Adam Schefter On Deflate-gate: NFL Struggling To Find Evidence, Might Not Punish Anyone
Jake ODonnell 02:26 pm, January 22nd, 2015
Surprise surprise: the supercops over at the National Football Association are having a hard time finding evidence. Someone call TMZ.
Speaking on SportsCenter today, NFL insider Adam Schefter seemed to believe Bill Belichick's claim that he has "never talked to any player, staff member about football air pressure."
"Anybody who watched this press conference this morning would come away saying he did not know about the air pressure in these balls," Schefter said Thursday afternoon.
He also made it clear that his people on the ground -- or whatever elvin magic he conjures to get information about the NFL -- have indicated that it is proving difficult for the league to pinpoint exactly how, where and who used, well, a pinpoint to deflate those 11 footballs.
"To my understanding, the league has had a tough time substantiating the evidence. They have found some of the footballs were under inflated or deflated, but to figure out the process, who is responsible, why this happened -- my understanding is it has been difficult for the league to ascertain those facts so far."
Schefter then insinuated that it is possible that the NFL does not take any action on account of the lack of a smoking gun, or a "smoking pump," as it were. Can you imagine the backlash if the Patriots come out of Deflate-gate without a single, meaningful punishment from Roger Goodell? That's like all of the NFL's problems all rolled up into one mega-problem. It's a perfect shit-storm.
"It may be until after the Super Bowl before the announcement of any discipline," he said, adding, "If there is any in this case."
Schefter expects the NFL to release a statement at some point today. Until then, all eyes will be on Tom Brady's 4:00 p.m. ET press conference.
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