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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick denied any knowledge concerning the use of underinflated footballs during the team’s blowout victory against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Belichick, addressing the media Thursday morning about the controversy, said he didn’t learn about the accusations until the next day.
“When I came in Monday morning, I was shocked to learn of the news reports about the footballs,” Belichick said. “I had no knowledge of the situation until Monday morning. I’ll say I’ve learned a lot more about this process in the last three days.”
“In my entire coaching career,” he added, “I have never talked to any player or staff member about football air pressure.”
Belichick stated that the team was cooperating with the NFL’s investigation, but would turn their attention to the Seattle Seahawks, their competition in the upcoming Feb. 1 Super Bowl. When asked several followup questions by reporters about attacks on his character and internal team investigations, the head coach would only answer with variations of “I’ve told you everything I know.”
The NFL is investigating the Patriots concerning the discovery that 11 out of 12 game balls in Sunday’s matchup were inflated two pounds per square inch below the league’s regulations. Hari Sreenivasan talked to Ben Volin of The Boston Globe on Wednesday’s PBS NewsHour about past cheating allegations against Belichick and why referees didn’t catch the violation before the game.