Latest Sports Scores

Scoreboard

  • ALL
  • NBA
  • MLB
  • NHL
  • NBA
  • 5/26 9:00 PM EDT
    GS0
    SA0
  • NHL
  • MLB
  • 5/26 7:05 PM EDT
    Oak0
    NYY0
  • 5/26 7:05 PM EDT
    SD0
    Was0
  • 5/26 7:05 PM EDT
    Cin0
    Phi0
  • 5/26 7:05 PM EDT
    NYM0
    Pit0
  • 5/26 7:07 PM EDT
    Tex0
    Tor0
  • 5/26 7:10 PM EDT
    Sea0
    Bos0
  • 5/26 7:10 PM EDT
    KC0
    Cle0
  • 5/26 7:10 PM EDT
    LAA0
    Mia0
  • 5/26 8:10 PM EDT
    Det0
    CWS0
  • 5/26 8:10 PM EDT
    Ari0
    Mil0
  • 5/26 8:10 PM EDT
    TB0
    Min0
  • 5/26 8:10 PM EDT
    Bal0
    Hou0
  • 5/26 8:40 PM EDT
    StL0
    Col0
  • 5/26 10:10 PM EDT
    ChC0
    LAD0
  • 5/26 10:15 PM EDT
    Atl0
    SF0
  • 5/26 5:10 PM EDT
    Det0
    CWS0
  • 5/26 8:40 PM EDT
    Det0
    CWS0

Patriots tried to use unapproved kicking ball in AFC Title Game

23 PHOTOS
Deflategate scandal - Tom Brady - Bill Belichick - Patriots - Football - NFL
See Gallery
Patriots tried to use unapproved kicking ball in AFC Title Game
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 31: Quarterback Tom Brady of the New England Patriots leaves federal court after contesting his four game suspension with the NFL on August 31, 2015 in New York City. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman had required NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Brady to be present in court when the NFL and NFL Players Association reconvened their dispute over Brady's four-game Deflategate suspension. The two sides failed to reach an agreement to their seven-month standoff. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 22: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots participates in warmups prior to a preseason game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on August 22, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 12: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady leaves federal court after appealing the National Football League's (NFL) decision to suspend him for four games of the 2015 season on August 12, 2015 in New York City. The NFL alleges that Brady knew footballs used in one of last season's games was deflated below league standards, making it easier to handle. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell leaves the Federal District Courthouse August 12, 2015 in New York. Brady and NFL. Goodell and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady met with Judge Richard M. Berman who questioned both sides about Bradys four-game suspension for his role in the 'deflate-gate' scandal after the NFL decided Brady was aware that the balls were deflated in the first half of the Super Bowl final in January 2015. AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 28: A fan taunts Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots as he takes the field during their preseason NFL game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on August 28, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 12: New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady arrives at federal court to appeal the National Football League's (NFL) decision to suspend him for four games of the 2015 season on August 12, 2015 in New York City. The NFL alleges that Brady knew footballs used in one of last season's games was deflated below league standards, making it easier to handle. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 13: A fan holds a 'Free Brady' sign in the crowd referencing Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots during a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers at Gillette Stadium on August 13, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
A group of people wearing 'Deflategate' hats wait outside federal court during a conference meeting between New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. Berman seems intent on getting a settlement of a dispute over Brady's four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated game balls -- in what's come to be known as Deflategate. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 12: New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady arrives at federal court to appeal the National Football League's (NFL) decision to suspend him for four games of the 2015 season on August 12, 2015 in New York City. The NFL alleges that Brady knew footballs used in one of last season's games was deflated below league standards, making it easier to handle. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - MAY 24: Ryan Desilets and Jon Harmon both from Milford, Massachusetts, show support for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady at the 'Free Tom Brady' rally at Gillette Stadium on May 24, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The rally was held in protest of Brady's four game suspension for his role in the 'deflategate' scandal. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 22: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speaks to the media at a press conference at Gillette Stadium about the under-inflated footballs used in the AFC Championship Game. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
PHOENIX - JANUARY 27: The annual 'Media Day' for the Super Bowl was held at the US Airways Arena in downtown Phoenix. Players and coaches from first the New England Patriots, then the Seattle Seahawks, spent over an hour taking questions from the media. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick looked unusually upbeat as he listened to a question. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Behind the scenes: Making the Super Bowl XLIX footballs! #SB49 đź“·: Rick Osentoski/AP
Making of the @SuperBowl XLIX footballs [PHOTOS]: http://t.co/qayPQfqt0A #SB49 http://t.co/0dQRKYgClH
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 22: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speaks to the media at a press conference at Gillette Stadium about the under-inflated footballs used in the AFC Championship Game. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 22: New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick speaks to the media on January 22, 2015 on issues surrounding under-inflated footballs used during the AFC Championship Game. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 22: New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick spoke to the media on January 22, 2015 on issues surrounding under-inflated footballs used during the AFC Championship Game. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 22: New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick speaks to the media on January 22, 2015 on issues surrounding under-inflated footballs used during the AFC Championship Game. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 26: A fan holds a sign referencing 'deflate-gate,' the under inflation of footballs used by the Patriots during the AFC Championship game, during the New England Patriots Send-Off Rally at City Hall Plaza on January 26, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots will face the Seattle Seahawks in Superbowl XLIX on Sunday. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 18: Umpire Carl Paganelli #124 holds a ball on the field after a play during the 2015 AFC Championship Game between the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium on January 18, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. It was reported on January 19, 20015 that the league is looking into the apparent use of deflated footballs by the New England Patriots during their game. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Tom Brady #12 and Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots celebrate after defeating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 to win Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with the vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE


By Robby Sabo
Fansided

Not only do we have Deflate-Gate, but we now have issues with the kicking balls.

You didn't really think the New England Patriots troubles were over, did you?

Sure Roger Goodell and his henchmen are doing a fantastic stall job into the investigation on Deflate-Gate, and many question the veracity for which the commissioner will go after Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the now Super Bowl Champions, but to think we'd go the next month or so without a few leaks here and there would be insane.

According to ESPN, a source close to the investigation told Outside The Lines that the Patriots now infamous locker room attendant tried to sneak in an unapproved kicking ball into the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts.

At the center of this investigation is 48-year old Jim McNally, who is this infamous locker room attendant. He was interviewed by investigators of Ted Wells, the man who was hired by Goodell to conduct this independent investigation.

Outside The Lines also claims that three sources have stated that McNally, who has worked Patriots games for a decade, tried to hand an alternate official (who was in charge of the special teams footballs) an unapproved kicking ball.

While Deflate-Gate is directly concerned with the 12 offensive balls each team supplies, the kicking balls or K-Balls, are obviously only used for kickers and punters, not counting towards the 12 offensive balls.

It is still unknown whether McNally is the same man that was reported by Jay Glazer of Fox Sports to have disappeared into the bathroom for about 90 seconds with a bag of balls.

MORE FROM NFL
​2/18 - New York Jets Start Contract Talks With Muhammad Wilkerson
2/17 - Penguins Fans Throw Beer On Ovechkin After Wicked Slash (Video)
2/17 - NFL To Try 'Everything It Can' To Suspend Greg Hardy In 2015
2/17 - Gary Kubiak Expects Peyton Manning To Return In 2015
2/17 - San Diego Chargers Not Making Progress On Stadium Talks

Gregg Yette, who was that alternate official, became suspicious of McNally's actions when he saw that the ball he was being handed did not have the stamp of approval which is provided by the officials prior to the game.

This report will only further the madness that is surrounding this situation and the league right now. For Goodell, he's being measured every inch of the way on the very outcome of this situation.

Many feel his close ties to Robert Kraft will outweigh the legitimacy of the investigation. Some already feel that the money-maker that is the Super Bowl has already out-weighed the league truly wanting to find the truth.

Most also criticize Goodell for using independent investigators, like Wells and Robert Mueller before him during the Ray Rice case, that work for firms who are so closely tied to the league.

While some have already dismissed the severity of Deflate-Gate, others realize there's something much more serious about the nature of the claims.

It's not about one game against the Colts for which the Pats could've beaten them without helmets on. It's about a culture of uneasiness that has leaked cracks and exposed it's dirty head little by little.

For some strange reason, there's always smoke up in New England.

Without Spygate there is no Deflate-Gate. Without the mysterious nature of Spygate tapes disappearing, there aren't so many legitimacy questions surrounding Goodell this time around.

For now, the public has more to chew on, but it's not because McNally, Dean Blandino or anybody else close to the investigation is talking.

Outside the Lines asked both the NFL and Blandino to comment and they both declined. OTL approached McNally earlier this month and he swiftly waived the reporter away and declined to speak.

Stay tuned NFL fans, regardless of the uncertainty surrounding this situation, there will be some sort of conclusion eventually.


MORE FROM FANSIDED
Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston to throw at NFL Combine
Report: Brock Lesnar staying with WWE over UFC due to concussion concerns
New York Jets start contract talks with Muhammad Wilkerson
HBO renews 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver'
Why James Harden shouldn't be the NBA MVP





Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.