where I take the footballs I want to use for the game. Our equipment guys do a great job breaking the balls in for the game. Our equipment guys have a process they go through."
Watch Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett weigh in on Deflate-Gate in an "On The Record" interview below.