bk11789 saidThey are actually looking into an employee that handles the equipment and there is some good evidence pointing to him. There is however, no evidence that says Brady knew anything about it and he actually performed better in the second half when the balls were at regulation.
Yeah, something about this locker room attendant disappearing with a number of the balls after their pre-game inspection. His actions, until he went behind a closed door, being caught on a surveillance camera.
If true, what business did he have taking the balls away and out of sight, when they were ready for play? That itself may have violated NFL rules, by invalidating the inspection protocols.
If he's the one who deflated them (and we know they were in fact under-inflated after the initial inspection), who gave him those orders? A locker room attendant (I've also read his job described as Asst. Equipment Handler) doesn't take it upon himself to do that, without being instructed by a higher-up, or perhaps the quarterback.
Sorry, but the Pats got caught red-handed. Whether Brady played better in the second half than the first, when the balls were at correct pressure, proves little. There are too many other variables in the game that would account for a better second half. The question is whether Brady or the management THOUGHT deflation would give him an illegal advantage, in violation of the game rules.http://www.nbcnews.com/watch/nightly-news/nfl-shifts-deflate-gate-focus-to-patriots-locker-room-attendant-389882435510
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