— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) December 11, 2016
ESPN – The NFL said there were no issues with the footballs used in last Sunday’s New York Giants-Pittsburgh Steelers game, after a report that two of the balls were found to be underinflated.
In addition, the NFL said the Giants never filed an official complaint with the league.
“The officiating game ball procedures were followed and there were no chain of command issues,” the NFL said in a statement Sunday. “All footballs were in compliance and no formal complaint was filed by the Giants with our office.”
The league issued the statement after Fox Sports reported Sunday that the Giants tested two footballs used in the game in Pittsburgh and questioned their inflation levels. Fox Sports reported that the Giants then alerted the league.
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. If you’re wondering whether it ever gets tiring to be right all the time, the answer is no. No, it doesn’t.
What did I say earlier today? That the NFL will make sure nothing comes of this Deflategate 2 situation? That they’ll just do the “There’s nothing to see here, citizens” thing, tell us to all go back to our homes and try to move on? Well here you have it.
The league is not even pretending to be looking into it. There’s been no heavy-handed statements from Commissar Goodell about the seriousness of the allegations and his commitment to get to the “truth.” No lawyerly, carefully worded press releases filled with buzz words like “facts, “fairness” and “integrity.” And for sure no call whatsoever for an unbiased investigation lead by a respected, thorough and utterly impartial man of the law like Ted Wells.
Nope. They’ve just killed Deflategate 2 in the nest. Forget whatever you heard from Jay Glazer. There’s nothing to even look into. Just like when Mike Tomlin stepped onto the fucking field to trip Jacoby Jones in the middle of a kick return:
… when the Steelers are the accused party, there’s no reason to investigate any further. Just declare them innocent, move on, and look for the next thing they can pin on the Patriots.
I said today that Deflategate 2 would expose the NFL’s hypocrisy. And prove that there are two sets of rules in the NFL: One for the Patriots, and another for the other 31 teams. But even I didn’t think it would happen so soon. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The Pats might be paranoid, but that doesn’t mean everyone isn’t out to get them.